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

reviewer#658 date: Apr-3-2006
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:- Tokina AT-X 400mm F5.6 SD
- Sigma 300mm F4 APO Tele Macro
price paid:
positive:- usable wide open
- very sharp at F8
- close focusing ability (1.6m / 1:3 reproduction ratio)
- focus limiter
- large MF ring with nice finish
negative:- AF/MF switch design
comment:My version is Sigma 400mm F5.6 APO Tele
Macro with 77mm front element, the latest
version before they stoped making it

The lens shares same design features with
Sigma 300mm F4 APO Tele Macro and same
tripod collar can be used on both lenses.

This lens is bordering the "big glass"
category with it's size and weight, while
it is smaller then Minolta 400mm F4.5,
it is considerably larger and heavier then
Tokina 400mm F5.6

Because of it's size and weight it will
need a sturdy tripod, or some other support
to produce the best results.

IMHO, all in all, this is a very good lens
that can fulfill the roll of a bit more serious
long tele on cameras with APS-C sized sensor.
Optically it is better then consumer level
zoom lenses and it will be a nice upgrade in
that case.

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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