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Sigma 50-500mm f4-6.3 EX APO RF HSM

Review Date: Apr 25, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: good zoom range (50-500mm),sturdy build (all made in Japan), good sharpness (for the price that is),nice case, affordable price is 1/4 compared to Canon or Nikon's "big" 400mm and 500mm lenses
heavy lens, filters are 86mm and expensive, not as sharp as the best (but okay considering the price)

This lens (mine is Nikon mount) gives excellent results, I suspect I got a very good sample of this lens. Friends have often commented on the crispness and sharpness of my pictures with this lens. I'm aware this is no L lens, but I stress that at this price point (less than $2,000) there really are no good choices in the 50-500mm range except for this Sigma lens.
Construction, fit and finish of this lens are just excellent. I once dropped the lens, and it crashed on some rocks while mounted on a monopod. Other than some side scratches on the sides, the lens continues to work flawlessly! smooth barrel movement and sharp as ever.
Highly recommended for those photographers who can't afford $7,000 on a tele zoom.

(if you're not getting good results out of this lens, you should analyze your technique: try any or all of these tips: increase your shutter speed, decrease F-stop and zoom range, mount on a good tripod)