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

reviewer#1092 date: Aug-15-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:None
price paid:300 USD (used)
positive:Sharp Images, shouldn't it be for a prime?
Wide zoom ring.
negative:Heavy at 1.4kg.
AF hunts at low light.
comment:My first Long zoom prime. Mine is the final version Tele macro one with my 5D. Intend to get a Bigma initially but stumbled upon this lens 2nd hand. Did a search on it but not much info on net.

Lens is heavy but images are sharp. Handheld is possible but a monopod or tripod is really recommended. I coupled with a 2x TC and still produces good quality image. Needs good light for AF to work effectively or it will hunt, anyway I prefer MF on this lens. At 800mm (400mm + 2x TC), it's a keeper.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 19
  • sharpness: 4.58
  • color: 4.58
  • build: 4.42
  • distortion: 4.89
  • flare control: 4.26
  • overall: 4.55 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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