Sigma 120-400 4.5-5.6 APO DG HSM A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 8   
reviewer#43016 date: Feb-14-2018
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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 100-200mm
Tamron 70-300mm
Tamron 180mm macro
price paid:280 EUR
positive:Nice zoomrange
solid construction
price


negative:Soft above 360mm
Unusable on high resolution sensors
weak lens hood
comment:On my Sony cameras a580 and a900 a great lens. A reasonable sharpness when you close the aperture 1 stop. On F8 the lens is at its best. Soft from 360mm.

The lens on the A77ii is a different story. Soft over the entire range and at any aperture. Apparently this model is not suitable for a high-resolution sensor.
reviewer#10531 date: Sep-21-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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:Sigma 70-200 F2.8 HSM
price paid:650 € (new)
positive:The price, the big hood
negative:Heavy, F5.6 wide open at 250mm
Need to stop down for more sharpness.
comment:This lens is ideal for starting out in wildlife photography. Compared to a lot of other lense it is cheap. It gives rather good images.
reviewer#7823 date: Aug-17-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:
missing
price paid:~700 EUR
positive:build
AF fast
price
negative:with the lack of comparison nothing
comment:This lens did a good job during my time in africa. I have no lens to compare the performance, i liked the sharpness and color of the pictures. The AF sometimes had some trouble when there was a lack of contrast.

The lens feels VERY solid and for the price it's great. I wouldn't consider this lens heavy (for the focal range), so shooting free hand works for me, but at longer ranges i'd recommend some sort of monopod / tripod etc.


reviewer#6862 date: Feb-4-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
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 70-400 mm
Canon 100-400 mm
price paid:750
positive:fast HSM AF - faster then Sony 70-400 mm
good build
sharp at 5.6 and 400 mm
cheap
negative:heavy
only begins at 120 mm
comment:for the price - a real hit!
I would say the best Tele-Zoom in this range from Sigma yet!
reviewer#6703 date: Jan-5-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
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:Sigma 70-200 f2.8
Sony 75-300
price paid:900$ C (new)
positive:Reach
IQ for the price
Build
Zoom lock
negative:Heavy
Auto focus hunts a bit in low lignt
comment:Great reach for the price and IQ is not too bad either. If you plan to carry this one around all day, make sure you're in good shape !

If you have good light, you can get pretty good shots, even with a TC. I use it mostly for wildlife and it gives good results for a fraction of the Sony's price.
reviewer#5516 date: Jun-11-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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:Sigma APO 135-400, Tokina 80-400
price paid:550 EUR (little used)
positive:Good sharpness in whole range wide open, quick focusing lens, heavy build, zoom lock, EX quality
negative:weight, price could be lower
comment:This lens replaces my Sigma 135-400 APO and is its good successor. It is a bit sharper, and two negatives of older model were definitely corrected - autofocus is fast and zoom lock helps with zoom creeping. From the other hand, it is 0,5 kg heavier and maybe a bit more prone to flare when shooting under the sun, so keep using sun shade when sun is up.

Much, much better than Tokina 80-400 that is soft over 300mm.

By the way - the lens could be cheaper and lighter from Nikon/Canon versions, as it does not have OS inside.
reviewer#5178 date: Apr-6-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:tammy 200-500 (friends)
bigma (friends)
70-300 kit lens
price paid:Ł590
positive:Absolute dream to use.
quick and very silent focus.
seems sharp at both ends.
feels well made and put together.

negative:weight - it's a heavy ol' beast!
impossible to access front lens with hood on so polariser and lens caps only accessed after taking hood off.
only zoom locks at 120mm but have not noticed much creep yet.
comment:I spent some time musing over this or the tammy 200-500 and eventually went for the sigma because having tried the tammy I felt that the extra 100 made it more difficult to use in the field hand-held and get "the shot" without resorting to a tripod. From my first few goes with this lens I dont think I am going to be suffering from lens envy anytime in the near future - she is sharp from 5.6 up but seems to be sweetest around the f8/9 so far. Being relatively new to DSLRs I have little of my own to measure against but have tried several other zooms on friends cams and feel that this one will give a good account of itself over time. A marked improvement on the 135-400 going by a friends observation of mine and his shots of last year.l Just wish you could access the front lens without taking off the hood! Getting the lens cap off is easy enough but getting it back on without hitting the glass when the hood is on is nigh on impossible....ah well, cant have everything
reviewer#5173 date: Apr-6-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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 AF 75-300(Big Beercan)
Sony AF Reflex 500
Tamron SP AF 70-200 F2.8 Di LD
price paid:745.00
positive:Price compared to Sony AF 70-400 F4-5.6 G,Very sharp at f8,quick auto focus,very solid good build quality.
negative:Somewhat heavy might be a problem having to carry it around all day.Only a 1 year warranty from Sigma,hope that doesn't come back to haunt me.
comment:I'm very happy that I purchased this lens for shooting wildlife from a distance.The price is right at half that of the Sony 70-400 G lens
reviews found: 8   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 8
  • sharpness: 4.38
  • color: 4.13
  • build: 4.63
  • distortion: 4.63
  • flare control: 4.13
  • overall: 4.37

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