Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sports review

Sigma’s go-faster ‘Sports’ super-telephoto prime is an expensive, weighty beast but great value at the price

5 Star Rating
Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sports
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Massively undercutting the likes of Canon and Nikon own-brand 500mm f/4 super-telephoto primes for price, Sigma’s 500mm F4 lens nevertheless justifies its ranking as the company’s flagship Sports lens. It packs a smorgasbord of features into a tough, weather-sealed magnesium alloy barrel, has exotic, high-end handling and really delivers the goods in terms of image quality and all-round performance.


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    High-end handling exotica

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    Super-fast autofocus

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    Superb build-quality


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    As a 500mm f/4 prime, it’s typically big and heavy

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    No native mount options for mirrorless cameras

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There’s a natural attraction to 150-600mm telephoto zooms for sports and wildlife photography, not only for their powerful range of focal lengths but also for their affordability. Indeed Sigma offers two highly capable options: the 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary (£849/$899) and 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports (£1,329/$1,849). The only real downside is that the aperture shrinks to a relatively narrow f/6.3 towards at longer focal lengths.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.