Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO DG HSM

Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO DG HSM

Who It’s For:

This lens is the definition of the all purpose lens. It’s big, it’s heavy but with a 10x zoom range, there’s very little that you’ll need to take this lens off of your camera body for. So if you don’t like carrying a bag full of lenses around and just want a single lens to cover all the way from normal to super telephoto, this is the lens for you.

What We Like:

10x Zoom Range: I actually did a double take when I first read about this lens, It’s got a massive zoom range that will allow for a huge amount of versatility in a small package.

Build Quality: while not quite on par with some of the professional offerings from Nikon and Canon, Sigma did a great job on the build quality with this lens and it should stand up to most normal conditions.

Price: The $1600 price tag of this lens makes it a bargain compared to many of it’s competitors.

What We Don’t:

Aperture: Obviously in order to make this lens affordable and not the size of the massive Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 there had to be some compromises so it’s a fairly slow lens. Don’t expect to get much low light action out of this. This also limits bokeh, which can be a problem with certain applications.

Filter Size: At 95mm the front element is too big for all but the most expensive filters.

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