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

150-500
Review Date: Jul 19, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Image quality/price, build quality and OS
Cons:
Too early to say

I recently sold a Tamron 200-500mm lens and bought the Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS lens for wildlife photography. Probably like many Canon users I was torn between buying the Canon 400mm f/5.6 or the Canon 100-400mm. If money was no object I would have chosen the Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS USM. Back in the real world, I opted for the Sigma 150-500mm because of the extra reach and the OS system, at an affordable price!

First impressions are very positive, the lens seems to be EX standard in terms of build quality (even though it doesn't have the EX designation). The lens is definitely light enough to be hand holdable, and the OS system seems quick, effective and quiet (despite some reports that it is noisy). One thing that is immediately apparent compared to my Tamron 200-500mm, is the bokeh is much more pleasing.

The lens is light enough to carry around all day, all my shots so far have been taken handheld. I definitely get a lot more 'keepers' compared to the Tamron 200-500mm and when using it yesterday in fading light I was able to get some shots hand-held which wouldn't have possible with the Tamron 200-500mm.

I've posted some shots taken with this lens at the following link:

http://www.pbase.com/eastkent64/sigma_150500mm

I've only had this lens for a few days, but overall I'm very happy with it. In terms of image quality/price this lens is a bit of a bargain.