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A lens with an ambitious reach

Maybe you don't go to every air show. Maybe you're not a regular photographer on the surfing circuit. But — if you shoot wildlife, or sports, or carry a scanner in your car so you can get to the latest breaking news event? Oh, yeah, this could be your next lens. With a maximum aperture of f/4.5, it's got impressive light-gathering capacity for its class. And the built-in, ultra-quiet HSM (Hyper-Sonic Motor) will take care of the big job of acquiring sharp focus over a long distance. You'll have the tools at hand to bring home the hard-to-get bacon — for less bacon than other DSLR lenses with equivalent specs.

It belongs in your collection

While this long telephoto lens is optimized for full-frame cameras, APS-C cameras can benefit as well. The focal length will increase by a factor of 1.5X on most APS-C cameras (1.6X on Canon's APS-C models), so this 500mm lens will have a 750mm equivalent length on many non-full-frame cameras. With two separate mountings to choose from, this lens has the versatility to find a home in any intrepid outdoor photographer's lens collection.

Carefully machined low-dispersion optical elements and proprietary coatings yield a lens that is sharp, clear, and free of artifacts like color fringing, ghosting, flaring, and distortion. The lens accepts drop-in filters and a 46mm circular polarizer is supplied.

Product Highlights:

  • Nikon bayonet mount
  • 500mm f/4.5 EX DG HSM APO telephoto lens with 35mm equivalent of 750mm on Nikon cameras with APS-C sensors
  • HSM (Hyper-Sonic Motor) for fast, silent focusing
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating minimizes reflections and flare
  • ideal for far-away wildlife, sports, and photojournalism
  • minimum focus distance: 13.125 feet
  • constructed of 11 elements in 8 groups
  • filter size: 46mm drop-in only
  • lens is 4-13/16" in diameter, 13-13/16" long
  • weight: 111.1 oz.
  • tripod collar, carrying case, lens hood, rear lens cap, circular polarizing filter supplied
  • warranty: 4 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Sigma Photo 500mm f/4.5 Lens Reviews

Preliminary info from the manufacturer

Features and Specs

Brand Compatibility Nikon
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 500mm
Maximum Aperture f/4.5
Weight 111.1 ounces
Parts Warranty 4 Years
Labor Warranty 4 Years