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

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Product Highlights
  • Zoom Super Telephoto
  • Compatible w/Sigma APO Teleconverters

This Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Lens is an ultra telephoto zoom lens ideal for nature, wildlife, or sports photography. This zoom range translates into an equivalent range of 225-750mm when used with a Nikon DX digital SLR camera with an APS-C size sensor.

The OS (Optical Stabilizer) system minimizes image blur caused by camera shake, and offers the equivalent of shooting at a shutter speed 3-4 stops faster. This allows handheld telephoto zoom shooting even in poorly lit conditions.

The use of the OS (Optical Stabilizer) system, HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), APO apochromatic design, three elements of SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass, and multicoated optics all enable this lens to provide a high level of performance throughout its entire zoom range, as well as versatility. A rear focus system insures quick, convenient manual focus and a non-rotating front barrel.

The improved DG lens design corrects for various aberrations. This lens is specially coated to get the best color balance, while 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 210-700mm f/7-9 manual focus ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a 1.4X EX teleconverter, or as a 300-1000mm f/10-13 manual focus ultra-telephoto zoom 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.

The OS system uses two sensors inside the lens to detect vertical and horizontal movement of the camera. It works by moving an optical image stabilizing lens group, to effectively compensate for camera shake. It automatically detects movement of the camera and compensates for camera shake when shooting a moving subject such as motor sports.
The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) system ensures quiet and high-speed auto focusing with full time manual focus override.
Three Special Low Dispersion (SLD) elements provide excellent correction for chromatic aberration.
Super Multi Layer (SML) coating reduces ghost and flare.
Performance
Focal Length 150 - 500mm
Comparable DX Focal Length: 225 - 750 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/5 - 6.3
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 16.4° - 5°
Minimum Focus Distance 7.22' (2.20 m)
Magnification 0.19x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 21/15
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes
Physical
Filter Thread 86 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.7 x 9.9" (9.40 x 25.15 cm)
Weight 4.19 lb (1.90 kg)
Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF
  • Front & Rear Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • TS-31 Tripod Collar
  • Case
  • Strap
  • 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.
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Sigma150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF
     
    4.4

    (based on 238 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (115)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (105)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (181)
    • Strong construction (142)
    • Consistent output (119)
    • Easily interchangeable (105)
    • Durable (93)

    Cons

    • Heavy (139)
    • Poor in low light (34)
    • Lens creep (32)
    • Slow focus (16)
    • Blurry focus (5)

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife photos (160)
    • Sports/action (112)
    • Landscape/scenery (70)
    • Wildlife (50)
    • General purpose (17)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (108), Semi-pro photographer (45), Enthusiast (36), Pro photographer (13), Semi-professional (12)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (132), Yes (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Far exceeded expectations

    The one star reviews had me worried. Having used the lens for over a month I am extremely pleased with the results. I do hand-held shots of birds perched and in flight, and...Read complete review

    The one star reviews had me worried. Having used the lens for over a month I am extremely pleased with the results. I do hand-held shots of birds perched and in flight, and of the 500 photos I have taken only a couple have been rejected due to lens limitations. Good lighting is required. This lens gives me results that I could not have obtained with my Nikon 18-200 mm lens. One photo has an Eastern Phoebe with a bug in its bill and is crystal sharp. In good lighting I usually shoot at 1/1000 second to stop action in flight.. The very fast focus makes it possible to find and photograph birds in flight. The price is more than "right". Of course, other wildlife has been photographed with the same results. The lens is obviously heavy, and I recommend an extra support strap.

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    Sigma 150mm-500mm lens review

    Nice lens at a nice price. Focus not as sharpe as I would like. Auto focus a little slow especially shooting moving animals.

    Nice lens at a nice price. Focus not as sharpe as I would like. Auto focus a little slow especially shooting moving animals.

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    5.0

    Great for Capturing Wildlife

    By Jen in Colorado

    from Parker, CO

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

    This is a good lens for bringing objects in closer. I took a wildlife cruise and got some great shots of bears and eagles with this lens.

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    5.0

    Great

    By Big Jake

    from Anaconda, MT

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

    So far the lens is great. I have taken some Sport Pictures and Wildlife and I am more than pleased with the results. I would recommend this lens to everyone looking for a large zoom.

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    5.0

    Note for Nikon D5300 Owners

    By Eric

    from South Florida

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Lens Creep
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

    Be sure to contact B&H when ordering to make sure you're shipped a lens with the newest firmware from Sigma. Those lenses with the newest firmware have a sticker on the box saying it's "D5300 Compatible." Without the newest firmware the autofocus and OS will not work properly with the D5300. Sigma will provide the firmware update for free, you just have to pay to ship the lens to them in NY. You can read more about the firmware issue here: http://www.sigmaphoto.com/article/information-regarding-the-nikon-d5300-cameras.

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    5.0

    Great Lens for the price

    By Photoray

    from Sacramento, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

    Great for shoting birds and wildlife. A lttle heavy, but still managible.

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    5.0

    Great lens

    By Mapster

    from Wisconsin

    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

    All I can say is what a lens. It is sharp and zooms in great. Bought it to catch a few shots of some foxes in our backyard. Does everything I had hoped! Couldn't be happier!

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    4.0

    Great reach

    By Addison

    from Baltimore, MD

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Prica
    • Value

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action

      Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

      I like to shoot planes flying by. Typically the planes are 7 miles up. Its not easy, they're going fast. Autofocus is a must.

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      4.0

      Sigma 500 mm

      By Brant

      from Auburn, CA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

      So far so good.
      Easy install.worked right away.

      Using for birding, and liking it so far!

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      5.0

      Great lens for the money.

      By Susan

      from Iowa

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

      I've only had this lens a short time but I am totally pleased with it. I enjoy photographing birds and other wildlife. The shots are crisp and clear. Although it is a bit heavier than I expected it is easy to compensate for the weight. I highly recommend this lens.

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      4.0

      Great lens for the money

      By BPH

      from Montana

      Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

      A little larger tha I was expecting, not the greatest in low light , but it is an awesome lense for the money

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      4.0

      Surprisingly sharp, autofocus o.k.

      By Captain Bob

      from Captain Cook, Hawaii, Hawaii

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

          The Sigma 150-500 f5-6.3 autofocus lens on my crop sensor D7000 has an effective focal length of 225-750 mm and I use it 95% of the time fully zoomed out for shooting Hawaii's small and larger birds in the "wild" (as opposed to set up shots with a bird feeder). I either shoot with a tripod from a blind or more recently by handholding and relying on Optical Stabilization..

          The optical stabilization feature of the lens is what makes possible handholding this fully zoomed out lens for shooting bigger flying birds like egrets or Hawaiian hawks and shooting sitting but constantly moving smaller birds at ISO 100-200 (higher than that produces unacceptable noise levels). The OS feature enables me to handhold at 2-3 f stops when otherwise the f6.3 maximum aperture at 750 mm would mean too slow a shutter speed for sharp images. Of course, I might be able to stretch to a claimed 4 stop advantage but then in post-processing I'd have to deal with too much noise to give clean images.

          I find that if the target bird is no bigger in the view finder than the 6mm focus area I've specified I won't get a good image no matter how steady I hold the camera. That means I've got to get closer to the birds and that means less time to focus, give OS a chance to stabilize, and get the shot(s) because small birds move a lot even when sitting 'still'. In this regard the moderate autofocus speed of the Sigma lens is just adequate. I'd like to have it be faster and it bogs down even more shooting during the golden hours around sunrise or sunset when light levels are low and shadows are deeper.

          Still though for an "ultra telephoto" lens at this low a price I couldn't ask for more in sharpness when fully zoomed, autofocus speed, general chromatic quality and solid build quality. Bokeh is good with nicely rounded highlights (instead of obvious geometric shapes from too few iris blades)

          When I first got my Sigma I did some testing under controlled and uniform conditions at focal lengths ranging in 50 mm intervals from 150-500 and at maximum and medium apertures to test sharpness using a resolution test chart from Cornell U. I found that from 400 to 500 mm produced optimum sharpness with no significant chromatic aberration or fringing. At 200 mm the lens produced a slightly softer image but that's not what I have the lens for so it doesn't matter to me.

          The D7000 with battery grip and the Sigma lens weighs 6 lbs 11 oz or just over 3 kg. The provided lens handle fits into a Swiss-Arca style tripod bracket but I use an additional bracket which has safety stops to keep the lens from sliding out of the bracket as long as the clamp screw on the tripod mount is tight enough. To me the total weight allows hand held fully zoomed shots for up to maybe 30 seconds but beyond that it's a bit much. The only thing the lens could do to improve on this would be faster autofocusing in low light.

          In summary, unless you can/want to spend thousands for a faster autofocusing telephoto and if you're shooting wildlife you'd be hard pressed to find a better lens for the money. If you need a faster lens with the same or further reach and faster auto focus you'll have to look at more expensive lenses.

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          5.0

          Awesome lens!

          By Sandra

          from Clearwater, FL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

          I use this lens for outdoor sports. I shoot college golf and high school sports. The pictures are wonderful! I am able to get so much more from this lens--I was using a 200mm and what a difference. I was surprised the lens doesn't creep--has a lock which is very helpful. Best if used with a monopod--gets too heavy and hard to hand hold.

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          4.0

          great lens for outdoor wildlife

          By DP

          from HERSHEY PA.

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

          • Lens Creep

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

          Best used in good light, but has worked well on overcast days. I mostly shot birds on a sunny day with good results. I rented this lens for a weekend trip and was glad I did!! i would've never had the reach with my 70-300. I am saving my money to purchase this lens, hopefully doesn't go off sale before I am ready. Good focus and nice tracking birds in flight with os 1.

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          5.0

          150-500

          By Paul

          from Sequim, WA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action

            Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

            I am very happy with this purchase it has met all my telephoto needs. easy to use. the best thing is you don't need a tripod to get clear photos

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            5.0

            Satisfied

            By MYilmaz

            from Istanbul Turkey

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

              Good product

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              5.0

              Sigma 150-500mm Zoom Lens

              By tbuick

              from Southern Pines, NC

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Pros

              • Clarity At 500 Mm
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

              I received this lens for Christmas. Weather has been cold and I have not taken many pictures. Camera is Nikon D7000. However, last night (4:00AM) I took some pictures of the moon. Wow, I was impressed with the clarity/detail. I could see the craters. Used F Stop of 14 with fast shutter. Optical stabilizer off. Auto focus on. After read some negative reviews concerning lack of focus for this lens at 500mm I was very pleased to see that "my" lens is on the money. Also, there is no "loose" feeling when lens is mounted to camera.

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              3.0

              A lens to have

              By Goethe1

              from US

              Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

              We purchased this lens for a vacation trip to complement a 24-55mm/2.8 and the 70-200mm/2.8. It is a good lens for the money. The main limitation is the performance in low light a fact you know upfront if you are not inclined to invest a couple of thousand dollars more for 2.8 lens.

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              5.0

              Great Telephoto

              By Dale

              from St Louis, MO

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                Not a lot heavier than the 70-200mm lens with more zoom. Focus is quick and zoom easy to coordinate. With the 1.4 teleconverter makes a nice 700mm wildlife lens.

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                5.0

                perfection..

                By malibu

                from iowa

                Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                Plenty of reach awesome lens..

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                5.0

                150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Excellent

                By Captain PDP

                from New York City

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                  This is an excellent zoom lens. I have used it for sporting events, Nature Photography and Recently used it to photograph Tigers. Great zoom, auto focus and stabilizing capabilities. I love this lens. I use it with my D7000 and D700 DSLR's. I will be also using it on the Thanksgiving Day Parade this year 2013 in NYC. Excellent lens for the Money.

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                  5.0

                  Totally happy with my sigma 150-500mm

                  By Des Loves Eagles

                  from Hialeah Fl

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                    I use this lens for wildlife mostly eagles

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