* For Digital SLRs w/ Nikon Mount
* Full Size or APS Size Chip Cameras
* Standard to Super Telephoto Zoom
* OS (Optical Stabilizer) Minimizes Blur
* Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM)
* Compatible w/Sigma APO Teleconverters
Sigma’s NEW APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM is an advanced optical design of this 10x power high-performance zoom lens that covers the standard-to-super-telephoto range, now with the added advantage of Sigma’s own Optical Stabilization which offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible. Sigma is the only one to offer OS for Sony and Pentax mount where the image is stabilized in the viewfinder if chosen.
For many photographers, having an “all-in-one” lens is an absolute dream. Especially for nature photographers, the idea of a lens suitable for landscape photography at the short end of the zoom range, while still having enough reach for wildlife is a great option. Add to that, the ability to close focus on small objects in the field such as flowers and it’s the perfect backpackers’ lens. Four SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements provide optimum color correction & sharpness throughout the entire zoom range and super Multi-Layer lens coating reduces flare and ghosting and assures high image quality throughout the entire zoom range. With no need to change lenses, there is less chance of dirt or moisture entering the camera and fouling the imaging sensor.
The filter size of this lens is Diameter 95mm and the lens is supplied with a step down ring enabling digital cameras with an APS-C size image sensor to use an Diameter 86mm filter.
*It is not possible to use a Polarizing filter with the step down ring. If you attach a Polarizing filter, you may not be able to remove it from the lens again.
Would you recommend the product? Yes |
Price you paid?: $1,100.00
| Rating: 8
Outstanding sharpness at 50mm and f.5,6. Very good sharpness until 420mm at F9-11
Sharpness at 500mm. CAs at 500mm. Overal light performance.
This lens is really ideal for D300S, D5000 and D7000. Using it on D800E shows it's unforgivingness for low shutter speeds. The resolution capacity is however still good enough for such high res cameras. For strong and persevering arms, this is a very good walk around lens. Looking at the average retail pricing and for those that thoroughly shop around for the best price, at 400mm this lens outperforms a Nikon 70-200 VRII with a TC 2.0 III at less than half the price and a lot more flexibility. Apart from build quality, I believe this is a fair comparison. The Nikon primes at 400, 500 and 600 are a league of their own in both price and optical quality that is usually not something considered by those that have a budget that makes them consider the Sigma 50-500 OS.