Sigma 150-500mm

26 Nov 2009 9:55PM

Do you have one?
What do you think of it?

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cameracat 16 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
26 Nov 2009 10:52PM
I don't have one, But until someone who does comes along, Have a look at the customer reviews via the EPZ shop pages, Link provided below....Smile

Link to ePHOTOzine shop, Sigma 150-500mm ......Wink

Most of them seem happy enough...Smile And for that sort of range its probably unbeatable in the bang for bucks arena....!!!
Snapper Plus
15 4.5k 3 United States Outlying Islands
26 Nov 2009 11:02PM
I don't have one either, but I'm thinking of a telephoto zoom and that lens has cropped up a few times. Forum threads here.
Britman 13 1.7k England
27 Nov 2009 8:11AM
I have and for the money it's a little cracker. However I am selling mine as I don't use it that often and I wishto buy some other kit.
27 Nov 2009 6:09PM
well just brought one, but its dark Sad
Zydeco_Joe 13 84 1 England
29 Nov 2009 11:07PM
Got my 150-500 sigma a few months ago.
Am happy with it, would love a nikon 500 f4 but about 5000 short of the cash so had the sigma .
See images on my EZ site at
DerekL 15 213 24 England
30 Nov 2009 11:01PM
Check out this image by Nikontuk which used the Sigma 150-500mm.
View it large.
MrDennis 10 271 Wales
26 Apr 2010 1:56PM
I have had mine for 1 week now. It's attached to my Sony A700 but am finding it Slooower on the AF than my old 170-500.
Anyone know if this lens should be faster on the AF. Lens is great for static shots, but quite slow to focus on birds in flight. Once it does focus the images are sharp. Sometimes has a job focusing on a small bird on a post, even in bright light. It hunts.
Do you think I got a Duff focusing 150-500??
strawman 16 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2010 2:39PM
try turning the IS off for birds in flight that may make it faster.
Scutter Plus
12 1.7k 6 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2010 8:45PM
I have one that I am still getting to grips with so too early to tell really although I did use it at the weekend on falcons.....they were on a perch! When it came to flying ones the Nikon 70-200 caught up with them but only when the Muppet holding it pointed it in vaguely the right direction!!

I did find the Sigma struggled to focus sometimes but I will try Strawman's suggestion re turning off the IS. It was sharp enough though!
jonah794 10 1.7k 11 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2010 8:46PM
I've got one - and haven't come across this issue... My Sigma 180mm has this issue though - incredibly slow autofocus!
NEWMANP 12 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2010 9:05PM
i just got one. i was a little put out when the auto focus wouldnt work both directions but the replacement seems to work quite well

the first impressions seems fine, its a bit larger than i expected it to be (compared to the 120-400) and its quite heavy. i think its a lens that needs getting used to and probably not one to take everywhere in the bag.

but to be fair, other than the Nikon 300mm f4 and a converter there is little out there to buy for the money.
strawman 16 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2010 10:34PM
The reason I mention turning off the IS is that when I tried one the IS took quite a bit of time to settle so that means the focusing system has a problem. I assume that on the Sony it uses the HSM motor not the body motor. In its defence once settle the IS was very good. also the focusing was faster than the slow 170-500.

But it should be born in mind I tried it on a Canon not a Sony, and the electronics may behave quite differently.
FrankRobinson 10 84 2 United Kingdom
20 May 2010 1:06PM

Quote:I've got one - and haven't come across this issue... My Sigma 180mm has this issue though - incredibly slow autofocus!

That would be because your Sigma 180mm Macro... is a macro lens. Tongue

They all have rather slower focus systems than the non-dedicated macro lenses because the lens focusing system resolves in far finer detail, to allow you to get that 2-3mm DOF in the right place when doing some serious close-ups. Try manually focusing using the ring. and you will see how much further you have to turn it to achieve the same movement of focus compared to a regular lens of the same focal length.

I have this lens and the Sigma 70-200. Both fantastic, both built for very different purposes. Smile
jonah794 10 1.7k 11 United Kingdom
20 May 2010 1:11PM

Quote:That would be because your Sigma 180mm Macro... is a macro lens. Tongue

I know Grin It used to be quicker

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