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

reviewer#44454 date: Jan-11-2020
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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:Sigma 70-200mm F2.8, Sigma 100-300mm F4, Minolta 500mm Reflex, Minolta 75-300mm F3.5-4.5
price paid:$900 used
positive:Sharp wide open, very sharp stopped down. Well built and comes with built-in deep hood. Good colour rendition with no discernable distortion.
negative:Nothing really. Can be used hand held but tripod mounted would yeild slightly sharper images. Focus speed whilst reasonably quick is not as fast as more modern models.
comment:Sharp wide open, very sharp stopped down. Well built lens that feels quite solid in the hand. Great telephoto prime for A mount where there are no alternatives of this quality, at this focal length and for current prices.

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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