Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG

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Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG

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I noticed this lens in a catalogue I received in the post today

  • What are the economics of producing such a lens?
You would need a strong support for the 15.7kg.

It has an "attachment" that turns it into a 400-1000mm f/5.6.

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Re: Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG

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harvey wrote:What are the economics of producing such a lens?

tbh I don't believe that they are a problem - I believe that it was a product requested & probably funded by government agencies etc.
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Re: Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG

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They are made to special order only and they were originally a military order. Sigma UK has one example, most other Sigma national offices have one.

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Re: Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG

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harvey wrote:I noticed this lens in a catalogue I received in the post today

  • What are the economics of producing such a lens?
You would need a strong support for the 15.7kg.


I think it is essentially a showcase lens now. A 'look at what we can do' type lens, rather than a practical option for anything other than very specialist use.
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Re: Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG

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harvey wrote:
  • What are the economics of producing such a lens?


Such a lens serves as spectacular advertizing for the company, even if nobody else buys it after the original entity that commissioned it. A buyer, largely insensitive to the cost, foots the bill for the R&D, then all Sigma need do is make a couple of extra copies at diminishing cost and they've got an immortal billboard: Every pro photography and enthusiast starts talking about "that huge Sigma," "Sigzilla," or, "green monster," and they remember it forever. Pretty inexpensive advertising, actually.
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