Sigma 120-400mm f/4,5-5,6 DG APO HSM OS


Sigma 120-400mm f/4,5-5,6 DG APO HSM OS


Sigma 120-400mm f/4,5-5,6 DG APO HSM OS
This is a zoom lens manufactured by Sigma and the model was launched 2008.
The lens belongs to the category  telephoto zoom lenses, a telephoto lens where you have the possibility to zoom in and out.
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Compability, auto focus and focal length
The lens is available for both Canon and Nikon cameras, but there are two different versions of this lens (one for each brand and mount) so it is important that you ask for and choose the right version when bying the lens.
This lens is constructed to fit all models of Canon and Nikon cameras, regardless of camera model or type of sensor.
The ability to use auto focus is available for all cameras.
The lens has a focal length of 120-400 mm. Depending on which camera the lens is used, the experienced and perceived focal length will be different. Please visit the list of compatible cameras below, it will provide the equivalent focal length you get on each camera.
A positive thing is that this lens has a versitale zoom range, where the difference between 'maximum zoomed out' to 'maximum zoomed in' increases the lens versatility since you as a photographer easily can compose your picture without moving yourself physically.
See compatible cameras and perceived/equivalent focal length
Read more about focal length and your field of view
Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
 
Lens brightness and image stabilizer
The lens brightness and aperture value is f/4,5-5,6.
This lens is not considered to have a good aperture value and brightness. It is something to consider before you purchase the lens. To compensate for this you might, while photographing in less favorable light conditions, be forced to either use higher ISO settings (which generates more noise in the image), slower shutter speeds (which may give some motion blur) or flash lightning. Read more at the link below what lens brightness means to you as a photographer.
One thing to consider is that the lens has a variable brightness, which means that depending on how much you are zooming the lens will have a different maximum aperture value. At 120 mm the lens brightness is f/4,5 and at 400 mm the brightness is f/5,6. Through the link below you can read more about what this could mean for you as a photographer.
Inside the lens there is an image stabilizer, which helps to fend off possible movements and tremors. This is very positive and can be of great help in situations and conditions where the light is inadequate and not enough for decent shutter speeds.
Read more about the aperture and lens brightness
Read more about changing brightness at different focal lengths
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Filter and Lens Hood
The lens has a traditional filter thread on the front and its measuring 77 mm which also the filter you will use must have. If you use for example an UV filter can be a cheap insurance against scratches and dust.
If you buy this lens it will come with a lens hood, whose model name is "LH830-01".
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Tripod Mount
This lens is equipped with a tripod mount, which makes use of a tripod easier and more stable.
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Pictures (product and sample images)
In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.
Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.
Images of Sigma 120-400mm f/4,5-5,6 DG APO HSM OS
Sample pictures taken with Sigma 120-400mm f/4,5-5,6 DG APO HSM OS
 
Things to consider before buying
Below you will find some summarized points and facts that can be considered as the 'pros and cons' of this lens. These are based entirely on the facts and values that are accessible through the lens specification, so we highly recommend that you also read the reported reviews available (see tab 'Reviews'); this in order to get a more complete view of the lens and its capabilites. Reviewer opinions reflect the lens, its use and its optical performance in a more accurate way, but any way - here a few different points to consider before buying this lens.
Has a built-in image stabilizer
Long focal length with its 400 mm
An impressive focal range
Works on all sensor types
Has a built-in auto focus motor
A lens hood is included
A tripod mount is included
Poor aperture value with its f/5,6
A variable lens brightness at different focal lengths
The lens is not sealed against moisture and dust
Heavy (1750 gr)
Specification
Product Name:Sigma 120-400mm f/4,5-5,6 DG APO HSM OS (See dictionary)
Release date: 2008
Manufacturer:Sigma
Type of lens: Telephoto Zoom Lens
Construction: Zoom lens (with the ability to zoom in and out)
Works with cameras from: Canon (see compatible cameras)
Nikon (see compatible cameras)
1:1 at Macro:
No Macro lens
Compability:
Works on all sensors (see compatible cameras)
Auto focus:
Yes
Built-in auto focus (AF) motor:
Yes (more info)
Maximum aperture: f/4,5-5,6
The lens apeture and brightness varies at different focal lengths.
f/4,5 at 120 mm
f/5,6 at 400 mm
(Read more)
Focal Range: 120-400 mm
Depending on which camera this lens is used the focal length can seem different. This is because different camera sensors can have a slight crop factor and the focal length will be equivalent to:
  120-400 mmon Canon FF, Full frame
  156-520 mmon Canon APS-H
  192-640 mmon Canon APS-C
  120-400 mmon Nikon FX, Full frame
  180-600 mmon Nikon DX, APS-C
See list, camera for camera
Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
Lens Construction: 21 elements / 15 groups
Image Stabilizer:
Yes, OS
Closest Focusing Distance:150 cm
Filter: Filter Thread, 77 mm
Lens Hood:
LH830-01(included)
Tripod mount:
Yes, a tripod mount is included (Read more)
Weather sealing:
No
Dimensions (diameter x length):92 x 203 mm
Vikt:1750 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)
Retail price (USD)1320 USD
 
 
Product Page (Sigma):
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Text from Sigma:"The Sigma APO 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG telephoto zoom lens is an outstanding lens in this category, an excellent optical performer with Optical Stabilization and a high speed Hyper-Sonic Motor to help you shoot amazing photos. Three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements provide optimum color correction & sharpness throughout the entire zoom range. Rear focusing system corrects for fluctuation of aberration due to focusing. Compatible with the Sigma APO Tele converters. Its reach relative to its size makes handheld photography easy to track moving subjects and it fits easily in most common camera bags for the ultimate convenience. Its close-up focusing ability makes it handy for shots of small objects such as flowers without having to change lenses. Outstanding photographs are always the outcome.

Designed for use with full frame digital SLR cameras. May also be used with smaller APS-c size sensors with a corresponding effective increase in focal length to about 180 to 600mm with most cameras

Offers Sigma’s OS System (Optical Stabilization) allowing handheld photography even in low-light situations

HSM (Hyper-Sonic Motor) ensures a quiet & high-speed auto focus

Minimum focusing distance of 59 inches with a maximum magnification of 1 to 4.2

Compact weighing only 3.6 pounds & a mere 8 inches in length

A lens hood, tripod socket TS-31, front & rear lens caps and carrying case are included with the lens."
 
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Reviews
fotosidan.se (reviews by users)
 
ephotozine.com
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/sigma-120-400mm-f-4-5-5-6-dg-os-hsm-15826
 
juzaphoto.com
http://juzaphoto.com/eng/articles/canon_100-400_sigma_120-400_150-500_50-500.htm
 
kamerabild.se
http://www.kamerabild.se/tester/objektiv/TEST-9-langa-telezoomar-1.249318.html
 
lenstip.com
http://www.lenstip.com/203.1-Lens_review-Sigma_120-400_mm_f_4.5-5.6_APO_DG_OS_HSM_Introduction.html
 
 
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Pictures (product and sample images)
In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.
Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.
Images of Sigma 120-400mm f/4,5-5,6 DG APO HSM OS
Sample pictures taken with Sigma 120-400mm f/4,5-5,6 DG APO HSM OS
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