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

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Product Highlights
  • For Digital SLRs w/ Canon EF/EF-S 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 Canon EOS from Sigma is a zoom lens for digital SLR cameras with a Canon EF or EF-S 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! If the camera body does not support the HSM motor, auto focus 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
Standard to ultra telephoto zoom range makes this the 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 auto focusing 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 Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
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 Canon EOS
  • Front & Rear Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • Tripod Collar
  • Step-down Ring 95-86mm
  • 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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    Sigma50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon EOS
     
    4.5

    (based on 63 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (38)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (46)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (43)
    • Consistent output (36)
    • Durable (34)
    • Rugged (30)

    Cons

    • Heavy (50)
    • Poor in low light (12)
    • Lens creep (9)
    • Blurry focus (3)
    • Slow focus (3)

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife photos (59)
    • Landscape/scenery (41)
    • Sports/action (36)
    • Weddings (11)
    • Macro photography (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (34), Semi-pro photographer (20), Casual photographer (4), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (55)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Surprisingly Versatile

    I have used this lens for everything from wildlife, birds, landscapes, sports, and even portraits. The optical stabilization allows for handheld in many circumstances, although I do use it with a monopod...Read complete review

    I have used this lens for everything from wildlife, birds, landscapes, sports, and even portraits. The optical stabilization allows for handheld in many circumstances, although I do use it with a monopod and tripod as well. Adding the 2X extender turns this lens into an amazing 100-1000mm lens! (160-1600mm equivalent on APS-C sensor). The OS does sometimes take a second to lock on and focus, but the results are worth it.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Comparison to canon 100-400mm

    I bought this lens two years ago and have used it heavily and also have some experience with other people who have bought the canon 100-400mm and direct comparison by borrowing their...Read complete review

    I bought this lens two years ago and have used it heavily and also have some experience with other people who have bought the canon 100-400mm and direct comparison by borrowing their 100-400s. I use this lens for nature photography/birds and found some fairly serious issues with this lens. Compared to its competitor the 100-400mm the Sigma 50-500mm offers better reach, versatility, minimum focusing distance and image stabilization. The image stabilization is not 4-stops as Sigma claims it is only 3-stops but this is a good deal better than the 2-stops offered by the canon 100-400mm. The Sigma has some serious durability issues, more chromatic aberration, bokeh issues, autofocus problems and markedly worse image quality than the canon.
    While photographing at a zoo a toucan flew down and landed a few feet away while I was near a fellow canon user with a 100-400mm. I was able to retract my lens and get a beautiful shot that he missed. Please note that the MFD value is at 50mm and the maximum reproduction ratio is at 250mm. The better MFD and MRR are extremely useful in real life applications and allowed me to explore quasi-macro photography and take portraits without changing my lens which is not an option with the 100-400mm.
    The build quality is substantially worse on the sigma. I used the lens for 1 year before the autofocus broke and I did not even call sigma because although I did not drop the lens it was used almost every day for 1 year. The paint chipped, the lens picked up a ton of dust and I highly doubt sigma will honor a warranty on a lens that looks like this. It was not abused but definitely used hard for that one year. I recently called sigma and they informed me that it would take 2 weeks for the lens to be returned and I don't feel sending it for repair is worth my time. For now it is a manual focus lens with a very nice focus ring.
    I only used the autofocus on a t2i and it hunted a lot especially in low light. Everything but the 1d series will only autofocus to f5.6 and this lens is f6.3 the the vast majority of its zoom range. 1/3 stop is not significant in real life situations except to your AF system. While it will autofocus in bright light on a rebel it is fast but extremely inconsistent compared to the 100-400.
    The sharpness is good till about 250mm and then it falls off like a ski jump. Extra reach becomes a null issue if the images are soft. Better to crop the canon than get the extra reach. Even wide open sharpness or lack thereof consistent across an APS-H (1.3x) sensor and stopping down does not significantly improve sharpness. At 500mm it is mush and although you can get slightly better results with a 1.4x TC the contrast will suffer substantially and CA becomes common on high contrast images (backlit dark birds). The kenko 1.4x is much better than the sigma 1.4x which broke on me in 6 months. In post you will spend a lot of time restoring contrast and this leads to an almost surreal look to your pictures if you shoot RAW, have fun with JPEGS. You can also get more onion bokeh and although OOF points of light appear circular they sometimes get banding through them. Not so pretty.
    The weight will be an issue for people not used to super-telephoto lenses; for those who have handled super-telephoto lenses the weight will be refreshing. I was considering buying the 180mm 2.8 OS macro but the Sigma corporation did not inspire confidence when I talked to them about my issues with their products. I will miss the reach and razor thin DOF but I do not have the time, money and effort to waste on a poor quality lens with better IQ so I will be purchasing the Canon 100mm IS macro and will probably stick to Canon, Tamron (research the lens model before purchase) and Kenko. I hope this makes your choice lens choices more clear and if you can only get one lens, will not use it hard, don't need the best autofocus and IQ is not paramount then this will be a good lens for you, for the rest of the world get the 100-400, a good walkaround lens and some extension tubes for close-up photography (I have a hard time calling it true macro).

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    5.0

    Sigma 50-500mm

    By Keith33

    from Walla walla Wa.

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

    I have looked for a long time, to find a lens that will work for most of the pictures that I do with out changing all the time. I have had this lens for couple of weeks. It is so awesome, I shoot baseball and a lot of different activities. I believe. This is one of the most usable lens I have.

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    5.0

    Another great lens from Sigma

    By Black Russian

    from New York City

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Huge zoom range
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Lens Creep

    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 Canon EOS:

    So far I used it to shoot parade, wedding, surprise engagement, and football game.
    Image quality is about 95% of Canon's 100-400 L series lens. Unless you're shooting for National Geographic, it won't be obvious for your clients, but extra zoom on both ends will be. On my 7D image quality and sharpness are very good all the way through 400mm, and still good at 500.
    Focusing speed and accuracy is about the same as mentioned Canon.
    The only drawback: it is heavy, but so are 300, 400 and 500mm primes!
    I have no regrets of buying it.

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    4.0

    Super value for the buck.

    By Sparks7

    from Hope, RI

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    I use it for all types of wildlife, Flowers, air shows, fast sailboats etc. This is one amazing lens as long as you have enough light to satisfy that f/6.3. It has nice crisp focus and feels nice and tight around the barrel. The only drawback is it's 4lbs. weight but so is the rest of them around this size. Best advice is, shop around. It can vary in the hundreds in price between different sites.

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    5.0

    Amazing and flexible Lens

    By Inaz4sun

    from Arizona

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • OS
    • Range
    • Value

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    Wasn't sure exactly what this lens would be like when I ordered it. First thing you notice is that its huge and heavy (heavy usually = quality). When you attach the lens hoods this lens looks like a telescope. At 500mm I was thinking there would be no way I could hand hold it and get sharp photos, but wow was I wrong. Even fully extended to 500mm and shooting wide open my photos are crisp. The optical stabilization gives you several stops which is awesome when hand holding at 500mm. With the zoom range you can get just about anything you want so don't have to switch lenses. This will make your other lenses look like toys. Build construction feels excellent. I'm able to get in tight on wildlife and other subjects like never before with my Canon 70-200 or Tamron 18-250 and the quality of images are very close to or better than my Canon L, but I would give the bokeh edge to the Canon, but not by much. You will get tired hand holding it for a long time, but the beauty is you can hand hold and get great shots. It does an excellent job of collecting light. There is some vignetting at 500mm but it can be corrected post production if you need to. I'm very satisfied with this lens and would recommend it to anyone who wants to take a jump into this price range. Just know it won't fit in your camera bag, but thankfully it comes with its own carrying bag.

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    5.0

    great lens for birding and wildlife

    By CAROL

    from Boca Raton,Florida

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

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

    I use it for taking great photographs of birds and wildlife, especially in Costa Rica. It really brings the feathers and features into sharp focus with fine detail. I have successfully photographed birds flying with wings spread as well as tiny frogs. I use them on calendars to promote education about the environment.
    I appreciate being able to use it on close and distant objects since it has such a wide range. Of course that does make it a bit challenging to focus when the bird is among branches and leaves. No problem when it is open space.

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    5.0

    Love this lens

    By Tweety2uiam

    from Smithfield,NC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

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

      Great for wildlife. Best with a tripod.

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      4.0

      Good optical quality

      By Riven

      from Jersey City, NJ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

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

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

      I use this lens for wild life and performance in theatre or auditorium. It has a very convenient focus length range so I don't need to change lenses frequently. Also it has a very good optical quality, especially around 70-300mm. At 200mm focal length, it has 1:3 magnification and can be used as a macro lens. This lens is useful and very functional. The only problem is too big and heavy. I have to prepare a large bag to contain it.

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      5.0

      Very nice bang for the buck

      By John

      from Hill Country, TX

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I did a lot of research for a nice long-reach telephoto lens and decided to get this Sigma lens. First impressions are fantastic. Not having a lens of this calibre before getting this lens might bias my review too generous. For me the images I'm getting are unbelievable and puts new life into my hobby. The autofocus is super fast and quiet; however in certain situations the focus will hunt for focus when using spot focus. This mostly occurs trying to target a small bird hidden in a bunch of branches. I'm using a gimble head on a tripod which works very well. You can hand-hold this lens but you'll get tired fast for extended periods of time. Be sure to attached the strap that comes with the lens for added safety. This lens is very heavy and doesn't bounce very well! Since I'm using an APS-C camera (Canon 70D), I opted to use the step-down filter ring and get a Sigma 86mm UV filter to protect the front of the lens. I like the crop factor with this combination which gives an effective focal length of 80-800mm.

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      5.0

      Outstanding Lense

      By Carlos A Negron

      from Puerto Rico

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

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

      Taking Training

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      5.0

      Love it!!

      By Rick

      from Waco, TX

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      This is a well made lens and a great value for the cost. I'm sure there are many who criticize it when compared to lenses that cost much more. I suspect those people could not tell the difference in the picture quality if they were shown two properly exposed and focused pictures from two different lenses. I believe this was a great choice. It is pretty heavy so make sure you have a good tripod.

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      5.0

      I Love it!

      By sdhawk

      from West Ky

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      Great product. Takes great shots. Took it on vacation and used it everywhere. It's a little heavy but I can deal with that for the benefits I get.

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      5.0

      Great lens

      By Tony

      from Bay Area, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        For it's class I consider it light. Feels solid. Haven't taken it on an extensive test drive yet but the pictures it's produced so far are very nice.

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        4.0

        Bigma, good lens for your money.

        By Arnie

        from Friendswood, TX

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • 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 Canon EOS:

        Very good lens over all. A little on the heavy side but managable. I have been using it with a monopod but it can be handheld with no problem. In low light situation is better to use a tripod to keep low ISO @500mm. Video is very good, very good resolution and clear. There is a little problem with lens creeping, even when the lock is on. Most likely is the lock it self but not mush of and issue for me; At least not for now.

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        5.0

        Worked perfectly

        By Barb O

        from Middletown, NJ

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        My sister and I went to the Sax-Zim Bog Festival in MN. We are amateurs. We purchased these lenses for the specific purpose of taking pictures of the boreal, great gray, barred and whatever other kind of owls we could find. While we might have done better having a tripod for this lens, it really was great without the tripod. A little heavy, but then again, what big lens isn't? I got perfect pictures with this lens. We saw some guy with a 600 mm lens that was WAY bigger than ours so I was happy to be toting the 50-500 mm lens and NOT have to have a tripod. Now these guys are professionals so their camera was attached to a tripod as they whipped it out of their cars and placed it in the snow. But we were happy just taking our cameras out and being able to get some beautiful shots. I would highly recommend this lens.

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        5.0

        Surprisingly Versatile

        By Conrad

        from Ontario, Canada

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Range
        • Rugged

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Lens Creep

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        I have used this lens for everything from wildlife, birds, landscapes, sports, and even portraits. The optical stabilization allows for handheld in many circumstances, although I do use it with a monopod and tripod as well. Adding the 2X extender turns this lens into an amazing 100-1000mm lens! (160-1600mm equivalent on APS-C sensor). The OS does sometimes take a second to lock on and focus, but the results are worth it.

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        4.0

        Very Nice!

        By Greenecounty17

        from Arkansas

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Lens Creep
        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        I am a sheriff's deputy and I bought this lens for surveillance photography and it does not disappoint. On my Canon T2i it gives fine detail at the 500mm length. It is heavy but you should know that before you purchase it.

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        4.0

        pretty good lens

        By Ani

        from FL

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable

        Cons

        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        impressions after the first shoot
        - really like the 50-500 range
        - great for out doors
        - slow to focus

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        5.0

        Superb children and wildlife lens

        By ewe

        from New Orleans, LA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          Great lens for shooting children pictures. Saves a lot of movement. You can zoom in for close-up from long away. You also can zoom out to pick up as much context as you want, or for when the child comes towards your place. This lens saves lots or running around.

          Tried it at the zoo, and is great for picking up close shots from far away.

          Fast focus. Lens is fast enough for daytime, especially with the good quality high iso available on modern digital cameras. I have not tried it at night or in low light.

          Focus seems to be fast with a Canon 5D Mk III.

          It is heavy, but less than you might expect given the focal range.

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          4.0

          Perfect lens zoom

          By Steven

          from Australia

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          Excellent for zooming, perfect size.

          Little heavy if carrying around all day.

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          2.0

          Comparison to canon 100-400mm

          By Natureshots

          from Connecticut, USA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

            Cons

            • Blurry Focus
            • Difficult to Clean
            • Lens Creep
            • Poor in Low Light
            • Poor Sharpness 250mm
            • Weak Casing

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I bought this lens two years ago and have used it heavily and also have some experience with other people who have bought the canon 100-400mm and direct comparison by borrowing their 100-400s. I use this lens for nature photography/birds and found some fairly serious issues with this lens. Compared to its competitor the 100-400mm the Sigma 50-500mm offers better reach, versatility, minimum focusing distance and image stabilization. The image stabilization is not 4-stops as Sigma claims it is only 3-stops but this is a good deal better than the 2-stops offered by the canon 100-400mm. The Sigma has some serious durability issues, more chromatic aberration, bokeh issues, autofocus problems and markedly worse image quality than the canon.
            While photographing at a zoo a toucan flew down and landed a few feet away while I was near a fellow canon user with a 100-400mm. I was able to retract my lens and get a beautiful shot that he missed. Please note that the MFD value is at 50mm and the maximum reproduction ratio is at 250mm. The better MFD and MRR are extremely useful in real life applications and allowed me to explore quasi-macro photography and take portraits without changing my lens which is not an option with the 100-400mm.
            The build quality is substantially worse on the sigma. I used the lens for 1 year before the autofocus broke and I did not even call sigma because although I did not drop the lens it was used almost every day for 1 year. The paint chipped, the lens picked up a ton of dust and I highly doubt sigma will honor a warranty on a lens that looks like this. It was not abused but definitely used hard for that one year. I recently called sigma and they informed me that it would take 2 weeks for the lens to be returned and I don't feel sending it for repair is worth my time. For now it is a manual focus lens with a very nice focus ring.
            I only used the autofocus on a t2i and it hunted a lot especially in low light. Everything but the 1d series will only autofocus to f5.6 and this lens is f6.3 the the vast majority of its zoom range. 1/3 stop is not significant in real life situations except to your AF system. While it will autofocus in bright light on a rebel it is fast but extremely inconsistent compared to the 100-400.
            The sharpness is good till about 250mm and then it falls off like a ski jump. Extra reach becomes a null issue if the images are soft. Better to crop the canon than get the extra reach. Even wide open sharpness or lack thereof consistent across an APS-H (1.3x) sensor and stopping down does not significantly improve sharpness. At 500mm it is mush and although you can get slightly better results with a 1.4x TC the contrast will suffer substantially and CA becomes common on high contrast images (backlit dark birds). The kenko 1.4x is much better than the sigma 1.4x which broke on me in 6 months. In post you will spend a lot of time restoring contrast and this leads to an almost surreal look to your pictures if you shoot RAW, have fun with JPEGS. You can also get more onion bokeh and although OOF points of light appear circular they sometimes get banding through them. Not so pretty.
            The weight will be an issue for people not used to super-telephoto lenses; for those who have handled super-telephoto lenses the weight will be refreshing. I was considering buying the 180mm 2.8 OS macro but the Sigma corporation did not inspire confidence when I talked to them about my issues with their products. I will miss the reach and razor thin DOF but I do not have the time, money and effort to waste on a poor quality lens with better IQ so I will be purchasing the Canon 100mm IS macro and will probably stick to Canon, Tamron (research the lens model before purchase) and Kenko. I hope this makes your choice lens choices more clear and if you can only get one lens, will not use it hard, don't need the best autofocus and IQ is not paramount then this will be a good lens for you, for the rest of the world get the 100-400, a good walkaround lens and some extension tubes for close-up photography (I have a hard time calling it true macro).

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