Sigma 400mm F5.6 APO A-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#44434 date: Dec-3-2019
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 55-300 SAM
Sony A 70-400 SSM
Minolta AF 100-400 APO
Sigma 150-500 F5-6.3 DG APO OS HSM
Sigma APO 400 F5.6 Tele Macro HSM
Minolta AF 500 F8 Reflex
Sigma 600 F8 Mirror
Rokinon 800 F8 DX
price paid:78 USD (used)
positive:Acceptable sharpness
Built in hood
Purple fringing
Zen finish
comment:I was actually looking for the later Telemacro when I bought this. "MADE IN JAPAN."

It works just fine on the A7II. The 4 meter minimum focus distance is limiting. It is very heavy for what seems to be a fairly simple lens design.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 19
  • sharpness: 3.87
  • color: 3.68
  • build: 4.21
  • distortion: 4.32
  • flare control: 4.05
  • overall: 4.03 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania