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Sigma500mm f/4.5 EX DG APO HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF
 
4.6

(based on 8 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (5)
  • Durable (4)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (4)
  • Rugged (4)
  • Consistent output (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (5)
  • Sports/action (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

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(7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Big Glass Bang for the Buck

By LindasOldMan

from Bay Area California

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    The d800 tells all. The photos posted with this review show the full frame shot and cropped in on the duck. Water drops are visible on the body of the duck. Taken at f/5.6

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    • No

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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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      (14 of 31 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 7 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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          • No

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          (0 of 6 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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            (27 of 27 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

            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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            (25 of 26 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

            Items I Recommend: Wimberly head II

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