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Sigma 500mm f/4.5 APO EX DG HSM

Sigma 500mm f/4.5 APO EX DG HSM lens

Full frame sized image

Lenses that create APS-C sized image are designed for digital only. They cannot be used on cameras that have image sensor larger than the APS-C format. These lenses are not suitable for film cameras either.


Ultrasonic AF

Lenses with ultrasonic focusing mechanism tend to be quiter and faster than traditionally focusing lenses.


No stepping motor AF

Lenses with stepping motor focusing mechanism are better for contrast based focusing, and are quiter and faster than traditionally focusing lenses.


One or more Low Dispersion lens element is used

Low Dispersion lens elements help to reduce chromatic aberration.


Not stabilized

Image stabilization helps to reduce blur caused by hand shake, especially at high focal length or in low light situations. Image stabilization can give 1 to 3 stop advantage over none stabilized lens, based on the reciprocal rule.


Metal mount

Cheaper lenses are usually equipped with plastic mount, while more expensive, professional lenses have metal mount. In general, metal mounts are more durable, and a good thing to have when lenses are changed a lot. When a camera is used mainly with one lens, the material of the lens mount is not that important.


Internal Focusing

Internally focusing lenses don't change their size while setting focus.


The front lens is fixed

The fixed front lens is not rotating during zoom and/or focusing. This allows the photographer to use petal shaped lens hood. Fixed front lenses also make the use of polarization filters a lot easier.


Supports drop-in filters

Drop-in filters are used in those lenses where either the front lens is too large, or the field of view doesn't permit the use of traditional filters at the front of the lens. Usually bright tele and ultra-wide angle lenses support this filter type.

This large-aperture 500 mm lens that is ideal for digital cameras. ELD glass is used to deliver high contrast and high resolution across the entire aperutre range. The lens housing accommodates a rear insertion type filter. The HSM makes fast AF speeds and quite shooting a reality, and it is also capable of full-time manual focus. And, by adding an optional APO 1.4X Tele Converter, you can ue this lens as a 700 mm F6.3 MF lens, or with a 2X Tele Converter, as a 1000 mm F9 MF lens.

Sigma 500mm f/4.5 APO EX DG HSM Specification

Available mount(s) Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony / Minolta A, Sigma
Application(s) Sports, Wildlife
Category(s) Super telephoto
Stabilizer no
Focal length 500 mm (prime)
Lens construction 11 elements in 8 groups
Angle of view 35mm: 5°
digital: 2.9°
Number of blades 9
Maximum aperture f/4.5
Minimum aperture f/32
Minimum focusing distance 400 cm
Magnification 0.13×
Filter size 46 mm
Size ∅ 123 × 350 mm
Weight 3150 g
AF speed N/A
AF sound
Internal focusing yes
Internal zoom N/A
Fix front lens yes
Mount type metal
Weather sealed N/A
Drop in filter yes
Ultrasonic AF yes
Stepping motor AF no
APS-C sized circle no
Low dispersion lens element yes
Hard case N/A
Soft case N/A
Lens hood LH1236-01
printable lens hood
Tripod adapter N/A
Sigma 500mm f/4.5 APO EX DG HSM Specification

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