Sigma 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM A-mount lens review by thomaskplee

reviewer#10726 date: Nov-24-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Canon EF 28-300L IS
Minolta RF 500 AF
Minolta AF 300 f2.8
Minolta AF 600 f4
price paid:1450 USD (new)
positive:Very sharp and good IQ
Very quiet AF
Very Effective OS
negative:Slow AF at 500mm tele end
A bit stiff at 100mm tele turning
comment:I own the non-OS version for Canon and have used it on my 1D4 and 1DX, the older version without OS is a very versatile lens and with tripod or handheld in good daylight (such as shooting golf) is a perfect lens.

So when I got A99, I want to find a "one lens - all purpose" lens, found this len could be the best choice if you are looking for better IQ. In Canon, there is 28-300 L which is very versatile, but for Sony this is the choice, or else, you can only use the lower IQ lenses such as the Tamron AF 28-300 or the older Vivitar AF 28-300 (push-pull for tele). With this and a wide angle lens, and perhaps a Minolta 35mm f2 ; it could be the best minimal lenses for carry-on travelling.

Furthermore, the OS on this lens is very good. At 1/30 and 500mm tele, I got 1 out of 8 to be successful, at 1/50, 1 out of 3. Also found it to be better when the Camera "steady-shot" is Off, both on A99 and A77.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 5
  • sharpness: 4.90
  • color: 4.80
  • build: 4.80
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 5.00
  • overall: 4.90 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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