Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Review by Kevan Dobbie
A couple months ago I was approached by Sigma South Africa to use and review a selection of their Sigma lenses while out in the field. I am a field guide and have been guiding now for just over four years in some of the most prestigious lodges within the Greater Kruger region in South Africa namely the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve and the Timbavati Private Game Reserve. Conducting game drives daily in these spectacular regions allows me to encounter some of the most sort after species on safari and to engage with guests photographically in some amazing once in a lifetime sightings.
Recently I have made use of the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens. A fantastic lens to use while out in the field conducting wildlife photography. Firstly this lens is extremely light (plastic housing compared to a metal housing case and overall weight of 1160gr) and compact (182mm length with a diameter of 86mm), easy for travel and easy to use and ready at any time especially if the action or sort after photographs are instant. This lens is also competitively priced and adaptable for both Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras. It can also be used on the newer Mirrorless cameras when using the correct adapter for certain brands. Going for a low price this lens is ideal as it creates some insanely clear and beautiful image quality. It includes an optical design with 21 lens elements and 4 of those made from special glass. It also includes a lock for the zoom as well as auto-focus, manual-focus and a series of stabilization switches at the back.
Below I have attached a series of photographs which I have made use of the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens. You’ll notice the image quality on multiple zoom distances especially the clarity. These are all photographs I have taken over the last two months in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve while testing and reviewing this lens.
Overall comments regarding the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens is that it is competitively prices for the image quality delivered, compact and lightweight for travel especially while on safari and lastly a lens all wildlife photographers, both new and experienced photographers should look at adding to their kit.
This is not the only lens within the Sigma range, there are multiple different lenses and ranges for different types of photography styles which I will be reviewing and using especially in the field of wildlife photography in the months to come. Keep following and keep connected as we explore the amazing Sigma lens range.