Sigma EF-500 DG Super

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This flash gives slightly more bang for the buck than the manufacturer's own flash with roughly the same power output. However, the build is less solid, some users report erratic exposure control, and the user interface is less intuitive.

Note that there also exists a version designated “500 Super” (i.e. no “DG” as part of its model designation). This version is not compatible with digital cameras.

Models that have “DG” as part of the model designation is compatible with Canon DSLRs manufactured before 2008, but is not compatible with the Canon EOS 50D and later models. See this notice to customers using Sigma's EO-ETTL II type flashguns for details.

See this note to find out how to set the wireless modes on this unit.

Specifications

For dedicated flash systems: Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sigma, Sony.
Head: 17, 28-105mm coverage, power zoom (tracks lens).
Swivel & tilt: -90° to +180° swivel, -7° to +90° tilt.
Exposure modes: TTL, Varipower.
Manual settings: 1/1 to 1/128 in 1 EV steps (8 steps).
Wireless modes: Master, Remote (dedicated), Plain slave.
Trigger voltage: 5.9 volt.
Batteries: 4xAA.
Flash duration: 1/700 sec. @ 1/1 (full output).
Field upgradable: No.
Dimensions: 77 x 139 x 117 mm, 320 g.

Zoom head setting:f=35mmf=50mmf=max
Guidenumber (ISO 100, meter):293650
GNs taken from manufacturer's specifications.

Price: USD 219 (new, w/o tax).
Discontinued: Yes, replaced by: Sigma EF-610 DG Super.

For a detailed explanation of the above specifications, see the guide.

Literature

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Brand profile

Key info

Established: 1961
HQ: Kanagawa, Japan
Web: Global, EU, US, man
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Sigma is a family owned manufacturer of photographic equipment founded in 1961 in Japan. The company's main business is to manufacture third party lenses. However they also produce third party flash units and, since 2002, their own line of DSLR and compact cameras. Sigma's digital cameras use a special sensor, developed by Foveon, that records full color information for every pixel. In late 2008 Sigma acquired Foveon.

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