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Sigma Zoom Telephoto 170-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG Aspherical Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D

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Sigma Zoom Telephoto 170-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG Aspherical AF Lens

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The Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG Aspherical lens is a compact aporchromatic ultra telephoto zoom lens that covers the range up to 500mm, and it is ideal for sports, nature and landcape photography.

This lens combines a 5 lens group zoom system with an aspherical lens element to deliver sharp high contrast images throughout the entire zoom range. Using Sigma's apochromatic lens design and three SLD glass elements, the aberrations usually found in ultra-telephoto lenses have been eliminated.

One aspherical lens and three SLD glasses are used for correction of chromatic aberration. Color aberration in the secondary spectrum is compensated by using three pieces of Special Low-Dispersion glass (SLD), and making high-quality images a reality throughout the entire zoom range.
The five-group zoom and rear focus systems ensure high performance stability and ease of use
Front lens group doesn't rotate, which makes using polarized filters more convenient
A convenient built-in rotary tripod mount eliminates vibration during shutter release
Filter Size 86c
f/Stop Range 5-32
Minimum Focus Distance 9.8' (3 m)
Magnification 1:6.6
Zoom/Focus Control Two-touch
Angle of View 14.5 to 5 Degrees
Groups/Elements 11/13
Tripod Collar Yes (removeable)
Length 9.1" (23.2 cm)
Maximum Diameter 3.6" (9.2 cm)
Weight 2.9 lb (1.345 kg)
Sigma Zoom Telephoto 170-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG Aspherical Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D
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    SigmaZoom Telephoto 170-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG Aspherical AF Lens
     
    3.6

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    50%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (3)

    Cons

    • Lens creep (5)

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife (5)
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    Reviewed by 8 customers

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    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Excellent Lens for Wildlife Photography

    By Bwana_DC

    from South Africa

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Big Bang for the Buck
    • Colour Rendition
    • Consistent Output
    • Contrast
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Easy To Clean
    • Rugged
    • Sharp Focus
    • Sharpness
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Lens Creep

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Portraits
    • Special Effects
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Sigma Zoom Telephoto 170-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG Aspherical AF Lens:

    I have had this lens for about 10 years. It has done sterling work on my Nikon 801s (film) camera: sharpness, colour rendition and contrast are very good, indeed. Build quality is excellent, and except for its serial No., this lens could be repackaged and sold as new! A month ago, I bought a Nikon D80, and the lens performs equally well on this platform. (My 13 year old Sigma 75-300mm f4.5~5.6 APO Macro works just as well).

    There are three criticisms, generally levelled at this lens: softness towards the edges of the photo, slow focusing/focus hunting and lens creep. I will take these in turn.

    First, softness towards the edges is common to ALL zoom lenses. Such lenses are a compromise and cannot be corrected to be as sharp as prime lenses. The problem is most noticeable at large apertures in film cameras or digitals using full size (24x36mm) sensors, where the distance from the frame centre to the edges is about 22mm. It is less of a problem with 2/3-size (APS-C or DX) sensors, where the distance centre to edge is about 15mm. The greatest fall-off occurs between 15 and 22mm. If you are not familiar with this, visit the Canon and Sigma websites and study the MFT graphs these makers publish for their lenses.

    There are two ways around this: shoot in aperture priority, keeping between f8 and f16, where all zoom lenses are at their best. This is easy with digitals, as you can up the ISO rating, when the light is poor – not so easy with film, though! Otherwise, you can use two or three camera bodies with dedicated prime lenses permanently mounted. You need to be both rich and strong for this option. Unfortunately, changing cameras often takes too long in wildlife photography. One camera body and several lenses is not an option, because changing lenses takes too long and allows dust to get into the works.

    Slow focusing and focus hunting occurs in low-light situations and is primarily the fault of the auto-focus system. Many systems have difficulty with lenses of f5 or smaller apertures. The way around this is to shell out double the money for a lens with larger maximum aperture.

    Lens creep is definitely present, but only starts being a problem when the lens is about 40° or more from the horizontal. In normal circumstances it is not difficult to keep a hand on the zoom ring, holding it steady. For close-ups on a tripod, when a slow shutter speed may be necessary, it is a problem, and a zoom lock would be handy.

    Personally, I like the light, smooth zooming action of this lens and prefer to live with some zoom creep, rather than a heavy zooming action.

    I have had excellent results from this lens and do not hesitate to recommend it strongly to any wildlife photographer.

      • Similar:
      • Sigma 75-300mm f4.5-5.6 APO Macro, Sigma 180mm f3.5 APO Macro

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      depends on camera

      By dharmaguy

      from Denver, CO

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Lightweight
      • Rugged
      • Sharp Focus

      Cons

      • Lens Creep
      • Needs lots of light

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Sigma Zoom Telephoto 170-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG Aspherical AF Lens:

      I have used the product for about 2 years with the XT. I have taken alot of pictures with it, but didn't find it very sharp before, and would use it only for certain shots not at the full focal length. Once I got the 40D I realized that the focusing mechanism on the XT was very inferior, and that was why I couldn't get the sharper images. Needs lots of light for good photos --push up the ISO. I give it 4.5 stars.

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      (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Not recommended.

      By MWMroll

      from Chicago, IL

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      Pros

      • cheap

      Cons

      • Blurry Focus
      • Lens Creep
      • Slow Focus
      • Weak Casing

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Sigma Zoom Telephoto 170-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG Aspherical AF Lens:

      This lens is good if only on a very tight budget and not worried about quality. The lens creep is absolutely horrible.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good wildlife lens on Nikon D200.

      By DJJA

      from Isleton, CA

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Sharp Focus

      Cons

      • Lens Creep

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife

      Comments about Sigma Zoom Telephoto 170-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG Aspherical AF Lens:

      I just got this lens and have used it in the very late afternoon light, hand held, and gotten some very sharp, full zoom images of wildlife.

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      (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Good if on a budget

      By Outdoors Freak

      from Iowa

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      Pros

      • Inexpensive
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Blurry Focus
      • Lens Creep
      • Slow Focus
      • Washed Out Images

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Sigma Zoom Telephoto 170-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG Aspherical AF Lens:

      I have owned this lens for about a year now and have been quite disappointed with it. I shoot almost entirely avian with this lens and it does not even compare in quality for even my cheap Nikon lenses. The AF is slow, workls horrible in low light, images are washed out, and it is next to impossible to get an image sharp enough for large or even medium size prints. The price is of course great and the lens would be good if you are just a casual wildlife or sports photographer on a budget. I have been so disappointed in it that I gave up using and decided to just settle for my 70-300mm Nikon.

        • Similar:
        • Nikon ED 70-300mm lens

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Quality Lens

        By Darren

        from Norfolk, va

        Comments about Sigma Zoom Telephoto 170-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG Aspherical AF Lens:

        Used for shooting sports photography on a sunny day. Great range and the lens focused fast enough to acquire quality shots. I didn't use a tripod with the lens, but I didn't extend the range out to 500mm. More like 350-400mm.

        Expertise: Advanced amateur

        Problems Encountered: No problems yet

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Lens.

        By Jurie Maree

        from South Africa.

        Comments about Sigma Zoom Telephoto 170-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG Aspherical AF Lens:

        A great lens for the price. Using it for stock-photography purposes throughout Southern Africa. The quality is readily excepted by large stock agencies.A very robust construction.

        Problems Encountered: Hunts in low light and tends to run-out when being carried carelessly. A tripod or monopod is a must.

        Previous Equivalent Items Owned: None

        Items I Recommend: Tripod or monopod. Also a UV Filter would be nice.

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Not bad for inexpensive zoom telephoto

        By Golfball

        from Naples, Fla.

        Comments about Sigma Zoom Telephoto 170-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG Aspherical AF Lens:

        For the price, I am very impressed. Has exceptionalqualities when inside infinity focus. Full zoom and focusis quite soft. However, with the use inside of maximum itis quite good. Can hunt for focal point and cost a lostshot. That may be my own fault. Having to deal without my80-200 2.8, this has filled in nicely. I will probably keep it.

        Problems Encountered: Can hunt for focal point unless given a hard edge to grasp. Must have stable tripod. (Not really a problem for most) Lens hood is weak.

        Items I Recommend: 80-200 2.8

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