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

reviewer#44194 date: Dec-13-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:I have recently purchased the (Sony 70-400 G2) because of its improved focus speed. The sharpness of this Sigma unit compares favorably with my Sony even wide open. The Sigma bokeh is nicer than the Sony 70-400. I also have nice primes (Minolta 400, 600, Sigma 500) and this unit compares favorably in sharpness with decent light.
price paid:$700 used
positive:Optical Stabilization allows for the viewfinder to be stable. Nice feature. Very sharp wide open to tele, even at the focal length extreme. The 50 and 500mm settings are still sharp wide open. Very impressive. Very little purple fringe in most shooting conditions. Better than my Minolta primes (300, 400 and 600) in this respect.
negative:Without the focus limiter it can hunt a bit depending on the situation (large distance between back and front). A bit heavy, better experience with a tripod.
comment:The stabilization works very well. This is a nice lens to use with the Sony mirrorless cameras and the appropriate adapter. It can also be used for non-stabilized Sony cameras as well. If you do not need the auto-focus speed (I am a birder) then this is an outstanding lens for the price.

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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