Sportshoter's reviews

  • Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG HSM APO

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    Got this lens from a Vancouver Canucks sport photographer for $500 Canadian. Great focal range for soccer shoots Reaches across the field to get action shoots that will fill the viewfinder Can shoot handheld until dusk
    Unwanted attention Most common comments "WOW look at the size of that lens" Everyone thinks that you are a professional Sports photogarpher

    I am a parent that uses the Bigma on a Canon 30D to shoot action shots for my daughters soccer team.
    With my left palm cradling the tripod mount and fingers working the zoom ring, the weight is balanced and I have no problems shooting hand held for the entire period.
    Auto focus is fast and I rarely get an out of focus shot.
    The resulting photos are smooth, sharp and detailed.
    The 50 to 500 focal length lets me shoot nearby action as will as action on the far side of the field.
    I have the non stabilized version and can still shoot hand held evening games at highest ISOs until they turn on the lights.
    Great lens and camera combination if you want to shoot soccer games.
    I have since upgrade to a 7D and is sure the combination it will function a well as the 30D.
    Unfortunately my daughter is no longer playing soccer.
    Fate can be so cruel.

    reviewed May 3rd, 2016 (purchased for $500)