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Sigma50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon
 
4.5

(based on 98 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (56)
  • Consistent output (47)
  • Strong construction (45)
  • Rugged (31)
  • Durable (29)

Cons

  • Heavy (59)
  • Poor in low light (18)
  • Lens creep (7)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (73)
  • Sports/action (48)
  • Landscape/scenery (33)
  • Macro photography (11)
  • Weddings (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (37), Semi-pro photographer (27), Pro photographer (10), Casual photographer (4), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (76), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic Purchase!

I had gone into this purchase with my eyes wide open. This was not a F2.8 Nikon 600mm but neither was I paying the price for one. I had read every review known to...Read complete review

I had gone into this purchase with my eyes wide open. This was not a F2.8 Nikon 600mm but neither was I paying the price for one. I had read every review known to man. People had questions about sharpness after 400mm and I knew that the glass needed light. Lots of light.

Knowing all that, my trial run down to Santee Lakes was eye opening. Take a look at the attached picture at full focal length, effectively 750,mm on my Nikon D7000.

I shot the snowy egret at 1/400th of a second F8 with an iso of 800. This is one of several great shots I got with my new lens. I am an aperture priority kind of guy but now know that shutter priority makes more sense with the
50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon by Sigma. Anything 250th or slower was sort of marginal.

The lens is plenty sharp. It is one heavy dude but worth it. I am doing a Tetons/Yellowstone run next month and look forward to not being outgunned for once. I bought the Sigma 1.4 teleconverter but might leave it in the bag, the manual focus and potential aberration perhaps making it moot and unnecessary at this point.

The odd direction of the focus and zoom ring will take some rerouting of my neural networking. I don't like the fact that the lens caps won't fit into the Sigma lens case that comes with the camera, at least with the tripod foot attached.

You have to get used to a five lb. beast swinging from the bottom of a sling while you are hiking.

Having said that, this lens is life changing to me as a photographer and my clients and friends have honestly been totally blown away by my recent output.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Big, Heavy and Fragile

I shoot mostly nature and bird pics but also do some sporting events like college baseball. I admit the images are good but that's about all I can say after owning one for five...Read complete review

I shoot mostly nature and bird pics but also do some sporting events like college baseball. I admit the images are good but that's about all I can say after owning one for five months. Two months after I bought it the autofocus quit working. Covered by warranty but I had to pay $55 for shipping, got it back in a week. Just last week it quit working again becasue the mount that connect to the camera got damages. How they got damaged is beyond me as I have handled this 5 pound lens like a new born child. I shipped it back to Sigma for repairs but was told I had to pay $160 bucks! I payed it, but was not happy about it. You would think a lens this heavy would be a little more sturdier. Instead it's about as fragile as a potato chip. This is my first Sigma lens and will not buy another one if they don't make them any better than this.

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4.0

satisfied customer

By casper

from lacrosse, wisconsin

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

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    Cons

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

        after much agony about the 150-500 or this one, 50-500, I dug deep and pulled out a grand and a half for a camera lens. Arrived as scheduled and in good shape. I've taken pictures of soccer matches. I agree with those who find it big and heavy, I didn't expect the barrel to extend when zooming ( I have the sigma 70-200 2.8 and that doesn't extend), it doesn't so much hunt for the proper focus at 500mm, but tends to pick up the trees and houses behind the players so they are out of focus but I can read the house number on the home behind the soccer field. again, first weekend. I'm sure I can figure it out better. It does focus extremely well on obvious structures rather than a bunch of kids running after a small ball 100 meters away. I do like the ability to get to 50mm when the action comes to my sidelines. Not sure it's worth a thousand dollars.... I shoot a D600 and turn up ISO so the "slow lens" issues aren't a problem. Alternatively, a faster piece of glass is about 5x more money and I'm not going to spend to that level. I'm satisfied. I already had a sigma teleconverter (not used with this lens yet) so that kept me from looking serious at the new Tamron long zoom to 600mm.

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        5.0

        Fabulous nature lens

        By Macrolor

        from Damariscotta, Me

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          I do mostly nature photography, lots of birds. This lens is great, sharp, crisp photos. Well made, feels substantial without being overly heavy. If you do nature photos, it's worth the cost

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          5.0

          Good for price

          By sni1075

          from Brooklyn, NY

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action

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

          Get it just to try, now thinking to be in my bag. Good lens for that price.

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          4.0

          Affordable lens with wide range

          By Michael

          from U.S.

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

          This lens is heavy, but the range is exceptional. Aperture is decent and leads to good pics in relatively bright light conditions. Low light is as expected. Possible to autofocus but not perfect with my Nikon D7000. Compared to the price the quality is very good and I like the extra up to 500 compared to Nikon's Nikkor lens which goes up to 400.

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          4.0

          What a Lens this BIGMA

          By Avocet Guy

          from Silver City NM

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • 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 Nikon:

          I had this lens since last Nov. 2013. I've put over 2000 shots through it. Right out of the box it performed quite well. Is it heavy oh yeah ,but it balances very well & that is what I look for in a lens. Is the Bigma a perfect lens by no means. The 50-500 with OS is very versatile to say the least. At 50mm it close focuses to less than 2 ft., at 500mm it focuses down to 6ft. The AF is very fast but it hunts in less than good light. I shoot in Manual mode so I select the speed & aperture I also set the ISO on auto. Of course I have to have descent light. My photo buddies use the Canon 500 F4. I paid $ for mine they paid 10grand for theirs. If there was a tip for anyone who is thinking about the Sigma 50-500 with OS. Buy the Cotton carrier for this monster lens you'll be glad you did. I just slip it in & slip out it works great. I would definitely recommend this lens.

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          4.0

          Sigma 50-500mm Good Lense

          By NYC Photo guy

          from New York

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

          I was very surprised at the quality of the images at 50mm and at 500mm. For the price it's a great lense. The images are sharp and very little distortion at 500mm. Do your pushups this lense is heavy. I would recommend this lense.

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          5.0

          Beautiful Lens, for the Canon 5D Mk 3

          By Majindi

          from Australia

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            For us the price was not that important, canon are notoriously overpriced, sooner or later they'll wake up.Sigma Quality is now a class act, best to use a solid tripod for shots over 350mmWeight is nothing, eat more spinach! Like any piece of gear, learn its strengths and use it for that.Very versatile a lens we use it as an all situation lens.Would definitely recommend.

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            5.0

            You be the judge

            By Twags

            from Chicago,IL

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            On day 1 I was very impressed, paired with a Nikon d7100. Sharper than expected. It can focus about 9" from the front of the lens @ 200mm macro 1:3.1! I use a monopod and fanny pack (in front) for support (helps with the weight also).

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            5.0

            I love this lens!

            By Caroline in NC

            from Durham, NC

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Bird photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I use this lens mostly for photographing birds. With the automatic focus, I am getting sharp images. I had a manual focus 500mm lens before this and missed too many photo opportunities. I can't wait to get out birding and give this lens a good "workout"! The only limitation is that this lens is a little heavier than my old 500mm lens, but I'll get over that.

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            4.0

            Economical way to get the reach.

            By Chris R

            from Cape Cod

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            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 Nikon:

            This lens replaced my non OS version that suffered a fatal fall. So far images are as good as or better than the lens it replaced.

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            • No

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            5.0

            loving the results

            By mariposa Jenny

            from Cincinnati OH

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I am purely a recreational photographer. My enjoyment is to hike through the woods or the mountains, and see what treasures I can capture along the way. I travel light, so I don't carry a tripod or lots of extra equipment. I had been debating an upgrade from a 270mm, but shied away worrying about the inflexibility of a 500 mm for closer shots, as I really enjoy macro photos as well. I didn't want to get to a point of having to change lenses a lot in the field or carry multiple cameras with me on my adventures.

            My husband surprised me with this as a gift on our way on vacation. I was a bit skeptical about how I would get clear 500mm shots without use of a tripod, but the stabilizer works well! I have taken shots of butterflies at 500 mm-- hand held-- and they are as sharp as can be! Shooting long range shots worked well too. I was pleased with wildlife capture of moose and antelope as well

            I would like it to be a bit more light weight of course, but the pros of its versatility outweigh that issue.

            The combo of my Nikon D7000 and this lens works well for me--- and I have gotten rave reviews from those who have seen what I can do with them together.

            I would definitely recommend this to even the serious hobby photographer.

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            • Yes

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            4.0

            Outstanding Lens

            By Sean

            from Albuquerque, NM

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Backwards Zoom Ring

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I use this lens to shoot high school athletics and have been very pleased with the quality of the glass, the fast focus and the ability to lock the zoom at a desired focal length

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            5.0

            Fantastic Purchase!

            By Blue Heron

            from Fallbrook, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • 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 Nikon:

            I had gone into this purchase with my eyes wide open. This was not a F2.8 Nikon 600mm but neither was I paying the price for one. I had read every review known to man. People had questions about sharpness after 400mm and I knew that the glass needed light. Lots of light.

            Knowing all that, my trial run down to Santee Lakes was eye opening. Take a look at the attached picture at full focal length, effectively 750,mm on my Nikon D7000.

            I shot the snowy egret at 1/400th of a second F8 with an iso of 800. This is one of several great shots I got with my new lens. I am an aperture priority kind of guy but now know that shutter priority makes more sense with the
            50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon by Sigma. Anything 250th or slower was sort of marginal.

            The lens is plenty sharp. It is one heavy dude but worth it. I am doing a Tetons/Yellowstone run next month and look forward to not being outgunned for once. I bought the Sigma 1.4 teleconverter but might leave it in the bag, the manual focus and potential aberration perhaps making it moot and unnecessary at this point.

            The odd direction of the focus and zoom ring will take some rerouting of my neural networking. I don't like the fact that the lens caps won't fit into the Sigma lens case that comes with the camera, at least with the tripod foot attached.

            You have to get used to a five lb. beast swinging from the bottom of a sling while you are hiking.

            Having said that, this lens is life changing to me as a photographer and my clients and friends have honestly been totally blown away by my recent output.

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            5.0

            ecellent service--good product

            By JJ

            from Michigan

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • 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 Nikon:

            other than the weight of the lens, it does all that I wanted it to do in my bird and wildlife photography

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            4.0

            great value

            By Ron

            from Texas

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • 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 Nikon:

            Used primarily as a wildlife lens. The 10x zoom means I can carry just one lens. It is fast enough for most things except you will miss some birds in flight on a burst. The best thing is that even though it is somewhat heavy for a 72 year old, it is not nearly as heavy my Nikkor 200-400 f4 which has been my favorite birds in flight lens. And, it is a forth the price! The auto focus hunts with small critters in low light.

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            5.0

            Don't judge this lens by its price

            By Fishinguy

            from Bozeman, MT

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Price
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            This is a very versatile wildlife lens. I have used the 300 f/4 with a 1.4 tc and yes it worked great, but for my purposes it was not practical. Oftentimes, while in Yellowstone, I was too close to the subject for that focal length. However, the versatility of the 50-500 is unmatched. It is not the sharpest lens out there and it does require lots of light but keep it around f/8 and your pictures will come out great. Also, it has really nice bokeh.

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            4.0

            So far so good

            By glk

            from Camano Island WA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            Just received this lens last Thursday and went into the field with it on
            Saturday. Still learning what it is capable of, but my first impression is aside from the weight it is going to do everything I plan on using it for. I was able to get some very nice shots of a Great Blue Heron that I have been take for a number of months. Looking forward to my trip to Tanzania in July with this lens and my D80 unless I can find the extra cash for a D300s.

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            5.0

            Amazing!!

            By Blair

            from San Diego, Ca

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Rugged

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              I was looking for a new outdoor lens for my D7000. The Sigma 50-500 is truly amazing. Great zoom range and clarity. I can see it could be a little heavy for some. However, with the included strap the weight is very managable for a day of shooting. Works great right out of the box - yes I unpacked it and started shooting within minutes. Some have commented on focus issues in low light. I have not experienced this at all.

              If you are on the fence about purchasing this lens (as I was)... Go ahead. I have been very happy with my choice.

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              5.0

              Awesome

              By Alex

              from Estes Park, Co

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

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

                Wow, great lens. Sharper than expected for what it is even at 500 mm! Motor is almost completely silent so it is great for video.

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                5.0

                Excellent!!!!!!

                By Raymond (Nature & Wildlife Photography)

                from Ponce, PR

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Wildlife Photos

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

                Is fantastic ... has an incredible speed in autofocus. The stabilizer is very good. I recommend it without problems.

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