Upgrade from 120-400mm - sigma 150-500mm os worth it?


Link Posted 21/12/2011 - 15:18
I currently have the non-os Sigma 120-400mm and have generally been pretty pleased with it for general wildlife.

I currently have to option of upgrading to the newer os 150-500mm version and am wondering whether it's actually worth it - particularly as some reviews show the sharpness at the longer end to be wanting.

Just wondered if anyone else has made the change and are pleased with the result?




Link Posted 19/02/2012 - 16:32
Got a 150-500mm last summer and had some success definitely improvement on my old Ka)A100-300 Zoom

See "Swan" posted in gallery today for example




Link Posted 19/02/2012 - 16:57
Can't speak for the 120-400 but the 150-500 is my most used lens by far. I've started plenty threads with pictures taken with it over the last 12 months



Link Posted 19/02/2012 - 18:28
More than pleased with my 150-500.


Link Posted 19/02/2012 - 20:09

I use my 150 500 every day - on my lunch hour at work I take it with me and do my 20 minute walk capturing everything from birds to flowers. I have used the 120 400 and can assure you that there IS a difference in quality. Admitedly its still not hot as some primes wide open but on a sunny day the Sigma 150 500 IS as good as a Canon or Nikon F4 - I dont care what anyone will reply to that. Its a great lens and is too easily overlooked.

Please check out my photos below on my Flickr account. All my bird shots are with the lens and the cherry blossom is with it as well.

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Link Posted 23/02/2012 - 13:00
I'm not totally sure I would do that. I have the 150-500 OS lens and it is terrific value and I am happy with it but don't find the OS any better than the in camera SR. (subjective, no testing). It's pretty sharp but I try to notch down to 450mm. I think it's a lot bigger and heavier? so not sure that is a big step forward. 50% more but I think my next move will be the 300mm DA*.


Link Posted 23/02/2012 - 13:19
I can't make a comparative judgement, but one advantage with in-lens SR (generally speaking) is that the imae is stable in the viewfinder which can make high magnification shots easier to compose.

Generally speaking, 400 to 500mm doesn't make a huge amount of difference. I'd pick the better lens and be prepared to crop slightly.
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