Sigma 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS Sports is a surprising downsized super-telephoto

Sigma 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | Sports
(Image credit: Sigma)

Super-telephoto lenses usually come with compromises. The best telephoto lenses are also the heaviest and most expensive, and while you can get cheaper consumer level zooms, they typically don’t have the same durability or optical quality. But the new Sigma 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | Sports aims to fix this by combining professional performance with a more affordable price tag.

The Sigma 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | Sports is a mirrorless-only lens which will come in L-Mount and Sony E-Mount versions. Sports and wildlife fans may already be familiar with the older Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports lens for DSLRs, and while this new mirrorless alternative is one f-stop slower at f/5.6 vs f/4, it’s also massively smaller, lighter and cheaper.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at