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

150-500
Review Date: Jun 24, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: 150-500mm, you can hand hold it, its black, 4 stop Optical Stabilizer , HSM, price
Cons:
zoom ring is a bit stiff when u first buy it, the focus hunts a bit, Manual Focus with the 1.4TC, Gotta buy new bag in order to carry this on my backpack

I was obsessed with buying the 500mm f/4 but at the cost of $5K that was a big deterrent. Would of settled with the bigma but when the store called me to tell me about this lens i had to see it for myself.

When i first held it the first thing i noticed was that I could hand hold it quite well. The other thing that i noticed was how well the stabilizer worked. I really wanted a long lens for nature photography so when I finally bought it I was anxious to try it out.

Well i got my first real test at my kids graduation ceremony and was able to take some great shots from the back row of the auditorium. Then took it out to the Hong Kong Aviary and got some great shots of birds.

ttp://picasaweb.google.com/denisng8/HongKongAviary25062008127PM

All in all this is a great lens, eventually i can see myself with the canon 500mm but for now this lens is a great alternate choice.