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Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX APO HSM 35mm Primes

4.86 star rating
                      4.86 / 5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $3500.00


Product Description

Sigma's APO 500mm F4.5 EX is an Apochromatic ultra-telephoto lens with a fast F4.5 maximum aperture, and it incorporates two Extraordinary Low Dispersion glass elements (Abbe number 90.3), to reduce chromatic aberration to a minimum. It incorporates internal focusing which enables responsive and fast auto focus speed.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gcookie a Expert

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2004

Strengths:    Cost, AF with Canon EOS 3 with 1.4 tele converter, AF also works with Kenko extension tubes. Well balanced, can get away with using Bogen 3421 vs other gimbal devices costing $400-500 (Focus Camera $139)

Weaknesses:    No AF with 1.4 Tele Converter on EOS 10? Focus hunts on overcast days with 1.4 Tele Converter in AF with EOS 3 so light and contrast is critical. Needs a Hard Case for travel. Off to Home Depot for a plastic tool box and Hobby Lobby for the foam.

Bottom Line:   
Considering the Alternative at twice at twice the cost, this lens rules. It opens a hold new demension of photography. Not just great shots of wildlife, but the shot of Bee on a flower from 15 feet away; on a windy day!

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $2400.00

Purchased At:   Individual

Similar Products Used:   50-500 Sigma, 170-500 Sigma no comparsion

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jemini Joseph a Expert from Milwaukee, WI, USA

Date Reviewed: March 21, 2003

Strengths:    Autofocus speed(HSM), sharpness, Nuetral color, built, tripod collar

Weaknesses:    No VR (IS) ??? Little less contrast and than Nikon.

Bottom Line:   
Great buy of an autofocus tele lens. Being an amature I cannot afford Nikon AF-S lenses (500 or above). I got a chance to play with this lens from a friend and I've fallen in love and got one. If I were a Canon user I could get Canon 500mm f/4.5 lens. Heard that's a very sharp lens.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   Nikkor AIS 600mm f/5.6

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan a Expert

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2003

Strengths:    Sharpness, silence, ease of use, accuracy, build, value.

Weaknesses:    You sacrifice .5 of an f-stop when you choose to pay $3000 less than the Nikkor AF-S 500mm F4

Bottom Line:   
After going over my first 100 shots with a fine loupe, I decided that this was the sharpest lens I have used. At least as sharp as my AF-S 80-200 2.8D and 17-35mm 2.8D Nikkors and certainly well beyond the sharpness that my Nikon D100 is capable of capturing. Subsequent testing has also demonstrated fine colour matching and contrast with my existing ED Nikkors. Additionally it is rock solidly built with no rubber (like on the Non HSM model), it is extremly quick, accurate and silent to focus, and has performed flawlessly, with no visible distortions or flare. What more could I ask for. I am not a great fan of Sigma lenses, however my experience of this particular one will make me far more open minded.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $2923.00

Similar Products Used:   400mm F5.6 USM L Canon
Nikkor 80-400 4.5-5.6 VR AF-D
Nikkor 300mm F4 AF-S
Various other zoom and TC-14E combinations


Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jim Buescher a Expert from Twinsburg, Ohio

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2002

Strengths:    Canon's 1.4x extender can be used with this lens.

AF is still possible with a 1.4x teleconverter using an EOS3.


Weaknesses:    Would've liked an f4.0 instead of f4.5

Lens hood could be a little longer


Bottom Line:   
Excellent quality, images tack-sharp wide open, even better at f5.6-f8, on par with the major camera mfg. pro lenses at less than half the price. Build quality is also excellent, close tolerances and tight fit with smooth manual focus.I've used this lens for over two years in temperatures ranging from well below freezing to near 100 degrees F with no problems.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $3600.00

Purchased At:   W.B.Hunt

Similar Products Used:   Canon 300f4.0L

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ilistenifulisten a Expert

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2002

Strengths:    Excellent sharpness at center and corners.
Fast, accurate autofocus (HSM).
Three focusing ranges to increase responsiveness.
Smooth manual focus override.
Equally fast AF when used with 1.4x Kenko PRO teleconverter on Nikon. Superb results.
Accurate exposure/color.
Very good close-focusing ability.
Flare very well controlled.
Excellent build quality.
Solid/smooth rotating tripod foot.
Sturdy carrying strap.
Reasonable size and weight considering focal length/aperture.
Price.
Polarizing filter provided.
Convenient rotating drop-in filter.
Well contructed case.
Works well with Nikon F90x, FE2 and F80.


Weaknesses:    No image stabilization. Choose film speed accordingly (easier to do these days by push-processing appropriate films).

Bottom Line:   
Sharp, well-built optic regardless of price or brand. (maybe I should say: because it's a Sigma!)

In terms of value, it's really a 7/5 compared to alternatives.

More than capable of producing professional results.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $3200.00

Purchased At:   B&H

Similar Products Used:   This is my 4th Sigma EX lens (3 primes (15, 105 and 500mm) & 1 zoom (70-200)). While I was initially reluctant about the Sigma brand (due to various - generally older - postings here and elsewhere) th

Type of photography:   Sports



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