Sigma has released a 50-500mm f/5-6.3 zoom lens with image stabilisation (OS) and a Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM). Priced competitively at £1,399.99 the lens will undoubtedly appeal to wildlife and sports photographers.

Sony and Pentax versions of the lens are available, as are Nikon, Canon and Sigma fits, and any model with built in sensor shift can still utilise the lenses stabilisation. There’s also four Special Low Dispersion elements to correct any colour aberration. With a weight of almost 2kg the 50-500mm will be a strain to use handheld, but as ever monopod/tripod support is midway down the lens on a rotatable arm.

More info can be found at: www.sigmaphoto.com 

 

Press Release

Sigma Imaging (UK) Ltd is pleased to announce that the suggested retail price of the new 50-500mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM is £1399.99. This new lens is now available in the UK in Sigma, Canon and Nikon fittings. Pentax and Sony fit will follow shortly.

This is a 10x high zoom ratio ultra telephoto zoom lens incorporating Sigma’s original Optical Stabiliser function.  This lens covers a wide range of focal lengths from 50mm to 500mm ultra telephoto.  The OS (Optical Stabiliser) function offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible.  For Sony and Pentax mount, the built-in OS function of this lens can be used even if the camera body is equipped with an image sensor shift anti-shake system.  As compensation for camera shake is visible in the view finder, the photographer can easily check for accurate focus and ensure there is no subject movement.  

Four SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements provide excellent correction of colour aberration.  The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghost and ensures high image quality throughout the entire zoom range.  This lens has a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.1 (at the focal length of 200mm) making it ideal for close-up photography.  

This lens incorporates HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), ensuring quiet and high speed AF as well as full-time manual focus capability.  The addition of the optional 1.4x EX DG or 2x EX DG APO Tele Converters produce a 70-700mm F6.3-8 or a 100-1000mm F9-12.6 MF zoom lens respectively.  This lens is equipped with a Petal-type hood to block out extraneous light.  The filter size of this lens is φ95mm and the lens is supplied with a step down ring enabling digital cameras with an APS-C size image sensor to use an φ86mm filter.

THE SPECIFICATIONS
Minimum Aperture        F22                
Minimum Focusing Distance    50-180cm
Lens Construction        22 Elements in 16 Groups    
Maximum Magnification    1:3.1
Angle of View            46.8°- 5°            
Filter Size            95mm
No. of Diaphragm Blades    9 pcs                
Lens Hood            Petal-type
Weight             1,970g                
SRP                £1399.99
Dimensions            Diameter 104.4mm x Length 219mm
Available Fittings        Sigma AF, Nikon AF, Canon AF, Pentax AF, Sony AF

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  • John Gatchell

    It will be interesting to see how the OS affects the image quality of this lens. The 150-500 Sigma that you tested suffered in this department when the OS was utilized. I purchased the Tamron 200-500 because of the test. I look forward to your full review of the glass.