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Can't decide. 50-500 or 150-500

 
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Sep 19, 2013 16:41 |  #1

Landscape, wildlife and sports.....looking at either the Sigma 50-500mm or the 150-500mm both with OS. Obviously the 50-500 has more versatility just wondering from owners what they think.


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Sep 19, 2013 16:52 |  #2

dhornick wrote in post #16309889 (external link)
Landscape, wildlife and sports.....looking at either the Sigma 50-500mm or the 150-500mm both with OS. Obviously the 50-500 has more versatility just wondering from owners what they think.

I am in the same boat as you, cant wait to read others opinions.




  
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Sep 20, 2013 10:27 |  #3

Both lenses are too big, HEAVY and clunky to be a general usage, "walk-around" lens. I have the 150-500 and I have never used it below 200 and mostly in the 400-500 range. I can't imagine using it at 50 mm when even a cheap little "nifty-fifty" would do a better job.

Just FYI, my lenses are:
15-30 UWA
24-70 f/2.8 (Tamron)
70-200 f/4
85 f/1.8
100 Macro
150-500
With the 24-70 and 70-200 being the workhorses.


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Sep 20, 2013 10:38 as a reply to  @ tzalman's post |  #4

I own the 150-500 and use it mostly at the longer end. This is a big, heavy lens that is ill suited to general purpose use. It provides a lot of bang for the buck and is capable of rendering nice, sharp images. If you need to cover the 50-150 range you would be better served putting the price difference between the 50-500 and 150-500 towards a smaller, lighter lens that covers that range. Such a lens will also typically be a stop or so faster.




  
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Sep 20, 2013 13:03 |  #5

I've never owned the 50-500 so take this for what it's worth, but I have owned the 150-500 and truly, I wasn't blown away with it. As pointed out, it's big, clunky and heavy and it's not a walk-around lens at all. The quality even at the long ranges leaves something to be desired, at least in my experience. The 50-500 has the reputation of being the better lens but it's more money and it's still not a walk-around lens and it's still heavy and clunky. I also briefly owned the 120-400 and it was smaller and lighter, and at least in my opinion, it gave better image quality, and was a better value overall, though it was 100mm shorter on the long end. Again, it was still far from an all around lens.

I hope my thoughts have been at least a little bit helpful.


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Sep 20, 2013 15:06 |  #6

I've owned a 150-500, wasn't thrilled with it - soft at the long end, focusing is slow and not always accurate. Many people have been very happy with this lens, just as many haven't - I think it depends a lot on the copy you happen to get. I've heard better things about the 50-500. For what you want to do I would strongly recommend a Canon 100-400 over these.


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Sep 20, 2013 16:49 |  #7

I bought my Sigma 150-500 the same day I picked up the 60D I just got the Sigma 18 -250 to take on car trips. I have not observed any focusing issues for my needs but I'm not shooting motocross or fast action sports. Tractor pulls are not speedy or they will move the weight box forward to make them work harder and slower yet.


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Sep 20, 2013 17:01 |  #8

dhornick wrote in post #16309889 (external link)
Landscape, wildlife and sports.....looking at either the Sigma 50-500mm or the 150-500mm both with OS. Obviously the 50-500 has more versatility just wondering from owners what they think.

I own the 150-500...since you never even said how you was going to carry them then I won't go off on how heavy they are. I would think the 50-500 would be the most versatile for what you said you will use them for. And since you never asked for a Canon replacement I won't suggest one.




  
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Sep 20, 2013 18:00 |  #9

I have a 50-500, used only for aviation, so very handy. But, bolted onto my 1D the two weigh 3.6kg...

I have the non-OS version, but I would imagine the OS is the same weight?


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Sep 21, 2013 08:49 as a reply to  @ Radders's post |  #10

Thanks everyone for your input whether it be good or bad. I'm still torn. Everytime I think I've convinced myself to pull the trigger on either one I start with the second guessing of moving away from a Canon 100-400 or what about the Canon 28-300 L? Pricey I know but at least you know what you're getting.


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Sep 21, 2013 11:59 |  #11

I have a 150-500mm and use it at only 500mm and have been Happy with it it's only used for Birding on a Tripod .

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Sep 21, 2013 14:03 |  #12

I have had the Bigma for years and use it mostly for sports (grandkids) and wildlife (vacations). When it is on the camera it is almost always at the long end. If I was purchasing a similar lens today I think I would go for the 150-500 OS based on casual reading on these forums.

For tball I usually use a monopod and am very pleased with the IQ. Hand held BIF have been less successful but I think that is more me than the lens.

I had a chance to see and compare a 150-500 OS at a POTN event a few years ago and was surprised at how similar in weight and appearance it was to the 50-500.


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Oct 17, 2013 16:06 |  #13

Sorry I missed this thread. I've owned Canon 100-400, Sigma 150-500 and 50-500, all with stabilization. I sold my 100-400 after testing out the 150-500. When I got the 50-500, I gave my grandson the 150-500.

A lot of peoople aren't comfortable with bulk, weight and so forth. I only care about results and I ususally carry the 50-500 around everyday. It is my walk-about lens if I want to catch local wildlife. If I have to travel light, my priorities change. Then I may carry the 24-105 or 15-85 depending on which camera and if I need a long lens for travel, the 70-200 L f4 IS takes Canon TCs quite well. Or the 400mm DO IS is very light, as well.

From a zoo trip, the croc is at 500mm and the flamingo 203mm.


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Oct 18, 2013 18:23 |  #14

advaitin wrote in post #16378698 (external link)
Sorry I missed this thread. I've owned Canon 100-400, Sigma 150-500 and 50-500, all with stabilization. I sold my 100-400 after testing out the 150-500. When I got the 50-500, I gave my grandson the 150-500.
A lot of peoople aren't comfortable with bulk, weight and so forth. I only care about results and I ususally carry the 50-500 around everyday. It is my walk-about lens if I want to catch local wildlife. If I have to travel light, my priorities change. Then I may carry the 24-105 or 15-85 depending on which camera and if I need a long lens for travel, the 70-200 L f4 IS takes Canon TCs quite well. Or the 400mm DO IS is very light, as well.
From a zoo trip, the croc is at 500mm and the flamingo 203mm.

Do a google search or look at the reviews and/or the comparison sites, e.g.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com …omp=0&FLIComp=7​&APIComp=1 (external link)

Maybe you shouldn't have sold that 100-400 !

if you like those pink flamingos ...

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Oct 18, 2013 18:42 |  #15

I have the 150-500 Sigma. Bought mine a few months ago. Great lens, but big and heavy.

I use mine in good light, F 10- F 11...ISO 800...works well. Sharp...hand held at these settings.

I bought it rather than the 50-500....because the 150-500 is cheaper and I think the focal length range is fine....50-500...an engineering feat maybe...that kind of range...but the 150-500 range does me fine.




  
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