SIGMA 500mm f5.6 DG DN OS - Sports - L Mount

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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 bodyPhoto 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 lensPhoto 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.

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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 wildPhoto 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.

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Giraffe

Photo of a nice little bird

Photo of a few plump little dung beetlesPhotos 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 racingPhoto 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 duskPhoto 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 timePhotos 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.

Lens Mount L-Mount
Maximum Aperture f/5.6
Lens Type
Telephoto Prime
Optical Coatings
Super Multi-Layer Coating
Lens Construction
20 elements in 14 groups (3 FLD, 2 SLD)
Lens Hood
LH1034-02 (included)
Aperture Blades
11 (rounded diaphragm)
Additional Features
OS (Optical Stabilizer) function with the latest “OS2” algorithm
Aperture Range F5.6-F32
Min Focus Distance 320cm
Auto Focus System
HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) motor
Filter Size 77mm
Focal Length 500mm
Coating
Water and Oil Repellent Coating (front element)
Weight 1370g
Dimensions
107.6mm × 234.6mm

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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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