Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS HSM Lens

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Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 OS HSM Lens-AngleThis ultra-telephoto zoom lens covers a telephoto range up to 500mm and allows photographers to bring the subject close and short perspective. Sigma's original OS (Optical Stabilizer) function offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower. It is ideal for sports, wildlife and landscape photography with handheld shooting. Three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements provide excellent correction for chromatic aberration. This lens is equipped with a rear focus system that minimizes fluctuation of aberration caused by focusing.

The super multi-layer lens coating reduces flare and ghosting. High image quality is assured throughout the entire zoom range. This lens incorporates HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), which ensures a quiet and high-speed AF as well asfull-time manual focusing capability.

HSM means this lens will autofocus on Nikon D40/D40x, Nikon D60, Nikon D3000, Nikon D3100 and the Nikon D5000

The addition of the (optional) 1.4x EX DG APO or 2x EX DG APO Tele Converters produce a 210-700mm F7-9 MF ultra-telephoto zoom lens or a 300-1000mm F10-13 MF ultra-telephoto zoom lens respectively. A removable tripod socket (TS-31) is included as a standard component.

Features

Incorporating Sigma's original OS (Optical Stabilizer) function.

An ultra-telephoto zoom lens covers a telephoto range up to 500mm and allows short perspective.

Three SLD glass elements and a rear focus system provide optimum image quality throughout the entire zoom range.

Super multi-layer coating reduces flare and ghosting.

HSM ensures quiet and high-speed autofocus.

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Specifications
Basics
Lens styleZoom lens
Max Format Size 35mm FF  
Lens focal length150 500 mm  
Stabilization type Yes (4 stops claimed)  
Camera mount Canon EF, Pentax KAF3, Sony Alpha, Sigma SA, Nikon F (FX)  
Angle of view 16.4-5  
Aperture
Largest aperture opening F5.0 - F6.3  
Smallest aperture opening F22.0 - F28.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 9  
Optics
Total Elements 21  
Number of Groups 15  
Coatings / special elements 3 SLD glass elements  
Focusing
Minimum focus distance 2.20 m (86.61")  
Maximum magnification ratio 0.19 x  
Autofocus type Yes  
Lens motor Ring-type ultrasonic  
Full time manual focus Yes  
Focusing method Rear  
Lens distance scale Yes  
Depth of field scale No  
Physical
Overall weight1780 g (3.92 lb)  
Lens diameter 95 mm (3.73")  
Overall length 252 mm (9.92")  
Sealing No  
Zooming method Rotary (extending)  
Filter thread size 86 mm  
Filter annotations Does not rotate on focusing  
Lens hood included Yes  
Tripod collar included Yes  
Optional accessories 1.4x EX DG APO Tele Converter 2x EX DG APO Tele Converter

Lens Includes
Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens
Front & Rear Caps
Lens Hood
TS-31 Tripod Collar
Case
Strap
1-Year Warranty
Accessories

Reviews
Get it, what are you waiting for?, April 20, 2009

By Bernhard L. Tebbens (Lincoln, DE USA)

Wowww, I love it! I read all the reviews, asked folks that have one on the photo site flickr.com and anyone else I could. Those that had one had nothing but praise for it. Currently it's the only lens I'm using and don't plan on taking it off any time soon. I have used it to get wonderful pictures of eagles, osprey, fox, you name it and it really helps by getting that extra reach that my Sigma 70-300 just couldn't give me. I use the canon monopod that ebay sells most of the time when possible but isn't 100% neccessary especially when trying to capture flying birds ect.

The price is great for the bang this lens gives you. I got it from 47st photo in 2 days and with free shipping through ebay. I'm using it with a Nikon d40 and have been so glad I did. A great blessing! My next upgrade I hope is for the d90, hopefully sooner then latter. The OS works very well but you can't expect miracles at 500mm if your all over the place. I've been trying to zoom out when I begin to track a flying bird at any distance and then zoom in on it as I try to capture it, other wise you'll never find it. There are 2 settings for the OS and #2 seems to work best for my conditions. If you've got decent light and a lot of my shots are early in the morning and in the woods, this lens will astound you.

There are at times some hunting, especially if there are vines or obstructions in the way you may have to move the camera a bit to get by them but it's just seeing what you give it. The lens also does a wonderful job at macro shots by zooming in your close subject. I think 7 ft is the closes it will allow you focus on an object. I did purchase a 7yr extended warrenty by Mack for almost nothing just for that extra peace of mind. Did I say I really, really like this lens! You can check out some of the shots I've got by clicking my flickr link here. My e-mail address is there as well if you have any further questions. Hope this helps. BTW, my wife has really enjoyed the results this lens has helped me get. Hey that's always a good thing;) http://www.flickr.com/photos/21183284@N05/


Sigma 150-500mm for Nikon DSLR, March 17, 2009

By Nicholas Chill "Nick Chill" (San Diego, CA)

I am an amateur bird photographer in the San Diego area. I puchased a Nikon D60 with the Nikkor 55-200mm VR. After a short while it was obvious that the 200mm wasn't going to cut it for bird photography.

I recently purchased the Sigma 150-500 and I am thrilled at it's performance so far.

Tripod mounted, the lens is fantastic of course. Panning with a ball head, following birds in flight over the lake, produce some great images. The OS has two modes, the first of which is great for tripod panning, reducing horizontal blur.

With the incorporation of OS (Optical Stabilization) this lens is more than capable hand-held. Switched to the second mode, the OS will reduce vertical image blur. I have been able to track flying hawks at 500mm, with amazing clarity. I am very impressed with the hand-held images I am able to get.

The auto-focus is not the fastest on this lens, but has been acceptable for in-flight bird shots that require quick changes in focus.

When it comes to nature photography, the zoom is a must. While following birds, I often go from 200mm all the way out to 500mm and back again, chasing them around the sky. A dedicated telephoto, without zoom, will of course provide better image quality, but at the price of limited focal length versatility. This lens provides a great balance for photographing wildlife.

Overall I have been impressed by the quality of this affordable super-telephoto lens. Compared to the more expensive options, this lens is also very light, making it perfect for a nature photographer on the move.

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