Last updated (30 July’10):
- Review by Photodo
The Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX DG IF HSM APO features 500mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4.5. The lens construction has 11 Elements in 8 Groups and has diagonal angle of view at 5 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 400 cm/157.5 in and has a filter size of 46mm. The Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX DG IF HSM APO lens weighs 3100g/109.7oz and it measures 4.8 inches in diameter and 13.8 inches long.
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Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX DG IF HSM APO Reviews
Photodo reviews the Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX DG IF HSM APO and writes;
“this lens performs extremely well and produces some excellent shots. In the specialist areas where it would be used, such as Wildlife and sports, it proves easy to handle and, just as importantly, carry. It’s supplied in one of Sigma’s semi-hard pouches, this time with a sturdy shoulder strap and is much easier to transport than a metal carry case.”
Ephotozine reviews the Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX DG IF HSM APO and writes;
“The DG upgrade to this lens has turned out an excellent performance where the control of aberrations is concerned. As for sharpness, by not trying to achieve the f/4 of the opposition and loosing what is only a third of a stop, Sigma have managed to start off with good wide open figures that peak quickly, making this a very usable lens. Colour balance is in the neutral area that we have come to expect from Sigma and the contrast is ok, although not outstanding.”
Tobiashjorth reviews the Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX DG IF HSM APO and writes;
“the Sigma 500mm F4.5 EX DG HSM lens is a great super-telephoto 500mm prime with rewarding sharpness, colors and contrast. The very fast HSM focusing motor makes the lens a joy to use for action photography such as birds in flight (BIF) or sports.”
Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX DG IF HSM APO User Reviews
So far so good | Rating:
“I am surprised at the performance. I also own the Sigma 300mm f2.8. It is pretty good also. The 500 is excellent in a light weight 500 super telephoto. And not to cheap anymore. Kinda pricy. If i had it to do over again i would buy the canon or nikon version. They have many features that are better. But I already owned the Pentax K-7 and 1.4 and 2.0 T.C. ‘s. So as not being one to make a living shooting wildlife it is just exceptional for me. Don’t listen to the guys that say Sigma is second best in IQ. It is almost there with them now..” – by Gary
Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX DG IF HSM APO Sample Photos
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Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX DG IF HSM APO Features& Specifications
This Sigma APO 500mm F4.5 EX DG is a large aperture telephoto lens that can capture sharp images of fast-moving subjects. When doing sport or nature photography there is often no substitute for focal length. More millimeters get you closer to the subject whether it’s a running back in a football game or a monster moose grazing in a pasture. Two ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion) glass elements provide optimum color correction and sharpness throughout the entire zoom range and a new multi-layer lens coating technology and lens design formula reduce flare and ghosting.
Rear insertion 46mm filters with provision for easy rotation of polarizing filters. Also, compatible with the Sigma APO Tele Converters to provide additional focal length as a 700mm F8 or 1000mm F11 lens. The Sigma 500mm provides excellent optical performance at a large aperture of f4.5; and this lens is priced substantially lower than the competitive camera manufacturers’ lenses.
Lens Construction: 11 Elements in 8 Groups
APO Tele Converter: 1.4X MF 2X MF
Angle of View: 5º
Number of Diaphragm Blades: 9
Mininum Aperture: f32
Minimum Focusing Distance: 400 cm / 157.5 in
Filter Size (mm): 46 (Rear)
Maximum Magnifications: 1:7.7
Dimensions (Diameter x Length): 123 x 349.5 mm/4.8 x 13.8 in
Weight: 3100g / 109.7oz.
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