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Canon 500mm f4 vs Sigma 500mm f4

 
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Apr 06, 2017 08:59 |  #31

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Lucky, Jake! I bought mine for $7900 through CPW when they were having a 10% off sale. And sure enough, about 2 weeks after i bought mine, the refurb store got a batch in, which is when you picked yours up! Happens like clockwork to me, every time I buy new! :)


The "batch" was in fact "one"

The Canon customer service rep herself was the one that over the phone referred to it as "like winning the lottery" by picking up this lens from the refurb store. :)


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Apr 06, 2017 09:00 |  #32

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Maybe a left testicle then :-P :p:twisted:


Is there one set price for these, or do they sell by the pound?


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Apr 06, 2017 19:17 |  #33

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Is there one set price for these, or do they sell by the pound?

Let's make it "by the gram" ....... then the less-endowed have a chance, too.

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Jul 24, 2017 16:46 |  #34

Traded in my heavy Canon 400mm f2.8 for the new Sigma 500mm f4 at the start of the month. Main reason was the reduction in the weight, plus the benefit of extra reach for motorcycle racing. I had the chance to shoot it and the newest Canon 500mm f4 a few weeks earlier and found negligible difference in AF activation or image quality. My mind was made up to go ahead with the Sigma.
I received my new lens a couple of weeks back and tested it out for a day at a local short circuit bike event. Straight out of the box and unto the 1dx, I found that a lot of the images were slightly softer than I would have expected. Particularly the graphics on the bikes.
Perhaps the conditions weren't ideal as there was extremely strong sunshine throughout the day and it was causing all sorts of issues with the AF system on the 1dx. I've suffered the same issue with the Canon 300 and 400 on the 1dx so I didn't get too disheartened.
I tried the lens a week later under more even light and less difficult subject - soccer players. Unfortunately the test images showed the same softness in the graphics on the shirts.
I contacted the supplier who agreed to send a few sample images to Sigma for their thoughts. The lens and 1dx are now over with Sigma for calibration. I'm hopeful they can resolve the issue as by all accounts and reviews I've read the lens should be pin sharp. I have the Sigma 120-300 f2.8 sport and its a superb lens. As quick as the Canon 300 and produces really sharp images. I don't see any reason why the 500mm should be any different.


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Jul 25, 2017 10:05 |  #35

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Traded in my heavy Canon 400mm f2.8 for the new Sigma 500mm f4 at the start of the month. Main reason was the reduction in the weight, plus the benefit of extra reach for motorcycle racing. I had the chance to shoot it and the newest Canon 500mm f4 a few weeks earlier and found negligible difference in AF activation or image quality. My mind was made up to go ahead with the Sigma.
I received my new lens a couple of weeks back and tested it out for a day at a local short circuit bike event. Straight out of the box and unto the 1dx, I found that a lot of the images were slightly softer than I would have expected. Particularly the graphics on the bikes.
Perhaps the conditions weren't ideal as there was extremely strong sunshine throughout the day and it was causing all sorts of issues with the AF system on the 1dx. I've suffered the same issue with the Canon 300 and 400 on the 1dx so I didn't get too disheartened.
I tried the lens a week later under more even light and less difficult subject - soccer players. Unfortunately the test images showed the same softness in the graphics on the shirts.
I contacted the supplier who agreed to send a few sample images to Sigma for their thoughts. The lens and 1dx are now over with Sigma for calibration. I'm hopeful they can resolve the issue as by all accounts and reviews I've read the lens should be pin sharp. I have the Sigma 120-300 f2.8 sport and its a superb lens. As quick as the Canon 300 and produces really sharp images. I don't see any reason why the 500mm should be any different.


No way would I stand for that...... I would have bought it from B&H and if there was anything I dod not like...It would have went back. This is the problem with Sigma. QC......and I own a few sigma lens......Buy from a reputable seller and if not right ship it back......especially for a large purchase like this.


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Jul 25, 2017 11:23 |  #36

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No way would I stand for that...... I would have bought it from B&H and if there was anything I dod not like...It would have went back. This is the problem with Sigma. QC......and I own a few sigma lens......Buy from a reputable seller and if not right ship it back......especially for a large purchase like this.

Thats what happened to be fair. The supplier arranged for the lens and body to be shipped to Sigma and they're looking to see if calibration with the body resolves the issue. I'll know in a couple of weeks.


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Aug 12, 2017 03:33 |  #37

Update on Sigma-
Received the 500mm F4 last Saturday back from Sigma UK. Have had 2 days testing it on the 1DX and 1D mkiv and I'm pleased to confirm its doing the business. Focus is fast and accurate and holding. 1 week turnaround which isn't bad.


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Aug 23, 2017 09:22 |  #38

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Update on Sigma-
Received the 500mm F4 last Saturday back from Sigma UK. Have had 2 days testing it on the 1DX and 1D mkiv and I'm pleased to confirm its doing the business. Focus is fast and accurate and holding. 1 week turnaround which isn't bad.


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That is a good news.

Hope more shooters get hands on this Sigma and show images to confirm its quality, not necessary to outperform the Canon one, but at least it is getting closer or doing the job just fine, if Sigma 120-300 as you said is performing so good as prime 300 as you said then the prime 500 from Sigma shouldn't be any less, and it is a new lens, so they should at least engineered it to be a head of 12-300 technology back then, we will wait and see.

Don't forget to post more from the lens from your side, you could be as a reference as well ;-)a


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Oct 28, 2017 05:38 |  #39

Maybe start a Sigma 500mm F/4 thread in the lens section? I for one am very interested in this lens.


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Apr 27, 2018 11:49 |  #41

First time outing with the Sigma 500mm f4 Sport. These are all shot wide open on a very cloudy day. Please be aware that I used a Nikon D500....not sure if that will make a difference.

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May 17, 2018 18:29 |  #42

After spending a few months looking for the answer I decided to just buy a Sigma 500mm f4.0 and find out. I am coming from a Canon 300mm f2.8 Ver I, 70-200mm f2.8 Ver I, and I have used both the Canon 500mm f4.0 and 600mm f4.0. I am a full-time working photographer.

The Sigma (the one I have) is as sharp if not sharper than all of the above lens. It is marginally slower to focus but have had no issue. There is some focus drift at slower apertures but it is very minor. Since I will never shoot it slower than maybe f5.6 I don't care.

Hope this helps. I've been trying to decide between a used 500/600 or this and I think I'll keep the Sigma. For the extra 2k I'd rather have a new lens than a 10 year old lens.

Hope this helps all the others trying to figure this out. If you have specific questions or want a specific test shot let me know.




  
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May 17, 2018 18:31 |  #43

Welcome to POTN atlanta_filming!

Post up some images when you get a chance.


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May 18, 2018 15:55 |  #44

Hi All,

I have done as much research as possible and have gone ahead and ordered the Sigma 500mm f4 lens. One of the things I noticed in reading many reviews of the lens is that very few actually gave the lens a good work out...and in particular only a few used and fine tuned the lens with the Sigma dock. That fine tuning in many cases improved the focus speeds to be equal with Canon V ii. And the tuning of the IS system and fine adjustments to focus (AFTER the lens was AFMA'd to the canon Body) made positive differences. Read the link posted earlier form Brad as to his experiences with these adjustments.

I am very pro buying Canon big whites, but as I ordered my Sigma from Australia, I got it for USD 4500. between USD strength, rebate of 10% Aussie tax and a discount from the seller, that made a savings of nearly $4500 USD over a canon ver. II 500!

I will not get the lens to my home in Panama for a few weeks, but will post some photos from a 5D4 ASAP...




  
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May 21, 2018 11:10 |  #45

Wow, nice price. I would have done that in a heartbeat with that savings.


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