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

150-500
Review Date: Jun 1, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Light for it's range and size, EX quality, fast AF, fast OS. So far, sharp images
Cons:
AF with 40D (not with mine), second lens, the first one was defective (AF)

So far so good. About a 200 shot with the second lens (first one was defective- AF stop working). I bought this lens for one reason, i need something light! yea, many will say it's not that light but compare to my 120-300mm or my 300 f/2.8, it is! I owned a Canon 100-400 (soft over 300mm), a super great Sig 100-300 f/4, a 70-200 f/2.8, the light 135-400 (not bad) and some bigger primes. Now we have the Sig 120-300mm often with used with a 1.4TC (GREAT LENS but a bit heavy) and a Sig 80-400mm. I often wanted to buy the Bigma 50-500mm but was quite aware that at 500mm i would need a tripod, and i didn't like the idea. So those new Sig Bazooka lens with OS where very tempting!

In general, i'm more than happy. If the AF keep working good on the second one, for the price, this lens may be a killer lens.

It may not be as sharp as the 120-300 (even with TC) but it's pretty close. IT's also very close the 80-400mm. I just love that 80-400, yea, i know, the AF is slow but still.

If i think twice about the 1K$ price, i should give that lens a 10.
I even think it's closer to 500mm than the Bigma.

Anyway, look for yourself, i built a small page one my site with some "test" pictures. You will be the juge!!!
http://www.benplace.com/sigma_150_500mm_test_page.htm

Regards.


 
Sigma 80-400mm F4.5-5.6 EX OS APO

Sigma_80-400_OS
Review Date: Mar 16, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $700.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, well built, solid, very good value for the price (a steal if bought use).
Cons:
Kind of slow AF (i have no problem with it!), zoom (my copy) is stiff between 80-150mm. A bit heavy but expected for such a glass.

Almost (i'm afraid to say only "AS") as sharp at 400mm as my friend Canon 400 f/5.6 prime ( i use this one often), and that says a lot. Now, if my copy is a good one, that i don't know. OS work perfectly, as good (or better???) as any IS.

Here is a shot at 400mm, handheld! Grey sky, late.
http://www.benplace.com/winter1/test_FM1.jpg

If the AF was HSM and i didn't have that stiffness is the zoom ring, i would give it a 10. I have borrowed Canon 100-400 for a week, i found that it was way to soft at 400.