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

(based on 103 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (59)
  • Consistent output (51)
  • Strong construction (48)
  • Rugged (33)
  • Durable (32)

Cons

  • Heavy (63)
  • Poor in low light (18)
  • Lens creep (8)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (77)
  • Sports/action (50)
  • Landscape/scenery (34)
  • Macro photography (12)
  • Weddings (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (39), Semi-pro photographer (29), Pro photographer (10), Casual photographer (4), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (79), Yes (5)

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.

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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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5.0

Update on this lens.

By PSY

from LA, CA

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

I couldn't wait to go for a test run. Below of the photos are my dogs running around in the yard. I'm using my Nikon D750 and all these shots are at 500mm length.

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5.0

Great Purchase from BH

By PSY

from LA, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • 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 Nikon:

Just got my Bigma..... wow, didn't realized it's realize how big,heavy and solid lens is. After all, it's a 10x oom with really glass and metal parts, not like the point and shot camera with built in lens. It focuses quit fast... a little slow than my 18-200mm AF-S Nikon lens but a lot fast the my old 80-200 2.8 AF Nikkor Lens. I needed of my trip to Africa and rather bring this then the 80-200. I actually brought a used one from BH with an "8.5 condition". It works perfectly with only a few cosmetic marks. The lens is as good as new and I paid less than 1/2 the price. It bets getting the 80-400mm Nikon AF-S which is $2000 - which one may get a fraction better on the sharpness and fastest focus. Since I'm a high end amateur and not looking publishing my work. More update when I return from Afica.

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5.0

Great DOF, Great Lens but oh so HEAVY!

By Destiny

from Queensland Australia

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • 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:

My dad porticoed this lens for me after being on my wish list..

Simply love using it, but for me its really heavy. My husband can use it better than me but I am thinking of buying a Pole to assist me.. Not sure if that is the way to go.. The new Nikon 200-500mm is 4.60 lb (2090 g) so even heavier.. but its cheaper. I personally would still go with the Sigma 50-500mm..

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  • Yes

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5.0

Love My 50-500mm

By Fileboy

from Phoenix, AZ

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Difficult to Clean
  • Heavy
  • Lens Creep

Best Uses

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

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

I have used this lens for everything from nature to modeling shoots. It's very sharp and in AF-C mode is great for action shots.

One drawback is the weight, the thing is built as solid as a brick. I like to shoot hand held and this makes for a long day holding this lens. I have done some head to head comparisons and found it to be sharper than the 100-500mm that I tested.

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4.0

More power in a single lens

By Gram Pam

from Nashville, IN

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Wildlife Photos

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

Really gives the zoom needed to bring that far away item up close and personal.Rather heavy so will be a lot more to lug around. Wish there was some better way for more zoom without all the added weight.

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4.0

satisfied customer

By casper

from lacrosse, wisconsin

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

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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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
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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    (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good for price

    By sni1075

    from Brooklyn, NY

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    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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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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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      (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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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      (25 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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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