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Old 08-19-2010   #1
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Default Sigma 150-500 OS Vs Sigma 50-500 OS

Hi friends,

I am new in the field of photography. I am found of birds and capturing them in camera.I have purchased Niko D5000 kit and Sigma 70-300 APO (3 month back) and working fine. I think I am need one more lens minimum 500 mm focal length.

I have gone through many reviews and I found two low cost lens of Sigma 150-500 OS & 50-500 OS (new). There is no major differance in build, Tech specification in both the lenses(may be I could not notice) but Sigma 50-500 OS cost almost double compared to 150-500 OS. Is it because of differance focal length? or really some differance.

Both the lens has mixed reviews.
I think person who used the both lens can guide me better.
please advise which lens I should preffered.

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Default Re: Sigma 150-500 OS Vs Sigma 50-500 OS

its because of the focal length.
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Default Re: Sigma 150-500 OS Vs Sigma 50-500 OS

Would have to agree.. The focal length is the major difference between the two now. If you are using it mostly for bird photography, you would rarely use the 50-150mm range in my opinion. These are good lenses for the money, but are definitely no match for the more expensive primes that are out there. I would search Flickr and Pbase for images taken with it to give you an idea what they are capable of.. Good luck!
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Default Re: Sigma 150-500 OS Vs Sigma 50-500 OS

Why not look right here? At least for the 50-500 OS - By the way, there are some significant differences other than the zoom range in terms of speed of autofocus, sharpness, etc...

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Default Re: Sigma 150-500 OS Vs Sigma 50-500 OS

I've owned both and the 150-500 is the better lens in my opinion.

Just an FYI, I've just found out that both of these lenses have the potential for the autofocus to quit working correctly. It's covered under warranty, but just something to be aware of.
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You've owned the 50-500 OS or the non stabilized 50-500? They are "not" the same lens..... The reason I asked is that the 50-500 OS is a very "new" lens just being released. I beta tested it...

I find it difficult to believe that "if" you owned the 50-500 OS you found the 150-500 to be superior. This is decidedly not my experience. (80-400 OS, 150-500OS and 50-500 OS).....

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Default Re: Sigma 150-500 OS Vs Sigma 50-500 OS

Oops somehow I missed the OS part on the 50-500. I had the non-OS one.

Looking at your test, I'd say the 50 is far superior and worth the added cost.
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Hi Mike,

I had a hunch you were talking about the non-stabilized "Bigma" 50-500. It's a decent lens but the OS version is definitely in a different category for sharpness and also represents an improvement over previous OS lenses in the stability. All my test shots are hand held and I was very impressed with this new lens. I would love to own one some day. I hated to pass that one to another beta tester - LOL.

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Default Re: Sigma 150-500 OS Vs Sigma 50-500 OS

Thank you all for your kind reply. As Bill W rightly said I may not use 50-150 mm focal length for bird photography.


I have gone through the specification of both the lens.I found following difference. (Earlier I could not go in this detail)

http://www.sigmaphoto.com/shop/50-500mm-f45-63-apo-dg-os-hsm-sigma
http://www.sigmaphoto.com/shop/150-500mm-f5-63-apo-dg-os-hsm-sigma
1) Lens construction: 50-500 OS has 22 elements and 150-500 OS has 21 elements. Quality/material of internal element and outer casing/body are similar for both the lens. (Earlier 50-500 non-OS was EX lens, superior build.)
2) Number of SLD lens: 50-500 OS has 4 nos and 150-500 OS has 3 nos.
3) Filter size: 50-500 OS has 95 mm filter and 150-500 OS has 86 mm filter. Both are DG lens, means lens can be used with 35 mm sensor also.
4) Physical Length of the lens 50-500 OS is short compared to 150-500 OS.

These differences in specification confused me a lot. I contacted Sigma Representative also, as per them lens construction (except arrangement) is same and will give same IQ. I think I should put aside this difference and look in to the images captured with the both the lens. If anybody like to share knowledge on these difference, please write.


However, Linís test shows image captured with 50-500 OS is sharp. Images from 150-500 OS will surely help to understand. Please send photo captured with the lens 150-500 OS.

Mike, do send me the image.

Again thank you all.

There is a photography fair in India next week near to my town. Mean while I will study your replays and procure from the fair/equipment exhibition.
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Default Re: Sigma 150-500 OS Vs Sigma 50-500 OS

I don't have the Bigma OS but got the 150-500 OS and here are some samples, hope it helps





flying insects is a bit tougher coz maybe the lens is slow...


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