Sigma 50-500 mm f/4-6.3 EX APO Lens

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  1. Blair

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    Does anyone have any experience with this lens? It seems to be getting good reviews.......
     
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    I know someone who has it and he loves it.
     
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    seem a f4-6.3 would require a lot of light
     
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    yep, but not comparitively. the 500mm f4L requires alot of light too, when compared to a 200mm 1.8L...but then again the 500 f4L is like $5k...
     
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    I have one and it is my most used lens for railroad photography in the field. It actually replaced my 100-400L as it was a ton cheaper... for a lens that has 50mm more on the short end and 100mm more on top. Picture wise they were completely comparable so it was a no-brainer to sell the Canon. Now of course this lens is no 500L (which I use for wildlife) but in a crunch situation it can hold its own if you consider the difference between the $5400 I paid for my 500L and the $750 I paid for my Bigma.

    Here are a couple examples @ 500mm...

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    The only real problem that I can think of is IQ at the extremes and shutter speeds at 500mm. you'd have to have 1000th of a second at f/6.3 and 500mm to get a reasonably sharp image. It needs VR if you're going to hand hold.
     
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    Thats kinda a blanket statement... both of the shots above were WAY less than 1/1000 and were both hand held... if you practice your shooting and long lens technique the 1/focal length rule really doesnt apply much...
     
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    I can see that, I have really shaky hands, so for me to hand hold a lens like that, i'd have to down ibuprofen like it was candy. :p
     
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    You're right, it does help and I even wrap my strap around my arms.
     
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    i love reading reviews of the Bigma. Great railroad shots!
     

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