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05-23-2014, 10:54 PM   #1
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What case for Sigma 50-500mm

I recently bought a used Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 RF EX APO lens and have been trying to track down a Sigma case for it, or the closest third-party match. I called Sigma USA, and they said they just have the case for the more recent APO version of the lens, which is bigger and they said wouldn't be a good match for the older lens. It looks like Sigma UK might have the case, but it's hard to tell because the text above the price describes the new lens, and the text below describes the older lens:

Sigma Imaging UK | Lens Case for 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM

Does anyone know what I should be looking for? I know that the lens originally came with a green case, but if the later EX DG (non-OS) version came with a black case, that would be good to know, since I prefer Sigma's later black cases. Also if anyone knows the case dimensions, that could be handy since it seems on the used market people typically list the case by it's dimensions, and not a part number or even what lens it's for.

And if anyone has one these lenses and can suggest a good third-party case, that'd be great too.


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05-24-2014, 02:01 PM   #2
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I just came back from a local camera store where I tried out the Lowepro 11 x 26cm, which Lowepro's own "Bag Finder" says should work:

Lens Case 11 x 26cm Camera bags, backpacks and rolling cases

However it won't fit with the tripod foot on the lens, which is a big minus. I'll need to find something bigger.
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I suggest that you put together a purpose modified bag for your Bigma.

I have a large case I use for my Sigma 150-500. I used to use the case to fit my Mamiya 220 Pro F and 3 Mamiya-Sekor lenses, plus flash and grip.

I don't use the Mamiya system (film) that much any more.

I took out the Velcro fastened padded separators out of the bag, went to a local store and bought a couple of packs of 10 soft foam sponges . Cost was about $ 2.50 a pack,

The large Sigma lens sits nestled in the bag, held firmly in place by the sponges. I can also fit a camera body attached to the lens in the body....by removing and fitting in the supportive sponges. I also stick some soft, supportive sponges under and around the Sigma tripod foot.

I have the Sigma bag that came with the lens and although it's good, I find my modified bag more suitable.
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Thanks for the modified bag idea. If I can't find a good dedicated lens case, I will go that route.

I did some more searching, and I think I turned up a good option, the Pearstone Onyx 80:

Pearstone Onyx 80 Lens Case OLC80B B&H Photo Video

At $16.95 it certainly doesn't break the bank, and it's almost exactly the right size for the earlier 50-500mm with the tripod foot attached. Most cases with 5" of room inside are much taller, which would mean wasted space, and a lens that could slide around, but not this. I ordered it, and it should arrive sometime in the the next week or two.

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That Pearlstone bag might work well. Looks very much like the Sigma bag that came with my Sigma 150-500.
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For anyone else curious about the Pearstone Onyx 80 lens case, it's too small for the older 50-500mm, even when it doesn't have it the tripod foot attached. The Pearstone Onyx 80 is closer to the old Lowepro Lens Case 3 (which I have, and keep my Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 in). The Pearstone isn't as rigid and doesn't have as much padding though, so it has a bit more space, but not enough. And I didn't quite measure the lens foot on the 50-500mm correctly, it's closer to 5.5" than 5". The 50-500mm does fit into the Lowepro Lens Case 4 well without the foot, and since I have a Lens Case 4, that's what I'll do for now.
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try Kinesis
[E-Series] Lens Pouches | Kinesis Photo Gear

I use one of their pouches for my Sigma 500 f4.5

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