Sigma 50-500 mm f4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Canon mount lens review: Modest price, good performance

By Kevin Carter - Tuesday November 05 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Sigma 50-500 mm f4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM on Canon EOS 5D Mk III | Sigma 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Canon lens performance | Sigma 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM vs Sigma 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 APO DG HSM | Conclusion

Sigma 50-500 mm f4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Canon: how does it rank in our database on the full-frame Canon EOS 5D Mk III?

 
Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S Canon35992920
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x118002419
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM15992115
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO-M DG Macro Canon2091811
Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD Canon4491812
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM1951812
Sigma 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG APO OS HSM Canon9991713
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS Canon3591710
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM25701713
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x ON118001714
Sigma 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Canon16591714
Tamron AF 70-300 F/4-5.6 LD Macro Canon1251610
Tamron AF 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical [IF] Macro Canon 6001410
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM4201410
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM1330149
Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 APO EX DG HSM Canon13891411

Inevitably, some compromises are made in a lens with a 10x zoom range like this, but given the price and performance it may be an attractive option. Note new and old versions are listed.

 
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM25701713
Sigma 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Canon16591714
Tamron AF 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical [IF] Macro Canon 6001410
Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 APO EX DG HSM Canon13891411

Compared against models in our database with a 5x zoom ratio or more the Sigma performs well, particularly with regard to sharpness.