Product Comparison: Tamron 100-400 mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD vs Sigma 100-400 mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM


General Specifications
Brand
Tamron
Sigma
Model
100-400 mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD
100-400 mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Origin
Japan
Japan
About the Product
Heavyweight performance from a lightweight lens: The Tamron 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD (A035) is a highly portable, ultra-telephoto zoom lens with AF precision for shooting in-the-moment action clearly and easily.
The Sigma 100-400mm 5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary is a state-of-the-art telephoto zoom that brings a new level of portability and quality to the super telephoto market.
Key Specs
Mount Type
Canon EF
Sigma SA-mount
Maximum Aperture
4.5 /f
5 /f
Minimum Focal Length
100 millimeters
100 millimeters
Maximum Focal Length
400 millimeters
400 millimeters
Lens Type
Telephoto zoom
Telephoto zoom
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Tamron 100-400 mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon - Black
  • I've used many lenses of similar size and focal length, and for me at least this one hits the target perfectly.
  • Such a focal length is new to me, and there is a learning curve, particularly travelling fast and light hand-held.
  • This is a fun lens to use, and performs better than expected given its price range. Great focal length.
  • I can quite happily use half the focal length for shutter speed. Focusing at such extreme focal lengths is new challenge
  • Shitty focal length that works worse than my old lens.
Sigma 100-400 mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Lens - Black
  • The Nikon does beat the Sigma when it comes to image stabilisation and the maximum aperture at 400mm is f/5.6 on the Nikon and f/6.3 on the Sigma.
  • Great size and build, sharp across all focal lengths and with fast AF.
  • This is a short initial review for a potential buyer. This lens is sharp (for my purposes) at all focal lengths, especially at 400mm.
  • It should go without saying that any lens with a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or slower isn't going to be a stellar performer in low light, so that needs to be taken into consideration.
  • Slow lens: max aperture decreases quickly. It's f/5.3 at 125mm, f/5.6 at 155mm, f/6 at 220, & f/6.3 at 350.
Size & Weight
Height
3.4 in.
3.4 in.
Width
3.4 in.
3.4 in.
Depth
7.8 in.
7.2 in.
Weight
40 oz.
40.9 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Tamron 100-400 mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon - Black
  • I wanted a lens that wasn't too heavy, this one is lighter than the Canon 400mm F5.6L.
  • Purchased due to weight difference between tamron and Nikon being far lighter and easier to carry.
  • I purchased the lens a few months ago, i use for aircraft photography, it is sharp, superb quality, light weight and very well made.
  • Too big to fit in my bag. I’m upset that I have to carry it in my hands.
  • Large and heavy, which causes discomfort during long photo shoots.
Sigma 100-400 mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Lens - Black
  • The lens is not heavy for it's size, but even so I do miss not having a tripod mount which is the only negative point I would raise.
  • Amazingly compact and light compared to other long zooms.
  • In sum, this lens comes close, but not as close as I would like. It is close in performance to the more expensive lenses, and the compact size is a huge plus.
  • If you do not use a tripod, then you will have problems with its weight.
  • It is too heavy for continuous photography. Hands are incredibly tired.
Imaging
Minimum Focus Distance
59 in.
63 in.
Field Of View
24°24' - 6°12'
24.4º-6.2º
Zoom Type
Manual
Rotating
Focus
Manual/Auto Focus
Push/Pull zooming
Optical Stabilization
Yes
Yes
What customers say about "Imaging"
Tamron 100-400 mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon - Black
  • It has a closer focusing ability that will be very handy me in spring and summer.
  • This is a keeper and one of the constant user lenses for so many days ot, two bodies with a wide angle zoom and this, sorted.
  • Manual zooming and focusing are low-geared and smooth. Control rings are wide and ribbed for good grip.
  • When I've hit focus, image quality has been exceptional - even to see crystal-clear background reflections in a gull's eye at 10m. That's what I mean by fun to use.
  • Focus was quick and overall I was pleased with the images I got. I did plan to sell it when I returned home but decided to keep it and have used it numerous times since.
Sigma 100-400 mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Lens - Black
  • The lens is also beautifully designed, and I am really appreciating the push-pull mechanism to adjust the focal length. It gives me less arm fatigue than having to turn the focal length ring.
  • If you want a sharp, fast focussing telephoto zoom and don't want to break the bank, the Sigma is a genuinely great choice.
  • Solidly built with very smooth zoom and manual focus. Excellent price for such a long zoom.
  • I just didn't like the zoom ring's inconsistent zoom spacing nb 300-400mm was much shorter travel than 100-200 and 200-300.
  • I was unable to get this Sigma lens to focus sharply on either Autofocus nor on Manual. Autofocus was hopeless.
Features
Brand Compatibility
Canon
Sigma
Sensor Type Compatibility
Full-Frame
Full-Frame
Lens Groups and Elements
17 Elements in 11 Groups
21 Elements in 15 Groups
Number of Aperture Blades
9
9
Filter Diameter
67 millimeters
67 millimeters
Extras
eBAND Coating, Moisture-resistant construction, TAMRON TAP-in Console™, Fluorine Coating, APS-C format: 15°54' - 4°01'
Hyper Sonic Motor, Sigmа USB Dock, Dust and splash-proof construction, Water and oil-repellent coating
What customers say about "Features"
Tamron 100-400 mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon - Black
  • The AF is fast and accurate, plus the VC, (their version of Canon's IS) is superb!
  • Be careful with getting this lens if you use one of the canon new mirrorless cameras. Tamron state compatibility from firmware version 1.3 which is from Feb 2019.
  • Super sharp with very good vc it can be fine tuned with the tap in console.
  • The front surface of the lens element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that is water- and oil-repellant.
  • If you happen to get a lens with older firmware, you will need the very expensive Tamron Tap in console, to update the firmware.
Sigma 100-400 mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Lens - Black
  • After customizing the OS and AF of this lens with the USB dock, things seem to be working a lot better.
  • I recommend purchasing this lens with the Sigma USB dock. While the in body Optical Stabilization (OS) on this lens is great.
  • Both the rotating zoom and focus rings feel very smooth while offering the right amount of resistance so that nothing feels too loose.
  • A push/pull zooming function and a new Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) allow for a more responsive approach to photography.
  • Had a few OS issues in certain conditions which led me to pay for the USB dock.
Warranty / Certifications
Certifications
CE
CE
Other Information
Manufacturer
MSRP
609.00 $


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