The New Sigma 100-400mm for Sony FE Makes Us Really Wonder

The new Sigma 100-400mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM is a lot more affordable than the Sony G Master option.

We’ve been testing the Sigma 100-400mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM on the Sony a7r IV for a little while now. It’s making us wonder whether it’s worth it over the G Master option. It’s a lot more affordable for sure, but you’re sacrificing a few things. So, we decided to talk about it a bit on the latest episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

Sigma 100-400mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM: First Impressions

For Sony E-mount wildlife and sports shooters, compact and affordable telephoto zoom lenses have been a rarity. Until recently, the only Full Frame options were the 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 G Master and the 200-600mm f5.6–6.3 G. At $2,499.99 and $1,999.99, respectively, they weren’t exactly affordable for most photographers. The 200-600mm was also quite large, making it less than ideal for photographers who prefer to maintain as small a footprint as possible when working on location. This all changed with the introduction of Sigma’s 100-400mm f5-6.3 DG DN OS. It’s much more affordable with an MSRP of just under $1,000. At roughly the same size as most conventional 70-200mm zooms on the market, the Sigma 100-400mm is much easier to travel with as well. We’ve been testing the Sigma 100-400mm out in the wild for the last few days. Join us as we discuss our first impressions with this lens.

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