Sigma 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 EX OS APO RF

Last updated (03 August’10):
- Review by The-digital-picture

The Sigma 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 EX OS APO RF features 80-400mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4.5-5.6. The lens construction has 20 elements in 14 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 30.3 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 1.8m and has a filter size of 77mm. The Sigma 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 EX OS APO RF lens weighs 3.9 pounds and it measures 3.7 inches in diameter and 8 inches long.

Sigma 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 EX OS APO RF
Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ |Check Availability


Expert Reviews

Sigma 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 EX OS APO RF Reviews

The-digital-picture reviews the Sigma 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 EX OS APO RF and writes;
“The Sigma 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG OS Lens delivers mediocre contrast though colors are decent. Generally accurate exposures with some shot-to-shot variation is my experience. The blur quality delivered by the 9-blade aperture seems to be decent. A 400mm lens and some good subject-to-background distance can create a very diffusely blurred background.”
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Photozone reviews the Sigma 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 EX OS APO RF and writes;
“Typical for most full frame lenses it produces very little vignetting on APS-C type DSLRs. In the 80-300mm range the issue is negligible. At 400mm vignetting is a little more pronounced at 0.6EV but in most scenes this will be rarely visible and stopping down a little helps resolve the issue completely.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

ShutterBug reviews the Sigma 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 EX OS APO RF and writes;
“The optics of the Sigma 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 EX OS APO lens proved to be superb, producing numerous images with moderately high contrast, great clarity, accurate color reproduction and definition of fine detail. At maximum aperture in the 80-300mm range, central sharpness is exceptional while edge sharpness is very good.”
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Ephotozine reviews the Sigma 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 EX OS APO RF and writes;
“The optical stabilisation system did a good job and returned decent images 2-3 stops slower than could reasonably expected hand held without the system.. The build quality is excellent with a clean matt black finish that is known to be hard wearing and no unwanted play in any of the moving parts. At 2/3rds of the price of it’s competitors, this lens looks to be a good value addition to the kit bag.”
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Photodo reviews the Sigma 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 EX OS APO RF and writes;
“Distortion is minimal and not detectable by eye with figures of 0.1% pincushion at the short end extending to 0.5%, again pincushion at the full stretch of the zoom. There were virtually no instances of chromatic aberration recorded at any aperture or focal length and flare was hard to introduce without the supplied hood fitted and virtually impossible once fitted. This is a good sign for the DG coatings, as it was possible with the older, non DG version..”
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User Opinions

Sigma 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 EX OS APO RF User Reviews

I think it is a fine lens. Possibly better than Nikon’s version | Rating: ★★★★☆
“It took me a little while to get used to using this lens. At first most of my pictures would not come out as good as I would like them to. Lots of them were very blurry. As time went by and I improved my technique, my pictures are getting better and better. Many pictures are starting to come out excellently. They make you say – “Wow! Look at the color”. I believe this to be true for the Nikon 80-400 VR also..” – by Joe S.

Great for capturing nature and moving subjects | Rating: ★★★★★
“I was really impressed while hand holding I was able to get every photo taken quickly of jumping horses. I also had the same success with tracking flying birds ( cranes, other water birds) . All the images were sharp at the widest f stops. It is an amazing lens, the OS is great- no need for a tripod. I also got some great flower photos. I highly recomend the innovative lens.” – by ed

Sigma 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 EX OS APO RF Telephoto Zoom lens, Nikon mount | Rating: ★★★★★
“I am very excited about this product.. I was more than willing to pay the $1199. asking price from B&H Photo (OneWay Photo wanted $2999), but I found it on Amazon through PhotoWorld for $899. The lens performed as promised, and would recomend this high quality lens to anyone in the market for a top quality super zoom.” – by Ted Kanemitsu

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Samples

Sigma 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 EX OS APO RF Sample Photos

- Sigma 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 EX OS APO Sample Photos @ Photozone.de
- Sigma 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 EX OS APO Sample Photos @ Pixel-thingy.com
- Sigma 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 EX OS APO Sample Photos @ Flickr.com
- Sigma 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 EX OS APO Sample Photos @ Pbase.com
- Sigma 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 EX OS APO Sample Photos @ The-digital-picture.com

Features & Specifications

Sigma 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 EX OS APO RF Specifications

The new multi layer lens coating and lens design reduce flare and ghost, which is a common problem with digital cameras and also creates an optimum color balance through the entire zoom range. Two types of camera-shake compensation modes to handle all types of shooting conditions. In Mode 1, the system detects and compensates for vertical and horizontal movement of the camera for ideal still-image photography. In Mode 2, the system detects and compensates for vertical movement of the camera for motor sports and other situations where panning may be desired. OS system can be used with Nikon cameras, which are compatible with image blurring compensation mechanism.

This lens has two SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements in the front lens group and one in the rear lens group for correction of chromatic aberration throughout the entire zoom range. The rear focus eliminates the need for the front of the lens to rotate, thus allowing the use of circular polarizing filter. A zoom lock switch is built in to prevent the lens from extending due to its own weight, and the lens is easier to use. 9 Diaphragm Blades Minimum Aperture F32 Minimum Focusing Distance – 180cm (70.9 inches) Maximum Magnification – 1 – 5 Filter Size – Diameter 77mm Dimensions – Diameter 95mm x Length 192mm, 3.7 x 7.6 inches Weight – 1750 grams (61.9 ounces)


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