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Sigma 100-400

Discussion in 'Lens Reviews Forum' started by mikew, Aug 30, 2017.

  1. mikew

    mikew Always on

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    Been using this lens now for a couple of months on the D500 so i thought i would give my opinion on its worth.

    First thing is if you want a lens for wildlife and can handle the size and weight of a 150-600 or 200-500 then they could be a better choice for reach,those lenses are now too heavy for me.

    Price is great for a lens in this range ,over £2000 for a new Nikon 80-400 and over £1800 for a new Canon 100-400, the Sigma comes in at £799,not getting involved as to if the other two are better there are a few reviews out there that answer that.

    My first impression was not too big or heavy as a walk round lens,nicely made with smooth zoom operation, a few different focus range settings on the lens ( helps reduce unnecessary focus hunting in areas your not using).
    Two stabilizing modes on the lens and MF override,there are a couple of settings for customizing focus and stabilizing mode via the dock (which is extra not sold with the lens).

    With the dock you can set AF fine tune at different focal lengths,not done this yet i have just tuned it at 400mm via the D500,
    While not a deal breaker for me a serious omission IMO is no tripod mount i am quiet happy to fix the Black Rapid strap to the camera and half support the lens in my cupped hand as i walk round.
    Its said the focus is slow,i cant say i find it a problem for birds in flight ect but not sure the D500 is not compensating for this as its a superb AF camera.

    Now some sample images

    100mm

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    220mm

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    400mm

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    Just testing it with the Sigma 1.4 converter but the weather is against me so just the one image at the moment.

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  2. mikew

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    Another reason i like Sigma lenses is they tend to work on my Nikon 1 series V2,a few sample shots from the 100-400 on the V2.

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  3. Rob Nelson

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    Thanks for the review,I'm considering this lens when I get some money together.
     
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  4. MikeB

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    Small, light, with good sharpness and contrast and inexpensive. Seems like a good bargain even w/o the tripod mount.
     
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    Some great results, the pigeon in flight and the eye are tremendous shots for a lens test, that's a seriously sharp lens.
     
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    Super shots. Even though it's a pigeon, #5 is great. Something funky with the last one, maybe too much depth, it almost looks hdrish.
     
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    Thanks

    The last one is typical of what can happen with the V2 in strong light.
     
  8. mikew

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    I think i will look further into the 1.4 converter on this lens,got some results today which encouraged me although the light could have been better,if i only use it for close up work i will be happy to buy it.

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    Good focus on the Damsels and I really like the Cabbage White (?)
     
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  10. Mike Singh

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    Nice photos. The pigeon in flight is great!
     
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    Still struggling with reach,or i should say lack of it, i really don't want to go back to a 150-600 as the weight is just too restricting for me.

    Decided to do some more tests with the Sigma 1.4 converter on the Sigma 100-400, a very dull overcast day so got the ISO up to 6400 for some shots on the D500 but do need to see results in all light conditions,i know IQ will suffer but i have to decide what i can tolerate in exchange for a more enjoyable walk with the camera.

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  12. mikew

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    Final sample from the 100-400 and converter,still poor light but i feel i will go with it for now.

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