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Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS

150-500
Review Date: Nov 23, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Good zoom range for nature and wildlife. Sharp, good constrast,
Cons:
slow AF, heavy, build quality

This is a good lens overall. You have to adapt to lens to use it. Also, there are not so sharp, sharp and supersharp copies of this lens. Get your hands on supersharp copy and it will amaze you. I had to go through few copies and just when I was about to give up, I found the present copy which is supersharp. The image quality is almost comparable to Canon 400 5.6 primes that I have used (>1). The difference would be color temperature (siggy more warmer), and siggy is half stop darker in exposure than Canon at same f-value. Similar contrast ( both less contrasty than 70-300L I have). The zoom range and the amazing OS of siggy is really nice. I mostly use it as 200-400 f8 lens. Mostly (80%) on monopod. Yet to compare 100-400L in all this mix.
In end it will depend on what you are shooting and how. This lens is good for me.


 
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

ef400mmf_56_1_
Review Date: Nov 23, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Light weight, sharp, contrast, cost
Cons:
no OS

All has been said about this lens. I am putting up this review just out of urge to support this good lens. Everything is good about the lens except no OS. However, this was my first L lens which I used for long time. By end, I started taking decent sharp pictures at 1/200 to 1/300 shutter speed if need be. When I moved to OS lenses, I was getting out 4 stop OS out of 2 stop system. This builds your techniques very well. I still get surprised by amount of detail in pictures I have with this lens.