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Sigma 150-500 mm f/5.0-6.3 APO DG OS HSM

16 July 2009
Arkadiusz Olech

4. Image resolution

The resolution graph in the frame center is similar to that for the Sigma 120-400 mm OS, tested before.

Sigma 150-500 mm f/5.0-6.3 APO DG OS HSM - Image resolution

At the shortest focal length the results are maybe not outstanding but certainly very good, even wide open. In the 250 –370 mm range the resolution is a bit lower but it remains good nevertheless and, what’s more important, it reaches above 30 lpmm at maximum aperture, so it never falls below the conventional limit not to be crossed on a good instrument. Some reservations can be had about the 500 mm focal length but it’s the fate of all slow zoom lenses. One important fact is worth noticing here. The lenses get rid of the aberrations, limiting their performance on stopping down about 2-3 stops. At 500 mm, in the case of the Sigma 150 – 500 mm, the maximum aperture is f/6.3. To free it from most of the aberrations you will need it use the aperture of about f/13-16. At that point, though, the diffraction becomes a serious limitation on the lens’s achievements and that’s why the MTF values couldn’t reach much above the 30 lpmm level.


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Sigma 150-500 mm f/5.0-6.3 APO DG OS HSM - Image resolution

The quality dispersion field on the frame edge seems to be bigger than in the center. The lens fares exceedingly well at 150 mm; at 250 mm it’s performance is average, then, unfortunately, it decreases further. The performance at the maximum relative aperture is especially weak, at the longest focal lengths crossing just 20 lpmm level. This behaviour is also very similar to the results of the Sigma 120 – 400 mm.

Sigma 150-500 mm f/5.0-6.3 APO DG OS HSM - Image resolution