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50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Canon EOS 550d camera ??

 
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Feb 26, 2013 13:56 |  #1

Hi everyone, new to the forum but struggling to find a really good zoom lens that is within my budget :)
I have a EOS 550d camera (purchased within the last yr) & am looking at a Sigma EX 50-500mm f/4.0-6.3 HSM DG Lens (says with a canon af / ef fitting) it was used by someone with a canon 400d but can anyone confirm it will fit my camera too please?
I need a larger zoom as take photos of dogs showing/agilty competitions & the canon 55-250 doesn't get close enough, any view on this lens with the canon EOS 550d ? ;)




  
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Feb 26, 2013 14:00 |  #2
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It will work with your camera. But I wouldn't use it inside. Its not fast enough for interior lighting.


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Feb 26, 2013 14:00 |  #3

yes, it will work fine. As long as it has a ed or ef-s mount it will work.


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Feb 26, 2013 14:36 |  #4

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yes, it will work fine. As long as it has a ed or ef-s mount it will work.

JJ meant to say EF or EF-S mount. That particular lens will have an EF mount (if, in fact, it's made to fit Canon... Sigma also makes lenses to fit Nikon, Sony, Pentax and their own Sigma cameras). If it says "Canon" or "Canon AF" on it, it'll work fine.

However, Nekrosoft13 is also correct... the 50-500mm quite likely is not a very good choice of lens for indoor shooting. It might give you the telephoto reach you need, but it's too small an aperture for use in a lot of (most?) indoor venues. You'll have to bump up the camera's ISO as high as you can before images get too noisy (probably ISO 1600 to 3200 on a 550D)... and even then you will be using marginal shutter speeds to photograph moving subjects. Also, the 50-500mm is nicknamed the "Bigma" for a reason. It's a large, heavy lens. You'll likely want a tripod, or at least a monopod to use with it. You won't want to handhold it very long. It's about twice the weight of the 70-200/2.8 or 300/4 IS that I use.

First, you need to get closer to your subject. Next, due to the lighting indoors, you likely will need f4 or even f2.8 lenses. Those are bigger and more expensive. The strong telephotos are very, very expensive. (Look up the price for a Canon 400/2.8 IS, for example.)

A versatile lens you might find adequate is the Sigma 120-300/2.8 OS. Attach a quality 1.4X teleconverter and it will act as an 168-420mm f4 lens. That combo will cost about $3500 U.S... and that's about the cheapest option for a versatile zoom setup.

A 70-200/2.8 is unlilkely to be long enough telephoto, since your 55-250 is not enough. With a 70-200/2.8 you can add a 1.4X teleconverter, but that only gets you a 112-280mm f4 equivalent. There are 2X teleconverters that would make it a 140-400mm f5.6, but the only lens where there wouldn't be a hard hit on image quality is the Canon 70-200/2.8 IS Mark II paired up with the EF 2X Mark III teleconverter... a combo that would cost about $2600 U.S. (at current sale prices, it will be closer to $3000 when those expire at the end of March, here in the U.S.) There are other Canon, Tamron and Sigma 70-200/2.8s... All are real "workhorse" lenses, designed for professional use, with fast focus and high image quality. But, again, they don't have as much reach as your 55-250mm, so if that lens is too short, the 70-200 alone will not be as good. Besides the combo mentioned above, a 1.4X teleconverter is the strongest I'd use on any of the other models.... and that only gets you the equiv. of 280mm, only slightly more reach than your 55-250mm

A somewhat more affordable option, I use a Canon 300/4 IS a lot, both with and without teleconverter. With a 1.4X on it, it's equal to a 420mm f5.6. This is handholdable, but really pushing your luck with adequate light indoors. The lens sells new for $1450 and a good, but affordable third party teleconverter such as the Kenko MC4 1.4X DGX sells for about $150. You might find the 300/4 IS used... it's been around for a lot of years... for a bit less money. I paid $900 for a very lightly used one and have occasionally seen them for $850 U.S.

Sigma does make a 200-500mm f2.8 lens... Plenty fast for indoor shooting, but it's rather huge and costs $26,000 U.S.

Using ISO 3200 on your camera, you may want to get noise reduction software such as Noiseware from Imagenomic.

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Feb 26, 2013 15:19 |  #5

Thank you everyone, great feedback. We always use a tripod so the weight doesn't concern me... although lighting may be an issue as the first time out will be the NEC. Can I now ask what is probally a really stupid question!? I have been reading on some sites that it is manual focus not Auto? As my 4 yr old daughter often takes shots for me (once I set it up!) I need it to be Auto Focus :)




  
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Feb 26, 2013 15:24 |  #6

The sigma will work just like any other EF or efs lens, with auto-focus and everything. If you want us to refute what you reading, please provide links, and we will tear the material apart if warranted. :)


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Feb 26, 2013 15:32 |  #7

The "HSM" in the name of that lens means "HyperSonic Motor" focus. (Like Canon's own Ultra Sonic Motors, or USM)

This is SIGMA's fastest Auto Focus, and in fact the best 3rd party focus system.

So again, if the name on the lens is what you say it is, it will autofocus.


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Feb 26, 2013 15:53 |  #8

Sigma only makes one 50-500mm OS, and it was only released a few years ago, very close to the release of the 7D, in fact Any site that has folks saying that it only works in manual focus is full of ______, leaving the blank for everyone else to fill in.


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Feb 26, 2013 19:23 |  #9

amfoto1 wrote in post #15654799 (external link)
JJ meant to say EF or EF-S mount. ..

ED, EF, EG, what a space or two amongst forum friends. :oops::oops:


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Feb 26, 2013 19:32 |  #10

depends on how good the light is on your subject. I wouldn't hold out much hope. that lens works pretty good outside, but it's a roll of the dice if your going to be doing indoor shooting. it's going to be hard to keep up a high enough shutter speed with such a small aperture.

that being said, the jpg processing on the 550D is pretty darn good, if your willing to let the camera do the work, i've done 'ok' with ISO 3200 on that camera.

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that was a 7D and the sigma lens in question. the t2i does slightly better with 'high iso noise correction' in camera than the 7d does, IMHO, but notice, this is 1/100 F7.1 (stopped down a little to try and keep some sharpness)

indoor is tuff with that lens :(



  
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Feb 26, 2013 21:12 |  #11

do you have a picture of the lens you're looking at?

if it's what you are writing, then it should auto-focus fine...indoors will definitely require you to bump up the ISO to get a fast shutter speed.


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Feb 26, 2013 22:11 |  #12

I have used the 50-500 OS on many indoor hockey and basketball games. I just push the camera up to ISO 6400 to get the faster shutter speeds needed.

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Feb 26, 2013 23:16 |  #13

Key is to have a good camera sensor that gives you the power to boost up ISO.


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Feb 27, 2013 07:38 |  #14

gjl711 wrote in post #15655799 (external link)
ED, EF, EG, what a space or two amongst forum friends. :oops::oops:

That sounds like one of those commercials that seem to be on TV every six minutes.;)

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