A57 + Sigma 150-500. Any experience to share?

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Condor
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A57 + Sigma 150-500. Any experience to share?
8 months ago

Plannin a trip-safari to Africa.

Would Sigma 150-500 work with my A57?

Does Sigma 150-500 Sony version (mount) needs an adapter to fit mi "alpha" A57?

Thanks in advance.

Ed

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Condor wrote:

Plannin a trip-safari to Africa.

Would Sigma 150-500 work with my A57?

Does Sigma 150-500 Sony version (mount) needs an adapter to fit mi "alpha" A57?

Thanks in advance.

Ed

It will work just fine, no adapters required. If you have any A-mount lens and any A-mount camera they will fit together like a round peg in a round hole.

You'll have to get used to 4.4 lbs of lens hanging off the end of your camera. Practice, practice, practice.

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lehill wrote:

Condor wrote:

Plannin a trip-safari to Africa.

Would Sigma 150-500 work with my A57?

Does Sigma 150-500 Sony version (mount) needs an adapter to fit mi "alpha" A57?

Thanks in advance.

Ed

It will work just fine, no adapters required. If you have any A-mount lens and any A-mount camera they will fit together like a round peg in a round hole.

You'll have to get used to 4.4 lbs of lens hanging off the end of your camera. Practice, practice, practice.

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Lance H

Thanks, happy to know that.

What about real life ouput of this eventual A57 + Sigma 150-500 combination. Any samples?

Ed

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The combination of A57 and Sigma 150-500mm works well for me. In addition you can use the clear image zoom feature in the A57 to get double the focal length with less loss in IQ than you would if you use a Teleconverter. Look at this link:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/42391544

Important thing is to get in a bit of practice with this camera+lens combo as it can be quite heavy.

A tripod is not practical inside the safari vehicle so take a bean bag to rest the lens on.

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Condor wrote:

lehill wrote:

Condor wrote:

Plannin a trip-safari to Africa.

Would Sigma 150-500 work with my A57?

Does Sigma 150-500 Sony version (mount) needs an adapter to fit mi "alpha" A57?

Thanks in advance.

Ed

It will work just fine, no adapters required. If you have any A-mount lens and any A-mount camera they will fit together like a round peg in a round hole.

You'll have to get used to 4.4 lbs of lens hanging off the end of your camera. Practice, practice, practice.

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Lance H

Thanks, happy to know that.

What about real life ouput of this eventual A57 + Sigma 150-500 combination. Any samples?

Ed

Most of the shots here are with the Sigma 150-500 but on the A77 or a few with the A850. I find the lens is sharp @ f8.

For carrying I use a Black Rapid strap and connect it to the tripod foot of the camera. Makes it a *lot* easier to haul around.

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Thanks. A77 has far more Mp than A57. Doesn't it?

What about Tamron 200-500. It seems no OS though? But A57 has.

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Thanks. A77 has far more Mp than A57. Doesn't it?

What about Tamron 200-500. It seems no OS though? But A57 has.

Ed

The A77 has 24Mp, the A57 has 16Mp. You might be able to find some A57+15-500 photos on flickr.

I chose the Sigma over the Tamron mainly for the built-in OS and HSM drive. The Tamron 200-500 is a screw-drive lens. It's a lighter lens (2.7 vs 4.2 lbs) and has a cool "Filter Effect Control" that allows you to rotate your polarizer with the hood mounted.

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