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Sigma 150-500mm test shots

After much deliberation I decided to sell my Tamron 200-500mm and have just bought the Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS lens for wildlife photography. Probably like many Canon users I was torn between buying the Canon 400mm f/5.6 or the Canon 100-400mm. If money was no object I would have chosen the Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS USM. Back in the real world, I opted for the Sigma 150-500mm because of the extra reach and the OS system, at an affordable price! This gallery contains some of the first shots I've taken with the lens. First impressions are very positive, the lens seems to be EX standard in terms of build quality (even though it doesn't have the EX designation). The lens is definitely light enough to be hand holdable, and the OS system seems quick, effective and quiet (despite some reports that it is noisy). One thing that is immediately apparent compared to my Tamron 200-500mm, is the bokeh is much more pleasing.

I'll try and post a few more photos over the next few days to give an idea of how this lens handles in real-life in the hands of an amateur photographer.
All of the images in this gallery were taken hand-held, unless indicated otherwise.

08 Aug 2008 Update - After using this lens for 3 weeks

Overall I'm very happy with this lens, its much better than my previous Tamron 200-500mm. In many ways it has surpassed my expectations, for 599 I was expecting it to be soft at 500mm. However, I'm very happy with this lens in day to day use and resolution seems fine to me at 500mm. I've certainly got shots in fading light hand-held which wouldn't have been possible with my Tamron. The only slight limitation I've noticed and this may be a reflection on my technique and not the lens, is that it can take a while to lock on to fast moving subjects (e.g. birds in flight).
However, as most of the subjects I photograph are static, I'm not too concerned about this. Based on my use over the last 3 weeks, I would definitely recommend this lens.

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IMG_1087
Inquisitive Otter
Inquisitive Otter
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IMG_3869
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IMG_3860
Basking in the sun
Basking in the sun
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IMG_3444
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IMG_3304
Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx)
Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx)
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IMG_3327
European Beaver (Castor fiber)
European Beaver (Castor fiber)
Golden Light
Golden Light
Grey Heron 2  (Ardea cinerea)
Grey Heron 2 (Ardea cinerea)
Must be the Lynx Effect!
Must be the Lynx Effect!
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IMG_2287
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IMG_2285
'Two by Two'
'Two by Two'
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IMG_1613
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IMG_2665
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IMG_2201
Juggling with fish
Juggling with fish
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IMG_2663
Oops I nearly dropped it!
Oops I nearly dropped it!
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IMG_2357
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IMG_2220
Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
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IMG_1526
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IMG_1404
Contented Look (Gorilla gorilla)
Contented Look (Gorilla gorilla)
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IMG_1401
Juveline Western Lowland Gorilla
Juveline Western Lowland Gorilla
A penny for your thoughts
A penny for your thoughts
Boat Reflections
Boat Reflections
Hand-held shot 1/25s f/6.3 @313mm iso1600
Hand-held shot 1/25s f/6.3 @313mm iso1600
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IMG_1703
European Bison (Bison bonasus)
European Bison (Bison bonasus)
The Stare
The Stare
Elephant Skin @ 500mm
Elephant Skin @ 500mm
Eastern Bongo (Tragelaphus eurycerus isaaci)
Eastern Bongo (Tragelaphus eurycerus isaaci)
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
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IMG_1554
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IMG_1366
Herons @ 267.0mm
Herons @ 267.0mm
Floating Free
Floating Free
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IMG_0909
Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)
Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)
Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io)
Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io)
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IMG_0629
Hidden
Hidden
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IMG_0499
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IMG_0662
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IMG_0511
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IMG_0693
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IMG_0695
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IMG_0360
Fallow Deer @ 500mm 1/2000s f/6.3 iso 400
Fallow Deer @ 500mm 1/2000s f/6.3 iso 400
Fallow Deer @ 403mm 1/500s f/6.3 iso 400
Fallow Deer @ 403mm 1/500s f/6.3 iso 400
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IMG_0382
Feather detail @ 500mm
Feather detail @ 500mm
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IMG_0541
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IMG_0511
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IMG_0364
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IMG_0394
In a flap
In a flap
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IMG_0336
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IMG_0168
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IMG_0155
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IMG_0147
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IMG_0121
Tack sharp?!!!
Tack sharp?!!!
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IMG_0129
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Test shot
Test shot