SIGMA 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS - Sports - Sony E Mount

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Product Description

Sigma 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS

Outstanding performance meets portability.

Unparalleled optical performance Impressively robust and lightweight Professional feature-set

This product is designed exclusively for mirrorless cameras and is also compatible with full-frame cameras.

Photo fo the lens attached to a camera body

Photo by Guillaume Bily

Capture wildlife, aircraft and sports in incredible detail with the all-new SIGMA 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | Sports, designed exclusively for full-frame mirrorless cameras.

This compact and lightweight lens features SIGMA’s high-speed HLA motor and OS2 algorithm, delivering fast and precise autofocus with 5 stops of effective stabilisation.

The use of special exclusive low-dispersion glass elements and precision-engineered TSC (Thermally Stable Composite) materials reduce the lens’ overall size to 234.6mm and weight to 1,370g*, making it significantly smaller and lighter than the previous SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports for DSLRs.

Close up shot of the Sigma lens

Photo by Guillaume Bily

As well as being optically outstanding, the lens features a range of professional features, including a weather-resistant structure for superior protection in tough shooting conditions, a Focus Limiter switch, a de-clickable and lockable aperture ring, a detachable tripod socket and a Custom Mode switch.

This extensive feature set, exceptionally portable build and superb optical performance make the SIGMA 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | Sports for L-Mount and Sony E-mount systems the definitive ultra-telephoto prime for both enthusiasts and professionals.

Photo of a photographer on the rocks by the beach

Key features

Unparalleled performance

By utilising exclusive low-dispersion glass elements the lens has been significantly reduced in size and weight compared with SIGMA’s previous 500mm prime, making it easy to carry and use and ideal for hand-held shooting. The built-in HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) motor delivers fast, smooth, accurate and near-silent autofocus, ensuring that the subject remains sharp, even when using subject tracking modes. The built-in OS provides 5 stops of effective stabilisation thanks to SIGMA’s proprietary OS2 algorithm.

Photo of Elephants in the wild

Photo by Gerry van der Walt

Small size, big results

To reduce the size of the lens without compromising optical quality, the lens uses convex low-dispersion elements towards the front of the lens barrel. The design of these glass elements also keeps chromatic and axial aberrations to a minimum. Flare and ghosting are prevented by refractive lenses, ideal for when shooting in backlit environments such as sporting arenas or when strong light sources are in or close to being in the frame. When compared to the SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports for DSLRs, the lens is impressively small and a whole lot lighter, all achieved without using conventional diffractive optical elements.

Big lion


Photo of a nice little bird

Photo of a few plump little dung beetles

Photos by Gerry van der Walt

Advanced AF and stabilisation

The SIGMA 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | Sports is perfectly suited to fast-paced action such as birds in flights or high-performance cars on a race circuit. Its HLA motor delivers extremely fast, accurate and near-silent AF that far outperforms traditional stepping motors. Low-light environments such as concerts and floodlit pitches are no trouble thanks to the exclusive OS2 algorithm, providing an effective 5 stops* of stabilisation. The lens also features two OS modes. Mode 1 can be used for all types of photography to help reduce unwanted camera shake at slower shutter speeds. Mode 2 employs SIGMA’s Intelligent OS algorithm for smoother panning shots – ideal for tracking a fast-paced object as it moves. Regardless of the orientation of the lens, the stabilisation is effective for both vertical and diagonal movement and doesn’t interfere with the panning motion.

*Based on CIPA guidelines (Measured at 70mm and 200mm with a 35mm full-frame image sensor)

Photo of a skier racing

Photo by Liam Doran

Impressively robust and lightweight

The touch but compact design of the 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | Sports ensures it can be used on the go whatever the location or weather. Constructed with a combination of lightweight materials such as TSC and magnesium, the lens is easily light enough for shooting hand-held over long periods, reducing the need for a tripod. Its weather-resistant construction prevents dust, dirt and water droplets from entering the lens, ideal if shooting in light rain or on a sandy beach.

Photo of a mountain at dusk

Photo by Liam Doran

TSC Construction

Much of the exterior and some of the interior of the lens is built of TSC (Thermally Stable Composite), a light and strong material that increases durability and reduces weight. TSC has similar thermal expansion properties to aluminium, which means that both the TSC and aluminium parts within the barrel expand and contract to the same degree as temperatures change. This ensures a highly consistent performance whether shooting in a hot desert region or the freezing temperatures of a polar environment.

Leaf in the snow

Bird in the winter time

Photos by Jim Koepnick

Weather resistant sealing

The mount connection, manual focus ring, zoom ring, switches, switch panel and exterior connection are all dust- and splash-resistant to prevent dust and moisture from entering the lens. The front element of the lens has a water- and oil-repellent coating that helps keep the optic clear of contaminants.

Portrait of a lady in winter in the street

Professional feature-set

Tactile aperture ring

Take control of the depth-of-field using the built-in aperture control ring. The ring can be de-clicked, which is useful for filmmakers, and locked so that it cannot be changed accidentally.

Detachable tripod socket

An Arca-Swiss-compatible magnesium alloy tripod socket is included to keep the lens compact and lightweight. The socket features a standard 1/4” screw and can be detached when required, especially useful when shooting hand-held.

Custom set-up with customisable functions

The lens is equipped with a Focus Limiter switch that shortens the focus driving range. This stops the lens from incorrectly focusing on objects either in front or behind the subject, speeding up focus acquisition. The three AFL buttons* found around the lens barrel can be set to a preferred camera function for easier handling. L-Mount users can customise the lens further by using a SIGMA UD-11 USB Dock to change how the OS operation works or fine-tune the Focus Limiter range.

*Only on compatible cameras. Available functions may vary depending on the camera used.

Compatible with Teleconverters for L-Mount (1.4x / 2.0x)

The L-Mount version of the lens is compatible with the SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1411 (1.4x) and TC-2011 (2.0x) for AF-enabled shooting at ultra-telephoto focal lengths of up to 1000mm.

Cover-type lens hood included

A strong and lightweight cover-type lens hood made of TSC is included. The tip of the hood is rubberised to protect the lens from damage when standing the lens nose down.

Feature summary

  • Lens construction: 20 elements in 14 groups (3 FLD, 2 SLD)

  • OS (Optical Stabilizer) function with the latest “OS2” algorithm

  • Inner focus system

  • Compatible with high-speed autofocus

  • HLA (High-response Linear Actuator)

  • Compatible with Lens Aberration Correction

    * Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections or auto-correction functionality may vary depending on the camera model.
    * On cameras where lens aberration correction is controlled with ‘ON’ or ‘OFF’ in the camera menu, set all aberration correction functions to ‘ON’ (AUTO).

  • Supports DMF and AF+MF

  • Compatible with AF assist (Sony E-mount only)

  • Super Multi-Layer Coating

  • Water and Oil Repellent Coating (front element)

  • Aperture ring

  • Aperture ring click switch

  • Aperture ring lock switch

  • AFL button (3 buttons)

    * Only on compatible cameras. Available functions may vary depending on the camera used.

  • Focus Limiter switch

  • Focus Mode switch

  • Support for switching between linear focus / non-linear focus ring settings (for L-Mount only)

    *Function available on supported cameras only.

  • OS switch

  • Custom Mode switch

  • Dust and Splash Resistant Structure

  • LENS HOOD LH1034-02


    *Detachable lens foot type

  • Compatible with SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1411 / TC-2011 (sold separately / for L-Mount only)

  • Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately / for L-Mount only)

  • Designed to minimise flare and ghosting

  • Every single lens undergoes SIGMA’s proprietary MTF measuring system

  • 11-blade rounded diaphragm

  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount

  • Mount Conversion Service available

  • “Made in Aizu, Japan” craftsmanship

Key specifications

  • Lens construction: 20 elements in 14 groups (3 FLD, 2 SLD) Angle-of-view: 5.0°
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 11 (rounded diaphragm) Minimum aperture: F32
  • Minimum focusing distance: 320cm
  • Maximum magnification ratio: 1:6
  • Filter size: 95mm
  • Dimensions (max diameter x length): 107.6mm × 234.6mm Weight: 1370g

Supplied accessories

  • Lens Hood (LH1034-02)
  • Front Cap LCF-95 III
  • Tripod Socket TS-151
  • Rear Cap LCR II

    Understanding: Aperture

    Aperture is the opening in a camera lens that controls how much light enters the camera. It's measured in f-stops like f/2.8 or f/8. Lower f-stop numbers mean wider openings, letting in more light and creating a shallow depth of field (blurry background). Higher f-stop numbers mean smaller openings, letting in less light and creating a larger depth of field (more of the scene in focus). Aperture also affects the quality of out-of-focus areas in the image (bokeh).

    Understanding: Lens Types

    Different lenses have different purposes to achieve different styles of images, some popular ones include:
    Prime Lens: Fixed focal length, sharp images, great for portraits and dark settings.
    Zoom Lens: Variable focal length, versatile for different shots and everyday use..
    Wide-Angle Lens: Captures wide scenes like landscapes.
    Telephoto Lens: Magnifies distant subjects, ideal for sports & wildlife.
    Macro Lens: Perfect for close-up photography of small subjects.
    Fisheye Lens: Ultra-wide perspective, creates unique images.

    Understanding: Lens Mounts

    Different camera brands use different lens mounts, which are like connectors that attach lenses to camera bodies. Each mount is specific to a particular brand and camera series. For example, Canon uses the EF and RF mounts, Nikon uses the F mount, Sony uses the E mount for its mirrorless cameras. These mounts dictate which lenses are compatible with which cameras. Some brands offer adapters to use lenses from other systems, but it's essential to ensure compatibility for proper functionality and autofocus performance.

    Understanding: Manual and Autofocus

    Manual focus and autofocus are two ways to adjust the sharpness of a camera lens. With manual focus, you turn a ring on the lens to bring the subject into focus yourself, giving you full control over what appears sharp in the image. Autofocus, on the other hand, relies on the camera's built-in technology to automatically adjust the focus for you, usually by detecting contrast or phase differences in the scene. Autofocus can be convenient, especially for fast-moving subjects or when you need to capture a quick shot, whereas manual focus allows for precise adjustments and creative control over the final image.

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