Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DG

Last updated (05 November’11):
– Review by Juzaphoto

The Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DG features 200-500mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 17 Elements in 13 Groups and has diagonal angle of view at 12.3 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 150cm/59.1in and has a filter size of 77mm. The Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DG lens weighs 34.6 pounds and it measures 9.3 inches in diameter and 28.6 inches long.

Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DG
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DG Reviews

Juzaphoto reviews the Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DG and writes;
“It does not have HSM (ultrasonic) motor, but the autofocus is quite fast; the f/2.8 aperture, of course, makes a big difference in background blur, in comparison with f/4 lenses, and it gives a 1 stop advantage, that may help a lot if you are photographing in low light. The image quality is very good as 200-500 f/2.8, and acceptable at 400-1000 f/5.6.”
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User Opinions

Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DG User Reviews

Amazing! | Rating: ★★★★★
“With the Sigma I was quickly and easily able to line up a nice shot. The detail on the image was amazing…so crisp and clear, so I could aim exactly where I needed with no fear of missing or blowing the shot..” – by Mike

Expensive but worth it | Rating: ★★★★★
“that I’ve had the chance to try it out, I can say that it performed better than expected. When launched from my Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DG, my model rocket was able to obtain escape velocity and according to my latest calculations, should land on the surface of the moon early next month. The Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DG is simply incredible.” – by Roger Loomis

Sigma 200-500mm Telephoto Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“..I wanted this lens for nature photography – this is what I do for fun. Unfortunately, I think the lens is much too large and heavy to be transported with any ease other than hiring a Sherpa. “ – by Christopher A. Simmons

Best telephoto lens ever | Rating: ★★★★★
“I started shooting with a Nikon D50, and slowly moved up my lens collection until I needed something in the range of focal lengths that this lens offers. Though this lens is for a Canon, I went ahead and ordered this as well as a canon DSLR. The Sigma lens fits superbly in your hands (just like in the photo) and the Canon SLR takes nice shots with it. I even fit it with an IR filter and could photograph solar flare closeups.” – by Prego

Macro | Rating: ★★★★★
“I simple loved this lens. You only have to have a big pants pocket, that is easy to find, like a point-and-shoot. The problem was that i didnt find any filter for this camera, and I have some big noises in my images, i dont know if is a bacterium, could be.” – by A Kid’s Review

Macro | Rating: ★★★★★
“You can buy a X2 adapter and get great pictures of the Triangulum Galaxy. You can also get some great subatomic macro images but, you will need to manual focus.” – by Foul Pet

For the serious bunch.. | Rating: ★★★★☆
“When used on my 5D MII and 1D Mark III, I noticed the colors didn’t pop as much as my other lenses, in particular the ones apart of the “L” series by Canon, but I did notice that this lens works great in a large array of light sources. At a mere f/2.8 or so, you can take pictures without having to worry about low light conditions. Obviously, larger light = clearer pictures..” – by Kevin Brandon

Overall exellent; Be careful, though! | Rating: ★★★★☆
“When I first tried out my Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DG Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens, I got amazing results…” – by Kevin Payravi

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Features & Specifications

Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DG Specifications

This ultra telephoto zoom lens offers a fast aperture of F2.8 at the 500mm focal length and F5.6 at the 1000mm. It covers widely-used focal lengths from 200mm to 500mm and has a large aperture of F2.8 throughout the entire zoom range. This lens can be used to create amazing image expression with various types of photography such as astrophotography, portraits, wildlife, sports.

SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass and three ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion) glass elements provide excellent correction for all type of aberrations. The super multi-layer coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides high image quality from the extremely large aperture. The lens hood, designed exclusively for this lens, blocks out extraneous light. A 72mm filter can be inserted at the rear of the lens, and a circular polarizing filter can be used in situ thanks to the ingenious internal rotation mechanism. The dedicated Li-ion battery BP-21 is used to power the zooming and AF operation. This battery is built in the lens barrel. For the convenience of the photographer, focusing distances and focal lengths can be viewed on the lens’ built-in LCD panel.

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One Response to “Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DG”

  1. Steve says:

    9″ refractor. I dunno. I think I’d spend 1/4 of that on a 7″ and add a barlow if needed.

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