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Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX DG APO HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF USA

You Pay: $4,999.00
Product Highlights
  • Telephoto

This Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX DG APO HSM lens is an Apochromatic ultra-telephoto lens with a fast f/4.5 maximum aperture, and it incorporates two ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion) glass elements to reduce chromatic aberration to a minimum. Internal focus enables responsive and fast autofocus speed.

The improved DG lens design corrects for various aberrations. This lens is specially coated to get the best color balance whilst cutting down on ghosting caused by reflections from the digital image sensor. The lens provides the utmost correction against lateral chromatic aberration which is a serious problem for digital SLR cameras.

By adding the optional Sigma APO teleconverter, you can use this lens as a 700mm f/6.3 MF ultra-telephoto lens with a 1.4x EX teleconverter, or as a 1000mm f/9 MF ultra-telephoto lens with a 2x teleconverter.

Note! HSM lenses, while able to manually focus with all Nikon F-mount cameras, will not autofocus with certain older film AF cameras. This is the same limitation as with Nikon's own AF-S lenses. Incompatible models are: N60, N55, N8008/s, N6006, N5005, N4004 & N2020.

Powerful and silent Hyper Sonic Motor enables fulltime manual focus override.
EX lens series denotes excellence of engineering and new technology.
A rotatable 46mm drop-in filter holder in the rear part of the lens barrel facilitates the use of filters including a polarizing filter.
Performance
Focal Length 500mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4.5
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View
Minimum Focus Distance 13.12' (4.00 m)
Magnification 0.12x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:8
Elements/Groups 11/8
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes
Physical
Filter Thread Rear:46 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 4.8 x 13.8" (12.19 x 35.05 cm)
Weight 6.82 lb (3.09 kg)
Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX DG APO HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF
  • Front Slip-on Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood
  • Soft Case
  • Two 46mm Rear Drop-In Filters:
  • Circular Polarizer
  • Normal (UV)
  • Front Protective Filter
  • Limited 1-Year North and South America Warranty Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
  • Limited 3-Year U.S.A. Extended Warranty Extension Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
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    Sigma500mm f/4.5 EX DG APO HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF
     
    4.6

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (4)
    • Strong construction (4)
    • Durable (3)
    • Rugged (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife photos (4)
      • Sports/action (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (4)

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      4.0

      Great product

      By Mike

      from Iowa

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX DG APO HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

        High quality, great pricing

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        • No

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        (8 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Not a sharp lens

        By Matt J.

        from Crested Butte, CO

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Rugged

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus
        • Heavy

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX DG APO HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

          This lens simply isn't very sharp unless it is stopped way down. I felt it was terrible below f/8. If it's soft wide open, why carry around such a huge lens? For about the same price, I picked up a Nikon AF-S 500mm F/4 and it is super-sharp wide open, but is a little bigger. The Nikon is sharper at f/4.5 than this lens was at any aperture and works wonderfully for tracking birds in flight. I returned my Sigma.

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          (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY

          By Jippie5735

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX DG APO HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

            Really glad I bought this lens. Super sharp and very fast focus. Really good for wildlife and nature work.

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            (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This a WOW Lens

            By Jippie5735

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX DG APO HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

              I must admit that when I bought this lens, rather than the NIKON 500 f4.5, my expectations were somewhat low. I was greatly suprized at the high quality of this glass. Better than my older 400 f/3.5 EDIF. Get this lens.

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              (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fantastic product!

              By Rolf Müller

              from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX DG APO HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

              I'm using it on my safari in africa.
              Really great results, lower costs than nikor lenses, but real good investment, I'm very happy with this lense....

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              (26 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent lens at 2/3rds the price

              By Dennie

              from Rapid City South Dakota

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Reviewer

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                    Comments about Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX DG APO HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                    This is an excellent lens. Extremely sharp focus, fairly lightweight for an F4.5. Will not autofocus with the sigma 1.4 EX teleconverter but no big problem. About 2/3 the price of a Nikor lens. Rotating filter drawer works well with a polarizing filter. I have used this lens to photograph big game in the west and it has been a real workhorse for the $$$$$

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                    (24 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent wildlife lens at about 1/2 the cost

                    By Dennie

                    from USA Rapid City SD

                    Comments about Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX DG APO HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                    This lens is extremely sharp, I have photographed everything from grizzly bears to prairie dogs without any complaints. I have photographed wolves in the Lamar Valley at 1/30 sec, with extremely sharp results. This lens is extremely well designed, with the rotating filter drawer. Very lightweight for such a large glass. Extremely fast focus. I would not be without this lens on any trip.

                    Expertise: Advanced Amateur

                    Problems Encountered: No problems encountered

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