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100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sigma Contemporary Lens
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  • PR

    SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM

    Introducing the light bazooka-a new approach to the ultra-telephoto zoom

    Top performance with the specification and functionality of a more expensive unit

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Other features

    • Dust- and splash-proof mount
    • All-new optical stabilizer (OS) unit with exclusive algorithm
    • Nikon electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism included
    • 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 (With outstanding craftsmanship)
    • The lens barrel is engraved with the year of release
  • Curious to see how it works with a focal reducer on m4/3 cameras. With the XL speedbooster this becomes a 64-256mm f3.2-4!

  • Half the price of the PL 100-400 o_0


  • New firmware

    • It has improved the AF performance.
    • When attached to the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E (ver. 1.06), it offers not only the improved AF performance, but also enables the OS mechanism to start operating faster than before.

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  • Review

    100mm. Center and edge sharpness are commendably good wide-open at f/5, and remain high through from f/5.6 to f/11, with f/16 and f/22 being adversely affected by diffraction.

    400mm. Center sharpness is a little soft wide-open at f/6.3. Both the center and the edge remain high through from f/8 to f/16, with f/22 to f/29 being adversely affected by diffraction.


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  • Firmware update v1.02

    Fixes problems with the optical image stabilization when the lens is attached to Sigma's Sony E-mount converter MC-11 EF-E.

    Use dock or MC-11 software to update the lens.

  • Price permanently dropped to $699

    Even for bundles with 32GB card, case and such.

  • New firmware

    • Nikon / Sigma: Corrected the phenomenon that the Manual Override (MO) function will be disabled after adjusting the settings of focus mode switch on SIGMA Optimization Pro (Macintosh ver.).
    • Canon: Improved the AF speed in certain combinations with some cameras.
  • New DG DN version for mirrorless mounts


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  • Mirrorless specs

    • 22 elements in 16 groups (including 1 FLD lens and 4 SLD lenses),
    • minimum shooting distance 112 cm (wide-angle end)/160 cm (telephoto end),
    • maximum shooting magnification 1:4.1 (at 400 mm),
    • filter diameter 67 mm,
    • size φ86×197. 2mm,
    • 1135g,
    • compatible with optional tripod mount.
    • Price $949 and 1.199€
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  • PR

    Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary – Compact Size, Ultra Telephoto Performance The 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary lens is Sigma’s first full-frame mirrorless telephoto zoom lens. Designed from the ground up for mirrorless camera systems, its new optical formula ensures edge-to-edge sharpness and high-contrast image quality throughout its entire focal range. The lens construction is made up of 16 groups and 22 elements, with one FLD and four SLDs used for the effective correction of aberrations and distortions. Its superior image quality and compact size make it an excellent companion lens to the previously released full-frame mirrorless zooms from Sigma, the 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Art and 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art. It will be available in Sony E-mount and L-mount.

    The fifth Sigma lens designed specifically for full-frame mirrorless camera systems, the 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary further expands the possibilities of mirrorless camera photography. Thanks to the stepping motor system that is optimized for both phase detection AF and contrast AF, the Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary makes shooting video with eye-tracking AF very smooth. It consistently achieves high levels of optical performance and makes the most of its capabilities as a zoom lens at every focal length from wide to close-up shots to telephoto photography.

    When paired with the new Sigma Teleconverter TC-1411 and/or TC-2011 (sold separately / for L-Mount only), which were exclusively developed for the use with mirrorless cameras, the Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary gives photographers a “super telephoto” range with a focal length of up to 800mm while still benefiting from a compact lens and effective AF. It functions as a 140-560mm F7-9 AF ultra-telephoto lens with the Sigma Teleconverter TC-1411, and as a 200-800mm F10-12.6 AF ultra-telephoto lens with the Sigma Teleconverter TC-2011.

    The Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary will be available on July 10, 2020 for $949.00 USD