500mm F4 DG OS HSM

Introducing the flagship lens of the Sports line. Top-level optical performance and functionality: the new standard for high-performance telephoto lenses

This lens combines top-level optical performance withoutstanding functionality for challenging shoots. Covering all the essence. Portable, durable and of a high-standard – A Masterpiece of hyper-telephoto lens. Photographers typically choose a prime lens when they require top image quality. However, the new flagship lens of our Sports line, the SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports fulfills this need while incorporating SIGMA’s latest technologies and delivering a full range of advanced features and functions: enhanced dust- and splash-proof construction, Optical Stabilizer (OS) system, SIGMA Tele Converter compatibility, AF function switch, SIGMA’s latest-generation Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM), and more. Combining top-level optical performance with functionality for challenging shoots, SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports sets a new standard for high-performance telephoto lenses.

Embodying the concept of our Sports line of lenses, this lens responds directly to photographers' needs with outstanding action-capture performance

In addition to the highest levels of optical performance and photographic expression, SIGMA’s new Sports line of lenses offers the kind of action-capture performance that precisely executes the intentions of the photographer. Uncompromising optical performance and photographic expression allow the photographer to shoot fast-moving and distant subjects, while exceptional functionality makes possible excellent shots even in the most challenging of situations. Fully customizable, it allows the photographer to create his or own specification. It is an ideal choice for photographing many different subjects; birds, wild animals, airplanes, motorsports, and even portraits. And SIGMA’s exclusive software makes the lens extremely easy to customize.

Outstanding functionality for challenging shoots. Support for the adventurous photographer: all the functions you need to perform under tough conditions

Ideal for all sports photography: birds, animals, and other nature shots; airplanes and trains; motorsports portraits; and much more.

Enhanced dust/splash-proof construction and available exclusive Protector

Designed for top performance in tough shooting conditions, the SIGMA 500mm F4 DG HSM | Sports features highly effective dust- and splash-proof construction.

The front of the lens features a water- and oil-repellent coating that allows water to be wiped away easily and helps prevent oil from sticking to the surface. This feature is particularly useful when shooting in a drizzle or near ocean spray. The lens is compatible with the exclusive SIGMA Protector LPT-11 (sold separately), which effectively helps prevent damage to the lens during shooting and maintenance.

Magnesium alloy barrel

To help minimize the weight associated with a hyper telephoto lens, the lens barrel is made with a magnesium alloy. Both lightweight and tough, this alloy contributes to the outstanding maneuverability of SIGMA 500mm F4 DG HSM | Sports.

Carbon fiber hood

The lens hood is made of carbon fiber, which is both lightweight and strong. In fact, the entire lens is designed to be lightweight for outstanding performance in tough shooting conditions.

High-precision, rugged brass bayonet mount

The brass mount combines high precision with rugged construction. Its treated surfaces and enhanced strength contribute to the exceptional durability of the lens

Nikon electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism included

The lens for the Nikon camera includes the electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism and is able to receive the appropriate signals from the camera body. This feature ensures precision diaphragm control and stable Auto Exposure (AE) performance during continuous shooting.

Tripod socket with 90° click stops

Since photographers often prefer to use a hyper-telephoto lens with a monopod or tripod, the lens features a large and extremely stable tripod socket. Antistatic nickel plating on the socket parts help enhance the quality and durability of the 90° click stops, which make it easy to switch between vertical and horizontal shooting positions. The click position may be fine-tuned by “de-clicking” with the press of a button and manually adjusting the lens. The lens also comes equipped with a dedicated strap for the tripod socket, making it easy to carry equipment without undue stress on the camera mount.

* Tripod socket cannot be detached from the lens
* Strap included

Top-level optical performance

Transverse chromatic aberration, which can be an issue in the telephoto range at the edges of images, has also been effectively minimized.

The lens incorporates two FLD and one SLD glass elements, while the optimized power distribution helps minimize spherical aberration and axial chromatic aberration. The optical system also effectively minimizes transverse chromatic aberration, which can affect the edges of the shots taken in the telephoto range. In addition, image quality remains exceptional when the lens is used with a SIGMA Tele Converter (sold separately).

Tele Converter 1.4

Tele Converter 2.0

Circular PL Filter RCP-11 is a drop-in polarized filter (sold separately)

Circular PL Filter RCP-11 is a drop-in filter that can easily be rotated while the lens is in use. (A WR Protector filter that is inserted in a slot at the rear of the lens comes with the lens as standard equipment.)

Flare and ghosting reduction

From an early stage in the lens design process, flare and ghosting have been measured to establish an optical design resistant to strong incident light sources such as backlighting. SIGMA’s Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting to help photographers produce sharp and high contrast images even in backlit conditions. The included lens hood can be attached to block out extraneous light, which can have a negative effect on rendering performance.

Rounded diaphragm

The 9-blade rounded diaphragm creates an attractive blur in the out-of-focus areas of the image.

Exclusive low-dispersion glass

The degree to which light is refracted by glass depends on the light’s wavelength. This fact causes different colors of light to focus at slightly different points. The result is chromatic aberration, the color fringing that is particularly noticeable in telephoto lenses. Most chromatic aberration can be removed by combining a high-refractivity convex lens element with a low-refractivity concave element. Yet residual chromatic aberration known as “secondary spectrum” may still remain.To minimize this secondary spectrum, which can be a serious issue with conventional lenses, SIGMA lenses feature up to three types of exclusive low-dispersion glass offering superior performance: ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion), SLD (Special Low Dispersion) and FLD (“F” Low Dispersion). In particular, FLD glass offers ultra-low dispersion in combination with high transmittance and the anomalous dispersion characteristics of fluorite. Meticulous deployment of these types of exclusive low-dispersion glass and optimization of power distribution gives SIGMA lenses superlative image rendition undiminished by residual chromatic aberration.

Functions that satisfy the demands of professional photographers

True functionality developed to fulfill the demanding concept of the Sports line

A maximum concentration of functions that delivers top-level optical performance and outstanding maneuverability.

Manual override incorporated to make two full-time manual modes switchable

In addition to AF/MF, MO (Manual Override) is incorporated as one of the options of the focus mode switch. By setting it to the MO position, it switches to manual focus by rotating the focus ring even during continuous AF. With AF position, standard full-time manual focus is available. Using the optional SIGMA USB DOCK, it is possible to adjust the MO position’s sensitivity to switch to manual focus.

AF function switch with preset AF modes

The AF function switch allows you to set your own autofocus specification. The lens can remember the focus position of your choice or turn off AF until it is needed. Note: Image is for SIGMA mount lenses. Available switch functions may vary by mount.

Intelligent OS featuring updated algorithm

The Optical Stabilizer (OS) function features an acceleration sensor to ensure even higher precision. Two OS modes are available: Mode 1 for general photography and Mode 2 for motor sports and other applications requiring panning. In Mode 2, the acceleration sensor teams up with the Intelligent OS and its updated stabilization algorithm to deliver effective stabilization while you move the camera horizontally, vertically, or diagonally—regardless of the position of the lens. This feature helps ensure effective panning and outstanding capture of moving subjects.

Quieter and Faster “Optimized AF”

The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures high speed and quiet AF. With the further enhanced AF algorithm compared to previous models, continuous AF (AF-C) improves the focusing efficiency.

SIGMA Tele Converters, mount converters, and USB DOCK make possible customization and flexible adjustment for convenience or a specific purpose

Use higher telephoto magnification while using AF. Make fine adjustments to the point of focus and OS system. Use your valuable lens asset with a different camera body. SIGMA responds to photographers’ needs with top-level functionality!

New exclusive software and SIGMA USB DOCK make customization simple

For our new product lines, we have developed exclusive SIGMA Optimization Pro software that allows the user to update the lens firmware and adjust focus position and other parameters. The user will be able to connect the lens to a computer with a special SIGMA USB DOCK and use easy-to-operate on-screen controls to create personal lens specifications.

AF is effective even when Tele Converters are attached

Tele Converters that are newly designed to match the new lens line-ups (optional) can be attached. The addition of SIGMA’s TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 or TELE CONVERTER TC-2001 produces a AF 700mm F5.6 hyper-telephoto lens or a AF 1000mm F8 hyper-telephoto lens respectively.

* When shooting subjects with low contrast or luminosity value, focus may not be spot on the subject.

Compatible with Mount Converter MC-1

Mount Converter MC-11 allows you to use your SIGMA SA mount and SIGMA EOS mount (Canon-compatible) interchangeable lenses with the Sony E-mount camera body. Owners of multiple camera systems can now get even more out of their valuable lens assets.

Evaluation with SIGMA’s own MTF measuring system: A1

We used to measure lens performance with a Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) measuring system using conventional sensors. However, we have developed our own proprietary MTF measuring system (A1)* using 46-megapixel Foveon direct image sensors. Even previously undetectable high-frequency details are now within the scope of our quality control inspections. All SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports lenses are checked using this A1 system before they are shipped.

*A1: Aizu 1

Ultra-high precision and quality—all made in Japan

With only a few minor exceptions, all of SIGMA’s manufacturing, including molds and parts, takes place under a single integrated production system in Japan. We are now one of the very few manufacturers whose products are truly made in Japan. We like to think our products are somehow imbued with the essence of our homeland, blessed as it is with clean air and water, and focused, hard-working people. We pride ourselves on the authentic quality of SIGMA products, born of a marriage between highly attuned expertise and intelligent, advanced technology. Our sophisticated products have satisfied professionals and lovers of photography all over the world because our manufacturing is based on genuine craftsmanship, underpinned by the passion and pride of our experts.

46-megapixel Foveon direct image sensor

The 46 effective megapixel (4,800 × 3,200 × 3 layers) and 44 recording megapixel (4,704 × 3,136 × 3 layers) 23.5 × 15.7mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor captures all primary RGB colors at each and every pixel location, ensuring the capture of full and complete color. Using three silicon-embedded layers of photo detectors, stacked vertically to take advantage of silicon’s ability to absorb red, green and blue light at different respective depths, it efficiently reproduces color more accurately, and offers sharper resolution, pixel for pixel, than any conventional image sensor. Since color moiré is not generated, the use of a low-pass filter is not required, meaning light and color, generated by the 46-megapixel APS-C X3 direct image sensor is captured with a three-dimensional feel.

Introducing the flagship lens of the Sports line. Top-level optical performance and functionality: the new standard for high-performance telephoto lenses

Lens construction



500mm F4 DG OS HSM

Lens Construction 16 Elements in 11 Groups
Angle of View (for SD1) 5 degree
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9pcs
Minimum Aperture F32
Minimum Focusing Distance 350cm / 137.8in.
Maximum Magnification 1:6.5
Filter Size 46mm (rear)
Dimensions Diameter 144.8mm x Length 380.3mm / 5.7in. x 15in.
Weight 3,310g

Corresponding AF Mounts

Barcode No.

Sigma 00-85126-185565
Canon 00-85126-185541
Nikon 00-85126-185558

Introducing the flagship lens of the Sports line. Top-level optical performance and functionality: the new standard for high-performance telephoto lenses

MTF chart


Geometrical MTF






Introducing the flagship lens of the Sports line. Top-level optical performance and functionality: the new standard for high-performance telephoto lenses

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Crucially, the lens delivers tack-sharp results when used wide open, where it’s likely to see most use from wildlife and sports professionals, and distortion, as to be expected, is virtually non-existent. …there’s very little to fault with regard to its optical performance.

Granted, this Sigma 500mm is not a pocket money purchase, but it’s still something of a snip when you consider its rivals. Add in the level of functionality and supreme built quality plus both the autofocussing and optical performance and it all totals a very tempting choice.

Optically, there’s very little to complain about. Build quality is excellent, with the brass lens mount and sober all-black design adding to the high-quality feel and the dust/splash-proof construction adding some peace of mind, plus there’s a very good carbon fibre lens hood and padded case. With the price of the Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports significantly undercutting the main rival lenses from Canon and Nikon and image quality, build and performance all being top-drawer, we can heartily recommend the new Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports lens.

If you want a fast prime 500mm telephoto your options are limited and expensive. With that in mind, Canon and Nikon users need to check out this Sigma because its build quality, AF skills and optical quality are first rate and it’s very good value in its market. If you get one, just make sure your technique and supporting accessories let you make the most of this lens’s potential.

The lens handles very well, being light enough to hand hold when necessary with a sturdy build quality that is going to withstand the rigours of being used in the field. Autofocus reliability and accuracy are of paramount importance and I was very impressed with how this lens performed, producing a very high percentage of sharp images (where it mattered) in all shooting conditions.

Introducing the flagship lens of the Sports line. Top-level optical performance and functionality: the new standard for high-performance telephoto lenses


Cover Lens Cap for 500mm F4 DG OS HSM

Item No. CS0353


Filter Holder For 46mm Normal Filter

Item No. A00185


Filter Holder With WR Protector 46mm

This product is the dedicated protective lens filter for the SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports lens. The filter comes with a detachable front cap which acts as a tool for attaching/detaching the filter to the lens.

Item No. 185701


Lens Hood for 500mm F4 DG OS HSM

Item No. 1857ZD


Padded case for 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport

Item No. CS0352


Sigma USB Dock UD-01

SIGMA USB DOCK enables photographers to update the lens firmware and adjust parameters such as focus. It is designed for use with the New Contemporary, Art and Sports product lines. The adjustment is processed with special software (SIGMA Optimization Pro). The AF speed, focus limiter and OS function are also customizable for Sports lenses. Requires …

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Teleconverter TC-1401

The SIGMA TELE CONVERTER is developed exclusively for the new lens lines. By mounting it in between a telephoto lens and a camera, the offered magnification of focal length of TC-1401 is 1.4 times and that of TC-2001 is 2 times respectively. Both models incorporate SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements that offer excellent aberration …

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Teleconverter TC-2001

The SIGMA TELE CONVERTER is developed exclusively for the new lens lines. By mounting it in between a telephoto lens and a camera, the offered magnification of focal length of TC-1401 is 1.4 times and that of TC-2001 is 2 times respectively. Both models incorporate SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements that offer excellent aberration …

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TS-81 Tripod Socket

To be used with the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens (different to the Tripod supplied with lens).

The lens foot can replace the original lens’s supplied foot, making it possible to directly attach the lens to the Arca Swiss platforms and screw knob clamps.

Compatible products: 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM|Sports, 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports, 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports, 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports

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Item No. AT1900


WR Circular PL RCP-11

This product is a dedicated drop-in Circular PL filter for the SIGMA 500mm F 4 DG OS HSM | Sports lens. Circular PL filter removes the reflection of water surface and glass windows, and increases the contrast in landscape photography.

Item No. AP2900


WR Protector LPT-11

Item No. AC3900


WR PROTECTOR LPT-11 for 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport

Exclusive SIGMA Protector which fits on the front of the lens. Effectively helps prevent damage to the lens during shooting and maintenance.

Item No. AC3900