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

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Review Date: Feb 7, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Range, image quality, price, construction balance
Cons:
low light focusing lack of stabilazion

I shopped carefully to find a good long distance zoom. This lens kept showing up in reviews I was reading. One review rated the lens very high for birding so that got my attention. The canon lenses were just too expensive in the 400mm and above range and i did not want to rely on a TC.

I ordered the lens and when it arrived I was very please with the overall build quality and feel of the lens. I mounted it on my canon 30D and went out and snapped some photos, It was an overcast day and the initial images were good but not great. I then had an opportuinity to shoot with it on a sunny day, clear blue skies and the pictures were fabulous.

Since I have now had the opporunity to shoot many different conditions and have learned to match the correct ISO and camera settings. The results are very good across all my outdoor shooting conditions thus far.

My best image to date was the capture of a Great Blue Heron in a swamp form about 100 feet away at ISO 160 shutter 1/800s f/6.3 The details (clarity/color) are stunning in this image.

I kow its not the best lens you can buy but I think it is the best long range zoom for under $1000 on the market today.


Highly recommend