Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG APO OS (Optical Stabilizer) HSM AutoFocus Telephoto Zoom Lens for Sigma SLR Cameras - USA Warranty

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About Sigma 120-400mm

This telephoto zoom lens incorporates Sigma's original OS (Optical Stabilizer) function. It offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower. Three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements provide excellent correction for chromatic aberration. This lens is equipped with the rear focus system that minimizes fluctuation of aberration caused by focusing. It provides optimum image quality throughout the entire zoom range.

The super multi-layer coating reduces flare and ghosting. High image quality is assured throughout the entire zoom range. The minimum focusing distance of 150cm (59.1") throughout the entire zoomrange and has a maximum magnification of 1:4.2 make it useful for close-up photography.

This lens incorporates HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), which ensures a quiet and high-speed AF as well as full-time manual focusing capability. The addition of the optical 1.4x EXDG APO or 2x EX DG APO Tele Converters produce a 168-560mm F6.3-8 MF ultra-telephoto zoom lens or a 240-800mm F9-11 MF ultra-telephoto zoom lens respectively.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (43),Strong construction (39),Easily interchangeable (31),Consistent output (29),Durable (29),Rugged (24),Nice bokeh (9),Lightweight (3),Good price / value (3)
Cons:
Heavy (31),Poor in low light (7),Lens creep (4),Slow focus (4)
Best Uses:
Sports/action (40),Wildlife photos (38),Landscape/scenery (19),Wildlife (9),General purpose (5)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (24),Semi-pro photographer (11),Enthusiast (6),Professional (3),Pro photographer (3)

Sigma 120-400mm Features

  • Incorporating Sigma's original OS (Optical Stabilizer) function.
  • Three SLD glass elements and a rear focus system provide optimum image quality throughout the entire zoom range.
  • Super multi-layer coating reduces flare and ghosting.
  • The minimum focusing distance of 150cm (59.1") makes it useful for close-up photography.
  • HSM ensures quiet and high-speed autofocus.
  • Compatible with Sigma's APO Tele Converters.

Sigma 120-400mm Specifications

Construction
21 Elements in 15 Groups
Angle of view
20.4°- 6.2°
F stop range
F4.5 - F22
Closest Focusing Distance
150cm / 59.1 in.
Maximum Magnification
1:4.2
Filter Size
77mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
8" x 3.6" - 203.5mm x 92.5mm
Weight
61.7 oz. (1750g)

Sigma 120-400mm Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.3

(based on 52 reviews)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (0)

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    (1)

Reviewed by 52 customers

 
5.0

sigma 120-400 lens

By

from Palos Verdes Estates,CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use this lens to get in closer to birds, frogs and dragonflies. For an Adorama rating of E+ the lens is like new. You can always count on Adorama's honesty.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Well worth it!

By

from Lake Monticello, Virginia  -  Photo Enthusiast

I've been seesawing between the new Nikon 80-400mm and this Sigma 120-400mm all summer. I finally decided to try the Sigma. When it arrived I was pleasantly surprised at the build quality. So I put it to work out my back deck which faces our lake. I get lots of birds, butterflies and wildlife of all kinds and I was looking for an improvement over my Nikon kit lens 18-200mm. It's been two weeks of shooting and it is meeting my needs handsomely. Auto focus works fine with my Nikon D300 and the image stabilization enables great hand held shots even at 400mm. Photo clarity is very good. It does, like all these 4.5 lens' need good light. I love the Bokeh. The new Nikon may indeed be better but at three times the price, this Sigma is a great value.

 
4.0

If you need a 400mm surprise its here.

By

from South Carolina  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is my first Sigma Lens. I will try not to compare but give honest feedback. It was purchased for wildlife and has the necessary reach I needed to add to my bag. The lens is heavy, not a walk around but this was known. The weight is well balanced when mounted on a tripod. Images are sharp in the 120-200 range and soften some at 400mm. After shooting in the shade and direct sun where I received the better images I state the obvious; more light or proper light is best. Low light situations are not a strong point. I will test more in low light but for now more light is best for this lens. I'm use to f2.8 lenses. I did get better sharpness on manual focus when zooming to 400mm. That's not a bad thing. For photographers that understand equipment limitations and how to make adjustments you will be happy this lens is in your bag. Great price point!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Zoom

By

from Daly City, Ca  -  Photo Enthusiast

I've used this lens on many occasions in different conditions and the results have been excellent. Being a photo enthusiast and not a pro I can't compare to the upper end lenses but I can say that in my opinion this lens is worth every penny and I am very pleased with it. I have needed little or no tuning with DPP and though it is made for a full sized sensor this lens works great on my Canon 60D. Shot everything from wildlife to baseball games to the sailboats in the Luis Vuitton Challenge Cup series.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Telezoom lens with a good reach

By

from Minneapolis, Mn.  -  Photo Enthusiast

I like to do landscapes along with some sports and animal pictures. This one has the reach I wanted in a zoom lens. Haven't had alot of time to try it out due to the bad weather lately but the test photos I've taken have been very good. It's not a light weight lens but then again what is with this kind of reach?

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

perfect

By

from west alexander, pa  -  Photo Enthusiast

I read many reviews before I purchased this lens, many said the focus isn't good, I disagree! I think the focus is right on, and if you are running your speed and f stop correctly, you should have a great sharp photo ... great for the price

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

love it

By

from west alexander, pa  -  Photo Enthusiast

I like it, I read many reviews that the focus degenerates as you get to the 400mm length, I find that only if I don't have enough light and have to decrease my Fstop... I think it has great focus capacity, specially at 360mm...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Heavy, but Sharp

By

from Fort Worth, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

Like tying two bricks to your camera, but it is balanced well for tripod use. The OS does allow hand held, but it seems to take a second or two to stabilize. If you get in a hurry, you can get blurry shots. The autofocus is pretty fast. The manual focus ring seems to be set too far behind the balance point so if you're handholding, it is kind of awkward. Overall, I'm pleased with the lens however.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great buy and very fast autofocus

By

from East coast  -  Pro Photographer

I am a travel photographer of a state tourism office and really need a 400mm that's portable. This lens fits the need very well. It's less than a grand too.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better buy than the Canon 100-400

By

from Southern Calif.  -  Photo Enthusiast

Before purchasing this lens, I read many reviews comparing this lens to the Canon 100-400. I decided on this even though it's heavier, but I prefer the twist motion to adjust focal length. It's also $400 less. I only made a dozen test shots so far. The outdoor ones are very sharp at f5.6 and f16 ranging from 120 to 400mm. One indoor portrait isn't sharp, but the shutter is at 1/15 sec on a monopod! My experience with this lens is very limited. This review needs to be updated when I made more images. So far I'm happy with it and would highly recommend to those sitting on a fence.

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Shopper  Does this fit and work well with Nikon d5000?
DONALD M  A Nikon version of this lens will work on a Nikon (non full frame sensor) Camera
Patricia B  I am considering this lens for the Nikon D700. Are the photos sharp at the 400mm length?
EKKEHARD U  I have taken pictures of birds at 400 mm, cropped them to get more detail and get rid of some minor vignetting in the corners as well as to fill a 16x9 TV screen, and am totally satisfied with the results.
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