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Sigma 150-500mm f5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM for Canon Digital and Film SLR Cameras

by Sigma
45 customer reviews
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Style Name: 1 Year Warranty
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm ; 1.8 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.7 Kg
  • Item model number: 737-101
  • ASIN: B001542X6E
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 13 April 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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This is an ultra-telephoto zoom lens that allows photographers to freely play with the ability of telephoto lenses to bring the subject closer and shorten perspective. It is equipped with Sigma’s own Camera Shake Compensation OS (Optical Stabiliser) System, so handheld photography is worry-free. SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass is used for superior correction of chromatic aberrations, and the rear focusing system effectively corrects for fluctuation of aberration due to focusing. The lens is equipped with HSM for fast AF speeds and quiet shooting, and is capable of full-time manual focus override. It also accommodates optional APO Tele Converters

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 6 April 2013
Style Name: 1 Year Warranty
I didn't buy this lens from Amazon, I wasn't an Amazon user at the time that I made the purchase.

I've been using this lens on my Canon EOS40D for about three years.
When I first bought it I was pleased to see that there was a carrying case and strap included because I knew it would be a bit unwieldy to carry on the camera.

What I didn't realize was the quality of the lens was such that it would become my favourite go-to lens for just about every photography outing.

I have a battery grip that makes the rig even heavier but helps greatly as it does give you a much better hold of the camera and lens.
Using the tripod "foot" in the crook of my arm helps control the lens but unless you use a tripod then the autofocus and stabilization should be used. The autofocus system is quick to come into effect when the shutter release is pressed halfway and is excellent, plenty good enough for my needs.

A bonus with the EOS40D is that it is a 1.6 to 1 sensor ratio compared to a full 35mm frame size so the actual focal length that you get is 240-800.
This fits well with my Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM Lens and my Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM Lens.
So I am covered from 17mm to 800mm in three good quality Image Stabilized lenses.

I do find that the Sigma 150-500 are is the lens that I use and the Sigma stays attached all the time.

I could go on but the test that I apply to purchases of this magnitude is "would I buy it again". Having used it for a few years I'd have to say yes I would!

My only regret was that I had to part exchange the lens that came with the camera, a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM as I miss the ability to take macro shots.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Bartlett on 26 Dec. 2009
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I bought this lens after extensive research of views and opinions. It is an excellent lens and very good value for money but of course it is not a "pro" lens (check the price of those!!). The most obvious restriction is aperture but by using good light or a tripod this can be minimized. It is also quite weighty which is another good reason for using a tripod.
All in all it is a good value lens and a cost effective way of getting those close up shots you always wanted.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By RobW on 14 Jun. 2010
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Wondered about buying the nearest Canon equivalent but decided against it on the principle that Canon may produce an updated 100-400 lens before too long. No evidence for that but it seems likely ... Anyway, the Sigma lens is very good. Build quality is excellent.

I will (eventually) get used to he fact that the zoom control and focus ring are in the 'wrong' order along this very lengthy lens. Apart from that, it's easy to use and weighs quite a lot but not too much for a 2/3 hour zoo visit, for example. Image stabilisation seems very good - I may buy a monopod but handheld shots have been fine thus far.

Overall, I'm really pleased with the lens and would highly recommend it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jackson on 4 April 2014
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It was with trepidation that I bought this lens. I was looking at the Canon 100-400mm L series when I tested this lens on a Canon 5D Mk3 at the shop. I have had mixed results with Sigma in the past but good experience with their 50mm 1.4 and 15mm. The reviews on the web did little to encourage me but when I took a close look (pixel level) on a calibrated monitor I was simply stunned by the overall image quality compared to the Canon.

Now perhaps I was lucky in having a good copy of this lens and unlucky with the Canon copy. However, considering,after the £100 rebate, this is half the price of the Canon it out performs its price point by a fair margin. I really wanted it to fail. Honestly I did. I wanted to dislike the pictures it produced. I tried it in all sorts of situations over a week in the hope I would be sending it back to Amazon! But I concluded that for me it would do what I needed.

OK, the 500 end is soft when viewed at pixel level, but do a normal A3 print and with correct sharpening it looks great. Drop it down to 400mm and f8 and the results are very good. A picture of a car parking sign from a long distance revealed the contours of the previous car park plastic sticker that was underneath the new one!

Yes, I know that the far corners are really quite soft but then I am not looking in the corners! 99% of the time my subject is in the centre or near enough. Stop down to f11 and the corners improve a bit. But it is still soft so if you are a pixel peeping junky who wants razor sharp everything then this lens is not for you.

Colour and contrast are fine. It is a little more yellow than the canon but a tweak in lightroom or equivalent is all you need. Colours have a nice punch to them.

Build quality? Well it is only £600!
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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Steve B on 28 Sept. 2008
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I have been using this lens with my Canon EOS 40D at several air shows to photograph jets and propeller driven aircraft, the latter using shutter speeds of 1/320 sec or 1/400 sec at 500 mm (equivalent to 800 mm for my camera) using the optical stabiliser and have found that it gives superb results. You may want to reduce the shutter speed to 1/250 sec to give a slightly better blur to propellers and helicopter blades but I have not risked it yet.

The main problems with this lens, which many others of a similar specification suffer from, are:

Its weight - approximately six pounds with my camera - so you need a strong neck;
The size makes it difficult to use the zoom ring when hand holding it - autofocus is a must; and
If you are looking up at the sky and try to use the autofocus system when the plane is almost out of sight you will probably fool the system into thinking that it is nearer and you will have to refocus using a distant building or something similar.

The optical stabiliser is unlikely to work with a tripod so if you are going to use one you may wish to consider another lens e.g. the Tamron 200 - 500 mm.
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