Are you smarter than a 55-300? For this Bigmos, the answer is no.

Started Jul 4, 2014 | Discussions thread
Ian Stuart Forsyth
Ian Stuart Forsyth Veteran Member • Posts: 3,174
Re: Lenstip on sharpness

audiobomber wrote:

"At 500 mm, in the case of the Sigma 150 – 500 mm, the maximum aperture is f/6.3. To free it from most of the aberrations you will need it use the aperture of about f/13-16. At that point, though, the diffraction becomes a serious limitation on the lens’s achievements and that’s why the MTF values couldn’t reach much above the 30 lpmm level."

"The lens fares exceedingly well at 150 mm; at 250 mm it’s performance is average, then, unfortunately, it decreases further. The performance at the maximum relative aperture is especially weak, at the longest focal lengths crossing just 20 lpmm level."

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I would have to agree and this pretty much sums it up

With wildlife photography if you want quality work you are stuck with buying quality lenses if you are looking for pixel level performance in a system.

Given the knowledge I have now I would have not wasted my time getting the 50-500 but rather saved and put that money towards a quality 300 F4 and TC or a 300 F2.8 and tc.

With the cost of the 50-500 I was almost half way there

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