If you've been in the market for a Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX APO DG and you're in Europe, today is your lucky day! MPB.com has a Canon EF version in like new condition for only €10,999 (Reg €19,999/$25,999), which is almost half price!

Canon doesn't seem interested in making this type of innovative lens. Canon hasn't even updated the EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM, the best they could is a slow f/8 version with IS. Now, the EF 1200 f/5.6L USM did go for €500,000 at auction back in 2021 and the RF 1200mm f/8L IS USM is much more affordable at €23,449 ($19,999 USD).

MPB is one of the best places to buy, sell and trade used gear. They operate in the US, UK and EU. The inventory in each region will differ. I have used MPB often for both trade-ins and lens purchases, as have a lot of our readers and forum moderators. They're worth a look, even if you're not in the market for a big green 35lbs dumbbell (15.7kg).

Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX APO DG

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Three ED Elements, One SLD Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Battery-Powered Zoom and Autofocus
  • Integrated LCD Shows Focus/Focal Length
  • Built-In Tripod Mount and Carry Handle
  • 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Accepts Rear 72mm Drop-In Filters
  • Included Dedicated 2x Teleconverter

Used Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX APO DG €10,999 (Reg €19,999)

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6 comments

  1. I've actually had a chance to shoot with this lens. It's ridiculously large, absurdly heavy and the zoom mechanism leaves a lot to desire in terms of speed. Focusing was also sluggish and I didn't really like the fact it requires it's own battery to operate. Because of motorized zoom, I felt like this would be a very good lens for video work, rather than photo and AFAIK that's what it's been mostly used for.

    The compression and separation at f2.8 are insane. You can't get that specific look with other lenses, even more so if you use it with a 2x extender, giving you f5.6 at 1000 mm.

    Weight is a real issue with this thing, not only to carry it, but to simply move it while shooting requires a significant effort - much more than any of the large telephoto lenses I've used. Even the old Canon EF 600 f4 seems super lightweight compared to this thing, not to mention the mk3 version or the 800mm f5.6. I feel like this lens is best suited at a high end full crew video production, where you have a team of people to help and setup this lens for a particular shot. It's definitively not a one-man task.

    Back in the day when it came out it sort of made more sense, because the sensor technology wasn't nearly as good as today and wide apertures played a much higher role. High ISO was considered anything past 1600. Nowdays with almost unlimited ISO ranges, I feel lenses like these just aren't really required. Too many compromises to get that f2.8...
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  2. I know someone who uses one for astrophotography with the the 2xTC.

    Please, no-one show that photo of the muscleman hand-holding the lens!
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  3. Just think how many 200-500 f/4's they would have sold if they had introduce that instead. They had already introduced a 120-300 f/2.8 and 300-800 f/5.6 earlier.
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