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

reviewer#45632 date: Jan-12-2021
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 own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 55-300 SAM
Canon EF 70-300 F4-5.6 IS II USM
Tamron SP 70-300 USD
Sony A 70-400 G SSM
Sony FE 70-300 F4.5-5.6 G OSS
Sony 70-300 G SSM II
Minolta AF 75-300 "Big Beercan" & D
Minolta AF 100-300 APO & D
Minolta AF 100-400 APO
Sigma 100-400 F5-6.3 DG HSM OS
Sigma 150-500 F5-6.3 DG APO OS HSM
Sony FE 200-600 F5.6-6.3 G OSS
Sigma AF 300mm F4 APO Tele Macro
Sigma AF 400 F5.6 APO
Minolta AF 500 F8
Sigma 600 F8
Rokinon 800 F8 DX
price paid:387 USD (open box)
positive:Fixed length
Smooth manual focus
Little axial aberration
Semi flat field
Close focusing
negative:Size and weight
Lateral CA
Zen coating
comment:This copy looks brand-new. It is larger than the old non-macro Sigma 400mm F5.6 APO or the 300mm F4 APO Tele Macro. The focus grip is much wider than the 300mm lens. "MADE IN JAPAN"

The Sony FE 200-600 G OSS is just slightly dimmer wide-open at 400mm. This lens is a bit better aligned than the zoom, but has worse lateral CA. It has a slightly warm color cast.

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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