Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS HSM

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Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS HSM is a ultra-telephoto zoom lens. The lens features 150-500mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/5.0-6.3. The lens construction has 21 Elements in 15 Groups and has diagonal angle of view at 16.4 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 220cm/86.6 in and has a filter size of 86mm. The Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS HSM lens weighs 4.2 pounds and it measures 3.7 inches in diameter and 10 inches long.

Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS Reviews reviews the Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS and writes;
“Overall, the Sigma 150-500mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM superzoom works best in AF mode and its Optical Stabiliser is best reserved for improving viewing rather than the quality of captured images. The heavy-duty padded case is a useful addition but it is a shame that some aspects of handling are rather awkward.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS and writes;
“This sharp and relatively distortion-free lens shares the seeming mutually exclusive traits of being bulky, but also being surprisingly handholdable. That’s true, in part, because of the built-in stabilization, but also because of its excellent physical layout…”
rating: N/A reviews the Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS and writes;
“In terms of features versus value for money, this lens has to be the telephoto bargain of the century to date. With both a sonic focusing system and an optical stabilisation system, the two of which work well, coupled with a good optical performance and reasonably compact dimensions, I can see this optic finding a lot of suitors. If you want the pulling power of a 500mm in a manageable package, this one should be at the head of your compare list!”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS and writes;
“Overall performance was very good for the review lens’s specifications and price tag. “
Rating: ★★★★½

User Opinions

Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS User Reviews

Sharp, versatile, great value but heavy! | Rating: ★★★★★
“The OS is a little noisy bit not distracting, build quality is excellent (every other lens I have is a Nikon) and sharpness outstanding even at 500mm hand held. Clearly images will be better on a tripod and sure enough in my tests that stands true but it certainly is possible for nice sharp images even hand held and cropped. The biggest downsides for me are the weight, it takes some getting used to but putting my Nikon 70-300 on feels like nothing now! Also, clearly it isn’t the fastest lens but as most people will be using a lens such as this for outdoor shooting this is not a major factor to me. Had no problems with hunting in low light yet. Comes in a very nice carry case, keeping it well protected and has the mother of all lens hoods! The bottom line is for the price this is A LOT of glass. It’s never going to compete with a Nikon prime so don’t even think about comparing them but for the price, the zoom range and build this is excellent value for money and I am loving it!” – by Florida Girl

Great value for money | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I have used the lens a number of times mainly for bird photography – trying to capture birds in flight. Surprisingly the lens is not too bad to carry with you on a walk, and it is far better for hand-holding than I had expected. The Optical Stabilization is outstanding – I believe better than equivalent Canon tele-lenses that I have used. The only problem is that it is a a little noisy and slow. The key thing is that the OS makes hand-holding possible even for a 500 MM lens. The build quality is good and both the focus and the zoom operate smoothly and for now have sufficient resistance to prevent lens creep. The plastic lens hood is a little cheap and sometimes difficult to mount, but at least Sigma gives you a lens hood!!!… The proof is in the pudding and I have been able to get some surprising good shots of bald eagles in flight with this lens. Would I buy a Canon prime instead of this lens if I could afford it – sure. Would I recommend this lens to a friend with a tight budget – absolutely without hesitation.” – by Peter Gibb

I am very pleased with this lens. | Rating: ★★★★★
“I have had this lens for almost a month and what a difference. I am impressed with the quality of the photos and the zoom. I have a Nikon 70-300 lens and wanted a little more zoom and I read all the reviews and asked some people who own this lens and decided to get it. Yes it has a little weight to it, but it does come with a shoulder strap and I would suggest getting a mono-pod with this lens, it really helps with the focus. I have taken hand held photos, but the mono-pod is much better with the focus. If you are sitting on the fence about buying this, just do it, you will be very happy with the results in the photos. The quality is great and I would recommend this lens. I take photos of birds and this is awesome! “ – by Lily Ann Plumb

For the price, an excellent lens; compared to Nikkor 500mm here, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“…So I compare the Sigma’s sharpness against the Nikon (which cost nearly 4 grand almost 20 years ago, current models with AF are a lot more now)…perhaps an unfair test but inquiring minds want to know…my results: The Sigma is softer wide open (f/6.3 at 500mm) than the Nikon is wide open (at f/4). BOTH are softer wide open than when stopped down 1 or 2 stops. However, I find the Sigma sharp enough by f/8 to suit me just fine, (easily comparable by then to the Nikkor at f/4 or 5.6 for sharpness) and I have shot images at f/7.1 and even wide open (f/6.3 at 500mm) that were perfectly useable for publication. We’re talking maybe 5 or 10% less sharp when wide open…centered objects are often sharp enough wide open, but edges are perhaps less sharp at this setting. I think by f/9 or f/11 it’s a close match to the Nikkor at any aperture. This was not a scientific test but I did shoot both lenses side by side, locked down on a big tripod, moving one camera from one lens to the other, and taking dozens of images (outdoors) to be sure of what I was seeing overall…” – by Paulo “Paulo”

Gotta love this lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“So far, I love this lens. I was a little reluctant after hearing of some problems with quality control. But, mine worked great right out of the box. I will say this though, there is a learning curve involved with this lens. If you think you are going to slap this on your camera, turn on OS, and take great sharp photos hand-held at 500mm in any light, think again! This is a very long lens and reqires good long lens technique to get optimum results. That means as fast a shutter speed as you can get, and a steady hold (monopod,tripod or steady rest). But this is true of any long lens. Bottom line, I like it. “ – by C. Musgrove

Very Satisfied | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Very Satisfied with this lens. Yes, there is a learning curve to hand holding a long lens: physical technique, balancing ISO/shutter speed and depth of field. With practice this lens delivers with sharpness and excellent contrast. With my monopod and monopod head life is easier and the support certainly becomes a necessity at 1/750 or less. Yes, I recommend this lens.” – by J. Kirscher

Amazing Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I received this lens today May 10, 2010, and I put it on my Canon Rebel T1i, and went outside in the front yard to find something to shoot and test the lens. I got a shot of a squirrel using the whole 500.0 mm, and was excited to see the picture so sharp, especially since I hand held the camera, and found out the OS was in the off position. This lens is going to be a big hit, I heard they have made improvements on it, and I believe it shows. Can not seem to get the zoom to go in and out on Auto Focus, Not sure if it is spose to, but I have to do it manually, and I do not like that, causes for a lot of missed shots. Seems to have to do alot manually, but when you press the shutter button it does auto focus just you have to set the focal length manually.” – by Charlene

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Features & Specifications

Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS Specifications

This ultra-telephoto zoom lens covers a telephoto range up to 500mm and allows photographers to bring the subject close and short perspective. Sigmas original OS (Optical Stabilizer) function offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower. It is ideal for sports, wildlife and landscape photography with handheld shooting. Three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements provide excellent correction for chromatic aberration. This lens is equipped with a rear focus system that minimizes fluctuation of aberration caused by focusing. The super multi-layer lens coating reduces flare and ghosting. High image quality is assured throughout the entire zoom range. This lens incorporates HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), which ensures a quiet and high-speed AF as well as full-time manual focusing capability. The addition of the (optional) 1.4x EX DG APO or 2x EX DG APO Tele Converters produce a 210-700mm F7-9 MF ultra-telephoto zoom lens or a 300-1000mm F10-13 MF ultra-telephoto zoom lens respectively. A removable tripod socket (TS-31) is included as a standard component.

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