new Sigma 200-500 f/2.8 EX DG

Started Mar 8, 2007 | Discussions
AdamT Forum Pro • Posts: 59,339
Re: Only one handle on the lens???

Who can lift it up with one hand???

Well I dunno Brian but no doubt you'll find a way of handholding it

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dugthug Regular Member • Posts: 223
the goodyear BLIMP

because you need an airport hanger to store it lol

i want one
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Hokum Senior Member • Posts: 2,551
Probably Phillip T....

The man who hand holds a sigmonster regularly....

Sod that i'll just use a tripod...

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no macro function? ^^) NT
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yvind Strm Veteran Member • Posts: 4,130
How to Zoom? The new AZ technology.


DTemp wrote:

Its a zoom... so it needs a zoom ring... but I dont really see one!
I mean theres a little ring behind the LCD but im assuming thats
focus since its tiny... how do you zoom this big mother?

Haven't you heard? It has the new AZ technology from Sigma. AZ is a very innovative technology. First Sigma thougt about using the LCD screen as a touchscreen, so you would press + or - on the screen to zoom. But they abandoned the idea, mainly because the battery consumption would be to big. A car battery would not last long. So, they went for a simpler design. As we all know, you rotate the back of the lens (with the camera on) for shooting portrait (as opposed to landscape). (I haven't really understood this - why not use a shorter lens for portraits. I thought 85mm was better?)

Now, Sigma has made the AZ feature so that you turn the camera several times - you actually winds up the zoom!

You wind it up to 500 mm, and then slowly release it again to zoom out. It is advised that you don't keep your eye very close to the viewfinder when doing this, for if you loose grip of the body, it will unwind it self all the way to 200 mm. It is a 2,5x zoom, so the camera will turn 2.5 times, of course. Enough to break any nose, and of course the noise will increase when you scream.
This unwinding can of course be used very creative.

By the way, you kind of loose control of the portrait/landscape thing when unwinding, and therefor will have severe problems keeping the horizon straight. Unless you go for the new Sigma SD-14, which have a sensor that rotates in sync. (A feature from the sensors Anti-Dust-Rotating-System)
With other cameras this will be a difficult thing.

Sigma aslo warns aagainst shooting handheld. It has been reported that the mechanism inside is so strong, that the unzooming easily can get out control. ANyone can think what could happen then.

Hope that answer your question.

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DTemp Senior Member • Posts: 1,180
that is the most deliciously sarcastic post ive ever seen n/t
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bkj Senior Member • Posts: 1,339
Re: To the Hollywood celebs

"you can run, but you can't hide...."

Here's a picture of a guy holding it at the PMA....

Man, this thing is huge!!


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Pat StG Regular Member • Posts: 185
Cost estimation...

italy74 wrote:

Hi Plimkon,

... That is, since here 600mm F4 is about 13k$, I guess it would

fly up to around 15-18 k$.


hmm... only 15-18K$ eh? Considering your comparison above... I think your estimate is quite low... since you're comparing a prime @ only f4 to a zoom @ f2.8 and there's always the 'freak-of-nature' price tag to add-on, since let's face it; this thing IS a freakish lens!

Then again if the optics on this bazooca suck... ya you might be right around $15-18k

Either way... this 'thing' belongs in a "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" museum...

Actually it kinda reminds me of Zeiss's Apo Sonnar 1700mm f4... but it looks so weird that it doesn't look like a lens anymore: $File/PI_080_06_Photokina_Apo_Sonnar_T_STL_DL.jpg

BTW... has anyone heard anything more about Zeiss's monstrosity?!


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Lee Jay Forum Pro • Posts: 55,161
Re: To the Hollywood celebs

bkj wrote:

"you can run, but you can't hide...."

Here's a picture of a guy holding it at the PMA....

Man, this thing is huge!!

It is big, but do realize that most of the left half of that image is the hood.

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nigeldh New Member • Posts: 15
reminds me of the portable PC & Sumo ad Re: new Sigma 200-500 f/2.8 EX DG

Many years ago there was a PC manufacture, Panasonic?, that showed a Sumo wrestler carrying their portable PC. John Dvorak's response to that ad was that the wrestler could make anything portable.

Maybe it's time for Sigma to dust off that ad concept.

Personally I vote for a Fuji blimp with a Gimbel mount. Not, not the weenie small one that B&H Photo has all over the place. The real thing.

nigeldh New Member • Posts: 15
you mean SBFG or SigBFG Re: new Sigma 200-500 f/2.8 EX DG

You mean SBFG or SigBFG. We really need every cheesy way to work Sig into every post.

mark currier Senior Member • Posts: 1,452
Re: new Sigma 200-500 f/2.8 EX DG

I believe that the rear ring closest to the camera mount is the zoom (the other being the focus). It is most likely a fly-by-wire system as a physical zoom ring would just be unreasonable for a lens of this size (diameter) in the amount of turn required in degrees to achieve a zoom through the full range.

DTemp wrote:

Its a zoom... so it needs a zoom ring... but I dont really see one!
I mean theres a little ring behind the LCD but im assuming thats
focus since its tiny... how do you zoom this big mother?
-Dave T.

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mstraathof New Member • Posts: 20
Re: new Sigma 200-500 f/2.8 EX DG

Thanks everyone for your posts, they made me laugh so hard my eyes got wet!

Best wishes,


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