34-Pound Uber-Telephoto Lens From Sigma

Sigma dropped a doozy of a lens today. The 200-500mm f/2.8 super (dooper?) telephoto boasts being the first lens in the world to maintain such a large aperture throughout the entire zoom range. A dedicated lithium battery pack is required for focusing and zooming operation and an included accessory extender turns this lens into a 400-1000mm f/5.6. Sigma went with a military color palette instead of the typical black. But perhaps the most startling property of this lens is that it weighs 34 pounds! Talk about a back breaker.

Sigma 200-500 f/2.8

Lens name APO 200-500mm F2.8/400-1000m F5.6 EX DG
Focal length 200-500mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Minimum aperture f/22
Lens construction 13 groups 17 elements
Angle of view 12.3°-5°
Closest focus distance 150cm / 59.1in
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:4.2
Aperture blades 9
Filter attachment size 77 mm
Focusing Motorized internal focus
Dimensions 236.5mm×726mm (9.3in × 28.6in)
Weight 15,700g (553.7oz)
Supplied accessories • Dedicated hard case
• Strap
• 400-1000mm f/5.6 attachment
• Battery charger BC-21
• Battery pack BP-21

Price? If you have to ask, you can’t afford it. I guess it wasn’t made for people like me who take photos of flag football and spiders in my bathroom. Oh well it’s not like I need another lens.