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

reviewer#4255 date: Oct-18-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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:sigma 50-500
minolta 75-300 4.5-5.6
vivitar series 1(sigma) 70-210 f2.8
price paid:300 USD (used)
positive:great bokeh
great color
not too heavy (for this focal length)
built in hood actually works
macro-ish ability
negative:too long for most of my bags! (not really a problem)
f5.6 a little slow but ok
focus is a little slow
comment:still use this lens a ton even after getting the bigma. seems sharper to me. I like the macro ability for bugs that won't sit still for me to take a shot with my 50mm true macro lens. not too bad to tote around all day. focus is a little slow, even with the limiter on. It has done me well, and the price tag was fantastic! I have not noticed any CA or fringing, but that just could be my inexperienced eye

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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