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Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Canon EF

BH #SI5004C • MFR #185954
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Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Canon EF
Key Features
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to 32
  • One SLD and Two FLD Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
Loaded with almost every piece of technology in Sigma's Global Vision arsenal, the 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Lens takes its spot as the flagship in the speedy Sports line. Available here with a Canon EF mount, this super telephoto lens lets you capture distant subjects, and with a speedy Hyper Sonic AF motor users will be able to easily track fast action. A relatively fast maximum aperture of f/4 furthers your imaging potential with excellent illumination for a lens of this class. One SLD and two FLD elements help ensure outstanding optical performance by minimizing aberrations and distortion while a Super Multi-Layer coating combats flare and ghosting. Also, this lens is equipped with an Optical Stabilizer system that compensates for up to 4 stops of shutter speed.
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Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports Overview

Loaded with almost every piece of technology in Sigma's Global Vision arsenal, the 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Lens takes its spot as the flagship in the speedy Sports line. Available here with a Canon EF mount, this super telephoto lens lets you capture distant subjects, and with a speedy Hyper Sonic AF motor users will be able to easily track fast action. A relatively fast maximum aperture of f/4 furthers your imaging potential with excellent illumination for a lens of this class. One SLD and two FLD elements help ensure outstanding optical performance by minimizing aberrations and distortion while a Super Multi-Layer coating combats flare and ghosting. Also, this lens is equipped with an Optical Stabilizer system that compensates for up to 4 stops of shutter speed.

This large lens is designed to be used in some of the most trying conditions and is made from a durable and lightweight magnesium alloy. It is protected from dust and water and uses a brass bayonet mount. Filter users will appreciate a 46mm drop-in filter system while a rotating tripod collar is available for using the lens on a tripod or monopod. Additionally, the 500mm lens is fully compatible with Sigma's Global Vision teleconverter for getting an extended reach.

As part of the Sports line within Sigma's Global Vision series, this lens' is designed to offer excellent optical performance, speed, and other customizable features that make it an ideal choice for wildlife, sports, action, and other fast-moving subjects.
This super telephoto 500mm f/4 prime lens is designed for full-frame format Canon EF-mount cameras, and can also be used with 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.
One SLD and two FLD elements have been incorporated within the lens design to correct for chromatic aberrations throughout the entire focusing range and help to ensure high image sharpness, clarity, and contrast regardless of focus point or aperture setting. This optical design also helps to control distortion and limit vignetting.
A Super Multi-Layer Coating has been applied to lens elements in order to minimize lens flare and ghosting and contribute to producing contrast-rich and color-neutral imagery, even in backlit conditions.
The integrated HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) realizes quick and quiet autofocusing, which is further complemented by an optimized AF algorithm to produce smoother focusing performance. A dedicated 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 can compensate 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.
Compatible with Sigma Global Vision Teleconverters, this lens can be extended into a 700mm f/5.6 lens with the 1.4x teleconverter or a 1000mm f/8 lens with the 2x teleconverter.
A rounded nine-blade diaphragm helps to produce an attractive out-of-focus quality.
Drop-in filter system works with 46mm filters. An optional RCP-11 Circular Polarizer filter is designed specifically for the lens and can be rotated while it is inserted.
The lens barrel is constructed using a magnesium alloy that is lightweight and durable, which allows this lens to perform in a wide range of situations.
The bayonet mount is constructed from brass for ensured accuracy and durability.
The lens hood is made of carbon fiber, a lightweight but strong material that will perform in tough conditions.
A rotating tripod foot helps keep this lens secure during shoots and features antistatic nickel plating to improve durability. It features click stops every 90° and can be turned off with a de-clicking switch for smooth movement. The lens also comes with a dedicated strap for the tripod foot which limits strain on the camera mount.
Dust- and splash-proof construction with rubber sealing to protect the mount and a water- and oil-repellent coating on the front and rear elements.
This lens is compatible with the optional Sigma USB Dock for fine-tuning different lens characteristics and updating its firmware.
UPC: 085126185541

Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports Specs

Focal Length500mm
Maximum Aperturef/4
Minimum Aperturef/32
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View
Minimum Focus Distance11.48' / 3.5 m
Maximum Magnification0.15x
Optical Design16 Elements in 11 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Tripod CollarFixed and Rotating
Filter Size46 mm (Drop-In)
Dimensions (ø x L)5.7 x 14.97" / 144.8 x 380.3 mm
Weight7.3 lb / 3.31 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight17.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)23.7 x 13.9 x 12.9"

Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports Reviews

Lovely images - keep it on a tripod

By Jim
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-23

This is my first big prime for birding and I'm really liking the results so far. As others have noted, the image quality is fantastic. But when hiking more than a few steps it's often my Canon 100-400 that comes along instead. It comes with a nice backpack I haven't tried yet, but man it is heavy. You'd have to be popeye to hold this thing steady on it's own - I don't see how anyone could manage more than a few shots without at least a monopod. On my gimbal head it becomes featherweight, but it's a different experience being mostly stationary with a tripod. I expect my shots will improve as I develop patience and let the birds do more of the traveling.

Outstanding piece of glass

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-02

I have been shooting with this lens for a bit over two years, initialy with the Nikon D500, then with the D850 with battery grip, two years with the D500 and one year with the D850. I als oshot with the Nikon 200-500 f5.6 which is a great lens, but not in the same league as the prime when it comes to autofocus speed and tracking capabilities, and build quality. This lens is just sublime, tack sharp with excellent contrast , super fast autofocus and tracks like a cheeta tracking it's prey. I would recommend this lens to anyone looking for a prime lens to add to their arsenal. All my BIF shots are hand held, including the sample images I uploaded. You can also checxk out my work below. https://www.instagram.com/jfphotography69/ https://johnfragoulias.smugmug.com

High expectations met

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-24

I've taken about 700 photos with the lens. Focusing is fast and accurate. I have it mounted to a D850 that have preformed very well together. I have used a spyderlenscal to calibrate the lens using Sigma USB Dock. It only need a minimal adjustment (less than both of my Nikon F2.8 lens). It's light enough to handhold for short periods and several shots I've taken at dusk and dawn that look great.

Update

By Donald
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-03-25

I didn’t mention in my initial review of the Sigma 500 f4 DG OS, that I purchased the lens after reading Brad Hills Sigma Vs Nikon Comparison Review. Anyone considering this lens should read Brads Comprehensive Comparison of these lenses. I have recently used this lens wide open (with the TC 1.4 ) on a D500 and was blown away with the clarity of the images. With the same combination on the D5, I need to stop down 1/2 stop to get excellent clarity. Hope this helps !!

Absolutely amazing image quality

By Akos
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-03-18

I have purchased this lens just over a year ago to replace my Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM super telephoto. I was able to test it in the field first for over a month and was so happy with the results that I just paid for it to keep it. My specialty is wildlife photography with a major interest in birds and birds in flight.  The image quality of this Sigma 500mm lens is nothing short of fantastic. I have had excellent results with this lens when using the matching Sigma TC-1401 and TC-2001 teleconverters and even when used wide open, the images are sharp edge to edge with good contrast and need very minimal post processing when using a camera such as the Canon EOS 1DxMkII, which is what I use.  The ability to customize this lens with the USB dock is great, as it allows for more tweaks than most comparable super telephoto lenses. Dont get me wrong, I know that the Canon and Nikon lenses of this caliber are also incredible, but for the price you simply cannot go wrong with the Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sport lens.  I would highly recommend anyone who is on a budget to consider this lens. Unfortunately, I can only attach two images. You can view some more on http://www.2madphotographers.com

Superb Lens

By Donald
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-11-14

Ive used my Sigma 500/4.0 for several months now, and can say it performs as well or better than all the Nikon glass I own. Its Extremely Sharp; Focus Speed is Excellent, and the colors the Sigma captures are as good as my Nikon 300/2.8 and Nikon 300/4.0 pf. Im very pleased that I purchased the Sigma and recommend that anyone looking for a 500/4.0 give this lens a try

Fantastic

By Zadi
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-06

This lens makes your day if you are a bird photographer, works excellent with canon R5 using the RF adapter, it is quick, sharp, stable. I love it.

Very Pleased With My Results

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-12

I purchased this lens in Dec 2020. I have been practicing learning how to use this lens correctly to achieved the desired results. Wildlife photography is new to me and I am enjoying it very much. Best results are obtained with a sturdy tripod or some form of bracing particularly when using the 1.4TC adapter lens. Enclosed are some of my examples.

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Asked by: Jacob
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Will this lens autofocus with a sigma 1.4 teleconverter when adapted to a Sony A7R3?
Asked by: Walter S.
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Is this lens compatible with Kenko teleconverters?
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