Sigma EX 500mm f/4,5 HSM APO DG

        

General information

This is a prime lens manufactured by Sigma and the model was launched 2005.
The lens belongs to the category  telephoto prime lenses, a telephoto lens where you do not have the possibility to zoom in and out.

Compatibility, autofocus and focal length

The lens is available for both Canon and Nikon cameras, but there are two different versions of this lens (one for each brand and mount) so it is important that you ask for and choose the right version when bying the lens.

This lens is constructed to fit all models of Canon and Nikon cameras, regardless of camera model or type of sensor.

The ability to use autofocus is available for all cameras.

The lens has a focal length of 500 mm. Depending on which camera the lens is used, the experienced and perceived focal length will be different. Please visit the list of compatible cameras below, it will provide the equivalent focal length you get on each camera.

Lens brightness and image stabilizer

The lens brightness and aperture value is f/4,5.

This lens is not considered to have a good aperture value and brightness. It is something to consider before you purchase the lens. To compensate for this you might, while photographing in less favorable light conditions, be forced to either use higher ISO settings (which generates more noise in the image), slower shutter speeds (which may give some motion blur) or flash lightning. Read more at the link below what lens brightness means to you as a photographer.

The lens lacks image stabilization, which otherwise os good for avoiding the blur that can occur when using slow shutter speeds. 

Filter and Lens Hood

If you want to use filters on this lens the slot-in filters  (46 mm) would be the ones to use, which is very common at these larger telephoto lenses.

If you buy this lens it will come with a lens hood, whose model name is "LH1236-01 184".

Tripod Mount

This lens is equipped with a tripod mount, which makes use of a tripod easier and more stable.

Pictures (product and sample images)

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Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.

Things to consider before buying

Below you will find some summarized points and facts that can be considered as the 'pros and cons' of this lens. These are based entirely on the facts and values that are accessible through the lens specification, so we highly recommend that you also read the reported reviews available (see tab 'Reviews'); this in order to get a more complete view of the lens and its capabilities. Reviewer opinions reflect the lens, its use and its optical performance in a more accurate way, but any way - here a few different points to consider before buying this lens.

  • Long focal length with its 500 mm
  • Works on all sensor types
  • Has a built-in autofocus motor
  • A lens hood is included
  • A tripod mount is included
  • No built-in image stabilizer
  • Poor aperture value with its f/4,5
  • The lens is not sealed against moisture and dust
  • Heavy (3150 gr)
  • The price (more info)

Specification

Product Name:Sigma EX 500mm f/4,5 HSM APO DG  (See dictionary)
Release date: 2005
Manufacturer:Sigma
Type of lens: Telephoto Lens
Construction: Prime lens (no possibility to zoom)
Works with cameras from: Canon (see compatible cameras)
Nikon (see compatible cameras)
1:1 at Macro:  No Macro lens
Compatibility: Works on all sensors (see compatible cameras)
Autofocus (AF): Yes
Built-in autofocus (AF) motor: Yes (more info)
Maximum aperture: f/4,5
Focal Length 500 mm

Depending on which camera this lens is used the focal length can seem different. This is because different camera sensors can have a slight crop factor and the focal length will be equivalent to:
  • 500 mm on Canon FF, Full frame
  • 650 mm on Canon APS-H
  • 800 mm on Canon APS-C
  • 500 mm on Nikon FX, Full frame
  • 750 mm on Nikon DX, APS-C
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Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
Lens Construction: 12 elements / 9 groups
Image Stabilizer: No
Closest Focusing Distance: 400 cm
Filter: Drop-in Filter, 46 mm
Lens Hood: LH1236-01 184 (included)
Tripod mount: Yes, a tripod mount is included (Read more)
Weather sealing: No
Dimensions (diameter x length): 123 x 350 mm
Weight: 3150 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)
Retail price (USD) 6400 USD
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Reviews

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Does this lens work with my camera?

Below you will find all registered cameras here on Lensora. Whether the actual camera works with this lens or not is displayed with a green or a red symbol, and if you want to know more about why the lens and the camera work or do not work together you click for further information..

Product name Release date Type Sensor Focal Length ? Total weight
Canon EOS 1000D 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3652 gr
Canon EOS 100D 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3557 gr
Canon EOS 10D 2003 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 4025 gr
Canon EOS 1100D 2011 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3645 gr
Canon EOS 1200D 2014 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3630 gr
Canon EOS 1300D 2016 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3635 gr
Canon EOS 1D 2001 DSLR APS-H (1.3x) 650 mm 4735 gr
Canon EOS 1D Mark II 2004 DSLR APS-H (1.3x) 650 mm 4715 gr
Canon EOS 1D Mark III 2007 DSLR APS-H (1.3x) 650 mm 4305 gr
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn 2005 DSLR APS-H (1.3x) 650 mm 4715 gr
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV 2009 DSLR APS-H (1.3x) 650 mm 4380 gr
Canon EOS 1D X 2011 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 4490 gr
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II 2016 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 4680 gr
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III 2020 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 4590 gr
Canon EOS 1Ds 2002 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 4735 gr
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II 2004 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 4715 gr
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III 2007 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 4535 gr
Canon EOS 2000D 2018 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3625 gr
Canon EOS 200D 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3603 gr
Canon EOS 20D 2004 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3920 gr
Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3920 gr
Canon EOS 20Da 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3920 gr
Canon EOS 250D 2019 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3599 gr
Canon EOS 300D 2003 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3795 gr
Canon EOS 30D 2006 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3934 gr
Canon EOS 350D 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3690 gr
Canon EOS 4000D 2018 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3586 gr
Canon EOS 400D 2006 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3706 gr
Canon EOS 40D 2007 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3972 gr
Canon EOS 450D 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3674 gr
Canon EOS 500D 2009 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3670 gr
Canon EOS 50D 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3972 gr
Canon EOS 550D 2010 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3660 gr
Canon EOS 5D 2005 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 4045 gr
Canon EOS 5D Mark II 2008 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 4000 gr
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 2012 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 4100 gr
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 2016 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 4040 gr
Canon EOS 5DS 2015 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 4080 gr
Canon EOS 5DS R 2015 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 4080 gr
Canon EOS 600D 2011 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3720 gr
Canon EOS 60D 2010 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3905 gr
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3905 gr
Canon EOS 60Da 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3905 gr
Canon EOS 650D 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3725 gr
Canon EOS 6D 2012 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 3920 gr
Canon EOS 6D Mark II 2017 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 3915 gr
Canon EOS 700D 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3730 gr
Canon EOS 70D 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3905 gr
Canon EOS 750D 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3705 gr
Canon EOS 760D 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3715 gr
Canon EOS 77D 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3690 gr
Canon EOS 7D 2009 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 4010 gr
Canon EOS 7D Mark II 2014 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 4060 gr
Canon EOS 8000D 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3715 gr
Canon EOS 800D 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3682 gr
Canon EOS 80D 2016 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3880 gr
Canon EOS 850D 2020 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3665 gr
Canon EOS 9000D 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3690 gr
Canon EOS 90D 2019 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3851 gr
Canon EOS D30 2000 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 4005 gr
Canon EOS D60 2002 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 4005 gr
Canon EOS Kiss Digital 2003 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3795 gr
Canon EOS Kiss Digital N 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3690 gr
Canon EOS Kiss Digital X 2006 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3706 gr
Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3 2009 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3670 gr
Canon EOS Kiss M 2018 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS Kiss M2 2020 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS Kiss X10 2019 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3599 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X10i 2020 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3665 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X2 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3674 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X4 Digital 2010 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3660 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X6i 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3725 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X70 2014 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3630 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X8i 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3705 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X9 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3603 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X9i 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3682 gr
Canon EOS M 2012 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M10 2015 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M100 2017 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M200 2019 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M3 2015 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M5 2016 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M50 2018 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M50 Mark II 2020 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M6 2017 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M6 Mark II 2019 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS R 2018 Mirrorless Full frame
Canon EOS R3 2021 Mirrorless Full frame
Canon EOS R5 2020 Mirrorless Full frame
Canon EOS R6 2020 Mirrorless Full frame
Canon EOS Ra 2018 Mirrorless Full frame
Canon EOS Rebel 2003 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3795 gr
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3557 gr
Canon EOS Rebel SL2 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3603 gr
Canon EOS Rebel SL3 2019 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3599 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T1i 2009 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3670 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T2i 2010 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3660 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T3 2011 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3645 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T3i 2011 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3720 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T4i 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3725 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T5 2014 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3630 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T5i 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3730 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T6 2016 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3635 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T6i 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3705 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T6s 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3715 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T7 2018 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3625 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T7i 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3682 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T8i 2020 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3665 gr
Canon EOS Rebel XS 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3652 gr
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3674 gr
Canon EOS Rebel XT 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3690 gr
Canon EOS Rebel XTi 2006 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 800 mm 3706 gr
Canon EOS RP 2019 Mirrorless Full frame
Nikon D1 1999 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 4350 gr
Nikon D100 2002 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 3930 gr
Nikon D1H 2001 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 4350 gr
Nikon D1X 2001 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 4350 gr
Nikon D200 2005 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 4070 gr
Nikon D2H 2003 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 4350 gr
Nikon D2Hs 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 4350 gr
Nikon D2X 2004 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 4350 gr
Nikon D2Xs 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 4350 gr
Nikon D3 2007 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 4450 gr
Nikon D300 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 4075 gr
Nikon D3000 2009 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 3686 gr
Nikon D300s 2009 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 4088 gr
Nikon D3100 2010 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 3655 gr
Nikon D3200 2012 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 3655 gr
Nikon D3300 2014 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 3580 gr
Nikon D3400 2016 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 3545 gr
Nikon D3500 2018 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 3515 gr
Nikon D3s 2009 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 4390 gr
Nikon D3x 2008 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 4410 gr
Nikon D4 2012 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 4490 gr
Nikon D40 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 3672 gr
Nikon D40x 2007 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 3672 gr
Nikon D4s 2014 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 4500 gr
Nikon D5 2016 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 4565 gr
Nikon D50 2005 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 3770 gr
Nikon D500 2016 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 4010 gr
Nikon D5000 2009 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 3740 gr
Nikon D5100 2011 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 3761 gr
Nikon D5200 2012 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 3705 gr
Nikon D5300 2013 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 3630 gr
Nikon D5500 2015 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 3570 gr
Nikon D5600 2016 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 3615 gr
Nikon D6 2020 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 4420 gr
Nikon D60 2008 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 3672 gr
Nikon D600 2012 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 3910 gr
Nikon D610 2013 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 4000 gr
Nikon D70 2004 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 3829 gr
Nikon D700 2008 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 4224 gr
Nikon D7000 2010 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 3930 gr
Nikon D70s 2005 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 3829 gr
Nikon D7100 2013 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 3825 gr
Nikon D7200 2015 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 3825 gr
Nikon D750 2014 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 3900 gr
Nikon D7500 2017 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 3790 gr
Nikon D780 2020 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 3990 gr
Nikon D80 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 3818 gr
Nikon D800 2012 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 4050 gr
Nikon D800e 2012 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 4050 gr
Nikon D810 2014 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 4130 gr
Nikon D810A 2015 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 4030 gr
Nikon D850 2017 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 4155 gr
Nikon D90 2008 DSLR DX (1.5x) 750 mm 3853 gr
Nikon Df 2013 DSLR Full frame 500 mm 3910 gr
Nikon Z fc 2021 Mirrorless DX (1.5x)
Nikon Z5 2020 Mirrorless Full frame
Nikon Z50 2019 Mirrorless DX (1.5x)
Nikon Z6 2018 Mirrorless Full frame
Nikon Z6 II 2020 Mirrorless Full frame
Nikon Z7 2018 Mirrorless Full frame
Nikon Z7 II 2020 Mirrorless Full frame
Nikon Z9 2021 Mirrorless Full frame

Pictures (product and sample images)

In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.

Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.

Alternatives to Sigma EX 500mm f/4,5 HSM APO DG for Canon photographers

Below you will find four interesting alternatives to Sigma EX 500mm f/4,5 HSM APO DG . Make sure to compare these (and other) options before deciding which lens you will buy.

Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM
Canon EF 600mm f/4 L IS USM
Sigma EX 300-800mm f/5,6 DG APO HSM

Alternatives to Sigma EX 500mm f/4,5 HSM APO DG for Nikon photographers

Below you will find four interesting alternatives to Sigma EX 500mm f/4,5 HSM APO DG . Make sure to compare these (and other) options before deciding which lens you will buy.

Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4 D IF-ED II
Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S 600mm f/4 D IF-ED II
Nikon AF-S 600mm f/4 G ED VR

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