Sigma's "Bigma"

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Gambo, Sep 29, 2006.

  1. Gambo

    Gambo Guest

    I am considering the purchase of the Sigma 50-500mm lens, AKA Bigma for
    nature and sports photography (outdoors). From what I have read there
    are more positive opinions than negative. What are the experiences of
    this group?

    Gambo
     
    Gambo, Sep 29, 2006
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    Bill Crocker Guest

    I had a Bigma for two days. It's very big, as you might have guessed, and
    also quite heavy. The zoom collar takes a bit of effort as it cranks out
    about eight inches of lens barrel in a single turn. This movement feels
    very stiff, and not consistent throughout it's range. Due to it's speed, or
    lack of, it requires fast shutter speeds, and in most cases should be
    mounted on a tripod. It does take very good pictures however.

    I ended up taking it back in exchange for a Nikon 80~200mm f/2.8, which on a
    Nikon digital ends up being effectively a 120~300mm zoom. More than enough
    for my needs, and much more practical.

    Keep in mind the hidden cost, as you will want to hire an assistant to lug
    it around for you! Should you decide to buy the Bigma, exercise caution
    when around casual on-lookers. At first glance they might mistake it for a
    surface-to-air missile launcher, and notify Homeland Security!

    Bill Crocker
     
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    Photographer Guest

    I am considering the purchase of the Sigma 50-500mm lens, AKA Bigma for
    nature and sports photography (outdoors). From what I have read there
    are more positive opinions than negative. What are the experiences of
    this group?

    Gambo

    I bought one in March, use it a lot, even tho it is heavy. I do bird
    photography so it works out for me.
     
    Photographer, Sep 29, 2006
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    Pete D Guest

    Also consider the 170-500mm Sigma, very sharp and smaller.
     
    Pete D, Sep 29, 2006
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    plb49 Guest

    I had the 50-500 on my last film camera (Maxxum 7xi) and liked it for
    sports such as soccer, lacrosse, field hockey--used a monopod.

    Paul B.
    www.scienceteacher.biz
     
    plb49, Sep 29, 2006
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    Alan Browne Guest

    A friend has one mounted to his Canon 20D. For convenience it cannot be
    beat. However, the zoom has very poor tactile feeling (a smooth zone, a
    tough mid range resistance, then a less than smooth zone). Image
    rendition is average at best. Not a serious nature lens by any means.
    If you have bright conditions and can shoot f/8 - f/16, the results will
    be sharp enough for a large print. f/4 is stingy for 50mm and f/5.6 is
    really stingy for the long end, you'll need those bright conditions.

    A more favourable review:
    http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/lenses/sigma_50500_463/index.htm
     
    Alan Browne, Sep 29, 2006
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    RichA Guest

    Honestly though, unless you are in a pet store or shooting a flock, do
    you ever use less than 200-300mm equivalent?
     
    RichA, Sep 30, 2006
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    Pete D Guest

    Seriously Rich is there no depths that your stupidity cannot reach. Next
    time you borrow a camera from a store put a big lens on it and see how easy
    it is to get straight onto your subject if you have the zoom at the large
    end, far easier to have the lens zoomed out to start with and work your way
    in.
     
    Pete D, Sep 30, 2006
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    Rick Clark

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    Sigma 50-500 Bigma

    I've been looking to buy one for my Pentax K5. Is there anyone out there using this lense on a Pentax body? and if so what is your thoughts on it?.
    I use a Manfrotto monopod for most of my outdoor pictures and only in good light as there are more good keepers. I've been into Pentax camera's since 1961 and had real good luck and they make real fine lenses but not long enough on the long end.
    Thanks Rick
     
    Rick Clark, Dec 9, 2010
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    Rick Clark

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    HI RICK, that happens to be my name and I bought my first Pentax in 1961 also and I'm looking to get this lense too. I have 11 Pentax lense so whats one more in the drawer I hope to get more positive feed back on it be for I buy one.

    I have the 679B Manfrotto mono. it a good mono pod and good walking stick in the ruff stuff I mount my K5 on it. Good luck to you and have a nice Holiday coming up.
     
    Rick Clark, Dec 22, 2010
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