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

150-500
Review Date: Oct 3, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Price, Weight, Focal Length, OS.
Cons:
Quality Control, Max Aperture

This lens has given me more than I could ask for. I like to shoot exclusively handheld (I'm healthy and young), and shooting primarily birds, I need the reach. Except for birds in flight I constantly shoot at 500mm, but like to stop down to f/8 to improve IQ. OS works very well although my d40 caused a short circuit because the fitting wasn't perfect. I have since tapped around the mount to make it more snug, and it works very well.

Anything larger or heavier would seem to be a burden on my style of shooting (I mainly like to bird watch with the camera as my companion), so I don't think there is a better lens for me.

For Image quality reference, 99% of the bird images on my site were with this lens, 90% with a d90. http://birdsiview.org/Birds/BirdsMain.html