Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG HSM APO

Last updated (25 March’12):
– Review by Photodo

The Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG HSM APO features 50-500mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4-6.3. The lens construction has 20 Elements in 16 Groups and has diagonal angle of view at 46.8 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 1-3m (39.4-118.1″) and has a filter size of 86mm. The Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG HSM APO lens weighs 1650g / 58.2oz and it measures 3.7 inches in diameter and 8.5 inches long.

Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG HSM APO
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG HSM APO Reviews

Photodo reviews the Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG HSM APO and writes;
“Distortion is amazingly well controlled, showing figures of –0.231% (pincushion) at the short end and +0.919% (barrel) at the long end of the zoom. On the chromatic aberration front, the lens is again remarkably well behaved and at no point did the figures achieved give any cause for concern, all being well within acceptable limits.”
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Lonestardigital reviews the Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG HSM APO and writes;
“For the price, it can’t be beaten. High quality, high performance, crystal clear, sharp from edge to edge, lightning fast zoom & sure-footed autofocus lock. Because of its considerable size and weight, consider it as a 500 mm telephoto that can zoom ‘backwards’ all the way down to 50 mm. What huge flexibility!..”
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The-digital-picture reviews the Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG HSM APO and writes;
“The Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG HSM Lens is decently sharp wide open in the center at 50mm through 200mm but degrades rapidly to soft at 300mm and beyond. Corners are not as sharp as centers (not unusual), but are not bad wide open until the longer focal lengths..”
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User Opinions

Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG HSM APO User Reviews

Satisfied User | Rating: ★★★★★
“I use this lens for nature photography and the pictures come out terrific!. The lens is perfect for everyday use, there is nothing wrong with it. thanks SIGMA for making the APO 50-500mm F4-6.3 EX DG Lens a reality. “ – by Gerardino P. De Leon

Great Lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Very goood Lens for the price . I use it for taking pictures of my son who plays second base in high school and it reaches good enough to take good close up shots. I am really pleased with this product.” – by Christina Pineiro

great all around lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I have been nothing but impressed with this lens its great at 50mm and all the way to 500mm I find the auto focus speed just fine even with out the hsm (high speed motor) on the Sony version with my a350 and a300. And I was able to take good photos even at 500mm hand held in good sunlight..” – by Amber R. Mason

Great lens. | Rating: ★★★★★
“I had to buy this lens twice. The first time the auto focus didn’t work. I sent it back and ordered a new one. The one I received next is great. I love the pictures I get from this lens..” – by Mike

Quality Telephoto | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens was really an excellent buy. It is somewhat compact for such a large lens. It is great because it is a 50 to 500mm in the same size lens barrel as a 70 to 200mm. It is clear and focuses very easy…” – by G. Perry

BIG MA.. | Rating: ★★★★★
“It worked seamlessly with my Nikon D-90 (“plug and play”). I know this has been stressed in prior reviews (which were VERY helpful to me in deciding on this lens): know what you’re getting! The SIGMA 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG APO HSM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon SLR Cameras is a “biggee.” This is NOT a lightweight lens, folks…” – by Michael T. McCaffrey

Why does this lens deserve five stars? Well.. | Rating: ★★★★★
“In conclusion all i can say is that in the right conditions this lens can give you tack-sharp pictures with beautiful colors and all for much much less than any comparable lens. It’s worth every penny..” – by Frank Stephenson

For the price, this lens is very good! | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Other than that, this lens take’s spectacular photo’s for a “cheap lens.” Even without the image stabilization, it still takes pretty sharp pictures. I used it on a dam on a very windy day and even at 500mm the pictures were tack sharp. It’s very heavy so I don’t hand hold it that often, but the times that I have, the pictures were sharp..” – by Dean Harnes

Add to kit lens and it’s all you need. | Rating: ★★★★★
“The Bigma was sharper at all apertures, and yes we went to great lengths to keep all other variables equal. I use it wide open at 500 often and anything that ain’t sharp is my fault. Build quality is as good it gets..” – by D. Gerstner

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Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG HSM APO User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG HSM APO Specifications

This high zoom ratio lens is optimized for digital SLR cameras and capable of covering a wide range of focal lengths from 50mm standard to 500mm ultra telephoto. This ultra-zoom lens employs a seven-group zoom system, which provides a high zoom magnification of 10x. Triple-cam Rear Focusing System ensures high precision throughout the whole focus range. The new lens coating reduces flare and ghost, which is a common problem of digital cameras and also creates an optimum color balance. This lens uses four pieces of SLD (the special low dispersion) glass for excellent correction of color aberration. A zoom lock switch eliminates “zoom creep” during transportation, a convenient addition when traveling. The HSM Hyper Sonic Motor models provide quiet high-speed AF function, as well as full-time manual focus capability., The rear focus mechanism produces a non-rotating front lens elementwhich accepts a bayonet “Petal-type Hood”, which prevents extraneous light from degrading the image quality. By adding an APO teleconverter (sold separately), you can use this lens as a 140-700 …. ..7.3-8.8 MF ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a 1.4X EX teleconverter, or as a 200-1000mm F10.4-12.6 MF ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a 2X teleconverter. ..Teleconverters can be used in 100mm 500mm focal length range..

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