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500mm F4 DG OS HSM

Optical perfection meets optimum performance. Meet Sigma’s flagship Sports lens.

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500mm F4 DG OS HSM | S
FF
coverage
F4
aperture
1:6.5
magnification
3,310g
in weight
Optical
Stabilizer
Focus
Limiter
Weather
sealed
Rear
filter holder
Made
in Aizu

from

£4999
inc. VAT
Mounts:  Canon EF | Nikon F | Sigma SA
FF
coverage
F4
aperture
1:6.5
magnification
3,310g
in weight
Optical
Stabilizer
Focus
Limiter
Weather
sealed
Rear
filter holder
Made
in Aizu

from

£4999
inc. VAT
Mount:  Canon EF | Nikon F | Sigma SA

Sigma's flagship Sports-line lens /

Sigma’s flagship Sports-line lens is a full-frame, fast aperture, ultra-telephoto prime designed for sports, wildlife, aviation and motorsport photography. The lens combines exceptional optical performance with outstanding functionality, portability, focusing capability and build quality. With a highly advanced optical design that delivers staggering detail at all apertures in all areas of the frame, the 500mm F4 is built to meet the needs of professional photographers capturing fast-moving subjects in the most challenging of conditions.

The lens features an enhanced dust- and splash-proof construction, an intelligent two-mode Optical Stabilizer system, a manual override function, focus recall, an AF function switch, HSM focusing technology and a drop-in filter holder. It’s also compatible with Sigma’s teleconverters and USB Dock.

The 500mm is Sigma's flagship Sports-line lens, delivering the very highest level of image quality, build quality and features.

Outstanding build quality /

The 500mm sits in the Sports line-up, which means it is designed to withstand heavy professional use. The exterior barrel is constructed of magnesium alloy, which is strong and light with a premium finishThe focus ring is rubberised for easier operation. The lens hood is made of carbon fibre, which is also extremely robust and light, and it has a rubber grip at the end for easy fitting and removal. The hood has a single screw attachment, which makes it secure but easy to remove, and the lens cap comes in the form of a soft cover that sits around the hood when attached in reverse.

The lens haa dust and splash resistant structure with special sealing at the mount connection, manual focus ring, zoom ring, and cover connection, allowing photographers to work in all types of weather.

At the rear of the lens is a tripod collar and foot for better balance when the lens is on a tripod, which can be rotated and locked so that the camera can easily be switched between portrait and landscape orientation. The foot is designed to keep the camera and lens balanced when sitting on a tripod.

The durable brass mount is surrounded by a rubber seal to help keep out dust and moisture. 

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Precision brass mount with seal
Protects against dust and moisture.

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Rear filter holder
To allow smaller filter sizes than would be needed on the front element.

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Tripod foot
Rotates to landscape or portrait orientation.

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Rubberised focus ring
With smooth, accurate action.

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Sleek magnesium-alloy body
Ensures the lens is highly durable and extremely light.

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Carbon fibre lens hood
A strong and light hood to help cut down on excessive flare in bright direct sunlight.

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Beep on/off
Toggle off the focus beep quickly for quieter operation.

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Set button
For presetting a specific focus distance.

9

Custom Mode switch
For a more customised lens set-up.

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Optical Stabilizer switch
For choosing between the two OS modes.

11

Focus Limiter switch
For limiting the lens' focusing range.

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Focus Mode switch
For choosing between AF, MF and AF with Manual Focus Override.

Professional feature-set /

A range of controls on the lens include an AF/MF switch with manual focus override, allowing manual focus adjustment during AF, and a Custom Mode switch so that the lens set-up can be customised using the USB Dock (sold separately).

The lens also has a Focus Limiter so that the focusing range can be reduced for faster and more accurate operation. This is particularly useful when there are objects in the frame between the camera and the subject on which the lens might attempt to focus. 

The 500mm is the only SIGMA lens with a Focus Recall function, which allows photographers to choose a pre-set focus distance, such as a perch, which the lens will return to on demand.

The 4-stop Optical Stabilizer has a mode for general shooting and one for panning – ideal for fast-moving birds and vehicles.

The lens has a Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) to ensure focusing is fast, accurate and quiet – essential when photographing wildlife.


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Rear filter holder /

The 500mm is able to take special 46mm filters at the rear of the lens, meaning photographers don’t need to carry heavy filters for the front. The lens comes as standard with a 46mm rear UV filter, and a circular polarising filter (RCP-11) is also available, which easily be rotated while the lens is in use. As these filters are the drop-in type and therefore sit inside the lens body, they are not as prone to dirt or damage as front-mounted screw-on filters.

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High-performance optics /

The 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | S delivers outstanding optical quality, with excellent rendering of detail right into the corners at all focal lengths.

The lens has an advanced optical design made up of 16 elements in 11 groups, including 1 SLD element and 2 FLD elements. This ensures razor-sharp results and help to eliminate chromatic aberration, flare, distortion and vignetting.

The lens has advanced optical coatings which reduce flare and ghosting when working in bright direct sunlight, creating high contrast images with rich colours and strong blacks.

The ultimate fast-action lens /

The 500mm not only has a bright maximum aperture of F4, which ensures fast shutter speeds and plenty of background blur, but it has very fast AF that is compatible with all the latest autofocus systems. This makes it ideal for all types of wildlife, aviation, motorsport and other sporting events, even in lower light conditions where camera shake can be an issue.

Long telephoto options /

The 500mm is the only long-telephoto lens in the Sigma line-up with an F4 aperture, and the only long-telephoto prime. This makes it the obvious choice for pro fast-action photographers needing a reliable, fast and sharp lens that can withstand heavy use. A less expensive option is the 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports, which is also weather-sealed and has an even longer reach. It doesn’t have as fast an aperture, or such a varied feature-set, but it still delivers images of the very highest quality.

3,310g

in weight

380.3mm

in length

2,700g

in weight

268.9mm

in length

Compatible with teleconverters /

SIGMA has two teleconverters that are compatible with this lens. The TC-1401 1.4x converter (produces 700mm F5.6) and the TC-2001 2x converter (produces 1000mm F8). Both support full autofocus on cameras with F8 AF compatibility.

Made in Aizu /

All Sigma cameras and lenses are designed, manufactured and assembled at our sole factory at Aizu in Japan. This domestic production model is unusual in today’s industry, with most imaging companies opting to outsource to other countries to reduce costs. But SIGMA believes that keeping virtually all manufacturing, processing and assembly in Aizu is essential for creating innovative, carefully thought-out and impeccably constructed products that meet the high standards demanded by professional photographers and film-makers around the world.

Sigma chose Aizu as its main production base in the early 1970s. Situated at the base of Mount Bandai in the Fukushima Prefecture, about four hours’ drive north of Tokyo, Aizu has an abundance of very clean water from mountain streams, which is essential for grinding and polishing lenses. Sigma’s founder, Michihiro Yamaki, was also drawn to this area for its workforce, who have a reputation for their craftsmanship, work ethic and attention to detail. Mr Yamaki’s son, Kazuto Yamaki, now the owner and CEO of SIGMA Corporation, has the same unwavering commitment to keeping production in Japan.

Today Sigma’s factory is more than 50,000 square feet in size, and packed full of some of the most advanced optical manufacturing technology in existence. So when you buy a Sigma camera or lens you can be sure that virtually every single component part has been manufactured and assembled by SIGMA, in Japan, with the greatest level of care and attention. We hope you enjoy using our products.

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Tech specifications /

Lens construction

16 elements in 11 groups

Angle of view

Number of diaphragm blades

9 (rounded diaphragm)

Minimum aperture

F22

Minimum focusing distance

350cm

Maximum magnification ratio

1:6.5

Filter thread

46mm (rear)

Dimensions (diameter x length)

ø144.8mm × 380.3mm

Weight

3,310g

Corresponding AF mounts

Canon EF | Nikon F | Sigma SA

Canon EF barcode

00-85126-185541

Nikon F barcode

00-85126-185558

Sigma SA barcode

00-85126-185565

Specifications are for Sigma SA mount

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Compatible accessories /

Update firmware and customise functions on compatible S...
Regular protection filter designed for daily use. Prote...
Regular protection filter with a weather resistant coat...
Heat strengthened, Clear Glass Ceramic filter with weat...
UV absorbing filter with a weather resistant coating th...
Circular polarising filter with with a weather resistan...
Filter Holder for 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports with 46mm Protection Filter
Slot in filter holder with Protector filter for the SIG...
£180.00
Filter Holder for 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports with 46mm Protection Filter
Slot in filter holder with WR Protector filter for the ...
£200.00
Slot in filter holder with WR Circular Polariser for th...
£280.00

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Font optic Weather resistant protector filter and front...
£300.00
Convert SIGMA EF and SIGMA SA mount lenses for use on S...
Convert SIGMA EF and SIGMA SA lenses for use on L-Mount...
Teleconverter designed exclusively for SIGMA DSLR lense...
Teleconverter designed exclusively for SIGMA DSLR lense...
Protects the rear optics and contacts from damage, dust...
Cover lens cap for the SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sport...
£35.00
Robust lens case for the SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Spo...
£200.00

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Extended tripod socket for compatible SIGMA Sports lens...
£200.00
Tripod socket with Arca-Swiss mount supplied with the S...
£140.00
Tripod socket with Arca-Swiss mount supplied with the S...
£100.00
Carbon fibre lens hood for the SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM...
£600.00

Out of stock

The cloth has excellent water absorbing power and clean...
£7.00

Choose your mount /

Water and oil repellent

A special coating applied to the front element to help repel water and oil.

Tripod foot

Mounting a camera with a heavy lens on a tripod puts huge strain on the camera’s tripod thread. To get around this some telephoto lenses have a tripod socket so that the camera and lens attach to the tripod at or close to their centre of gravity. This ensures a more balanced set-up.

Super multi-layer coating

This suppresses flare and ghosting by minimising reflections within the lens, ensuring punchy, high-contrast results. All lenses in the current Sigma range feature this technology.

Rear filter holder

This allows filters to be added at the rear of the lens. The filters are about the size of an SD card, and can be purchased or cut out from a sheet using a special template. Because these filters aren’t open to the elements they stay clean, and are much easier to carry around.

OS

Sigma’s Optical Stabilizer function uses sensors inside the lens to detect motion, then moves specific lens elements in order to effectively minimise blur. This helps ensure shake-free images at slower shutter speeds.

Internal focus

Internal focus or an inner focus system means the lens configuration uses movable internal lens elements that adjust focus without changing the length of the lens barrel. This helps keep the centre of gravity of the lens more constant when changing focus.

HSM

Sigma’s Hypersonic Motor (HSM) uses ultrasonic waves to drive the autofocus mechanism. It is extremely quiet, fast and accurate, so is well suited to a wide range of photo and video applications.

Full-frame lens

The lens has an image circle large enough to be used on a full-frame camera. It can also be used on cameras with a smaller ‘crop’ sensor, provided the mount is compatible.

Focus limiter

This switch, found on some Sigma telephoto lenses, allows users to limit the focusing range to either near distance or far distance. This helps speed up AF, and also ensures the camera won’t attempt to focus on an unwanted area of the frame.

Custom buttons

This switch is found on selected Sigma lenses. On L-Mount versions it is possible to customise the OS and focus limiter distance and assign these to C1 or C2. On Sony E-mount C1 and C2 are pre-assigned to control the OS effect.

Brass mount

The mount is the part of the lens that attaches to the camera body. A coated brass mount is used for strength, and is surrounded by a rubber seal to keep out dust and moisture.

AFL

Found on the barrel of some Sigma lenses, the AFL button can be assigned to various functions to widen the range of operations available on the lens (available functions depend on the camera model).

AF MF switch

This switch toggles between autofocus and manual focus.

9 rounded blades

The diaphragm is constructed of nine rounded blades for a circular aperture opening and round out-of-focus highlights.

Glossary

Found on the barrel of some Sigma lenses, this button can be assigned to various functions to widen the range of operations available on the lens (available functions depend on the camera model).
Allows users to change aperture using the lens rather than the camera. The ‘Auto’ button on the ring switches aperture control to the camera.
Some lenses with an aperture ring have a click switch, which allows users to remove the ring’s clicking action. This means the aperture can be changed completely seamlessly rather than in stepped 1/3-stop increments. The function is ideal for film-makers.
This switch locks the aperture ring in either manual or auto, ensuring it can’t get knocked out of position when shooting.
One of the three lines of Global Vision lenses. The Art range includes a mixture of primes and zooms, which boast fast apertures, superb optics and exceptional build quality.
A type of lens element found in most Sigma lenses. Aspherical elements compensate for spherical aberration and distortion, which cannot be completely eliminated using conventional spherical lens elements alone. They are also key to reducing the size and weight of high-power zooms and other large lenses while improving image quality. Hybrid aspherical elements are made by bonding two elements together, one of which is glass and one of which is a polymer. Precision-molded glass aspherical elements are made by direct forming.
All Sigma lenses have a brass mount. It combines high precision with rugged construction and its treated surfaces and enhanced strength contribute to the long-term durability of the lens.
A light but strong material used on some Sigma lenses. It is also used in the interior and exterior fittings of aircraft, among many other applications.
Designed with size and weight in mind, these highly portable primes and zooms are designed for photographers who need to travel light, but without sacrificing image quality. Contemporary lenses typically don’t have such wide maximum apertures as Art lenses in order to keep their weight down, but do not compromise on optical performance. The I series range is part of the Contemporary line-up, sporting have an all-metal build and a manual aperture ring.
Designed for crop-sensor cameras. They can also be used on full-frame bodies, but only in crop mode.
Designed specifically for mirrorless cameras. Some non-DN lenses also fit mirrorless cameras, but these were designed originally for DSLRs and later adapted. DN lenses tend to be smaller and lighter.
This is found on some longer Sigma lenses, such as the 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports. It allows the user to zoom either by turning the zoom ring, which is very accurate, or by pushing and pulling the end of the lens, which is very fast. This makes the lens very adaptable to different types of fast-action subject.
A series of weather seals around the mount connection, manual focus ring, zoom ring and cover connection to keep out dust and water. Although this construction allows the lens to be used in light rain, it is not the same as being waterproof, so please prevent large amounts of water from splashing on the lens.
The three-digit code printed on the surface of the lens is to indicate the year the lens was first released. 019, for example, denotes 2019.
A now near-defunct designation used to denote Sigma’s higher-end lenses. The only remaining current EX lens is the 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM MACRO.
The degree to which light is refracted by glass depends on the light’s wavelength. This fact causes different colours of light to focus at slightly different points. The result is chromatic aberration, the colour fringing that is particularly noticeable in telephoto lenses. ELD glass is a type of glass used in Sigma lenses with low dispersion qualities, which helps to keep chromatic aberration to a minimum.
The degree to which light is refracted by glass depends on the light’s wavelength. This fact causes different colours of light to focus at slightly different points. The result is chromatic aberration, the colour fringing that is particularly noticeable in telephoto lenses. FLD glass is ultra-low-dispersion glass that offers performance of the highest level. Highly transparent, its refractive index and dispersion are extremely low as compared to conventional types of glass. It offers characteristics very similar to those of fluorite, which is valued for its anomalous dispersion. These characteristics minimise residual chromatic aberration (secondary spectrum), which cannot be corrected by ordinary optical glass, while helping to produce sharp, high-contrast images.
This system adjusts the distance between lens groups during focusing, thereby reducing the amount of lens movement required. The result is less aberration at different shooting distances.
This switch, found on selected Sigma telephoto lenses, allows users to limit the focusing range to either near distance or far distance. This helps speed up AF, and also ensures the camera won’t attempt to focus on an unwanted area of the frame. For example, when photographing zoo animals through a wire fence a photographer could set the focus limiter to, say, 10m–infinity, to stop the camera continually trying to focus on the fence, which is nearer to the camera than the subject. On some Sigma L-Mount lenses, the distances on the limiter can be customised via the USB Dock.
Allows user to toggle between focusing modes. On most Sigma lenses the options are AF and MF, but some lenses also have a Manual Override (MO) button, which allows manual focus by rotating the focus ring even during continuous AF.
HLA is SIGMA’s proprietary linear motor. It drives the focus lens directly without going through gears or other mechanical parts, resulting in quiet, high-precision and fast autofocus. The first lens to have an HLA motor was the 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports in early 2023.
Some Sigma lenses have a lockable lens hood to ensure they aren’t accidentally removed during use. Some work with a simple release button, while others have a screw action.
The Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) is an original Sigma development that uses ultrasonic waves to drive the autofocus mechanism. It’s extremely quiet operation helps avoid disturbing photographic subjects. High torque and speed assure rapid autofocus response. Sigma uses two types of HSM: ring HSM and micro HSM. The Ring HSM configuration permits manual fine tuning of focus (Manual Override) by turning the focusing ring after autofocus is complete.
This sensor can detect the position of the focus lens with a high degree of precision by using a magnetic signal. This is done in real time to improve AF accuracy.
To increase stability, this lens configuration uses movable internal lens elements that adjust focus without changing the length of the lens barrel.
Some Sigma lenses incorporate an Inner Zoom mechanism, meaning the barrel of the lens doesn’t change length when zooming in or out. This ensures the lens remains balanced, and since the front of the lens does not rotate, polarising filters can be used with extra convenience.
This is a stabilisation algorithm that enables photographers to pan more effectively. It uses information collected by an acceleration sensor to detect a panning movement (horizontal, vertical or diagonal) and deliver effective stabilization. This feature is available on all Sigma telephoto lenses that have OS switches 1 and 2 (with the exception of the SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports).
Based on the optical characteristics of the lens, this function performs in-camera corrections of peripheral illumination, chromatic aberrations, distortion, and more, to further enhance image quality. It is recommended to leave all corrections turned in the camera’s menu. Not available on all camera models.
This is a protruding lip built into the front of the lens to help keep a lens heater firmly in position. Lens heaters are used by astro photographers to prevent condensation forming on the front element.
Linear focusing simply means that the movement of the focus ring is consistent with the change to the focusing distance, regardless of how quickly the ring is rotated. This is common to all mechanical focusing systems. Non-linear focusing, which is found on Sigma’s mirrorless DN line of lenses, is an electronically controlled focus system where the sensitivity of the ring changes depending on how fast it is rotated. On some of Sigma’s DN lenses, users can switch between linear and non-linear focusing using the USB Dock, and also change the focus throw of the lens.
The magnification ratio of a lens describes the maximum size at which an object can be reproduced on the camera’s sensor. For example, if an object is 1cm long, and a lens can photograph it so that the impression on the sensor is also 1cm long, the magnification ratio is said to be 1:1. If the impression on the sensor were 0.5cm, the magnification ratio would be 1:2. Sigma’s macro lenses are true macro because they have a 1:1 magnification ratio.
The MFL switch disengages the focus ring on the lens. After manually focusing the lens to the desired position, users can set the MFL switch to ‘LOCK’ in order make the focus ring completely inactive. This prevents the focus of the lens from being moved by accident (such as when attaching a lens heater or changing the composition). The focus ring can still be rotated but will have no effect.
When Focus Mode switch is set to the MO position, the lens may be switched to manual focus simply by rotating the focus ring, even during continuous AF. The MO function is only available on some Sigma lenses.
An MTF chart helps show the optical performance of a lens. On the horizontal axis (x-axis) the figure represents the distance in mm from the centre of the lens. On the vertical axis (y-axis) the figure represents the transmission of light that travels through the lens, with 1 being 100% of the light (which is not possible on any lens). The higher this number, the better. At the centre of the lens (0 on the bottom axis), the transmission of light should be highest, and then it falls off slowly towards the edge. There are two types of MTF chart. One considers the diffraction quality of light, which is called ‘Diffraction MTF’. The other, ‘Geometrical MTF’, does not.
Sigma’s Nano Porous Coating is a lens coating that is designed to make a lens less susceptible to strong incident light, such as backlight. It uses porous silica, which has nano-sized holes containing air, as the coating material. Having holes of this size enables a large reduction in the refractive index, allowing the reflectance to be lowered more than conventional anti-reflective coatings. As a result, reflected light causing flares and ghosting is sharply reduced, yielding clearer, higher contrast images.
SIGMA’s OS (Optical Stabilizer) function uses sensors inside the lens to detect motion, then moves specific lens elements in order to effectively minimise blur. Owing to the stabilised image in the viewfinder, it is possible to fine-tune composition and ensure accurate focusing.
A small number of Sigma wide angle lenses have a rear filter holder. This allows sheet-type filters, which are about the size of an SD card, to be inserted behind the rear element. Rear glass filters can be purchased, or filters can be cut from a special sheet using a guide plate as a template.
The polygonal shape of a conventional iris diaphragm causes out-of-focus points of light to appear polygonal. Rounded diaphragm blades are designed to make the aperture opening circular, producing circular out-of-focus highlights at wider apertures.
The degree to which light is refracted by glass depends on the light’s wavelength. This fact causes different colours of light to focus at slightly different points. The result is chromatic aberration, the colour fringing that is particularly noticeable in telephoto lenses. SLD glass is a type of glass used in Sigma lenses with low dispersion qualities, which helps to keep chromatic aberration to a minimum.