Sigma 50-500 different models

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motomanDK
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Sigma 50-500 different models
May 4, 2012

My next lens - i hope - will be a 50-500mm Sigma.

But as i understand there is 2 models - the 'older' one is an EX model and the newer has OS (optical stabilization) but is NOT an EX model.

Does this mean, that the newer NON EX model isn't as good as the old one optically and mechanically speaking???

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motomanDK wrote:

My next lens - i hope - will be a 50-500mm Sigma.

But as i understand there is 2 models - the 'older' one is an EX model and the newer has OS (optical stabilization) but is NOT an EX model.

Does this mean, that the newer NON EX model isn't as good as the old one optically and mechanically speaking???

No, it's even better optically, the EX tag is now only used on Sigma zooms with constant maximum aperture, at least their homepage only list 3 EX zoom lenses and they all have constant max aperture.

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Halldor Eiriksson wrote:

motomanDK wrote:

My next lens - i hope - will be a 50-500mm Sigma.

But as i understand there is 2 models - the 'older' one is an EX model and the newer has OS (optical stabilization) but is NOT an EX model.

Does this mean, that the newer NON EX model isn't as good as the old one optically and mechanically speaking???

No, it's even better optically, the EX tag is now only used on Sigma zooms with constant maximum aperture, at least their homepage only list 3 EX zoom lenses and they all have constant max aperture.

That's correct. Only zooms with a constant aperture are labeled as "EX" lenses.
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I've owned both models, and as mentioned by others, the new OS model is improved across the board.

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I have the old one, but its still my favorite lens. Is the newer OS one "that" much better?

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Davethepom wrote:

I have the old one, but its still my favorite lens. Is the newer OS one "that" much better?

That's really a tough question to answer, and that in itself sort of answers the question. Just about everything on the new OS 50-500 has been improved, but that doesn't mean the older version isn't a really great lens.

The addition of OS is a huge plus, of course. With the older version I used a monopod whenever possible, but hand-held shots were still possible if I was careful. I usually shot at 500s with the old version, at or near 500mm, and was able to get sharp shots.

With OS, I haven't used a monopod and can kick it down to 400s or 320s hand-held at 500mm with no problems. The OS allows me to be a bit lazy and still get sharp shots, which is especially helpful when I'm bouncing around on a photo boat.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you've never used an OS 50-500, you won't miss having the OS, but once you've tried it, it would be hard to go back. Hope that makes some sense.

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Chuck,

Perfect Thanks!

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Chuck Lantz wrote:

Davethepom wrote:

I have the old one, but its still my favorite lens. Is the newer OS one "that" much better?

That's really a tough question to answer, and that in itself sort of answers the question. Just about everything on the new OS 50-500 has been improved, but that doesn't mean the older version isn't a really great lens.

The addition of OS is a huge plus, of course. With the older version I used a monopod whenever possible, but hand-held shots were still possible if I was careful. I usually shot at 500s with the old version, at or near 500mm, and was able to get sharp shots.

With OS, I haven't used a monopod and can kick it down to 400s or 320s hand-held at 500mm with no problems. The OS allows me to be a bit lazy and still get sharp shots, which is especially helpful when I'm bouncing around on a photo boat.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you've never used an OS 50-500, you won't miss having the OS, but once you've tried it, it would be hard to go back. Hope that makes some sense.

Man, you gotta push that envelope a tad! I shoot WWII aircraft as low as 1/40 handheld at 500mm using the "old" lens with fantastic results! In fact, I never shoot faster than 1/200. The old version is worth its weight in gold, I've put that thing through blowing ice and snow, and 150 degree heat on airport tarmacs. Owned it for 6 years, up until 2 weeks ago when it got stolen.

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Fight2FlyPhoto wrote:

Man, you gotta push that envelope a tad! I shoot WWII aircraft as low as 1/40 handheld at 500mm using the "old" lens with fantastic results! In fact, I never shoot faster than 1/200. The old version is worth its weight in gold, I've put that thing through blowing ice and snow, and 150 degree heat on airport tarmacs. Owned it for 6 years, up until 2 weeks ago when it got stolen.

I feel your pain. My non-OS 50-500 was stolen, too.

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