differences

Reasons to consider the Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO

Much more zoom 10x vs 2.5x
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4x more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
Significantly better wide angle 50 mm vs 200 mm
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4x better wide angle
Wider aperture f/4.5 vs f/5.6
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At its widest, the 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO captures marginally more light (0.6 f-stops)
Shorter 218 mm vs 268 mm
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Around 20% shorter
Slightly smaller diameter 104 mm vs 108 mm
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Almost the same
Slightly more magnification 1:3.1 (0.3) vs 1:4.5 (0.2)
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Take macro shots with subjects around 50% larger in your photo
Slightly lighter 2 kg vs 2.1 kg
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Around 10% lighter
Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Learn more about
the Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO

Reasons to consider the Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

Much narrower aperture f/32 vs f/6.3
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At its narrowest, the AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR goes 4.7 f-stops narrower
Has a constant aperture Yes vs No
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Constant aperture lenses offer the same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
Better image stabilization Nikon VR vs Sigma OS
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Less risk of blur
Slightly cheaper $1,139.99 vs $1,459.00
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The best price we've seen is $319 cheaper (more than 20% less)
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Learn more about
the Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Max focal length Excellent telephoto Help
500 mm
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM APOSigma OS
AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VRNikon VR
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use
Length Quite long Help
50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO218 mm
AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR268 mm
Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM APOf/4.5
AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VRf/5.6
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Typically not as sharp as prime lenses
Weight Heavy Help
50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO2 kg
AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR2.1 kg
Diameter Quite large diameters Help
50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO104 mm
AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR108 mm

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

LensHero is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

LensHero is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

competitors

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Competitors

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Wildlife lens

$1,685 - $1,999

Min focal length Better wide angle
Aperture Wider aperture
Wide minimum Much wider aperture
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary

Wildlife lens

$989

Max focal length Better telephoto
Zoom range More zoom
Wide minimum Much wider aperture
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Wildlife lens

$1,799 - $2,142

Min focal length Significantly better wide angle
Aperture Wider aperture
Fixed aperture Has a variable aperture

Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Competitors

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Nikon F

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Nikon F

Wildlife lens

$899 - $989

Max focal length Better telephoto
Lowest price Cheaper
Zoom range Much less zoom
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Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Nikon-f

Wildlife lens

Weight Slightly lighter
Zoom range Much less zoom
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Nikon F

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Nikon F

Wildlife lens

$880

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Max focal length Better telephoto
Zoom range Much less zoom

discussion Which do you think is better?

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