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Sigma 500mm f4.5 EX Apo HSM

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Review Date: Oct 28, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,500.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Weight, superb sharpness stopped down (literally no sharpening needed at F8), cost, AF speed, IQ, 3 optioned AF distance switch, built quality very rigid, bokeh.
Cons:
Not as sharp as Canon 500mm F4 wide both lenses wide open (although still decent sharp), lens hood is a bit to small, No IS.

Love this lens. Sharpness still very impressive using 1.4tc. Creamy bokeh.
IQ and AF speed improves keepers by a mile.

Sigma 500mm + Tamron 1.4x tc @ F8 =
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