Sigma 150-500 mm f5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM for Canon Digital and Film SLR Cameras
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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 Sigmaâs 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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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.
All in all it is a good value lens and a cost effective way of getting those close up shots you always wanted.
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!Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this from another retailer and not on amazon, however I have been so disappointed by the quality of this kit I fell I need to review it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Douglas C.
Partner very pleased with indeed. Recommend it to anyone thinking of getting.Published 6 months ago by Helen Scott
I have a Canon 750D And the lens requires taking to Sigma for a firmware update. The USB connector which Sigma sells does not work with this lens.Published 7 months ago by Mr. Edward J. Nicols
An absolutely awesome lens and one I can't wait to try out. The packaging was excellent and I'm delighted with the service from Carmarthen Cameras and Amazon. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Phil Stephen
Delivery was earlier than stated. Lens is brilliant got no fault with it. Well worth the money.Published 11 months ago by Mrs Little
I love this lens it might be on the heavy side but the performance is great.Published 12 months ago by cottonroy