Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX DG APO HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF

Model #184306

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Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 4.8 x 13.8" (12.19 x 35.05 cm)
Filter thread Rear: 46 mm
Weight 6.82 lb (3.09 kg)


Diaphragm blades 9
Minimum focus distance 13.12' (4.00 m)
Angle of view
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:7.7
Camera mount type Nikon F
Focal length 500 mm
Groups/elements 8/11
Aperture Maximum: f/4.5
Minimum: f/32
Format compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Magnification 0.12x


Image stabilization No
Tripod collar Yes
Autofocus Yes
Expert Reviews
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29 April 2011

So has Sigma been over-ambitious? Yes, a little. This would be a much better performer if it were a 50-400mm zoom, especially given that it is compatible with Sigma's 1.4x and 2.0x tele-converters for when extra reach is needed.

  • +

    A very versatile lens

  • -

    Poor performance at 500mm

26 June 2008

Overall this lens performs extremely well and produces some excellent shots. In the specialist areas where it would be used, such as Wildlife and sports, it proves easy to handle and, just as importantly, carry.

  • +

    Good build and finish, Fast quiet autofocus, Very usable wide open, Manageable for its type, Close focus distance is good.

  • -

    Lacks a little contrast, Hood a little short for the focal length.

User Reviews
18 October 2012

Having used the Canon Ef 500mm f/4.5L USM for many years, I decided it was time for an upgrade, as this lens had certainly seen better days. My first inclination was to go for Canon's latest incarnation, the EF 500mm f/4L IS 11 USM, but the price was way out of my current budget range, having just...

5 March 2016

Good product, good price.

4 March 2016

Bought for my wife to use on my spare 6D body as a point and shoot camera for wildlife, and she is getting some amazing results! I’ll teach her all about ISO and F. stops and all that goguldigoop later! but in full auto, hand held its unreal!

18 February 2016

I have owned the sony version of this lens for about 9 months its fantastic. I use it with the sony a99 and produce wonderful detailed photos of wildlife. I have frirends who own the canon 500 f4 s and to be fair my Photos are every bit as good...

3 January 2016

Excellent lens delivered well wrapped on on time. Couldn't be happier

28 August 2015

good lens - however, I think the original I bought 9 years ago was sharper... in future, i'll try not to drop lenses and break them....

16 January 2015

Nice, best value and great quality and speed

1 November 2014

Fantastische!!!! Great build quality, little heavy but what do you expect from such a powerful piece of kit. Chose this over Canon alternatives for my EOS - its a great contender in quality and great value for money over the competition and obvious manufacturer. Would recommend!!!

4 August 2014

what a lens did every thing that I could wish for.

12 March 2009

Changed from my previous trusty Sigma 50-500, to the slightly heftier 500 EX DG IF APO. Even at these weights, there is a strengthening curve, where you can shoot with it for up to 15 seconds before starting to shake, to extending it to a minute.

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In The Box
  • Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX DG APO HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF
  • Front Slip-on Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood
  • Soft Case
  • Two 46mm Rear Drop-In Filters:
  • Circular Polarizer
  • Normal (UV)
  • Front Protective Filter
  • Limited 1-Year North and South America Warranty Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
  • Limited 3-Year U.S.A. Extended Warranty Extension Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
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