Long Lens


davidrobinson

Link Posted 10/11/2011 - 16:43
I am looking for a long lens for bird photography, has anyone got or tried the Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG HSM OS. Some very good and some poor reviews. The lens looks good and excellently priced at the moment(599) This price means its just about affordable but still a huge lot of money for me, any feedback would be appreciated. It would be used on my K7.
Regards David
Last Edited by davidrobinson on 10/11/2011 - 16:44

Blythman

Link Posted 10/11/2011 - 16:59
Just buy it

Loads of pics on my flickr with it. I've also got a fox on my gallery that was hand held at 1/20 sec using the OS
Alan


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Last Edited by Blythman on 10/11/2011 - 17:05

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davex

Link Posted 10/11/2011 - 17:03
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has anyone got or tried the Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG HSM OS

Do a forum search, you will find lots of very happy owners, including me.
At the current prices it is a steal.

Davex.
K5 + 8mm-500mm zooms and primes
Please feel free to play with any images I post.
My flickr: link

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davidrobinson

Link Posted 10/11/2011 - 17:15
davex wrote:
Quote:
has anyone got or tried the Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG HSM OS

Do a forum search, you will find lots of very happy owners, including me.
At the current prices it is a steal.

Davex.

Yup I had done a forum search and yes some good and some poor views found. However I think many seem to be about the early versions without Sigma Optical Stabilization.
Thanks for all your views upto now, its making me more comfortable to invest in one. Problem is, if I'm not happy with it I will not be able to buy another so please keep the info coming
Regards David

smudge

Link Posted 10/11/2011 - 17:21
I have the non-OS version and it is an impressive lens. It is big and heavy and feels well made. At the long end quality is limited more by technique than lens quality (at least it is for me). Some like Alan manage good results hand held but most of us lesser mortals need a decent tripod. If you want a 500mm AF lens that does not break the bank there really is no other option AFAIK.
Regards, Philip

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Mike-P

Link Posted 10/11/2011 - 17:21
There really is nothing else in this price bracket to compare, the next one up is a Sigma 50-500mm OS lens at nearly double the price.

I have the old 50-500mm and while it's a great lens you will only find them used now ... the 150-500mm is excellent value for money, you only have to look at Alan and Dave's images taken with the lens to see that.

The last 4 images on my Pentax gallery were taken with the 50-500mm.
. My Flickr
Last Edited by Mike-P on 10/11/2011 - 17:24

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davex

Link Posted 10/11/2011 - 17:26
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Problem is, if I'm not happy with it I will not be able to buy another

At it`s current price you will not get anywhere near 500mm with any other option, where are you based? if anywhere near Chester am happy to let you have a play with mine.

In test`s I have tried the lens OS is a good as my K5 SR.
I know some folks may shout at this, but TBH I frequently leave them both on, does not seem to make any difference, have not found any observable evidence that they may cancel each other out, as alleged by others.



Davex.
K5 + 8mm-500mm zooms and primes
Please feel free to play with any images I post.
My flickr: link

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davidrobinson

Link Posted 10/11/2011 - 17:33
davex wrote:
Quote:
Problem is, if I'm not happy with it I will not be able to buy another

At it`s current price you will not get anywhere near 500mm with any other option, where are you based? if anywhere near Chester am happy to let you have a play with mine.

In test`s I have tried the lens OS is a good as my K5 SR.
I know some folks may shout at this, but TBH I frequently leave them both on, does not seem to make any difference, have not found any observable evidence that they may cancel each other out, as alleged by others.

Hi Dave
Thanks for the offer but I live in Lincolnshire so a bit of a long trip to try your lens. However the Lincoln branch will let me try a Canon/Nikon version on one of their cameras so I may take them up on the offer. They say they will match Ffords http://www.ffordes.com/product/10072316352212
price for as long as Sigma have stocks at the new low price.
Thanks again for the kind offer
David



Davex.

Mannesty

Link Posted 10/11/2011 - 18:18
davidrobinson wrote:
davex wrote:
Quote:
Problem is, if I'm not happy with it I will not be able to buy another

At it`s current price you will not get anywhere near 500mm with any other option, where are you based? if anywhere near Chester am happy to let you have a play with mine.

In test`s I have tried the lens OS is a good as my K5 SR.
I know some folks may shout at this, but TBH I frequently leave them both on, does not seem to make any difference, have not found any observable evidence that they may cancel each other out, as alleged by others.

Hi Dave
Thanks for the offer but I live in Lincolnshire so a bit of a long trip to try your lens. However the Lincoln branch will let me try a Canon/Nikon version on one of their cameras so I may take them up on the offer. They say they will match Ffords http://www.ffordes.com/product/10072316352212
price for as long as Sigma have stocks at the new low price.
Thanks again for the kind offer
David



Davex.


It's a superb lens, and I may be guilty of evangelism here, but, it's a bit cheaper (OK, only 0.99p) from SRS and you get free postage if you quote your PU user name when you order. If you have any problems with it, their after-sales service is second to none.
Peter E Smith

My flickr Photostream
Last Edited by Mannesty on 10/11/2011 - 18:19

davidrobinson

Link Posted 17/11/2011 - 20:32
Took the plunge and bought the Sigma 150-500, what a brilliant lens as you can see. https://www.pentaxuser.com/photo/happy-couple-37690/large

Thanks for all the advice
Regards David

Offertonhatter

Link Posted 17/11/2011 - 21:12
Great shot David. You have chosen wisely.
In all honesty it is better than the 170-500mm I have, I tried one at focus and it is faster focusing and sharper.

Big thumbs up.
Some Cameras

davidrobinson

Link Posted 17/11/2011 - 21:16
Offertonhatter wrote:
Great shot David. You have chosen wisely.
In all honesty it is better than the 170-500mm I have, I tried one at focus and it is faster focusing and sharper.

Big thumbs up.

Thanks for the compliment I am a very happy chappy. Must admit now I see the picture on the website I think I may have over egged the clarity slider.
Regards David
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