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Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Sony/Minolta USA

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Product Highlights
  • For Digital SLRs w/ Sony/Minolta 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

This 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Sony/Minolta from Sigma is a zoom lens for digital SLR cameras with a Sony/Minolta lens mount. The lens has a standard to ultra telephoto zoom range that is ideal for nature, wildlife, or sports photography. The range translates into an equivalent 75-750mm when used with digital SLR cameras with an APS size chip. The lens is also compatible with full frame cameras. You can even increase your telephoto range by using the Sigma APO teleconverters.

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, four 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. 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.


Note: The filter size of this lens is 95mm and the lens is supplied with a step down ring enabling digital cameras with an APS-C size image sensor to use an 86mm filter.

Note: 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.

Note: It is not possible to use the AF and the built-in OS function of this lens when attaching it to film SLR cameras

Note! If the camera body does not support the HSM motor, autofocus will not work

Designed for use with full frame digital SLR cameras. May also be used with smaller APS-C size sensors with a corresponding effective increase in focal length to about 75 to 750mm with most cameras.
The standard to ultra telephoto zoom range makes this perfect to carry when you only have room for one lens.
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 autofocusing with full time manual focus override.
Four Special Low Dispersion (SLD) elements provide excellent correction for chromatic aberration.
The improved DG lens design corrects for various aberrations.
Super Multi Layer (SML) coating reduces ghost and flare.
Performance
Focal Length 50 - 500mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4.5 - 6.3
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 46.8° - 5.0°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.64' (49.99 cm)
Magnification 0.32x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3
Elements/Groups 22/6
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 95 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 4.1 x 8.6" (10.41 x 21.84 cm)
Weight 4.33 lb (1.96 kg)
Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Sony/Minolta
  • 95mm -86mm Step Down Ring
  • Front & Rear Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • 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.
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    Sigma50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Sony/Minolta
     
    4.6

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (8)
    • Easily interchangeable (7)
    • Strong construction (6)
    • Consistent output (5)
    • Durable (4)

    Cons

    • Heavy (7)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (8)
    • Sports/action (6)
    • Wildlife photos (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    5.0

    Great Lens

    By StephenR

    from Kansas City, MO

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Lens Creep

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Sony/Minolta:

    This lens is great for wildlife photography. The ability to get up and close to your subject at the wide range of this lens is great, and being able to really reach out there on the telephoto end is great. It's a lens that you can keep on your camera and cover just about any situation. It's on the heavy side, but it's just so versatile, it's worth the weight.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very versatile lens

    By Alvin

    from Phoenix, AZ

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Video
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Sony/Minolta:

    I mount this heavy lens on a Sony A77. This combination makes for a very versatile set up for nature/bird photography. The photo example I provided was shot hand held, lens image stabilization turned on, at 500 mm 30-40 feet away at 1000sec. I'll match any sharpness/resolution with any Canon or Nikon glass. This view is shared by other nature photographers in our local Audubon chapter. Ideally this lens camera combination is best used with a heavy tripod with a fluid head. Video clips using the tripod setup that I described produced excellent results. The only gripe I have is the auto focus produced some annoying clicks during the video as I panned the scenes. Manual focus is easy and I think an external microphone would help to reduce auto focus noise during video.

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    5.0

    A great ,powerful zoom lens.

    By Momamed Ali

    from KSA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Sports/Action

    Comments about Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Sony/Minolta:

    I use it to capture long distance objects,which showed great capability in capturing fine details.
    The great thing about it is the clarity of the pictures.The lens has a great optical stabilization and a quick silent auto focus.
    The thing that aren't great it's a bit heavy.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This was the greatest investment

    By Poppa

    from Southbridge, MA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Outdoor photos
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Sony/Minolta:

    This lens is great for nature, wild life,
    Bit heavey to hold with out tripod, but worked great both ways

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO

    By Phil

    from Panama

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Sony/Minolta:

    Very quick and quiet autofocus indeed

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Excellent..Heavy.

    By Hijjar

    from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action

    Comments about Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Sony/Minolta:

    I loved it, although it is heavy to use,everywhere and everytime.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    From Too Many Lenses to Just Right

    By TonyP.

    from Sacramento, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • A bit bulky
    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Sony/Minolta:

    I cut the number of lenses I carried down to two plus a converter. Reduced bulk and weight considerably.
    Very happy with the results

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Pleased, so far!

    By Chip T

    from Over the road trucker

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Sony/Minolta:

    I am using this lens to shoot wildlife primarily. I have just begun using it, but so far, am quite pleased with the results. At 4.5 lbs, it does require getting used to. Have only handheld it so far, no tripod yet, but most of the images are very sharp. I have seen no signs of chromatic aberration. The autofocus motor is quiet quiet quiet. Very nice. Wish it had a larger maximum aperture at 500 mm, but as long as you're shooting in good light, 6.3 is not too bad. I have shot only birds to this point, and an extra 100-200 mm of focal length would be nice, as I have gotten a bit too close to some and scared them away, but that's how it goes. I am very pleased to this point, this seems to be a very good lens.

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