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

Review Date: Mar 2, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Range, IQ, nice tripod bracket/handle, build quality

This was my first super zoom. I used it in the Kgaligadi TFP on a tripod and got some truly excellent shots. Also managed to get a couple of very long-range shots of lion and cheetah while hand-holding it.

Lost a few shots due to shake, so ended up buying a Canon 100-400 L IS for the optical stabilization. Took that on one trip and then went back to the Bigma. Love the range, the IQ (as good as the 100-400L IMHO), and simply the feel of working with the lens.

The range also means that I rarely have to change lenses. Out in the wild you would only require a very wide angle for landscape/sunset shots.

I have found that one needs to concentrate on your technique - both breathing and clicking the shutter - to get the best results, but that is true of any long lens. Get that right and the results are truly remarkable.

Highly recommended.