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Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 APO
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50% of reviewers None indicated 5.5

Description: This compact aporchromatic ultra telephoto zoom lens covers the range up to 500mm and it is ideal for taking sport, nature and landcape photographs.

Key Features

* Lens Construction: 13 Elements in 11 Groups
* Angle of View: 14.5 - 5 degrees
* Number of Diaphragm Blades: 9 Blades
* Minimum Aperture: F32
* Minimum Focusing Distance: 300-320cm
* Maximum Magnification: 1:6.6
* Filter Size: 86mm
* Dimensions: Diameter 92.5mm x Length 232mm
* Weight: 1345g
Keywords: Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 APO lens

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Registered: July 2005
Posts: 1123
Review Date: Mon September 11, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6 

Pros: Push pull focus
Cons: A bit heavy

This is another lens that sits in my arsenal of lenses and in truth doesn't come out that often, I take it with me when I go to a few airshows as it's a tad lighter than the 80-400 plus it gives me another 100mm in the length dept. I like to use it as a push pull focus lens as with the aircraft buzzing around the sky it's a bit quicker than using the twist grip.

I've also used this lens for motorsport when I need a long focal length, it's also very good for moon shots as with that 86mm end glass it lets in bucket loads of light. For me I like to use this lens with my mono pod for motorsport as I can concentrate on the push pull for focal length, after a while this lens does get a bit heavy after a long days shoot. If you're going use this lens at an airshow my advice would be take plenty of breaks to rest your arms. On a whole I have been very happy with the results that I've been getting from this lens to date. Altough I've rated this lens only as a 6 don't let that put you off, this is one of those lenses that you won't use that often.

There's no O/S nor does it have the EX range of glass and there's no HSM either, but it's now been upgraded from standard glass to DG glass. You can use the 1.4 and 2.0 X TC's but only in manual mode.

No O/S

Love the push pull focus (not sure if I should use it like that but it works for me)
It's long focal length.
Great lens for Airshows, Motorsport, Wildlife.

What you get in the box
The lens
Full lens hood
Fully padded lens bag
Waist strap
Warranty paperwork
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Registered: February 2009
Posts: 328
Review Date: Thu March 19, 2009 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 5 

Pros: Price
Cons: Slow focusing, Poor Color No OS

Great lens if you don't mind that it hunts alot while in AF. Manual focus is fine. The color was not as true and as rich as other tele lenses I have tried and used. For this price I really should not be complaining about its lack of OS and I am not.
In addition, this lens doesn't not work with the Sigma converters or at least I was not able to make it work (if someone can please shed some light on this please).

The 500mm was not much of an improvement over my 80-400 already so I didn't keep this lens for long before I sold it.
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