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Sigma120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens
 
4.4

(based on 77 reviews)

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    (45)

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    (24)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (70)
  • Strong construction (52)
  • Consistent output (37)
  • Durable (37)
  • Rugged (33)

Cons

  • Heavy (49)
  • Lens creep (12)
  • Poor in low light (9)
  • Blurry focus (5)
  • Slow focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (51)
  • Sports/action (46)
  • Landscape/scenery (33)
  • Wildlife (12)
  • Low light (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (35), Semi-pro photographer (15), Pro photographer (6), Enthusiast (5), Semi-professional (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (45)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Value-Pleasing Results

I purchased this lens primarily to shoot sporting events and wildlife/nature images which is not my everyday forte. I had some concerns based on some of the comments about the quality of the...Read complete review

I purchased this lens primarily to shoot sporting events and wildlife/nature images which is not my everyday forte. I had some concerns based on some of the comments about the quality of the image. But since this is not a lens I would commonly use, the price was more attractive to me than the equivalent Canon L. I love the lens. The lens OS works very well. I was able to take acceptably sharp handheld shots at sunset in warm low light. The AF is acceptably accurate, fast and relatively quiet. I love the bokeh it produces at wide aperture. In my opinion if you want a reasonably priced long telephoto zoom that produces very fine images, this lens is a great value. Images attached are from a recent pro bono shoot for the local Saint Bernard Rescue and was my first attempt with the lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent for the price

This lens appears to be constructed very well. The zoom and focus rings work nicely - not too tight or loose. The included carrying case, straps, and lens hood are also appreciated. ...Read complete review

This lens appears to be constructed very well. The zoom and focus rings work nicely - not too tight or loose. The included carrying case, straps, and lens hood are also appreciated. The lens performance, however, is not all that great. I am a hobby shooter and don't have super expectations for crisp shots, but I am not able to get many sharp shots with this lens. At the lower zooms - to about 200 - it is pretty decent. Sharpness here is close to my 70-200 F4 Canon lens - and the OS on the Sigma helps at slower speeds. The two main problems with this lens are soft focus at 400 and when wide open (4.5 at 120 and 5.6 at 400). In my test and field shots I noticed a fuzzy halo around bright objects when shooting wide open - making the faster end of this lens not useful. Also, at the full 400 - even with OS on or using a tripod - I have not been able to capture anything all that sharp. I find that I am almost always shooting close to 400, so this is a little disappointing. Now, I did not think I would get L performance at this price and I don't plan on becoming a pro with this lens - but I still think I could have put together something better for a little more money and could get better shots. The other options are the Canon 400 5.6 and Canon 300 4 with a 1.4x extender - both would add about [$]over the cost of the Sigma, though. Above that - Canon 300 2.8 etc - the costs are pretty prohibitive to hobby shooters. I think the lens is great for the money but don't expect more than what you are paying for

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4.0

Great product at great price

By Ramiro

from Miami

Comments about Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens:

I was looking to get the same the of product but in Canon. After reading reviews and opiniond from pros, i bought this lens at significant lower cost. I am a normal person who loves photography. I am super happy with the lens. Yes it is heavy. And shooting on rainy or dark days is a challenge.

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3.0

Well made, but a little soft

By Hudson Valley Bill

from Hudson Valley, NY

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens:

I was impressed with the construction of this unit. It was solid, albeit a bit heavy, and operated smoothly. Auto-focus and image stabilization worked well. Image quality was quite sharp from 120mm - 300mm, but then got a bit soft from there out to 400mm. I photograph wildlife, especially eagles, and spend most of my time in the 300 - 400mm neighborhood. I need something sharper in this range. I have run into a few folks who own the Sigma 50 - 500 and love it. They, and most reviews, say it is pretty sharp throughout it's range. I got to try one out the other day and was pretty impressed. Returned this lens with an eye to picking up the 50 - 500 in the near future.

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5.0

Great Lens, Sharp Images!!!

By Chongo

from Las Vegas

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens:

    Right out of the box the lens was great. The zoom is fast and smooth. IQ is very good, even wide open. I found that the Image Stabilization is very helpful for live action photos.

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    5.0

    Spectacular Views Captured

    By Red Head Photographer

    from Rosendale, MO

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens:

    Just returned from Yellowstone and captured incredible pictures with my new Sigma 120-400mm lens. I opted for this lens many times over my 75-200mm lens for pictures of wildlife in the park at winter time. It handled cold temperatures well. I am so anxious to use it especially this summer in outdoor sporting events.

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    3.0

    OK, but decided to exchange for a Cannon

    By Erin

    from Chicago

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    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens:

        The focus was not as crisp as I had hoped.

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        5.0

        Outstanding Lens

        By Otto

        from North Carolina

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • g
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction
        • Tripod collar
        • Very good sharpness

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Lens Creep

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens:

        The reach of my 300mm lens just wasn't enough so I did the homework and decided on the Sigma 120-400. I've used it for sports and nature shots both hand held and on a tripod / monopod and find it lives up to the reviews. My bottom line is it's a great lens for the $, very pleased.

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        4.0

        Good Lens

        By Muriel

        from Central Point, OR

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        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens:

        I am very pleased with this lens by Sigma. True it is heavy but it is what one would expect. I have not used it a lot yet as the weather has been too wet. That is why I ranked it four stars. Because it is not weather sealed.
        I have enclosed a picture taken with the lens at almost full out taken on a rocking boat and hand held.

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        3.0

        Not for me

        By Bruce W

        from Frederick, MD

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        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Image stabilization
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction
        • Well Balanced Weight

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus
        • Lens Creep

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens:

        It seemed to be a "higer quality" lens than a kit lens.... Tested it out in different lighting situations. The image stablization was great though. However, I've had kit lenses with better image quality out the box.It also had really bad zoom creep that I could not deal with. Not sure if it was me or the lens. Either way I returned and for a Cannon 300mm f/4 becuase it was only $200 more than this lens.

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        4.0

        like this lens.

        By RickM629

        from Texas

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens:

        use on a tripod to photograph wildlife and landcape. Has been very useful and enjoyable. A bit cumbersome, but I knew that going in. Works well with my Canon DSLR.

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        4.0

        I am happy

        By rteller

        from Scottsbluff, NE

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens:

          I will not make an in depth review of this lens because I have only had it in the field once. So far I am pleased with its performance.

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          4.0

          big lens, little price

          By ete photo

          from Wakefield, MI

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens:

          Great stabilization ability. The option for vertical only is a big plus for sports. Very well built and fast focusing. Great for outdoors, and low light.

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          5.0

          I now believe is Sigma lenses

          By Candid and wild

          from Ft. Lauderdale

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens:

            I love shooting candids and wildlife. I was iffy about putting anything other than Canon lenses on my 60D, as I was told it was a bad idea.

            After reading other reviews I decided I would go for it and purchase this lens.

            Yes, its heavy and does take some getting used to at first, but I am very happy with this purchase.

            What I like most is that I didn't lose any clarity at 400mm.

            I will certainly go with Sigma again.

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            5.0

            Great Value-Pleasing Results

            By John C.

            from Phoenix, AZ

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens:

              I purchased this lens primarily to shoot sporting events and wildlife/nature images which is not my everyday forte. I had some concerns based on some of the comments about the quality of the image. But since this is not a lens I would commonly use, the price was more attractive to me than the equivalent Canon L. I love the lens. The lens OS works very well. I was able to take acceptably sharp handheld shots at sunset in warm low light. The AF is acceptably accurate, fast and relatively quiet. I love the bokeh it produces at wide aperture. In my opinion if you want a reasonably priced long telephoto zoom that produces very fine images, this lens is a great value. Images attached are from a recent pro bono shoot for the local Saint Bernard Rescue and was my first attempt with the lens.

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              5.0

              Great results

              By Russ

              from Langley BC/ Casa Grande AZ

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              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action

                Comments about Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens:

                Took photos with Canon 7D at Drag races in Phoenix. Excellant results. Sharp sharp photos even when panning to catch fast cars

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                5.0

                better than a canon 400mm.

                By ronin

                from gulfcoast florida.

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action

                Comments about Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens:

                i have had this lens going on 2 years now.no poblems with it.its gotten rain on plus sand too
                and it still is as good as the day i got it.

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                5.0

                It made me a happy camper!

                By Kazi

                from San Jose, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Rugged

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens:

                Bought this lens about a month ago; I needed a little further reach than my 75-300mm lens. I took it out for a test drive for the first time today. It being for wildlife shooting, I selected a day not so ideal weather; cloudy, rather dark, handholding the camera, shooting at 400mm, Auto focus combined with Manual (!), OS1 on (did not use OS2 for panning). The results were very acceptable. (see sample, taken about 100 feet away). I was concerned about lens' focusing speed (hunting) from the previous reviewer's comments, yes, when shooting distance changes dramatically, the lens hesitates. This can be quickly corrected by facilitating the manual focus ring. So long the lens is focused in the same general area, focus is quick.

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                4.0

                Adequate for my use

                By Kazi

                from San Jose, CA

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                Pros

                • Acceptably Sharp At 400mm
                • Dual Control On Focusing
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Good in low light
                • Good Price
                • Rugged

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • Lens Creep

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens:

                Plan to use for wildlife but haven't had a chance. Test from my kitchen doorway aimed at a sycamore treetop of about 500 feet away on a tripod with OS OFF, cloudy, low light situation, shows the resulting image quite satisfactorily. Heard about slow hunting from the previous reviewer, but only until the lens is accustomed to a very long target. Amazing feature about this lens is that when the focusing distance changes drastically, a little help from the manual focusing ring adjustment can be had. I have not had any lens that does this. With my other zoom lenses once they're set for AF, manual focusing ring is locked. Once you are in the general area, focusing is quick. At 400mm it is acceptably sharp. Since I haven't done any wildlife shooting, handholding the camera, my review so far is not conclusive.
                The only negative part of this lens is that it is quite heavy. I knew exactly how much it weighed before purchasing, so this is not a complaint.

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                5.0

                Love this lens!

                By lml973

                from Sussex County, NJ

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Slightly Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens:

                I treated myself to a longer lens for my camera. This was suggested by the staff at B&H, sorry, I don't remember the gentleman that helped me. This lens is just what I wanted. I can get the longer shots, and still have the rest of the field in focus. I was able to get some great shots on a Lighthouse challenge. Some of were of the lighthouse, but I also got some great shots of wildlife. Very happy with the suggestion for this lens. Will be back for other equipment.

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                4.0

                Great Lens but has a major flaw

                By banknote

                from Keller, Texas

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • Lens Creep

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens:

                Purchased from B&H in 2010 - this lens is sharp for most of it's range - distortions are minor and can be addressed in POST - it's heavy, the zoom requires a lens extension that is extensive vs internal so expect that - the only con I can see is the AF system HUNTS - esp if the subject is not high contrast - used on a 5D Mkii and 40D - hunts on both cameras - you can improve the AF performance considerably by NOT USING A FILTER - I have top of the line HOYA and SIGMA filters and they both increase Hunting for AF. Same filters used on my Sigma F2.8 70-200 (77mm) don't bother the 70-200 AF at all.

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                5.0

                Super lens

                By tinwhistle

                from central Wisconsin USA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens:

                  Purchased this Sigma lens for my Canon 60D several weeks ago and used it sparingly until yesterday. Took dozens of images of F-16 fighter aircraft actively useing a live fire range. The action was fast and furious and non stop. Most of my shots were at full 400mm and this lens performed flawlessly! AF was quick, locked on and stayed locked on. The auto drive is super. ISO set at 200 and all images are tack sharp. I couldn't ask for a more satisfying experience from this lens. It's heavy, not for the faint of heart, but it's big lens!!

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