Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Sigma 150-500 on a Sony A7r

500mm (100% crop) f/9 1/160 ISO 100

There really hasn't been much written about this lens.  We picked the lens up last year after visiting the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and decided we need slightly long reach than what the 70-200 gave us.  Looking around we found that Sigma had just released an updated version of their 150-500 in a Sony A mount and decided to give it a try getting a Sony LA-EA4 A to E adaptor as well.  We ordered both and frankly crossed our fingers hoping that the weight wouldn't be too much of a factor and that we'd be able to have a fast auto-focus.  In short we were pleased on all counts.

500mm (100% crop) f/6.3 1/160 ISO 100
While we picked up the lens and adaptor last year we hadn't had a real chance to test it until recently.  That's changed this week as we are sneaking out into our backyard and photographing the "wildlife" that visit us.

500mm (100% crop) f/11 1/1000 ISO 800
There are 5-samples included in this post.  All were captured using Sandy's Sony A7r; all were captured handheld at 500mm, ISO set to auto.  All the files were first open in Capture One Pro where a lens correction was performed and focus check done.  The files were then brought into Photoshop CC where a shake reduction filter was applied (we routinely do this with any handheld shot).  The image was then cropped at 100%, processed in NIK software because we wanted to and saved as a Jpeg.

500mm (100% crop) f/11 1/1000 ISO 5000

If you're thinking of picking this lens up - do so.  It's well worth the money.  We're not only pleased with the quality of the Sigma lens we're equally pleased with the Sony LA-EA4.  We plan on writing more about this combination in the future so you should watch for future updates.

500mm (100% crop) f/6.3 1/160 ISO 100



Sandy & Don


  1. Hi Sandy/Don, thanks for the writeup of this lens and pictures. Could you please add a link to the exact version of the Sigma 150-500mm lens you are talking about? Thanks!

  2. Sorry for the long delay in responding. Just checked B&H and they are no longer showing this lens available, just the 150-600. I did a “Google” for the lens and found them available through Amazon in your choice of Sony (which is what we have), Canon or Nikon. Here’s the link to Amazon. Remember, the Sony is a “A” lens so you’d need the Sony adaptor (LA-EA4) which works very well. Don

  3. The link didn't transfer over so here it is again...