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Showcase Sigma 100–400mm F5–6.3 DG DN OS

WoodWorks

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I don't shoot telephoto zooms very often, and have never been very good at BIF. But I've always had a long zoom around for those times when nothing else will do. Most recently I've been using the Sony FE 70–300mm F4.5–5.6 G OSS. But I often bumped up against the 300mm limit, so when Sigma announced their new 100-400mm lens for Sony E mount, I pre-ordered it. And after a couple of days of use, here are some samples of what it's delivered. All are shot wide open, except for the shot of the cows in front of Mt. McLoughlin.

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ILCE-7RM2    100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Contemporary 020    299mm    f/6.3    1/30s    ISO 320

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ILCE-7RM2    100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Contemporary 020    400mm    f/6.3    1/50s    ISO 100

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ILCE-7RM2    100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Contemporary 020    100mm    f/5.0    1/20s    ISO 1600

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ILCE-7RM2    100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Contemporary 020    368mm    f/6.3    1/200s    ISO 1600

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ILCE-7RM2    100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Contemporary 020    400mm    f/6.3    1/30s    ISO 320

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ILCE-7RM2    100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Contemporary 020    100mm    f/5.0    1/640s    ISO 100

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ILCE-7RM2    100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Contemporary 020    164mm    f/8.0    1/250s    ISO 100

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ILCE-7RM2    100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Contemporary 020    183mm    f/6.3    1/30s    ISO 400

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ILCE-7RM2    100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Contemporary 020    400mm    f/6.3    1/30s    ISO 160

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ILCE-7RM2    100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Contemporary 020    100mm    f/6.3    1/125s    ISO 100

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ILCE-7RM2    100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Contemporary 020    400mm    f/6.3    1/40s    ISO 100


It's a heavier lens than the Sony 70–300mm, but it seems to work OK with my heavy-duty tripod. Still, I think I'll be picking up a tripod collar for this lens once Sigma offers one. I'll also try to put up a comparison between the Sigma and the Sony 70–300 in the next few days.

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Biro

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Nice work. If you had to use it handheld, do you think it's doable on a semi-regular basis? I've thought about this lens. It clearly delivers the goods. But I wonder how often I'd really use it. Perhaps - for me -- an RX10 IV might make more sense. Right now my A7III kit stresses 100mm and under.
 

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Nice work. If you had to use it handheld, do you think it's doable on a semi-regular basis? I've thought about this lens. It clearly delivers the goods. But I wonder how often I'd really use it. Perhaps - for me -- an RX10 IV might make more sense. Right now my A7III kit stresses 100mm and under.
Thanks! And yes, all of those shots were handheld. The camera's IBIS combined with the lens's OS do an excellent job together. I've managed several sharp 400mm shots with a 1/30 sec. shutter speed. That said, it's not a light lens. The difference in weight between it and the Sony 70–300 is substantial. So I would want to have a tripod or monopod with me if I was going to be shooting for an extended period of time.

And yeah, I'm not sure what you meant by "stresses 100mm and under" either. :hmmm:
 

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How/what do you mean stresses 100mm and under?
Sorry, I'm dense and don't understand.
No worries. In this case, I means "stresses" as in "emphasizes." In other words, maybe I should use my full-frame kit for focal lengths up to 100mm and maybe something like the RX10 IV for the real telephoto stuff. Just thinking aloud.
 

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I guess it depends on whether you'd rather carry another lens or another camera. I don't expect that I'll be carrying this lens on a whim. I'm going to have something particular in mind to include it in my bag.
 

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This lens is quite appealing due to its focal length and price. I owned the 100-400mm IS ii Canon lens when I was married to that camera brand. I loved it but. did not use it all that often due to its large form factor. I only carried that lens for special projects like air shows, etc., not for daily use. I really liked the capability of adding a 1.4x TC to this lens...

I selected the Sony 70-350mm OSS lens as my general telephoto due to its form factor. I happily carry this lens along with my 28-75mm Tamron for general telephoto duty.
#1. Yes, it is 50mm shorter than the Sigma but, with the weight saving I can live with that reduction and...
#2. you can only use this lens on a crop sensor camera - no problem for me because I shoot with both crop and full frame format and I always used the Canon 100-400mm IS ii lens on my 7D2 crop body.

Now, if Sigma had come out with a matching 1.4x TC for this 100-400mm e-mount lens, I definitely might consider it...
 

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Now, if Sigma had come out with a matching 1.4x TC for this 100-400mm e-mount lens, I definitely might consider it...
They have a TC for the L-Mount version of this lens. And rumor has it that they may release one for the E-Mount version. But rumor also has it that Sony nixed the idea of allowing Sigma to sell one. So I’m not holding my breath.
 

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It was a bit hazy today due to the smoke from several nearby forest fires. But I rode up to Mt. Ashland to see what I might capture up there. At 400mm, Pilot Rock seemed like a good target for a test.

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ILCE-7RM2    100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Contemporary 020    400mm    f/8.0    1/320s    ISO 100


And when I got home and looked at this image, I noticed something when I zoomed in to 200%

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That's a person standing on top of the rock, clearly visible from 5.6 mi./9.1 km away.
 

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