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SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Contemporary Full-Frame Lens (2020)

NEX score 73%

Product Overview

SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Contemporary is an ultra-telephoto zoom lens in a lightweight and compact body.
The lens's state-of-art optical design technology ensures edge-to-edge high-resolution and high-contrast image quality throughout the entirety of its focal range, rivaling that of standard zoom lenses.
With the optics design specifically for a camera with a short flange back distance, the DG DN series of lenses achieves a supreme combination of optical performance and compactness that could not have been possible with lenses for single-lens reflex cameras. 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 with the video or eye-tracking AF a smooth experience.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Very good autofocus
  • Optical stabilisation
  • Very good image quality
  • Good build quality
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons
  • Aperture control is slow
  • Very slow in video

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 73% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent image quality
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Very versatile for sports, portrait, landscape or animals
  • Fast autofocus
  • Compatible with all Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras
  • Dust and splash resistant
Cons
  • No telephoto zoom
  • Not as sharp as the Sony FE 100-400mm OSS F4.5-F5.6
  • No tripod mount
  • No tripod collar
  • No teleconverters
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
E-mount
L-mount

Construction

Aperture Blades
9 (Rounded diaphragm)
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount, Leica L-mount
Optical Formula | Elements
22 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
16 groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
67mm
Size | Diameter
86.0 mm
E-mountSize | Length
199.2 mm
L-mountSize | Length
197.2 mm
E-mountWeight
1140 g
L-mountWeight
1135 g

Function

Angle Of View
24.4° - 6.2°
Aperture
F/5-6.3 - f/22-29
Focal Length
100-400 mm
Zoom Type
External zoom

Performance

Max Magnification
1:4.1 (400mm)
Min Focus Distance
112(W) - 160(T)cm

Production

Accessory
Lens Hood: LH770-05, supplied
Debut
2020-06-18
Made In
Japan

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

sonyalpha[1]

Sentiment Score 71%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following***:
The Sigma 100-400mm F5-F6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary (1000 euros) is a very good lens for the price and will ideally complement the on a A7III, A9 or A7RIII. The focal range makes it very versatile for sports, portrait, landscape or animals, but if you intend to use it mostly at around 400mm you may want to look at the more suited for pure animals/birds shooting. Flare resistance is better on the Sony The background blur, bokeh balls, color rendition are excellent on both lenses.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very versatile for sports, portrait, landscape or animals
  • Large aperture (F6.3) and high speed required for the focal length (1/250sec to 1/500sec)
Cons
  • Not as sharp as the Sony FE 100-400mm OSS F4.5-F5.6

cameralabs[2]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
The Sigma 100-400mm DG DN is one of the cheapest ways to enjoy the reach of 400mm on a full-frame mirrorless camera. Available in Sony e and L-mount versions, it’s dust and splash resistant, focuses fairly swiftly and quietly, has optical stabilisation and supports an optional tripod collar accessory that was not available on the earlier DSLR version.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fast autofocus
  • Dust and splash resistant
  • Autofocus with face and eye detection
Cons
  • No tripod collar

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score 71%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The 100-400mm Contemporary can focus to 3.6 feet (1.1 meter) You can get fairly close-up shots, but the lens is a bit shy of a macro. Resolution is excellent at 200mm (4,700 lines), even at the wide-open f/5.6 aperture. In-camera corrections curb distortion and vignetting.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Excellent image quality
  • Wide-open f/5.6 aperture
Cons
  • No teleconverters
  • No telephoto zoom

digitalpicture[4]

Sentiment Score 69%
Reviewers from digitalpicture have found the following***:
The Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary Lens is a bargain. It is compatible with all Sony E-mount mirrorless ("DN") cameras, including both full-frame ("DG") and APS-C sensor format models. The lens has a 1/3-stop max aperture advantage at most focal lengths.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Full-featured lens
  • 1/3-stop max aperture at most focal lengths
  • Compatible with all Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras
Cons
  • No tripod mount

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary. [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2020/07/21/sigma-100-400mm-f5-6-3-dg-dn-os-contemporary/. 2020-07-21. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
2. ^ Sigma 100-400mm f5-6.3 DG DN review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/sigma-100-400mm-f5-6-3-dg-dn-os-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
3. ^ Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/sigma-100-400mm-f5-63-dg-dn-os-contemporary. 2020-10-26. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS C Lens Review. [digitalpicture]. https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sigma-100-400mm-f-5-6.3-DG-DN-OS-Contemporary-Lens.aspx. Retrieved 2022-01-21.

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