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04-09-2012, 03:49 PM   #1
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Sigma 50-500 vs Sigma 150-500

Not many reviews for the 50-500. OK, it has a wider zoom range. How is the sharpness compared to the 150-500? Which lens do you prefer?

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if you are looking at the OS version of the 50-500mm, I would say that is quite a bit better than the 150-500. I had the older EX model than sold it to buy the new one. It is an excellent lens within its limitations of being slower. OS is very nice to have and works well. Sigma has made a nice improvement in image quality over the previous version.
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No, OS is not a factor. Just sharpness and IQ.
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I am much happier with the sharpness of the new version of the 50-500mm.
Check this out. He uses the 50-500mm and has some amazing shots with it. If you are wanting better IQ than the two lenses mentioned, then a manual focus older lens or expensive autofocus prime

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QuoteOriginally posted by slackercruster Quote
Not many reviews for the 50-500.
Maybe not on this site, but look around the web at Canikon versions, and you will find lots of reviews. Search for "Bigma" and "BigmOS" as well, which are the gearhead slang terms for that lens. And as GaryH tried to point out, the latest version has been optically improved, so the "OS" term does mean something more than optical stabilization.

So I have the 150-500, which I am very happy with, but have never compared it directly to the 50-500. What I've read is that the 50-500 has an edge in sharpness and IQ (which is saying something, considering it's a 10x zoom), but the 150-500 satisfies me in those areas and I don't really need the extra low range. Actually, I briefly borrowed a Sigma 500mm f/4.5 prime (beast) and have found the 150-500 @500mm to be just as sharp at f/8 (of course the beast can go down to 4.5... but costs $5k!).

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Check this out. He uses the 50-500mm and has some amazing shots with it.
Yep, Ogun Turkay is a great example of using the gear well...
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I am much happier with the sharpness of the new version of the 50-500mm.
Check this out. He uses the 50-500mm and has some amazing shots with it. If you are wanting better IQ than the two lenses mentioned, then a manual focus older lens or expensive autofocus prime

Yes, impressive sharp photos.
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I'd be interested to know where the 170-500 fits in with the other two, as well, in terms of IQ and sharpness.
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If I would opt for any of the 500 zooms, it would be the 50-500 OS - so far with my 70-200 OS I have seen a really good improvement using the OS of the lens vs the in body SR on the 200mm end; I can imagine this would come in extremely handy for handheld shots on the mid to long end of the lens...

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I heard the 150-500 is not very good @450-500.
How is it on the 50-500OS @450-500?
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I heard the 150-500 is not very good @450-500.
Well, I can dispute that! The 150-500 isn't great on the 150-200mm end (any 70-200 would be better), but from 300-500 it is very sharp... and easily hand-holdable with the OS.

(You might be thinking of the 120-400, which I found to be the reverse - not bad at 120mm, but mushy at 400mm.)
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