Testing out Sigma’s 200-500mm f/2.8 green whale of a lens

by Roger Cicala

posted Monday, October 15, 2012 at 5:15 PM EDT

Of course, we really couldn’t stand the idea that there was a lens somewhere that we didn’t own. So, Tyler went and got us a new telephoto. It came in a rather large box today.


Even unboxed, it’s rather large.


The Sigma 200-500 f/2.8 between the Canon 500mm f/4 IS II (left) and the Canon 800mm f/5.6.
Despite its size, I found it wasn’t hard to shoot without a tripod – I recommend a Manopod.


I was rather impressed with the 72mm INTERNAL filter.


Using the human mobile tripod system, we did manage to get outside and take a few shots. It was early morning, the light was horribly angled, but hey, we had like 30 minutes before it went on it’s first assignment (if you want to see how it does with video, watch the World Series).

Kenny at 200mm f/2.8


At 500mm f/2.8


And at 1,000mm f/5.6 (with included 2X teleconverter)


Yeah, it does soften up a bit with the converter, but it’s impressively sharp without it. At longer distance (Kenny was only about 25 yards away) it seems to do better, too, even at 1000 f/5.6.


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