Not so long ago for my birthday, I bought the Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sports, Canon mount, to complete my lenses collection.
That was for me a long awaited type of lens, that I couldn’t afford until recently.
I was also looking at the Canon EF 500mm F4 L IS II USM, but it is too expensive. I don’t even talk about the 600mm ^^
Through this article you will discover the features and specifications of this Sigma lens Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sports, review and tests, especially with the videos.
– Maximum aperture: F4
– Minimum aperture: F32
– Minimum Focusing Distance: 3.5m
– Filter Diameter: 46mm (Rear)
– Dimensions (Diameter x Length): 15cm × 38cm (Lens Length with Hood: 54cm)
– Weight: 3.3kg (Lens Weight with Hood: 3.6Kg)
– Accessories: Carbon fiber hood LH1388-01
Some details about the abbreviations of the Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sports.
– OS: Optical image stabilization technology.
– HSM: Hyper Sonic Motor is a ring-type ultrasonic motor designed to provide quick and silent focusing. It is Sigma’s equivalent to Canon USM and Nikon SWM technology.
– DG: lens designed for Full-frame DLSR cameras
– S: Sports: Offering sophisticated optical performance and expressive capabilities, to be used in challenging conditions.
The Sports line lenses are good for wildlife photography, action / sport photography, fast-moving subjects, even at distance.
The Sigma lens Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport is a stabilized super telephoto lens (for Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts) and completely customizable for DSLR (Optimized for Full-frame sensors) .
Compatible with the Sigma’s USB Dock and Sigma Optimization Pro software for fine-tuning the lens performance and updating its firmware
With its wide aperture at F4, the Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport telephoto lens is very bright and therefore allows you to take pictures with less light.
This is useful for wildlife photography at dusk or dawn, without getting too high in the ISOs.
There is always a learning curve, but it took me a bit of time to before I could better use this 500mm fixed focal length. And I will surely need a few more photo sessions, under different conditions before I can master it.
If like me you happen to use your lens in difficult shooting conditions, especially in autumn and winter, the SIGMA 500mm F4 DG HSM | Sports features a highly efficient splash proof and dust construction.
The front of the lens has a water and oil repellent coating that allows water to be easily wiped off and prevents oil from sticking to the surface.
With a weight of 3.3kg, the Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport lens is designed to be lightweight, resistant and handy, with a structure made with a magnesium alloy and a lens hood made of carbon fiber.
In terms of image quality and sharpness, I am very pleasantly surprised with the results.
You can zoom and crop the image while retaining lots of details. We may not see it well on the photos above, due to their size and compression, but the Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport offers a very nice picture quality.
I was able to mount the Sigma 500 F4 on a Canon 5d Mark iv (full frame DSLR) and a Canon 90D (APS-C), and on both cameras, the rendering is really excellent.
Due to the weather conditions lately, I have not been able to use this telephoto extensively yet, but you will of course be able to see more photos taken with it in future articles.
In my previous article about the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport version super zoom lens for Wildlife photography, I said I was going to have a look at the Sigma 500mm F4 DG HSM OS Sports lens, and it’s done. I can’t wait to be able to share with you the future photos that I can take with this one!
Sigma 500mm F4 OS Sport videos from Dustin Abbott’s channel on Youtube
Sigma 500mm F4 OS Sport: First Look
Sigma 500mm F4 OS Sport Review
Sigma 500mm F4 OS Sport: IQ Breakdown