Sigma 50-500mm Quick Test

Sample Wide and Zoom shots with Sigma 50-500mm, click any image for a slighter larger view.

Wide shot of Hotel and then zoomed in to the moon.

Wide shot of bay and then zoomed in on some visitors

Wide shot of the bay and then zoomed in on the feeding bird

Stupid me, didn't have a tripod with me in the car to test the massive Sigma 50-500mm Lens. I can shoot handheld since this lens has optical stabilization, but forget trying to do video at 500mm. Sorry no video samples yet, but here's a look at the range this bad boy can pull off on a Canon 5D Mark II. This is a watch spot around Burlingame close to the San Francisco Airport. There wasn't parking so I jumped out, took a few snaps, and then drove off. These are unedited quick jpegs resized for the web, nothing fancy, just images to show the range you get to play with.

Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens

7 thoughts on “Sigma 50-500mm Quick Test

  1. Serge

    Sigma has released a service notice for this lens warning customers of a ‘potential autofocus defect’. Lenses work perfectly well, until they stop autofocusing and usually start sending an error message.

  2. Emm

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    Bottom of Millbrae Ave. towards the airport. There's a walking path, but parking is hard unless you stay at one of the hotels. There's another cool spot close to the Embassy.

  3. Holy. Crap. The detail on the moon is so cool. I've been trying to find out info on SFO watch spots. Not having a car makes it tough to just go drive around. Where was this spot you found?

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  5. Nick

    Here's an idea: slap that Sigma on your T2i and set it up for movie crop mode. By my calculations, an APS-C sensor at (1.6 x 500mm = 800mm) x 7 (for movie crop), you're looking at 5600mm. You'll be able to see the dimples on the man in the moon's cheeks.

    Granted, its standard definition, but it sure would be fun to try.

  6. Brett

    I love this bad boy. I recently purchased a Used RF version Bigma (2 generation old) I got it for my 7D, haven't tried video yet but with no OS at 500 I'm not too hopeful. But it has a great range and excellent IQ. The lens is a bit slow, but I'm not going to be able to afford L glass in the 500mm range any time soon so for the $400 I spent on a used one I'm more than happy. (The lens I bought of Craigs looks brand new the guy said he never used it, it just sat in his closet and he was finally going digital and needed to sell it. I've had it about 1 month.

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