Sigma EX 135-400mm f/4,5-5,6 DG APO


Sigma EX 135-400mm f/4,5-5,6 DG APO


Sigma EX 135-400mm f/4,5-5,6 DG APO
This is a zoom lens manufactured by Sigma and the model was launched 2004.
The lens belongs to the category  telephoto zoom lenses, a telephoto lens where you have the possibility to zoom in and out.
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Compability, auto focus and focal length
The lens is available for both Canon and Nikon cameras, but there are two different versions of this lens (one for each brand and mount) so it is important that you ask for and choose the right version when bying the lens.
This lens is constructed to fit all models of Canon and Nikon cameras, regardless of camera model or type of sensor.
Here it is the only Canon version of the lens that has a built-in auto focus (AF) motor. The possibility to use auto focus (AF) is available for Nikon cameras but only if the camera itself has a built-in auto focus (AF) motor. Some cheaper and budget camera models from Nikon lacks a built-in auto focus motor, and we at Lensora appreciate auto focus, so in the list of compatible cameras we have chosen to display only the cameras that you can get autofocus with.
The lens has a focal length of 135-400 mm. Depending on which camera the lens is used, the experienced and perceived focal length will be different. Please visit the list of compatible cameras below, it will provide the equivalent focal length you get on each camera.
A positive thing is that this lens has a versitale zoom range, where the difference between 'maximum zoomed out' to 'maximum zoomed in' increases the lens versatility since you as a photographer easily can compose your picture without moving yourself physically.
See compatible cameras and perceived/equivalent focal length
Read more about focal length and your field of view
Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
Read more about the auto focus motor and the importance of this part
 
 
Lens brightness and image stabilizer
The lens brightness and aperture value is f/4,5-5,6.
This lens is not considered to have a good aperture value and brightness. It is something to consider before you purchase the lens. To compensate for this you might, while photographing in less favorable light conditions, be forced to either use higher ISO settings (which generates more noise in the image), slower shutter speeds (which may give some motion blur) or flash lightning. Read more at the link below what lens brightness means to you as a photographer.
One thing to consider is that the lens has a variable brightness, which means that depending on how much you are zooming the lens will have a different maximum aperture value. At 135 mm the lens brightness is f/4,5 and at 400 mm the brightness is f/5,6. Through the link below you can read more about what this could mean for you as a photographer.
The lens lacks image stabilization, which otherwise os good for avoiding the blur that can occur when using slow shutter speeds. 
Read more about the aperture and lens brightness
Read more about changing brightness at different focal lengths
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Filter and Lens Hood
The lens has a traditional filter thread on the front and its measuring 77 mm which also the filter you will use must have. If you use for example an UV filter can be a cheap insurance against scratches and dust.
Together with the lens there is a lens hood included but we have unfortunately no further information on model etc so feel free to contact us if you know more.
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Tripod Mount
This lens is equipped with a tripod mount, which makes use of a tripod easier and more stable.
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Different versions of the lens
This lens has been replaced by a newer version. Prior to purchasing the lens, please compare the various editions.
Sigma EX 135-400mm f/4,5-5,6 DG APO (2004) << The lens you are currently viewing
Sigma 120-400mm f/4,5-5,6 DG APO HSM OS (2008)
 
Pictures (product and sample images)
In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.
Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.
Images of Sigma EX 135-400mm f/4,5-5,6 DG APO
Sample pictures taken with Sigma EX 135-400mm f/4,5-5,6 DG APO
 
Things to consider before buying
Below you will find some summarized points and facts that can be considered as the 'pros and cons' of this lens. These are based entirely on the facts and values that are accessible through the lens specification, so we highly recommend that you also read the reported reviews available (see tab 'Reviews'); this in order to get a more complete view of the lens and its capabilites. Reviewer opinions reflect the lens, its use and its optical performance in a more accurate way, but any way - here a few different points to consider before buying this lens.
Long focal length with its 400 mm
An impressive focal range
Works on all sensor types
A lens hood is included
A tripod mount is included
No built-in auto focus motor (the Nikon version)
No built-in image stabilizer
Poor aperture value with its f/5,6
A variable lens brightness at different focal lengths
This lens has been replaced by a newer version
The lens is not sealed against moisture and dust
Heavy (1245 gr)
 
Specification
Product Name:Sigma EX 135-400mm f/4,5-5,6 DG APO (See dictionary)
Release date: 2004
Manufacturer:Sigma
Type of lens: Telephoto Zoom Lens
Construction: Zoom lens (with the ability to zoom in and out)
Works with cameras from: Canon (see compatible cameras)
Nikon (see compatible cameras)
1:1 at Macro:
No Macro lens
Compability:
Works on all sensors (see compatible cameras)
Auto focus:
Yes
Built-in auto focus (AF) motor:
Canon
Nikon
Nikon; for auto focus the camera has to have a built-in auto focus (AF) motor
See a list of compatible cameras
Maximum aperture: f/4,5-5,6
The lens apeture and brightness varies at different focal lengths.
f/4,5 at 135 mm
f/5,6 at 400 mm
(Read more)
Focal Range: 135-400 mm
Depending on which camera this lens is used the focal length can seem different. This is because different camera sensors can have a slight crop factor and the focal length will be equivalent to:
  135-400 mmon Canon FF, Full frame
  176-520 mmon Canon APS-H
  216-640 mmon Canon APS-C
  135-400 mmon Nikon FX, Full frame
  202-600 mmon Nikon DX, APS-C
See list, camera for camera
Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
Lens Construction: 13 elements / 11 groups
Image Stabilizer:
No
Closest Focusing Distance:200 cm
Filter: Filter Thread, 77 mm
Lens Hood:
Included, but no info available
Tripod mount:
Yes, a tripod mount is included (Read more)
Weather sealing:
No
Dimensions (diameter x length):83 x 183 mm
Vikt:1245 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)
 
 
Product Page (Sigma): There are no product links available.
 
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Text from Sigma:"This compact ultra-telephoto zoom lens is optimized for digital SLR cameras. It is ideal for sports, nature, wildlife, and landscape photography. The new multi layer lens coating and lens design reduce flare and ghost, and also creates an optimum color balance and better picture quality through the entire zoom range. This lens uses one aspherical lens and three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glasses for excellent correction of various chromatic aberrations. It provides excellent image quality for digital and film SLR cameras.

Flare and Ghosting

The new multi-layer lens coating and lens design reduces flare and ghosting, and creates an optimum color balance through the entire zoom range.

It is incorporated with an aspherical lens and SLD glasses

This lens uses one aspherical lens and three SLD (the special low dispersion) glasses for excellent correction of chromatic aberration, making high-quality images a reality throughout the entire zoom range.

Rear Focusing

The rear focusing system ensures high performance stability and ease of use. Since the front of the lens does not rotate, a circular polarizing filter can be easily attached and use.

Equipped with detachable tripod collar and lens hood

A removable tripod collar is included as a standard component and also a zoom hood is supplied with this lens to prevent flare and ghosting as well as extraneous light harmful for image quality."
 
Reviews
fotosidan.se (reviews by users)
 
ephotozine.com
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Sigma-135-400mm-f45-56-DG-Aspherical
 
fredmiranda.com
http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=181&sort=7&cat=37&page=1
 
slrlensreview.com
http://slrlensreview.com/web/sigma-slr-lenses-41/telephoto-zoom-slr-lenses-74/186-sigma-apo-135-400mm-f45-56-dg.html
 
 
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Pictures (product and sample images)
In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.
Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.
Images of Sigma EX 135-400mm f/4,5-5,6 DG APO
Sample pictures taken with Sigma EX 135-400mm f/4,5-5,6 DG APO
Different versions of this lens
2004 Sigma EX 135-400mm f/4,5-5,6 DG APO
2008 Sigma 120-400mm f/4,5-5,6 DG APO HSM OS

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Nikon
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