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100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C

100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C

Introducing the light bazooka — a new approach to the ultra-telephoto zoom. SRP £799.99

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A compact body and top performance in one complete package

The ultra-telephoto zoom that goes beyond the ordinary

An ultra-telephoto lens with an optical stabilizer (OS) system

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.
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.
Introducing the new and greatly enhanced “light bazooka” ultra-telephoto zoom lens.

Leveraging the latest technology to combine outstanding optical performance with compact design, this line is perfect for a wide range of photographic scenes. 

SIGMA is organizing all its interchangeable lenses into three product lines; Contemporary, Art and Sports. Among the three, the Contemporary line is a high performance line which incorporates the very latest technology making it possible to accommodate both high optical performance and compactness for use in various photography situations. SIGMA has solved the difficult problem of keeping the size and weight down without compromising optical performance and function with the latest technology. 

An exciting new ultra-telephoto zoom option

Offering an outstanding combination of image quality and functionality 

This lens 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. 

Compact packaging with uncompromising image quality 

In designing this lens, SIGMA strived to push both compactness and image quality to the limit. Four SLD 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.

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.

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Exclusive low-dispersion glass

The degree to which light is refracted by glass depends on the light's wavelength. This fact causes different colors of light to focus at slightly different points. The result is chromatic aberration, the color fringing that is particularly noticeable in telephoto lenses. Most chromatic aberration can be removed by combining a high-refractivity convex lens element with a low-refractivity concave element. Yet residual chromatic aberration known as “secondary spectrum” may still remain. To minimize this secondary spectrum, which can be a serious issue with conventional lenses, SIGMA lenses feature up to three types of exclusive low-dispersion glass offering superior performance: ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion), SLD (Special Low Dispersion) and FLD (“F” Low Dispersion). In particular, FLD glass offers ultra-low dispersion in combination with high transmittance and the anomalous dispersion characteristics of fluorite. Meticulous deployment of these types of exclusive low-dispersion glass and optimization of power distribution gives SIGMA lenses superlative image rendition undiminished by residual chromatic aberration. 

Sigma Lens Technology 

Designed to minimize flare and ghosting 

From the start of the design process, SIGMA measured flare and ghosting to establish an optical design that is resistant to strong incidental light sources such as backlight. At the prototyping stage, SIGMA used not only simulations but actual photographic experiments to assess flare and ghosting under multiple criteria, identify the causes of these issues under a wide range of situations, and take measures to mitigate them. In addition, SIGMA’s Super Multi-Layer Coating helps further reduce flare and ghosting and provide sharp, high-contrast images even in backlit conditions. 

Vignetting 


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

Whether for main or auxiliary use 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.
* Functionality may be limited on some camera bodies.

Rounded diaphragm 

The 9-blade rounded diaphragm creates an attractive blur in the out-of-focus areas of the image. 

Newly designed Teleconverters (Optional) 

Teleconverters that are newly designed to match the new lens line-ups can be attached. The addition of SIGMA’s TELECONVERTER TC-1401 or TELECONVERTER TC-2001 produces a MF 140-560mm F7-9 hyper-telephoto zoom lens or a MF 200-800mm F10-12.6 hyper-telephoto zoom lens respectively. 

Smoother AF operation 

The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures high speed and quiet AF. The updated algorithm enables smoother AF operation.

 

High-precision, rugged brass bayonet mount 

The brass mount combines high precision with rugged construction. Its treated surfaces and enhanced strength contribute to the exceptional durability of the lens. 

 

Dust-proof and splash-proof mount. 

The lens mount incorporates rubber sealing* to protect the mount from dust and water drops.

* Except for the SIGMA mount


Compatible with Mount Converter MC-11

Mount Converter MC-11 allows you to use your SIGMA SA mount and SIGMA EOS mount (Canon-compatible) interchangeable lenses with the Sony E-mount camera body. Enjoy the world of ultra-telephoto zoom lens with Sony E-mount cameras. 


SIGMA USB DOCK makes customization and flexible adjustment possible

SIGMA USB DOCK for SIGMA GLOBAL VISION lenses (optional) 

With the optional SIGMA USB DOCK, you can update your lens firmware and adjust the focus position and other settings. Simply connect the lens to the SIGMA USB DOCK and the dock to a computer to use the dedicated SIGMA Optimization Pro software and perform various types of customization and adjustment. 

Click here to visit SIGMA USB DOCK product page 


Available for the Mount Conversion Service that enables lenses to be long term assets (charges apply)

Continue using your favorite lens with a different camera body. 

Over the years, SIGMA has manufactured an extremely wide variety of interchangeable lenses. Leveraging our unique know-how and resources, we present our new Mount Conversion Service, which will be available for the SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary and other SIGMA interchangeable lenses SIGMA will convert the current lens mount internal components, allowing you to continue using your favorite SIGMA lenses from the new product lines with a different camera body. Thanks to this service, you can use a favorite lens for many years to come, unrestricted by your original choice of camera system.

Note: SIGMA’s mount conversion service differs from ordinary repairs and product support and is not offered at your local SIGMA dealer or camera store. To access this service, please communicate directly with SIGMA.

Click here for more details on Mount Conversion Service 


New SIGMA GLOBAL VISION product lines are setting new benchmarks for image quality

Evaluation with SIGMA’s own MTF measuring system: A1 

We used to measure lens performance with a Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) measuring system using conventional sensors. However, we have developed our own proprietary MTF measuring system (A1)* using 46-megapixel Foveon direct image sensors. Even previously undetectable high-frequency details are now within the scope of our quality control inspections. All SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary lenses are checked using this A1 system before they are shipped.

* A1: Aizu 1

46-megapixel Foveon direct image sensor 

The 46 effective megapixel (4,800 × 3,200 × 3 layers) and 44 recording megapixel (4,704 × 3,136 × 3 layers) 23.5 × 15.7mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor captures all primary RGB colors at each and every pixel location, ensuring the capture of full and complete color. Using three silicon-embedded layers of photo detectors, stacked vertically to take advantage of silicon's ability to absorb red, green and blue light at different respective depths, it efficiently reproduces color more accurately, and offers sharper resolution, pixel for pixel, than any conventional image sensor. Since color moiré is not generated, the use of a low-pass filter is not required, meaning light and color, generated by the 46-megapixel APS-C X3 direct image sensor is captured with a three-dimensional feel. 

MTF chart 

Diffraction MTF

Geometrical MTF

Ultra-high precision and quality—all made in Japan.

With only a few minor exceptions, all of SIGMA's manufacturing, including molds and parts, takes place under a single integrated production system in Japan. We are now one of the very few manufacturers whose products are truly made in Japan. We like to think our products are somehow imbued with the essence of our homeland, blessed as it is with clean air and water, and focused, hard-working people. We pride ourselves on the authentic quality of SIGMA products, born of a marriage between highly attuned expertise and intelligent, advanced technology. Our sophisticated products have satisfied professionals and lovers of photography all over the world because our manufacturing is based on genuine craftsmanship, underpinned by the passion and pride of our experts. 

SIGMA AIZU, Japan Videos

Lens Construction

100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C

Specifications

Lens Construction 21 elements in 15 groups
Angle of View (for SD1) 24.4°­ - 6.2°
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 Blades (Rounded diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F22
Minimum Focusing Distance 160cm/ 63in.
Maximum Magnification 1:3.8
Filter Size Diameter 67mm
Dimensions Diameter 86.4mm x Length 182.3 mm / 3.4in. x 7.2in.
Weight 1,160g / 40.9oz.

Corresponding AF Mounts

Sigma Canon Nikon    

Barcode No.

Sigma 00-85126-729561
Canon 00-85126-729547
Nikon 00-85126-729554

MTF Chart

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In The News

Ephotozine
Very long lenses have always been more expensive, with the affordable telephotos ending around 300mm. That extra 400mm is very valuable for wildlife and sports and we have here from Sigma such a lens, but one that is much more reasonably priced. The features cost is in lens speed, so cameras with good high ISO performance are the order of the day. Other advantages are a more compact and lighter optic, still quite large but nowhere near the bulk of some of the alternatives. Performance is sound, giving excellent sharpness and lovely bokeh at an excellent price.

 

Amateur Photographer
For those who’d like a lightweight zoom capable of a strong optical performance covering a good telephoto range, this is one of the best options on the market for less than £800. We have to take our hats off to Sigma for designing yet another excellent lens, and it’s one that we can see being well received by a vast number of APS-C DSLR users out there.

RPS Journal
Well-made third party alternative for anyone wanting a powerful zoom that appears to punch above its weight for performance and value.

 

Pixel
Compared to these, the new Sigma looks excellent value. This lens offers very good image quality throughout its versatile focal range, whilst being light and compact enough to make it suitable for hand-holding. When used in good lighting conditions, this lens gives stunning images and with today’s cameras having an extended range of usable ISO speeds, the F5-6.3 maximum aperture should not be a problem for most users.