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The really big Sigma

Posted by
Jason Kravitz (Brussels, Belgium) on 6 March 2012 in Lifestyle & Culture.

In honor of silly Tuesday - what weighs 35lbs, costs $25,999 and looks like it could take down a helicopter? Why its the Sigma 200-500/2.8 lens.

This demo model for the Focus on Imaging show was pointed at some text at the top of a booth - not a very exciting subject - would be nice to get this out near some birds or other suitable subject and see it in action. Just need to hire a dedicated porter or donkey to lug it around.

It is an interesting price point, psychologically - is seeing $25,999 make the average consumer think that is bargain vs. $26,000?

I'm heading back home today after 2 great days in the UK for the Focus on Imaging show. Please check out the full report --


Canon EOS 7D 1/25 second F/5.6 ISO 800 24 mm

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Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

That's quite a big lens. Not sure my PET bottle camera stand would be able to support it.

6 Mar 2012 9:13am

@Daryl Johnson: ha yes - I think it needs its own special stand to support all that weight

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A monster lens.

6 Mar 2012 4:01pm

@Steve Rice: serious monster lens !

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Where are the security guards??

6 Mar 2012 6:48pm

@Curly: I think if you can carry that away without being noticed, you deserve to keep it... is that a lens in your pocket?

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

A big WOW! Thanks for sharing this kind of photo! Really inspiring but costs a lot huhuhuhu!!!

6 Mar 2012 7:11pm

@Dokmateo: not for the casual shooter but fun to know these lenses are out there !

janina from Melbourne, Australia

Take down a helicopter? I think it is the helicopter...look what it is standing on?! LOL. This lens almost has a telescope feel to it, maybe Gary Hart would love it for his night-time shots in Yosemite!!!

6 Mar 2012 7:41pm

@janina: I was afraid to move it to aim it at anything else - lest it falls on the ground and I'm putting a downpayment on a $10,000 repair :)

omid from mashhad, Iran

very big lens!

6 Mar 2012 8:16pm

@omid: aye!

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

"Is that a lens in your pocket?" brought a big smile ... a fantastic image and lots of good info from your Focus visit!

7 Mar 2012 2:42am

@Judy aka L@dybug: heh - thanks Judy - glad you enjoyed the show report - will look at how we can get more info like that for future events

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Seems there are some Nikkor's beyond the 'Bigma'...wonder what they would cost??? Great shot Jason, I do envy you your opportunity to be there and your shot makes me drool uncontrollably!

7 Mar 2012 3:10am

@Pavan Kaul: I think you are right - I did see a big Nikon branded lens at their booth - will have to post a shot of it

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India


7 Mar 2012 6:42am

@PRASHANT: thx Prashant

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I would probably get one of these, but my husband says no. Is it the price, or the fact that he does not want to carry it around for me??? Ha, ha. In my dreams...;-)

8 Mar 2012 7:34pm

Gabriela from Bucharest, Romania

I'm impressed!

11 Mar 2012 10:06pm