Sigma 200–500mm f/2.8 EX DG lens

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200–500mm f/2.8 EX DG
SIGMA 200-500mm F2,8 EX DG.jpg
Maker Sigma
Technical data
Type Zoom
Focal length 200-500mm (400-1000mm with included teleconverter)
Crop factor 1.0
Aperture (max/min) f/2.8-f/22
Close focus distance 200-500cm
Max. magnification 1:7.7
Diaphragm blades 9
Construction 17 elements / 13 groups
Short back focus No No
Lens-based stabilization No No
Macro capable No No
Application Wildlife, Sports
Max. length 726mm
Diameter 236.5mm
Weight 15.7kg
Filter diameter 72mm (rear drop-in)
Lens hood Custom
Angle of view
Diagonal 12.3 to 5 degrees
Introduction January 2008
Retail info
MSRP 32,000 USD

The Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG lens is a professional-level telephoto zoom lens made by Sigma Corporation.[1] It is notable for being the first lens with an aperture of f/2.8 and a focal length of 500mm.[2] This combination allows very distant objects to be photographed at high shutter speeds in dimmer light, compared to other telephoto lenses. It also allows for very narrow depth-of-field and diffuse bokeh. The main markets for such long, fast lenses are wildlife and sports photographers.

The lens is available in Canon, Nikon, and Sigma mounts. Due to the size and weight of the lens, there are some unusual usage considerations. Both focus and zoom are by-wire, driven using an internal battery-powered motor. The lens has an LCD panel indicating the current zoom and focus distance.[3] Tripod usage is mandatory, although unlike the similarly-sized Canon EF 1200mm lens, the Sigma 200-500 f/2.8 does not include a tripod. The lens also ships with a dedicated 2x teleconverter, which transforms it into a 400-1000mm f/5.6, maintaining autofocus operation.


  1. ^ Sigma Corporation (2008). "200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG". Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  2. ^ DPReview (2008). "An ultra telephoto zoom lens offering a fast aperture of F2.8 at the 500mm focal length". Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  3. ^ Juza Nature Photography (2009). "Sigma 200-500mm F2.8 EX DG Review". Retrieved 2009-08-20. 

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