Best of the Best Holiday 2014: Kids’ Sports – Sigma 150–500mm f/5–6.3...

Best of the Best Holiday 2014: Kids’ Sports – Sigma 150–500mm f/5–6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens

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This affordable, long-range zoom lens will bring you up close to capture all the details when your little hockey player scores the big goal. And its optical image stabilization will compensate for camera shake, so you’re sure to get crisp, clear photos. The compact ultra-telephoto lens is also perfect for travel and wildlife photography.

The Sigma 150–500mm APO telephoto zoom lens is designed for cameras that use full-frame sensors, but it may also be used with smaller APS-C-size sensors with an effective increase in focal length to about 255–850mm in the Sigma SD format.

With a built-in optical stabilizer (OS), the lens is perfect for handheld photography, even in low-light scenarios. This means you’ll be able to capture your child’s athletic prowess during night games with sharp, blur-free photos. And Sigma’s hypersonic motor (HSM) will ensure quiet, high-speed, and accurate autofocusing.

The lens’s excellent optical performance is also due to three SLD (special-low dispersion) glass elements that were added to produce optimum color correction and sharpness throughout the entire zoom range. Plus, a rear focusing system corrects for fluctuation of aberration due to focusing, and super multilayer coatings reduce flare and ghosting. All resulting in the perfect sports shot, no matter the zoom range.

Another plus is the lens’s compact size; it’s a mere 10 inches and weighs only four pounds—making it easy to slide into a camera bag. Sigma’s 150–500mm f/5–6.3 APO DG OS HSM lens retails for $869. sigmaphoto.com

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