Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary E-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#46916 date: Jan-2-2023
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 55-300 F4.5-5.6 SAM
Canon EF 70-300 F4-5.6 IS II USM
Tamron SP 70-300 4-5.6 Di USD
Sony FE 70-300 F4.5-5.6 G OSS
Sony 70-300 F4.5-5.6 SSM II
Tamron 70-300 F4.5-6.3 RXD
Sony 70-400 F4-5.6 G SSM
Minolta AF 75-300 F4.5-5.6 BBC
Minolta AF 100-300 F4.5-5.6 APO/D
Minolta 100-400 F45-6.7 APO
Sigma 150-500 F5-6.3 DG APO OS HSM
Sony FE 200-600 F5.6-6.3 G OSS
Sigma AF 300mm F4 APO Tele Macro
Sigma AF 400 F5.6 APO HSM
Minolta AF 500 F8
Sigma 600 F8
price paid:700 USD (used)
positive:Image quality
Minimal breathing
Panning stabilization mode
Push/pull zooming
67mm filter diameter
Optional tripod collar
Semi compatible with teleconverters
negative:Backwards zoom direction
MF switch
Lack of seals except at mount
comment:I've gotten a lot of use of both the Tamron 70-300 and Sony 200-600, but I often find the long end of the Tamron a bit too short, and the short end of the Sony too long. The Sony FE 100-400 GM OSS is well regarded, but 255 grams heavier without the tripod collar. "MADE IN JAPAN"

The Sony FE 1.4X teleconverter fits this lens and the lens can be partially used with it. Power cycling the camera after mounting the lens gets the aperture mechanism and manual focus working.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 5
  • sharpness: 4.70
  • color: 4.80
  • build: 4.60
  • distortion: 4.80
  • flare control: 4.60
  • overall: 4.70 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania