Home | Reviews | Lenses | 35mm Zoom | Sigma

Sigma 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO EX DG OS 35mm Zoom

4.25/5 (8 Reviews)


  • MPN725110
    Product ID21133971
    Weight57.6 oz
    Length7.5 in
    Lens TypeZoom Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance5.9 in
    Diameter3.7 in
    Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Attachment / Filter Size77 mm
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Min Aperturef/22
    Picture Angle6.2 - 30.3 degrees
    Focal Length80mm - 400mm
    Groups / Elements20 Elements in 14 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades9 Blades
    Lens Max Aperturef/4.5-f/5.6
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    MountCanon EF
    Image StabilizationWith Image Stabilization

Product Description

  • Features Sigma's new Optical Stabilizer (OS) system wo compensate for camera shake
  • Aperture range: f/5.6-22
  • Min focus: 70.8" / 180cm
  • Available for: Sigma AF, Canon, Nikon (D)


  • Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

    Reviews 1 - 5 (8 Reviews Total) | Next 15

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by TheThinkingCouch a Professional

    Date Reviewed: May 2, 2006

    Strengths:    -the price is great - especially if comparing to the almighty SUPER expensive L series lens canon offers.

    -the built feels solid. the carrying case is a plus - keeps the lens safe with all the soft cushiony stuff around it.

    -as sharp as the L series lens

    -ring mount is included.

    -2 words - OPTICAL STABILIZER


    Weaknesses:    -motor is loud and slow (compared to the L series lens).

    -not the lightest lens in my collection.

    -colors aren't as vibrant


    Bottom Line:   
    it was quite nice opening the heavy sigma box from its packaging. once opened, a fairly good quality cush bag contained the new lens. opened it and man is it heavy. i've had the 70-200mm canon L series lens and that lens does not compare to the weight of this sigma. of course, you do get about a 200mm more zoom... the

    mounted, it looks like a camera that parents would hide their kids from. it's pretty aggressive looking if you're just a "passer-by-er". anyways - onto the TEST.

    i first shot images WITHOUT the OPTICAL STABILIZER... the first thing i noticed is the motor... very loud compared to the 70-200mm L and slow - the result had fairly good quality (7 out of 10). most of the images were fairly sharp at 400mm. though i did get some super sharp images, i weren't all that impress. color isn't as vibrant as the L series lens canon offers but... that's just about it in terms of image quality. < --- it's a good thing

    turning on the OPTICAL STABILIZER - BAMM! what a difference. it's like holding a 135mm lens at 400mm. IMPRESSIVE - SIGMA has 2 modes with its OS. both modes work nicely.

    WOULD I RECOMMEND? yes - BUT it would of been A LOT better if the lens had a FASTER motor. of course, you can always shoot using the manual mode. = )

    Expand full review >>

    Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

    Price Paid:    $900.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Type of photography:   Other


    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by SmartWombat a Expert

    Date Reviewed: July 2, 2005

    Strengths:    Sharp, good portrait shots at 80mm on 20D
    Passable hand held night shots at 400mm
    Neck strap on tripod mount (want it on my Canon lenses now !)


    Weaknesses:    Night time, huge starred flare from lights.
    Reflection of off-axis lights diametrically across image centre.
    Slow, noisy AF
    Jerky OS while panning in mode 1 or 2
    OS does not work when lens is supported, image drifts about randomly but slowly
    Heavier than Canon 100-400
    Incompatible with Canon 2x extender
    EX surface is a PITA to clean off dust !


    Bottom Line:   
    Quite a good cheap super telephoto zoom.
    OS does what it ought to, for stationary hand held shots.
    AF does what it ought to, for stationary hand held shots.
    AF tracks slow moving targets, like people walking.


    But not suited to my needs - it went back to the shop within 2 weeks.
    Replaced by Canon EF 100-400 L IS

    Expand full review >>

    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $780.00

    Purchased At:   Jessops, Bournemuth,

    Similar Products Used:   Canon EF 70-200
    Canon EF 100-400


    Type of photography:   Sports


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dee eS a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: June 16, 2005

    Strengths:    Vibration reduction, sharpness, colour rendition, nice finish, can be used where other (prime) lenses are too cumbersome to use, price/quality

    Weaknesses:    a bit heavy (but you get used to it), stiff zoom ring

    Bottom Line:   
    I needed a long tele prime or tele zoom on my Nikon D70 to take on safari and to use from an open vehicle. After reading lots of reviews and carefully considering what would be the prime use of the lens, I eventually decided to buy the Sigma OS, at about half the price of the Nikon VR.... , and I haven't regretted it yet. Although it's not a lightweight lens it's not too difficult to use it handheld or on a beanbag in a (sometimes crowded) vehicle. The OS is a very usefull function, but is has its limits at about 1/60th of a second. I took some very nice pictures at night with the new Sigma 500 flash unit. Pictures are mostly (very) sharp with nice colour, good contrast and as far as I can see a low degree of distortion.

    Expand full review >>

    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $998.00

    Purchased At:   Kabel-Prinz online s

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Type of photography:   Outdoor


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Les a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: September 19, 2004

    Strengths:    1) Sharpness. PopPhoto may not agree, but 400mm produces excellent 8"x10" prints.
    2) Zoom ring (for those who don't like push-pull design).
    3) Excellent tripod ring which may be used as a carrying handle.
    4) Build quality and finish.
    5) Excellent pictures !


    Weaknesses:    1) Weight. Heavier than Canon 100-400 (although not by much).
    2) Slow AF (on my EOS 30 body). On 1V, however, the AF is FAST, comparable to Canon 100-400 (in a dimly lit interior of the shop where the AF speed might be more dependent on the camera AF system rather than on the type of the AF motor in the lens: in bright light the USM motor may be faster, but the performance of 80-400 on 1V was impressive nonetheless)
    3) Price...as usual.


    Bottom Line:   
    Big, heavy, sharp lense with Image Stabilization. Works nice wide open, and IS is a godsend at 400mm handheld.

    Expand full review >>

    Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

    Price Paid:    $1199.00

    Purchased At:   B&H

    Similar Products Used:   Sigma 70-200/2.8 EX HSM

    Type of photography:   Outdoor


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by s1mongraham a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: July 20, 2004

    Strengths:    Image stabilisation, sharpness, colour rendition

    Weaknesses:    Weight , stiff zoom ring, tripod collar does not adjust to become a pistol grip.

    Bottom Line:   
    I had been toying with the purchase of a long telephoto lens after borrowing a Canon 70-200 F2.8 L IS with a 2x tele from a friend. I cannot justify the spend on this actual item and looked at alternatives for my Canon 10D. Very please ownership of a Sigma 15-30 and reading reviews of this lens on this site and others I took the plunge and I am very pleased with the results.
    My main areas of critisism are the same as others namely the weight and the stiffness of the zoom ring. The gym should sort the former and use the latter!
    I am very impressed with the IS features and this has enabled me with concentration to shoot as slowly as 1/15s indoors without a tripod at 400mm.
    The images appear sharp at all focal lengths and the colour saturation is very pleasing to my eyes.

    Expand full review >>

    Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

    Price Paid:    $850.00

    Purchased At:   Jessops UK

    Type of photography:   Outdoor



    Reviews 1 - 5 (8 Reviews Total) | Next 15

    Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

    Holiday Gift Guide 2013

    Check out our holiday gift suggestions for these categories!



    See All Holiday Gift Guide coverage - Click Here »

     

    PhotographyReview Videos

     

    PhotographyReview on Facebook