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

reviewer#1172 date: Sep-5-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:400 APO (Non-macro)
price paid:350 USD (s/h)
positive:+ Sharp
+ Close focus ability
+ Large focus ring
+ Detachable tripod collar
negative:- Weight, but to be expected
- focus in poor light
comment:I bought this used (77mm) example after the earlier APO (72mm) version, and for a time had both so I could compare directly. The earlier version suffered more from CA (although it was never bad) but probably was a touch sharper. Focusing was better with this version.

It is best used on a tripod or monopod (that I use) for the best results.

What options are there if you don't want a zoom?

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania