Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary

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100-400mm $782
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(From Sigma lens literature) An ultra-telephoto lens with an optical stabilizer (OS) system has several advantages. The OS allows the photographer to take photographs in unstable circumstances. The narrow angle of view makes it possible to dramatically compress perspective and flexible handling of the background. The photographer can thereby make the subject appear to jump out of the image, with the area in focus impressively sharp and clear. Nevertheless, ultra-telephoto lenses have traditionally had some disadvantages as well. As the nickname "bazooka" implies, they have tended to be big, heavy, and therefore burdensome to carry around. With the goal of creating an ultra-telephoto lens that is far more accessible, SIGMA incorporated all of its latest technologies into SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary. With its outstanding combination of optical performance and compactness, this is an ultra-telephoto lens that is a joy to carry and use. While keeping the robust functionality and exceptional image quality of an ultra-telephoto zoom lens intact, SIGMA has achieved amazingly compact packaging enclosing 400mm optics. Introducing the new and greatly enhanced "light bazooka" ultra-telephoto zoom lens.

SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary offers the compact size, lightweight, and high cost performance of a 70-300mm lens while delivering 400mm telephoto performance. This approach results in a tempting new ultra-telephoto choice for photographers. Offering a combination of stunning image quality and outstanding functionality, this lens satisfies the needs of pros and amateurs alike.

Key features

1. Top performance with the specification and functionality of a more expensive unit
Since its release, the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary has won photographers over with its strong fundamental performance and exceptional image quality. The new lens retains all of this performance in a compact 400mm ultra-telephoto zoom package with a filter size of just 67mm and weight of just 1,160g. Yet it also comes with the full range of features and functions expected of an ultra-telephoto zoom: optical stabilizer (OS), hypersonic motor (HSM) with updated algorithm for fast autofocus, focus limiter, and more. In addition, this uncompromising specification becomes customizable with the available SIGMA USB Dock accessory.

2. Compact packaging with uncompromising image quality
In designing this lens, SIGMA strived to push both compactness and image quality to the limit. Four SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass lens elements and an optimized power distribution help minimize optical aberrations. Moreover, by taking special care to minimize transverse chromatic aberration, which cannot be corrected via aperture control, SIGMA has ensured outstanding image quality throughout the zoom range.

3. Push/pull zoom mechanism incorporated
For quick control of the angle of view, the zoom ring incorporates a push/pull mechanism in addition to the regular twist mechanism. The exclusive lens hood has also been designed to accommodate push/pull zooming and overall lens maneuverability. By making it possible to adjust the angle of view instantly, this lens gives photographers an even better chance of getting that crucial shot.

4. Telephoto plus macro functionality
With a minimum shooting distance of 160cm and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.8, this lens can shoot either from a distance or up close.

5. Other features

  • Dust- and splash-proof mount
    Since the area of the lens most vulnerable to dust and other foreign bodies is the mount, rubber sealing helps provide peace of mind.
  • All-new optical stabilizer (OS) unit with exclusive algorithm
    Featuring a newly developed gyroscopic sensor and a new and exclusive algorithm, the all-new OS unit provides a powerful stabilization effect. An acceleration sensor detects camera shake in any direction-horizontal, vertical, or diagonal. This technology allows the OS to stabilize the image very effectively, regardless of whether the camera is being held in horizontal or vertical orientation.
  • Nikon electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism included
    The Nikon mount version of this lens includes an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism that allows it to receive the appropriate signals from the camera body. This feature ensures precision diaphragm control and stable Auto Exposure (AE) performance during continuous shooting. Note: Functionality may be limited on some camera bodies.
  • Rounded diaphragm
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • Compatible with the newly developed tele converters
  • Fast AF with full-time manual focus
    Note: The operation of full-time MF may vary based on mount type
  • Compatible with Mount Converter MC-11
  • Available SIGMA USB DOCK
    Makes customization and flexible adjustment possible
  • Available Mount Conversion Service
    Allows use with another camera body
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • Evaluation with SIGMA's own MTF measuring system "A1"
  • Made in Japan
    With outstanding craftsmanship
  • The lens barrel is engraved with the year of release

Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary User Reviews

9.0/10 average of 2 reviews Build Quality 9.5/10 Image Quality 9.0/10
  • 9 out of 10 points and recommended by (5 reviews)
    *Very Sharp image. *Image stays sharp well into the corners without stopping down. *Compact size and light weight (great travel size). *Fast AF when focal-length limited. *Great price compared to comparable zooms
    *Image/optical stabilization (OS) is comparatively weak. *Little OS feedback in viewfinder *Needs Sigma dock for optimal performance *With a f/6.3 max aperture at 400mm, it's slower than other zooms

    First, if you want this focal-length range in a compact body or for a sub-$1500 price, the Sigma is the only game in town. And it has strong optical performance, so you don't have to sacrifice IQ to get into the game. Moreover, if you want to use this as an action lens--which most 100-400mm are--then the so-so OS should not be an issue. Just keep the shutter speed cranked up to 1/400 (preferably 1/1000) or faster and you're competing in the major leagues. Also, if you focal-length limit the AF (either 0-6m or 6m-infinity), the AF is blazingly fast. It seems to be accurate as well, although i didn't fully test it.

    Where you might have issues is when you lower the shutter speed below 1/400 and you're taking photos of static objects. In these situations, the OS just isn't as helpful as that of the other systems. Admittedly I did not test the panning OS type, Type 2, but I'm not optimistic. Since the lens is on the slow side--max aperture is already f/5.6 by 155mm and f/6 by 220mm--I found myself wanting to slow the shutter speed in too many situations.

    I hear that the dock addresses many of my concerns. However, I'm a hobbyist, and when I buy equipment, I just want to use it, not fiddle with customizations. If I didn't have other options (I was hoping to replace my Canon 100-400 L II lens and complete my transition to Nikon), I would likely keep this lens. Its size is a joy and makes it a near-perfect companion for travel. Together with its performance, price, and high IQ, I recommend this lens but with caveats due to its OS.

    NOTE: I tested the lens on DX cameras only (D7200 and d500). On FX (full frame) vignetting would likely be an issue.

    reviewed June 6th, 2017 (purchased for $799)
  • 9 out of 10 points and recommended by (1 reviews)
    Légèreté, maniabilité, qualité de fabrication valorisante, excellente qualité d'image à fond de zoom, stabilisation efficace permettant des vues nettes et piquées à 400mm même à main levée....
    pas de collier de pied....pas d'étui livré avec....

    Sigma a frappun grand coup avec cette lentille dont le rapport qualitprix est exceptionnel.....pour un amateur de photos d'oiseaux des marais, ce zoom est un peu court......un 200/500 ouvert 5,6 pesant moins de 1.300g avec une qualitd'image au top, me plus cher, en tenterait plus d'un je, en tous cas !!!

    reviewed May 20th, 2017 (purchased for $884)