JNRFALCON
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Anybody Using Sigma 50-500OS On Full-frame?

Sun Mar 10, 2013 1:25 pm

I'm thinking of updating my stuff this year and I find the Sigma's 50-500 OS seems to be a good lens to update to.

The only thing that worries me is that the image quality reported to be dropping fast near the edge and corner on full-frame cameras.

It's a problem serious enough for me to decide with kind of camera to buy, or if it's needed to wait for D400 or 7D2.

So anybody is using or has used this lens on any full-frame cameras? Is it usable near the edge for "A.net quality"?

Thank you in advance for your replies.
 
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RE: Anybody Using Sigma 50-500OS On Full-frame?

Sun Mar 10, 2013 6:55 pm

Planecatcher uses the Bigma on a D700:

http://www.airliners.net/search/phot...h=Planecatcher&distinct_entry=true

Maybe you can get in touch with him?

Tony
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RE: Anybody Using Sigma 50-500OS On Full-frame?

Thu Mar 14, 2013 5:36 pm

I have a few pictures online here shot with a D700 + Sigma 50-500OS

I think it is a bad ass lens. My only worry would be build quality. Make sure you go in with a vendor who will let you swap it you get a duff copy.

Here are a couple of edge to edge examples:


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RE: Anybody Using Sigma 50-500OS On Full-frame?

Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:41 pm

Quoting jnrfalcon (Thread starter):
the Sigma's 50-500 OS seems to be a good lens to update to
Quoting clickhappy (Reply 2):
My only worry would be build quality.


I use the 50-500 on a 50D. While it's not full frame, I've 30,000+ frames experience using it. The one thing I don't worry about is build quality! It's a substantial lens and built to last. While the coating on the tripod mount will lose it's paint after a while, the main body of the lens has coped with everything I've thrown at it over the last 7 years. I've had a couple of issues mechanically with it, the auto focus motor (needed replacing) and aperture blades (seized), but overall, it's the only lens on the market that covers my needs. About half the photos I have on here were taken with it. It's a great lens for the money and you rarely need to swap lenses during a session.

Darren
Equipment: 2x Canon EOS 50D; Sigma 10-20 EX DC HSM, 50-500 EX APO DG, Canon 24-105 f/4 L, Speedlite 430EX
 
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RE: Anybody Using Sigma 50-500OS On Full-frame?

Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:31 pm

Quoting dazbo5 (Reply 3):
While the coating on the tripod mount will lose it's paint after a while

They have new coatings now that don't peel. The older coating was awful for peeling, the 70-200, 50-500 and 80-400 really suffered!
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RE: Anybody Using Sigma 50-500OS On Full-frame?

Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:33 pm

My comments about build quality were specifically aimed at optical and auto-focus performance, not cosmetics.
 
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RE: Anybody Using Sigma 50-500OS On Full-frame?

Sat Mar 16, 2013 5:19 pm

Hi,

as Tony pointed out I'm using the Sigma 50-500mm on a D700 and have been using this combination for nearly 4 years now. I've the old version of the lens though, not the OS one.

Image quality of this lens is perfectly fine over the whole zoom range, it's sharp and the autofocus works well and fast.
Don't have any issues with the quality in the corners; the only thing that you'll have to take care of is vignetting.

The only thing the lens is bad at is low light conditions; it then is very unreliable when focusing.

Never had any troubles with the build quality either; in all I've been using that lens for almost 8 years now and it still hasn't seen a repair shop.  

For me the Bigma remains the best lens when it comes to price/quality relation.

Hope this helps!

Thierry
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