Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 DG EX APO A-mount lens review by der dickgg

reviewer#44039 date: Mar-25-2018
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 135-400mm (which I sold).
Sigma 70-200mm HSM
price paid:€ 400,-
positive:Obvious... focal range. But also the sturdy tripod-collar, the petal-shaped hood, EX built quality (exept the paint), the possibility to use TC's and IQ of the image centre over the whole range.
negative:Relativly poor in the corners @ 350-500mm with f/6,3. The weight (1850 gr.) and the weird AF-MF solution. What a pitty the Sony (and Pentax) version is not HSM with manual override. The paint won't stick on the surface and the 86mm filtersize.
comment:Very nice to have such a long range for video purpose. It's easy to frame and search the subject whilst zooming in. A tripod or monopod is necessary however.
The IQ is fairly good in the range from 50mm to 350mm, longer makes the corners (on APS-C) lesser with the diafragm wide open. (Haven't tried FF yet). Unfortunatly the paint won't stick, it's only cosmetics but still.
First impression is positive but this huge lens isn't perfect. Hope to find more time to play with this 'Bigma' for a better idea how to get the best results and test it on FF. I'll give you an update.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 18
  • sharpness: 4.44
  • color: 4.56
  • build: 4.50
  • distortion: 4.83
  • flare control: 4.61
  • overall: 4.59 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania