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Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM : Specifications and Opinions


Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM

The Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM is a tele lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 2008 to 2016 (discontinued). The focus is done by Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM), it has image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 779 €;
116 users have given it an average vote of 8.4 out of 10.


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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   150-500 mm
 Angle of view   16.4 - 5°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/5-6.3
 Aperture blades   9
 Lenses/Groups   21 elements in 15 groups
 Min. focus distance   2.20 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.19x

 Features
 Zoom type   Ring, external
 Stabilization   Yes (built in lens)
 Focus   Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM)
 Internal AF   Yes
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   Yes
 Extenders   Yes
 Filters   86 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   1910 g
 Dimensions   95 x 252 mm
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avatarsupporter
sent on July 18, 2015

Pros: Price/sharpness ratio; Amazing optical stabilisation, down to 1/20 sec at 500mm (or was I just very lucky!?); supplied carry case.

Cons: Unreliable and delicate; Size and weight; filter size; Uncomfortable handle that doubles up as the tripod mount; fiddly switch for the zoom lock, which can be difficult to engage.

Opinion: I traded in my old Nikkor D 80-400mm VR (Mk1) for this even bigger beast - because it performed much better where it mattered most, at the long end and wide open. And because it allowed an extra 100mm reach too, of course. But of course, from the 80-400mm which you could (just) take with you as your sole long zoom, the Big Sigma is very much a specialist lens that is so big and heavy that it seldom gets used. Not that my 150-500mm likes being used, along with every owner of one that I personally know, it needs a repair or a service, or something! When it does work, then the images can be excellent, a reason why so many enthusiast photographers have become bird and wildlife photographers of excellence - this lens can really produce professional looking results. I must be about the only owner of one though who doesn't use/didn't buy it for birds or wildlife - I love the flattened and layered perspective in the landscape allowed by such a focal length, which can be a mighty 750mm equivalent on my DX D7000. I now tend to use my excellent Tamron SP 70-300mm VC with a Sigma 1.4x Apo teleconverter when out and about that gives me equivalent to 560mm on DX and of surprising quality too. As I don't have a car and have to take buses/trains and walk everywhere, the 150-500mm is just TOO big. IF I had the money (I don't) I'd snap up Nikon's replacement 80-400mm VRII, which addresses all the issues that marred the original, yet giving that so useful focal length range yet still be portable and would replace the Tamron 70-300mm, which is severely lacking in not having a tripod mount as more of my shots are now done in near darkness. One issue I had with the 150-500 was the protector filter (massive 86mm) that I bought and not cheaply either, quite severely affected image quality. Some users have said that their lenses weren't sharp and for a while mine wasn't either and when I removed the filter (permanently) it was back to its sharp former self. And, the big case that is supplied makes for a big comfortable pillow (with lens inside) for when you need to take a short sleep after carrying it around! (I am not joking, either) Yes, I should and must use my Big Sigma more! Image quality/OS 10/10, Finish and build quality 6/10, overall 8/10

avatarjunior
sent on December 03, 2012

Pros: Awesome OS, good IQ at sweet spot.

Cons: Sharpness @500mm

Opinion: Concidering price, it's a very good tele. I use it a lot, even at closer range. Sweet spot is around f8, where sharpness is at most. OS is so effective, that when I'm shooting airplanes with it, I can use 1/100sec at 500mm handheld. Autofocus could be better, but it's good enough. Weight and size doesn't matter me at all, but it may be critical for someone.

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avatarjunior
sent on November 23, 2019

Pros: Great value for money. If you find one in good condition I absolutely recommend it.

Cons: Considering the cost none.

Opinion: I used it for nine years on a Canon 7D. Great yield, good colors. Perfect focus. I have used it several times in parks to photograph animals; I had to move and i used the mono foot and sometimes I would shoot freehand. Great photos anyway. I was amazed that on the first I always looked for support given the mole, then slowly took confidence even pulling it at 500 mm - given the sensor in practice correspond to 800 mm - I often snapped freehand to have more mobility, obviously keeping the whole thing firmly. You have a good handle holding the bracket to the stand. There was no difference in comparing the photos to be supported or with the one foot with the freehand ones. For the moments of break absolutely remember to adjust the strap that holds the lens more tense than that of the camera so that leaving the whole thing around the neck even for a short time the weight weighs on the pin of the lens bracket and not on the body machine that would be affected too, are almost 2 kg of lens !

avatarjunior
sent on April 07, 2019

Pros: Price, quality and yield

Cons: You can not expect more from a perspective of this level.

Opinion: After years I wanted a tele I get this lens, the Provo and the first contact seems cumbersome and I struggle to manage, then grip has become my favorite optics. The yield is more than good for a tele of its price range, compared on the field with more emblazoned optics does not fear comparison if one makes non-commercial shots. The advice to those who like me wanted a nice tele to try without having to faze, (used on 400 euros).

avatarjunior
sent on January 12, 2019

Pros: Price used, good quality, stabilizer

Cons: Autofocus a little slow, slightly dark, noise stabilizer especially in shutdown, F/V Focus

Opinion: Excellent telephoto lens, taken used today is a nice low cost tele from the overall good optical quality anyway. Not excels in AF speed, lacks the AF limiter distance and the stabilizer is quite noisy, nothing but when it shuts down it makes a TAC almost noisier than the shutter of the machine, which obliges to be careful with certain avifaunistic subjects Very sensitive to any suspicious noise. Overall however I recommend it!




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