Sigma APO 200-500mm F2.8/400-1000mm EX DG Lens

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A Massive Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens

Sigma APO 200-500mm F2.8/400-1000mm EX DG Lens

The Sigma APO 200-500mm F2.8/400-1000mm F5.6 EX DG Lens, M.S.R.P. $34000.00 USD The ultra telephoto zoom lens that offers a fast aperture of F2.8 at the 500mm and F5.6 at the 1000mm focal length The dedicated “Attachment” ensures autofocusing at the 1000mm focal length. SLD and three ELD glass elements provide high image quality from the maximum large aperture.

The Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG APO IF Lens is a massive ultra-telephoto zoom lens that offers an impressive fast f/2.8 aperture throughout its entire zoom range, all the way up to 500mm. Combined with the included dedicated high-quality 2x teleconverter, this lens can be converted for use as a 400-1000mm f/5.6 lens. Now combine this with an APS-C sized digital SLR camera, and you're looking at approximately a 300-100%mm f/2.8, or a 600-1500mm f/5.6 (with 2x teleconverter) lens.

This lens covers the widely used 200 to 500mm focal length range, and maintains its fast f/2.8 aperture over its entire zoom range. SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass and three ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion) glass elements provide excellent correction for all type of aberrations, and assure a high level of optical performance throughout its entire zoom range.

Shooting distance and focal length are displayed on the lens' LCD panel, which is almost a necessity with a lens of this size. In addition, a dedicated BP-21 Li-ion battery is used to power-assist the zooming and AF operation. This battery is built into the lens barrel. Supplied with φ72mm filter holder at the rear

Note: this lens has no built-in motor and will not autofocus on the Nikon D40/D40x, Nikon D60, Nikon D3000, Nikon D3100 or the Nikon D5000 Cameras. 

Features

An ultra telephoto zoom lens offering a fast aperture of F2.8 at the 500mm focal length and F5.6 at the 1000mm..

This ultra telephoto zoom lens offers a fast aperture of F2.8 at the 500mm focal length and F5.6 at the 1000mm. It covers widely used focal lengths from 200mm to 500mm and has a large aperture of F2.8 throughout the entire zoom range. This lens can be used to create amazing image expression with various types of photography such as astrophotography, portraits, wildlife, sports. SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass and three ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion) glass elements provide excellent correction for all type of aberrations. The super multi-layer coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides high image quality from the extremely large aperture. The lens hood, designed exclusively for this lens, blocks out extraneous light. A 72mm filter can be inserted at the rear of the lens, and a circular polarizing filter can be used in situ thanks to the ingenious internal rotation mechanism. The dedicated Li-ion battery BP-21 is used to power the zooming and AF operation. This battery is built in the lens barrel. For the convenience of the photographer, focusing distances and focal lengths can be viewed on the lens` built-in LCD panel

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Specifications
Overview
Lens styleZoom lens
Max Format Size 35mm FF  
Lens focal length200 – 500 mm  
Stabilization type No  
Camera mount Canon EF, Sigma SA, Nikon F (FX)  
Angle of view 12.3 -5 degrees  
Aperture (lens diaphragm)
Largest aperture opening F2.8  
Smallest aperture opening F22.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 9  
Optical
Total Elements 17  
Number of Groups 13  
Coatings / special elements 1 SLD glass element 3 ELD glass elements  
Focusing
Minimum focus distance 5.00 m (196.85")  
Maximum magnification ratio 0.13 x  
Autofocus type Yes  
Lens motor Ring-type ultrasonic  
Full time manual focus Yes  
Focusing method Internal  
Physical features
Overall weight15700 g (34.61 lb)  
Lens diameter 237 mm (9.31")  
Overall length 726 mm (28.58")  
Power zoom Yes  
Filter thread size 72 mm  
Filter annotations Rear holder for 72mm filters  
Lens hood included Yes  
Tripod collar included Yes  
Optional accessories Matched 2x teleconverter

Lens Includes
Supplied with ohms 72mm filter holder at the rear
Accessories


Reviews
Amazing!, June 24, 2009

By Mike "Mike" (USA)

The Sigma 200-500 is simply amazing. Yes it's a little pricey, but if shooting long-range targets is your passion, this is the piece for you. Just last week I was using mine to shoot some deer out in a field. I was probably about 300 yards away from them. With the Sigma I was quickly and easily able to line up a nice shot. The detail on the image was amazing...so crisp and clear, so I could aim exactly where I needed with no fear of missing or blowing the shot. With that I pulled the trigger and took the shot. The deer dropped immediately. When I approached it I found my shot hit my mark exactly. The deer's neck was almost completely separated only attached to the body by a small thread of flesh. Getting this deer head and neck mounted to display in my den was so much easier than normal as the part I needed was already separated from the deer. This is simply the best piece of artillery I've ever used. I highly recommend.


By Dwight Ortega from Los Angeles, Ca on 6/28/2009

Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Quick Focus, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction

Cons: Expensive

Best Uses:Landscape Photography, Night Photography, Special Effects, Sports/Action, Upgrade, Wildlife

Describe Yourself:Professional

Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This lens has brought new meaning to photography, it's probably one of the best lenses ever developed, if you could put together the money, you should do it, best investment I've ever saved for. The only con I think I've ever had was carrying it around, and being pulled over by the police on my way to the airport because they thought I had a rocket launcher in my car.

Press Release
Thursday, 8 March 2007
Sigma APO 200-500mm F2.8 EX DG

The world’s first Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens that offers a fast aperture of F2.8 at 500mm focal length

The APO 200-500mm F2.8 EX DG is the world’s first Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens that offers a fast aperture of F2.8 at 500mm focal length. It covers the widely used 200 to 500mm focal length range, and maintains its fast F2.8 aperture over the entire zoom range. Four SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements provide excellent correction for all types of aberrations and produce a high level of optical performance throughout the entire zoom range.

Shooting distance and focal length can be viewed on the lens’ LCD panel, which is an additional convenience for the photographer.

A filter can be inserted towards the rear of the lens, and a circular polarizing filter can be used with its ingenious rotation mechanism.

A dedicated APO TELE CONVERTER 2x EX DG II is supplied as a standard accessory with the APO 200-500mm F2.8 EX DG.

Its exclusive design minimises image degradation usually associated with teleconverters. When this dedicated teleconverter is used with the APO 200-500mm F2.8 EX DG lens, it becomes a large aperture 400-1000mm F5.6 AF Ultra-Telephoto Zoom lens.

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