Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens review

I am always fascinated with zoom lenses because of my wildlife & birding photography interest. I have traveled in several counties including Kuwait, India, Philippines Qatar & UAE and never missed using a telephoto lens. I have used different manufacturer’s lenses in primes and zooms previously, but now sigma global series has captured my heart with its very competitive performance! Thanks to AAB World , our local Sigma distributor in Kuwait, I am getting very good chances of experiencing the power of New Tele range from Sigma.

The new SIGMA 100-400 f5-6.3 DG OS HSM, a newbie in the contemporary series, released last February 2017 and was made available in the market end of May 2017. To test its performance, I have decided to use different bodies during the testing period and provide you with my observations and output

The first daty it was on a soccer field, mounted initially on a Sony A7 camera with mc11 adapter. I was very impressed using this great combination in taking fast action shoots. The MC-11 played a good role on creating good connection between the lens and the body. I never felt any delay on focus or any issues during the test. The same result was also noted using 7D Mark 2 and 5D Mark3 bodies. All of the body and lens combination gave me a great output, impressive speed and ease of use the entire time. The lens offers a combination of stunning image quality and outstanding functionality which surely satisfies the needs of pros and amateurs alike. Definitely a must have for photographers who loves fast action shoots and long range shooting

The new lens retains all of this performance in a compact 400mm ultra-telephoto zoom. In addition, this uncompromising specification becomes customization with the available SIGMA USB Dock accessory. 

Below are the basic

• Rounded diaphragm

• Designed to minimize flare and ghosting

• Compatible with the newly developed tele converters

• Fast AF with full-time manual override

• 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

• The lens barrel is engraved with the year of release

The package is coming as very compact as all the sigma global series lenses, a white carton box. The 100-400mm has a minimum focal distance of 1.8 meters and features a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.8. It is built around a total of 21 elements arranged into 15 groups. It features four SLD (Special Low Dispersion) elements and focuses via hypersonic motor (info from sigma global). It’s a compact and lightweight optically stabilized super-telephoto lens with a dust and splash proof mount. The weight of the lens is nearly 1.16kg, with 182mm long, and the lens' front element has a 67mm diameter filter thread.

We can zoom the lens as our common twist and rotate style, or the front of the lens can be pushed or pulled making it possible to adjust the angle of view instantly, this lens gives photographers an even better chance of getting that crucial shot.

Some macro shoots from the yard

close up shots are working great

the lens with out hood

got a great bokeh frame with a cat playing in the water

Considering the body size, It is super compact, but does not compromise the quality. The lens is incorporated with an optical stabilizer. The narrow angle of view makes it possible to dramatically compress perspective and flexible handling of the background. With its outstanding combination of optical performance and compactness, this is an ultra-telephoto lens that is a joy to carry and use.

The Sigma 100-400mm DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens is available in Canon, Nikon F and Sigma mounts. Using the Sigma Mount Converter MC-11, Sigma or Canon lenses can be mounted on a Sony E-mount camera body.

A very big Thank you to all my friends and FQ8 team & friends Aju john, Sajan for helping me in getting this shoot done.

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