Sigma 150-500 mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM vs Sigma 50-500 mm F4-6.3 EX DG HSM

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Marathon Man
Marathon Man Contributing Member • Posts: 977
Sigma 150-500 mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM vs Sigma 50-500 mm F4-6.3 EX DG HSM

Merry Xmas to all,

Some of you might recall my many questions around the Nikon 70-300 VR vs. other lens like the Sigma 150-500 mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM.

Well, I bought the 70-300 and I am having fun with it, but ...

But, I am somewhat disappointed at the "short" reach I get compared with my 18-105 than came with my D90.

So, I am looking, once again at the Sigma lens.

A few questions for you:

What are the differences between the Sigma 150-500 mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM and the Sigma 50-500 mm F4-6.3 EX DG HSM?

I understand that the first is "OS" while the second is not. I kind of think that with such long reach lenses, you do need optical stability (like the VR in Nikon's lens)...

However, the second has EX, which I believe labels higher end Sigma lenses. Any thoughts on this?

I understand that these lenses are heavier than the Nikon 70-300 VR, but hey, I can live with that!

Any further thoughts?

Tks

Max

dave veneri Senior Member • Posts: 2,115
Re: Sigma 150-500 mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM vs Sigma 50-500 mm F4-6.3 EX DG HSM

send it back.....nikon has a new 150-500 coming ouy very soon. Will be much better than the 70-300.
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Marathon Man
Marathon Man OP Contributing Member • Posts: 977
Re: Sigma 150-500 mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM vs Sigma 50-500 mm F4-6.3 EX DG HSM

ooooooh, interestiiiiing. veryyy much!!!

Crabby Guy Senior Member • Posts: 1,418
Re: Sigma 150-500 mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM vs Sigma 50-500 mm F4-6.3 EX DG HSM

Do keep in mind that the Nikon replacement for its 80-400mm will be heavier and perhaps twice as expensive as the 70-300mm VR. However, it seems almost certain not to have the problems that the Sigma 150-500mm has had in reliability, numerous bad copies, and balance. (There are some people out there who have gotten a great copy of this Sigma lens, fall into using it well almost immediately, and who swear by it.)

Unless you work for Nikon, the exact specs for the new lens remain unknown. I am guessing the max. focal length willl be 450mm at f/6.3, which should allow a front filter of 77mm to fit it. It seems certain to have improved vibration reduction (VR II vs. VR on the current 80-400mm). An announcement by spring 2010 would be sweet.

When the new lens appears, you will have the opportunity to buy a used Nikon 80-400mm VR. Although this lens autofocuses somewhat slowly (dependent on the camera body used), these may be a bargain worth considering.

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Adrian

James Youngman Regular Member • Posts: 347
Pointless to exchange 70-300 for the (nonexistent) 150-500.

dave veneri wrote:

send it back.....nikon has a new 150-500 coming ouy very soon. Will be much better than the 70-300.

Really? For what purpose? The 150-500 lens would be a far, far heavier and bulkier lens than the 70-300. They're intended for different purposes. The 150-500 would in no way be a replacement for the 70-300.

coracii Regular Member • Posts: 382
Re: Sigma 150-500 mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM vs Sigma 50-500 mm F4-6.3 EX DG HSM

Crabby Guy wrote:

Do keep in mind that the Nikon replacement for its 80-400mm will be heavier and perhaps twice as expensive as the 70-300mm VR. > --
Adrian

Probably closer to at least 3 times the price of the 70-300VR if such a lens is ever introduced...

Marathon Man
Marathon Man OP Contributing Member • Posts: 977
Re: Pointless to exchange 70-300 for the (nonexistent) 150-500.

James,

Good question: for what purpose?

Well, mostly nature photography. I am spending the Xmas vacation here in FLA (I am originally from Montreal, Quebec) and I have taken some birds here and there. Although the lens is great, relatively fast and the fact that it does offer a mid to zoom range that is interesting, I found that to get the bird I wanted I never had enough reach.

So, yes, a 150-500 lens might serve a different purpose than the 70-300 Nikon lens.

I know also that it will be heavier... I am willing to live with that.

Max

Marathon Man
Marathon Man OP Contributing Member • Posts: 977
Re: Sigma 150-500 mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM vs Sigma 50-500 mm F4-6.3 EX DG HSM

Craby,

If I get a Sigma lens, how would I know if it is a bad one and that I must return it?

Max

Marathon Man
Marathon Man OP Contributing Member • Posts: 977
Re: Sigma 150-500 mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM vs Sigma 50-500 mm F4-6.3 EX DG HSM

Coraci

True, The expect 150-500 Nikon should be 3 times the price of the 70-300. This would bring it in the same price range as its Sigma competitor at around CAD$1500.

Max

coracii Regular Member • Posts: 382
Re: Sigma 150-500 mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM vs Sigma 50-500 mm F4-6.3 EX DG HSM

Marathon Man wrote:

Coraci

True, The expect 150-500 Nikon should be 3 times the price of the 70-300. This would bring it in the same price range as its Sigma competitor at around CAD$1500.

Max

Your prices in Canada must be different than those here in the U.S. The Nikon 70-300 at B&H is listed right now at $589 while the Sigma 150-500 is listed at $999. I'd expect the replacement for the 80-400 to go for somewhere in the neighborhood of about $1600-1700 in the U.S., though this is just my random guess.

jl_smith
jl_smith Veteran Member • Posts: 3,669
Re: Sigma 150-500 mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM vs Sigma 50-500 mm F4-6.3 EX DG HSM

Marathon Man wrote:

Craby,

If I get a Sigma lens, how would I know if it is a bad one and that I must return it?

Max

Take lots of pictures and see if they look good?

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garmon Senior Member • Posts: 1,069
Re: Sigma 150-500 mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM vs Sigma 50-500 mm F4-6.3 EX DG HSM

I have the 50-500 Bigma and tried the 150-500 Bigmos. The Bigma is faster to focus and quieter, but hand holding the Bigma is extremely difficult espicially at the long end and would best be shot with a monopod/tripod. The EX brand also entitles you to a longer warranty. In Canada Sigma offers a 10 year warranty. Also the IQ on the Bigma is slightly better, If you can live without the OS the 50-500 is the better choice.
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