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    This lens combines top-level optical performance with outstanding functionality for challenging shoots.

    Top-level optical performance and functionality: the new standard for high-performance telephoto lenses.

    Introducing the flagship lens of the Sports line

    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.

    Features

    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.

    Water- and oil-repellent coating 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.

    Without Coating

    With Coating

    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.

    • Magnesium alloy adopted

    Dust-proof and splash-proof construction

    This lens features a highly effective dust- and splash-proof 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.

    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.

    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

    Caution (Tripod socket compatible with Arca Swiss type screw knob clamp)

    – This product is compatible with the Arca Swiss screw knob clamp. Please ensure that it is screwed and fixed tightly. This product is not designed for lever type clamps. There are some lever clamps available that do not fix firmly and safely.
    – Please ensure that 2 Safety Stopper Screws (supplied) are always fixed so that the Arca Swiss clamp will not fall off.

    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.

    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.

    • FLD glass
    • SLD glass

    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

    Diffraction MTF

    Diffraction MTF

    Geometrical MTF

    Geometrical MTF

    The MTF chart gives the result at the wide-open aperture
    Spatial frequency S:Sagittal Line M:Meridional Line
    10lp/mm
    30lp/mm

    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.

    Vignetting

    F4
    F8
    F16

    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.

    ESSENTIALS

    You'll find our philosophy and craftsmanship
    in every product

    Our new lineup fully expresses our approach to lenses and photography itself. All of our lenses belong to one of three lines—Contemporary, Art, or Sports—all of which share our development philosophy and advanced manufacturing system. High performance, high quality, and high end in every respect, these lenses give people who love photography lasting value and consistent, exciting results. The secret is our passion for craftsmanship that we put into every production process and every product.

    Specifications

    500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports

    Lens Construction

    • FLD glass
    • SLD glass

    Lens Construction

    16 elements in 11 groups

    Angle of View

    Number of Diaphragm Blades

    9 (rounded diaphragm)

    Minimum Aperture

    F32

    Minimum Focusing Distance

    350cm / 137.8in.

    Maximum Magnification Shooting

    1:6.5

    Filter size

    Φ46mm (Rear)

    Dimensions (Diameter × Length)

    • Φ144.8mm × 380.3mm / Φ5.7in. × 15in.
    • *The length of a lens is measured from the filter surface to its mount.

    Weight

    • 3,310g

    Edition Number

    S016

    Supplied Accessories

    Case, Hood (LH1388-01) and FILTER HOLDER WITH WR PROTECTOR 46MM.
    Lens is equipped with fixed tripodsocket.

    Corresponding AF Mounts / Barcode No.

    • SIGMA SA-Mount
      00-85126-18556-5
    • Nikon F Mount
      00-85126-18555-8
    • Canon EF Mount
      00-85126-18554-1

    Technologies

    Performance / Data

    MTF Chart

    Diffraction MTF

    Geometrical MTF

    The MTF chart gives the result at the wide-open aperture
    Spatial frequency S:Sagittal Line M:Meridional Line
    10lp/mm
    30lp/mm

    MTF chart guide

    Distortion

    Vignetting

    F4
    F8
    F16

    Vignetting guide

    Product Lineup

    500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports

    • SIGMA SA-mount

      Supplied Accessories

      Case, Hood (LH1388-01) and FILTER HOLDER WITH WR PROTECTOR 46MM.
      Lens is equipped with fixed tripodsocket.

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-18556-5
    • Nikon F mount

      Supplied Accessories

      Case, Hood (LH1388-01) and FILTER HOLDER WITH WR PROTECTOR 46MM.
      Lens is equipped with fixed tripodsocket.

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-18555-8
    • Canon EF mount

      Supplied Accessories

      Case, Hood (LH1388-01) and FILTER HOLDER WITH WR PROTECTOR 46MM.
      Lens is equipped with fixed tripodsocket.

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-18554-1

    Accessories

    Supplied Accessories

    LENS HOOD LH1388-01

    Barcode No.
    00-85126-93311-1

    COVER LENS CAP LC-185E

    Barcode No.
    00-85126-93322-7

    FILTER HOLDER WITH WR PROTECTOR 46mm

    Barcode No.
    00-85126-93317-3

    REAR CAP LCR Ⅱ

    * The image is for SIGMA.

    • SIGMA SA-mount

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-92949-7
    • Nikon F mount

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-92950-3
    • Canon EF mount

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-92951-0

    Separately Sold Accessories

    WR-PROTECTOR LPT-11

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

    Barcode No.
    00-85126-93319-7

    DROP IN WR CIRCULAR PL RCP-11

    Barcode No.
    00-85126-93320-3

    TELE CONVERTER TC-1401

    Teleconverters that are newly designed to match the new lens line-ups can be attached. offered magnification of focal length of TC-1401 is 1.4 times and that of TC-2001 is 2 times respectively.

    • SIGMA SA-mount

      Supplied Accessories

      Case

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-87956-3
    • Nikon F mount

      Supplied Accessories

      Case

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-87955-6
    • Canon EF mount

      Supplied Accessories

      Case

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-87954-9

    TELE CONVERTER TC-2001

    Teleconverters that are newly designed to match the new lens line-ups can be attached. offered magnification of focal length of TC-1401 is 1.4 times and that of TC-2001 is 2 times respectively.

    • SIGMA SA-mount

      Supplied Accessories

      Case

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-87056-0
    • Nikon F mount

      Supplied Accessories

      Case

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-87055-3
    • Canon EF mount

      Supplied Accessories

      Case

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-87054-6

    TRIPOD SOCKET TS-81

    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

    Tripod socket compatible with Arca Swiss type screw knob clamp

    Barcode No.
    00-85126-93146-9

    USB DOCK UD-01

    By connecting a SIGMA Art, Contemporary, or Sports lens to a computer with the SIGMA USB DOCK, photographers can update the lens firmware and adjust focus position and other parameters.

    • SIGMA SA-mount

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-87856-6
    • Canon EF mount

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-87854-2
    • Nikon F mount

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-87855-9

    WR PROTECTOR 46mm

    Water-repellent, Antistatic type. Protector is developed to protect the lens surface from dirt and dust as well as scratches. It is an ideal filter for regular use as it is completely colorless so does not affect color reproduction.

    * Thinner frame wide type.

    Barcode No.
    00-85126-93088-2

    PROTECTOR 46mm

    Normal type. Protector is developed to protect the lens surface from dirt and dust as well as scratches. It is an ideal filter for regular use as it is completely colorless so does not affect color reproduction.

    * Thinner frame wide type.

    Barcode No.
    00-85126-93101-8

    WR UV FILTER 46mm

    UV Water-repellent, Antistatic type. UV filter prevents the bluish tone that generates when the weather is fine, by absorbing ultraviolet rays. It is effective in most situations, such as landscape, portrait and general photography on a sunny day. It is also an ideal filter for regular use as it is completely colorless so does not affect color reproduction.

    * Thinner frame wide type.

    Barcode No.
    00-85126-93062-2

    SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11

    The SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 allows you to use your SIGMA SA mount and SIGMA EOS mount interchangeable lenses with the Sony E-mount camera body.

    • SIGMA SA-E
      SIGMA SA-mount

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-93251-0
    • CANON EF-E
      Canon EF mount

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-93250-3

    SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-21

    The SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-21 allows SIGMA SA mount and SIGMA’s CANON EF mount interchangeable lens owners to use their lens investment on L-Mount camera bodies.

    • SIGMA SA-L
      SIGMA SA-mount

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-93724-9
    • CANON EF-L
      Canon EF mount

      Barcode No.
      00-85126-93723-2

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