Review: SIGMA 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports Lens by Dr. Sudhir Hasmanis

I recently used Sigma 500f4 Sports Prime lens. This is new entrant. I am sharing my experience with this lens. Thanks to ‘Primes and Zooms’ for letting me know and use this awesome new lens – Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Canon mount!
While I am no expert, I thought that my experience shared will help other friends and enthusiasts who would like to use affordable big prime lenses. I loved this lens for its accuracy and fast focusing. This is ‘Made in Japan’ and weighs only 3.3 kgs. Sigma‘s 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Lens is part of their speedy Sports line up. I have tried out the Canon EF mount on Canon 7D Mark II body. This telephoto lens has fast Hyper Sonic AF motor to track action fast enough. This lens is equipped with an Optical Stabilizer system that compensates for up to 4 stops of shutter speed.
I used this lens at Old Magazine House, Ganeshgudi from 17th to 19th March 2017. I was shooting at ISO 320 to ISO 500 in good light conditions and maximum ISO 800 late evening in low lights. This lens works with Sigma made 1.4 and 2 X TC, but I have not tried it out. The lens hood is made of lightweight and strong carbon fiber material. A rotating tripod foot features click stops every 90° and can be turned ‘Off’ with a de-clicking switch for smooth movement. This lens is made from a durable and lightweight magnesium alloy. It is protected from dust and water and uses a brass bayonet mount. A rotating tripod collar is available for using the lens on a tripod or monopod. This 500mm f/4 prime lens is designed for full-frame format Canon EF-mount cameras as well as APS-C models where it will provide an 800mm equivalent focal length. A relatively fast f/4 maximum aperture provides excellent illumination for a lens of this focal length. The switch on the barrel of the lens provides multiple AF modes, including a focus recall setting and AF off. The HSM also permits full-time manual focus control simply by rotating the focus ring at any time. Two manual focus modes are available, the standard AF/MF option and an MO setting that switches the lens into manual even during continuous AF. Optical Stabilizer system compensates for approximately 4 stops of shutter speed for sharper images. Two modes are available, one for general use and one for panning, which uses Intelligent OS for more effective panning in any direction.

Another thing to share is if you keep the Optical Stabilizer (OS) on when the lens is not in use and body is kept in ‘on’ position, it will consume the battery more than the usual pattern. I could use fully charged battery for one session of 4 to 5 hours and approx. 700 snaps. Normally I use battery for almost 900 snaps. This is good budget option for Canon 500f4. This lens is also available for Nikon mount. Two sample images are enclosed here for your ready reference.


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