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Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO DG : Specifications and Opinions


Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO DG

The Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO DG is a tele lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 2005 (discontinued). The focus is done by In-camera AF motor, it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 600 €;
10 users have given it an average vote of 8.5 out of 10.


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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   135-400 mm
 Angle of view   18.2 - 6.2°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/4.5-5.6
 Aperture blades   9
 Lenses/Groups   13 elements in 11 groups
 Min. focus distance   0.2 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.19x

 Features
 Zoom type   Ring, external
 Stabilization   No
 Focus   In-camera AF motor
 Internal AF   Yes
 Full Time MF   No

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   Yes
 Extenders   No
 Filters   77 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   1245 g
 Dimensions   83.5 x 183.6 mm

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avatarsupporter
sent on August 05, 2015

Pros: Compact size, Light weight, (Removable) Tripod collar for tripod use; Sharpness up to 300mm, cost, general build, Apochromatic

Cons: (Almost) unusable handheld, position of manual focus ring, Image quality at 400mm f5.6; no stabilisation (but that's also a weight/size advantage);

Opinion: A budget Sigma long zoom that is actually quite useful, if you know its limitations and how to overcome them. At the same weight as my 70-200mm f2.8, this makes the lens very portable, meaning it will get taken out on walks a lot more than my mega heavy and huge Sigma 150-500mm, which tops 2kg. I used to own a Nikkor D (Mk1) 80-400mm and I really liked the extra 100mm, for long distance landscapes. Now with DX D7000, my excellent Tamron SP 70-300mm VC superbly handles long distance landscape work now. But that does not have a tripod collar and whilst its VC is superb, I struggle to get good night shots even with a heavy duty tripod. The 150-500mm is far better for birds and wildlife, where it is the only lens and for carrying short distances only. I took the 135-400mm on a walk for 12 hours, attached to my good Manfrotto monopod. It balanced perfectly holding just the rubber grip juts the below the head of the 'pod. That made it all seem light and portable. The 150-500mm is far too top heavy for that and the uncomfortable handle that is part of its tripod collar cuts into your hand. Handholding the 135-400mm at the long end and its lightness makes for difficult framing of the subject, let alone keeping it still for slow shutter speed shots. Even with the monopod, I still tried to keep shutter speed up to at least 1/250, due to side to side movement. AF is a bit noisy and can hunt on low contrast subjects, but that would expected. Manual focus is next to impossible when handholding, the ring is next to the tripod collar and you can't hold the lens properly at the same time. On a monopod, it is very easily done, a smooth light action. with the left thumb. Image quality: MTF figures I've seen show this lens to be similar in performance to Sigma's current offering - the 120-400mm OS (which costs a lot more and is a very weighty 1600g), except at 400mm. At this extremity, you need f8 to get good sharpness; wide open it is rather soft in both sharpness and contrast. F6.3 and f7.1 don't really magically improve on this either. But, for my intended tripod use, this stopping down is not so much of a problem, of course. However, long distances in England always have some haze, even on the brightest days and so will always appear soft. In fact, at closer distances, the lens is actually quite good even at f5.6 and 400mm. It is also worth saying that the lens is very nicely put together, it feels MUCH more robust than my 150-500mm. The large hood is a bit plasticky but effective and adds considerably to the lens' overall length. In conclusion: these 135-400mm's can be found on Ebay for 150-200 pounds sterling; I paid for 190 for an almost unused example. At this price, there must surely be no other lenses that reach 400mm, let alone one that is usable to a quality standard, as long, as I said, it is used within the confines of the lens' characteristics. It also came with a very decent Sigma case, too. Rating: Handling and everyday usability, well, not great, so just 6; image quality 8, if used sensibly; so overall 7, which might seem quite low but the modern competition has moved on considerably but I'm sure I will find it useful for what I intended and for the price paid too.

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avatarjunior
sent on March 24, 2016

Pros: Weight, sharpness up to 300, maneuverability, second-rate, resistance to flare

Cons: Lack zoom lock, sharpness at TA 400 mm, for what it is used nothing else.

Opinion: Excellent optical zoom to tele to super telephoto, used with FF and APS-C (the latter reaches 600-620 mm of low sensor), allows you to capture frames of particular power or animals at a considerable distance without the weight of several kilograms following. The sharpness is good at TA up to 300 mm and then became only fair to 400 mm, but already closing of a stop is sfruttabbilissimo even at this focal length. Excellent resistance to flare, so that photographing with the sun at sunset is absolutely not a problem. Constructively well made, presents the MF ring a little set back which is hampered by the presence of the ring for the tripod mount (though removable) and the lack of zoom lock for transport, which in view of the weight of the lens group front, it allows easy involuntary extension. In position 400 with lens hood becomes quite long, we recommended that (in the absence of stabilizer) the use by at least monopod at longer focal lengths, while the dense sensors dive advicenta essential. Find used between 250-300 if in good / excellent condition is a more than fair price in relation to the optical quality. The lack of stabilizer while it penalizes him, on the other hand makes it slim and lightweight for carrying and then at the end when there was still the stabilizer long focal they used the same, maybe we have forgotten the basic rules for doing photography in addition to taking unnecessary bursts in full automation.

avatarsenior
sent on November 05, 2013

Pros: affordable price, a little heavy, invoice decent for the price

Cons: lack of stabilization, not fully exploited to the maximum opening to 400 mm

Opinion: I use it for photo hunting seen walking his weight quite content, of course I use a tripod since the lack of stabilization, 400 mm discreetly shooting only from f8 to close if you open the iris photos are coming out blurry and lacking in definition from 135 to 300 mm while the photos are much better at all focal lengths

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