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Sigma 150-500

Unread post by WazzyP » Wed Dec 02, 2009 2:57 pm

Hi guys,

I'm looking to get a Sigma 150-500mm. Unfortunately its out of my budget new. Does anybody know where I can get one for around R8000 secondhand?

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Re: Sigma 150-500

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Wed Dec 02, 2009 3:31 pm

WazzyP wrote:Hi guys,

I'm looking to get a Sigma 150-500mm. Unfortunately its out of my budget new. Does anybody know where I can get one for around R8000 secondhand?

Thanks so much

There are a number of threads discussing this range of lenses, just do a search for Sigma and 500mm I think. I will PM you a list of places you can look.
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Re: Sigma 150-500

Unread post by bucky » Wed Dec 02, 2009 7:06 pm

Hi there,
There are a lot of these for sale, even for much less than R8k.
I don't think they are much more than that new.


I would rather look for the Sigma 50-500 or buy a second hand canon 70-200 and a 1.4 tele converter.
A even better bet is the canon 100-400, well worth saving a bit longer for.

I do not like the 170-500, the image quality is bad, and the focusing is terrible.

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Re: Sigma 150-500

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Wed Dec 02, 2009 9:17 pm

Sprocky and others would disagree with you Bucky :)

@WazzyP: what body are you using? Nikon, Canon etc?
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Re: Sigma 150-500

Unread post by bert » Wed Dec 02, 2009 9:23 pm

As suggested by joshilewis
Google Test sigma 150-500 and you will find tests and personal opinions.

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Re: Sigma 150-500

Unread post by WazzyP » Thu Dec 03, 2009 7:37 am

Hey guys,

Thanks for all the advice. I've done some extensive reading on both the Sigma and Canon lenses. I was looking between the Canon 100-400 and the Sigma 150-500 or 50-500.

Unfortunately the Canon lens is a bit out of my price range.

As for the Sigma's...the 50-500 does seem to have a slightly better IQ than the 150-500, but I do like the fact that the 150-500 comes with an image stabiliser. I will be taking shots handheld fairly often.

So basically the first one of any of those lenses to come up at a good price will be added to my collection.

I'm shooting with a Canon body, the infamous 400D.

I've seen a lot of good second hand deals, but mostly for Nikon and Pentax bodies. Finding one for a Canon body is slightly more tricky.

Cheers, and thanks again
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Re: Sigma 150-500

Unread post by Sprocky » Thu Dec 03, 2009 7:43 am

bucky wrote:I do not like the 170-500, the image quality is bad, and the focusing is terrible.


Josh you are so right saying I will disagree!

Bucky, take a look at my shots taken with the "bad image quality" lens, imagine what I could do if I had a decent lens. :whistle:

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Re: Sigma 150-500

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Thu Dec 03, 2009 7:49 am

Read these threads:
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Sigma 150-500
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Re: Sigma 150-500

Unread post by WazzyP » Thu Dec 03, 2009 8:06 am

Sprocky wrote:
bucky wrote:I do not like the 170-500, the image quality is bad, and the focusing is terrible.


Josh you are so right saying I will disagree!

Bucky, take a look at my shots taken with the "bad image quality" lens, imagine what I could do if I had a decent lens. :whistle:


Sprocky, where can I have a look at your photos? I clicked on your profile but didn't find anything there.

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Re: Sigma 150-500

Unread post by Sprocky » Thu Dec 03, 2009 9:37 am

Check in the Kruger section, the thread is "My In & Out Favourite Shot of the Day".

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Re: Sigma 150-500

Unread post by WazzyP » Thu Dec 03, 2009 9:42 am

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Sigma 150-500

Unread post by figjam » Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:11 am

I have a nikon 3100, 18-55mm VR, and 55-200mm VR kit.

I would like to know if the sigma 150-500mm lens would be any good for Kruger or should I be looking at something else.

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Re: Sigma 150-500

Unread post by Ert » Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:31 am

Hi figjam, the Sigma 150-500 is a super telephoto lens for the price. I mean that it is ideal for Kruger. I can only recommend it. You can see some pictures on my homepage. The very most portrait images are shot with the Sigma. http://www.deifuss.dk :cam:
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Re: Sigma 150-500

Unread post by Switchback » Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:53 am

Hi FigJam,

I bought a Sigma 150 - 500mm second hand a few years ago. I "knew" the person from another forum, so we met up and I could test the lens before hand. I love this lens - for the price. It gives you great reach and you can still get some decent shots with it. Is it the HSM OS one?

It's IQ is just not quite up to scratch, and it's not that fast. Of course one can't compare a R10k odd lens with a R80k odd lens, hence I say for the price it's excellent. So don't expect miracles with it, but if used properly, you can end up with above average shots.

One tip with it, IF you have decent light and you don't require a shallow depth of field, try using it on F8 - I find the images' IQ to be best at this apperture setting. Also, when using this lens with a bean bag on your car window / door, please ensure you switch off the OS - otherwise you will end up with disappointing shots.

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Re: Sigma 150-500

Unread post by Timbits » Sun Jun 01, 2014 5:18 pm

Would you put a circular polarizing filter on this lens? I've just purchased it for my Nikon D5300 and have received conflicting opinions? One says the filter would make it too dark, the other says I'm foolish not to have it. :? :?

Does anyone have any experience with the filter? I have a UV filter on it so far. My first opportunity to use it will be in KTP in November.


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