Sigma APO 50-150mm f/2.8 II EX DC HSM

Last updated (09 July’10):
– Review by Lenstip

The Sigma APO 50-150mm f/2.8 II EX DC HSM features 50-150mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/2.8. The lens construction has 18 Elements in 14 Groups and has diagonal angle of view at 27.9 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 100 cm/39.4 in and has a filter size of 67mm. The Sigma APO 50-150mm f/2.8 II EX DC HSM lens weighs 1.7 pounds and it measures 3 inches in diameter and 5 inches long.

Sigma APO 50-150mm f/2.8 II EX DC HSM
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sigma APO 50-150mm f/2.8 II EX DC HSM Reviews

Lenstip reviews the Sigma APO 50-150mm f/2.8 II EX DC HSM and writes;
“So which lens you should choose? Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 or Sigma 50-150 f/2.8? First one has better optical performance, especially on APS-C/DX matrix. Astigmatism, vignetting and distortion are well controlled which is not in case of 50-150 model. But all in all advantage of 70-200 is not that big. Besides 50-150 mm is cheaper and much smaller and lighter. So if you do not plan to buy full frame camera you will not be disapointed if you choose Sigma 50-150 mm f/2.8 APO EX DC HSM. “
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ShutterBug reviews the Sigma APO 50-150mm f/2.8 II EX DC HSM and writes;
“Shooting at ISO 800 I was able to capture images at will without the pasty look of a direct flash. Just set your camera focusing to “constant” and the HSM zips back and forth quickly and quietly. This would be a great lens for gymnastics, where flash photos are not allowed.”
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The-digital-picture reviews the Sigma APO 50-150mm f/2.8 II EX DC HSM and writes;
“Flare is very well controlled at 50mm and very strong at 150mm. The transition is linear over the focal length range. Distortion consists of mild barrel distortion in the center of the frame (not as strong at corners) at 50mm transitioning to near-none at 65mm. CA (Chromatic Aberration) is basically absent at 50 and 70mm, but starts to show in the corners by 100mm and becomes strong in the corners at 150mm. Vignetting is noticeable in the corners at f/2.8 – especially at 150mm.”
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User Opinions

Sigma APO 50-150mm f/2.8 II EX DC HSM User Reviews

Light and good working distance | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I switched to this since my Nikno 70-200 was really getting heavy for a day of wedding photography. What i like: Very light, good working distance, nice easy zoom, fairly good images. What i dislike, a little soft at F2.8. Much better at F4.5. Not as vibrant colors…slighly cooler. Can easily flare…make sure you use the hood.” – by Christopher K. Seid

The Perfect DX Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“HSM – Super-Duper fast focusing. Perfect for action or candid photography. You want to take a picture of a groom sneaking a kiss, without a flash running the moment, or of your kid getting the winning basket. You want a fast constant aperture lens with HSM (or AF-S in Nikon-speak). I looked at the Tokina 50-135 which I really wanted because it was built like a tank, but it focused WAY-TOO-SLOW for sports.” – by Leigh McMullen

Great lens for prosumer DSLR | Rating: ★★★★★
“Focusing was fast and accurate and the images were outstanding. I also have a Canon EF 70-200 f2.8L IS, which is one of the best lenses money can buy. I use it a lot in studio and more controlled conditions, but the weight makes it very difficult for a long day of tourist-type walking and shooting. I used the Sigma lens extensively on a recent trip to Paris, indoors and out, It was great in the many museums where photos were allowed but only without flash.” – by David J. Pruett

Excellent lens, light, fast, best telephoto for d40, nice bokeh | Rating: ★★★★★
“Very light for its size and capability compared to the Nikkor 70-300mm or 18-200mm VR or not. Well-priced ($600-$700). Fast built-in motor (HSM) and very very quiet. The best part is the f/2.8. Able to capture images in low light settings, indoor, fast movements, way faster and way sharper than 70-300mm or 18-200mm (f/3.5 or f/5). “ – by Art P

This, I think, is the best Prosummer fast lens available at this time. | Rating: ★★★★★
“Focus is very accurate, super fast and hypersilent. Some times you don’t even know if the lens is working, it is just because the image is in focus that you note the lens focused. Construction quality is really good. The lens is inner focus and inner zoom, so there are no moving parts outside, in the open. “ – by Jesus Maldonado Garza

Fast, capable telephoto zoom | Rating: ★★★★★
“The build quality is excellent. It yeilds excellent photos at any f/stop. I seldom shoot below f/5.6. It is vastly smaller than the 70-200mm f/2.8 I borrowed. It fits comfortably in my shoulder bag. The 67mm filter size and lighter weight are important.” – by Russ

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Sigma APO 50-150mm f/2.8 II EX DC HSM User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Sigma APO 50-150mm f/2.8 II EX DC HSM Specifications

This large aperture telephoto zoom lens is designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C size sensors and its compact, lightweight body provides freedom of movement and versatility. The minimum focusing distance of 39.4 and the high-resolution power layout have improved the strength of the lens in close-up photography. This lens offers a maximum aperture of F2.8 and its large depth of field offers greater freedom of creative expression. Four SLD glass elements provide maximum correction of chromatic aberrations.

The super multi-layer lens coating reduce flare and ghosting and ensure sharp images throughout the entire zoom range. The lens design incorporates an inner focusing and inner zooming system. As the overall length of the lens does not change during focusing and zooming, convenient handling is ensured. The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) system allows quiet and high-speed auto focusing with full time manual focus override by just rotating the focusing ring. The addition of the optional 1.4x EX DG APO or 2x EX DG APO Tele Converters produce a 70-210mm F4 AF tele-zoom lens and a 100-300mm F5.6 AF ultra-telephoto zoom lens respectively.

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