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Sigma 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | SPORT Gallery

Dustin Abbott

February 22nd, 2024

I was very interested in the premise of this lens when Sigma let me know about it, as this is just the kind of lens that people on all camera platforms routinely ask for – a long distance, high performing telephoto prime that isn’t ridiculously big or ridiculously expensive. The Sigma 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | Sport is (at least on paper), the perfect telephoto option for those looking for a reasonably compact and lightweight long telephoto prime. The maximum aperture of F5.6 provides a nice balance between being large enough to be useful while small enough to keep the size (and the price!) of the lens down. Even F4 lenses at 500mm are very expensive: prices can range anywhere from $6000 (Sigma’s own 500mm F4 for DSLR mounts) to nearly $12,000 (Canon EF 500mm F4L II). The Sigma 500mm DN is much more approachable at $3000 USD; but is it worth buying? Explore my thoughts either in my video review below or by reading my text review here.

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Thanks to Sigma Canada (Gentec) for sending me a review loaner of this lens. As always, this is a completely independent review. *The tests and most of the photos that I share as a part of my review cycle have been done with the Sony a7RV along with the Sony Alpha 1 that serve as my benchmark cameras for Sony lenses.


The Sigma 500mm DN Sport is being released on Sony E-mount (reviewed here) and on the Leica L-mount consortium where it will function as a first party lens. Leica users (as usual) will have a few advantages due to restrictions put in place by Sony for third party telephoto lenses. We will detail the reality of those in this review.

There are relatively few ways to reach 500mm on Sony in a native lens. Sigma provides the most options now, as there is this new prime lens along with their 60-600mm Sport (my review here) and 150-600mm Sport (my review here) lenses. Sony has a the 200-600mm G lens (my review here) that I will reference some in this review as I happen to own it. Tamron makes a 150-500mm VC lens for Sony (my review here), and there is a recent inexpensive TTArtisan 500mm F6.3 manual focus prime that I haven’t reviewed. The Sigma 500mm DN Sport immediately has one advantage going for it – it’s maximum aperture of F5.6 at 500mm is faster than any of the alternatives, most of which are F6.3 at 500mm and one (the Tamron) has a maximum aperture of F6.7. That does come with some advantages, both in the ability to get slightly faster shutter speeds as well as providing more shallow depth of field.

Sigma made significant strides forward in some key elements of lens design (particularly for telephotos) in their release of the 60-600mm DN Sport lens. The two most important areas were in the area of autofocus (high powered HLA autofocus motor) and optical stabilizer (OS2 algorithm). Those lessons learned are on display here, as Sigma has used these technologies to make for a better, more complete telephoto prime.

Enjoy photos of the new lens along with a gallery of images taken with it below.

Photos of the Sigma 500mm F5.6 DN OS | SPORT

Photos Taken with the Sigma 500mm F5.6 DN OS | SPORT



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