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

reviewer#46921 date: Jan-15-2023
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
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:Minolta 100-300APO
Minolta 70-210 f/4 Beercan
price paid:£800
Value for money,
67mm filter ring matches all my Tampon 28-78 and 17-28mm lenses.
Raised marker for indexing the lens mount so can feel it in the dark when changing lenses rather than just a painted line.
twist and push pool for zoom
negative:zoom only locks at 100mm
focusing on areas which lack contrast such as clouds
Lens cap falls of quite easily
comment:Side by side comparisons show little difference compared to Sony 100-400mm zoom. I also bought the Sigma TS 111 tripod collar mount. It is quite expensive but worthwhile as when zoomed to 400mm it would otherwise be quite a turning moment on your tripod and lens mount. there are now much cheaper third part collars available. One down side I've come across if th difficulty focusing on clouds where it hunts and rarely snaps in to ficus.

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