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Sigma 500mm F4 XQ Mirror

Sharpness 
 3.0
Aberrations 
 2.0
Bokeh 
 1.0
Handling 
 1.0
Value 
 1.0
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1 17,354 Sun September 16, 2012
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Sigma 500mm F4 XQ Mirror

Sigma 500mm F4 XQ Mirror
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Sigma 500mm F4 XQ Mirror
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Sigma 500mm F4 XQ Mirror
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Sigma 500mm F4 XQ Mirror
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Sigma 500mm F4 XQ Mirror
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Sigma 500mm F4 XQ Mirror
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Description:
Sigma's highest-end 500mm mirror lens.
Mount Type: Pentax K



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Registered: April, 2009
Location: Netherlands
Posts: 349
Lens Review Date: September 16, 2012 I can recommend this lens: No | Price: None indicated | Rating: 2 

 
Pros: low CA
Cons: everything else
Sharpness: 3    Aberrations: 2    Bokeh: 1    Handling: 1    Value: 1   

Well. mine is not labled XQ, but it is probably an early version of this 'lens'.

First some pictures of the lens.
The front :


It comes with a lenscap, which can be used for stopping down to 5.6 :


View with Pentax MX attached:


View with Pentax MX attached and the 2x extender and required extension (all T-mount), then it becomes 1:8 1000mm:


Closeup of the focus unit, and ring for rotating the t-mount.


Closeup of the way too small plate for the tripod connection:


So, and what about the image quality...
Not good, with extender even terrible.
The only good thing is the low CA, because its a mirror.

And the tripod mount is too small, you get vibrations even when using a serious tripod (Berlebach uni-6).

Later versions got a bigger tripod mount, and not without reason.

Conclusion :
Its not sharp on APS-C.
Its shaky on a tripod.
Its not usable without tripod.
Its a collectors item.

I did try to take an astrophoto with this Sigma which will show how it performs at 1:4/500mm:
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