Sigma has tonight added a new 500mm f/4 lens to its Sports series.

The new flagship lens in Sigma’s Sports lens series, the 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM will be available in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts.

The ‘dust and splash proof’ Japan-made newcomer features a magnesium-alloy barrel and incorporates two FLD elements, plus one SLD element.

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Features also include a hyper sonic motor (HSM) designed to deliver fast and quite AF.

‘With the further enhanced AF algorithm compared to previous models, continuous AF (AF-C) improves the focusing efficiency,’ Sigma claims.

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There is as yet no word on price, but like the new Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art, it’s expected to be available in October.

[Price update: The new 500mm lens will cost £5,999.99]

Key spec:

Lens Construction: 16 elements in 11 groups
Minimum aperture: F32
Filter size: ø46mm (Rear)
Angle of view (35mm): 5°
Minimum focusing distance: 350cm/137.8in.
Dimensions (Diameter x Length): ø144.8mm x 380.3mm/5.7in. x 15in.
Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (Rounded diaphragm)
Maximum magnification ratio: 1:6.5
Weight: 3,310g/116.7oz.
 
Press release

September, 2016
S | Sports
SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM
Introducing the flagship lens of the Sports line
1. Outstanding functionality for challenging shoots.
2. Top-level optical performance.
3. Functions that satisfy the demands of professional photographers.
4. Customization and flexible adjustment for convenience or a specific purpose is possible.
5. SIGMA GLOBAL VISION product lines are setting new benchmarks for image quality
Launch: TBD
Accessories: Case, Hood (LH1388-01) and WR Protector. Lens is equipped with fixed tripod
socket.
Corresponding AF mounts: SIGMA, Canon and Nikon
*The Appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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

[Key features]
1. Outstanding functionality for challenging shoots.
● 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.
● 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 canceled by turning off
the “de-clicking” switch. 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
● 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.

2. Top-level optical performance
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).

 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
protector that is inserted in a slot at the rear of the lens comes with the lens as standard
equipment.)
3. Functions that satisfy the demands of professional photographers.
● OS system with acceleration sensor and new Intelligent OS algorithm
The Optical Stabilizer (OS) system features an acceleration sensor to deliver even more precise
performance and up to approximately four stops of stabilization. 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.
● 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.
● 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.
● 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.
4. SIGMA Tele Converters, mount converters, and USB DOCK make possible
customization and flexible adjustment for convenience or a specific purpose.
● 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-11
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.
● SIGMA USB DOCK – Customizable to your needs
Customization including firmware updates, focus adjustment, setting of full time
manual operations as well as adjustment of the timing to switch to MF when
rotating the focus ring is available with the optional SIGMA USB DOCK, by
connecting it with the dedicated software “SIGMA Optimization Pro” on a
computer. With this lens, custom mode that can be set depending on the photography situation is
available by switching it on the lens. Through custom mode, it is possible to set AF speed, focus
limiter where desired focus range can be adjusted, and OS where one of the patterns for optical
stabilizer can be selected from “Dynamic View Mode”, “Standard” and “Moderate View Mode”.
5. SIGMA GLOBAL VISION product lines are setting new benchmarks for image
quality
[Sports]
Sophisticated optical performance and expressiveness-
High action-capture performance, enabling photographers to get the exact
shots they want.
SIGMA is organizing all its interchangeable lenses into three product lines; Contemporary, Art, and
Sports. While offering sophisticated optical performance and expressiveness, our Sports line lenses
deliver high action-capture performance, enabling photographers to get the exact shots they want.
With these lenses, fast-moving subjects even at distance can be well captured. This
high-performance line also offers a variety of functions to aid the photographer in challenging
conditions and scenarios. Besides sports photography, these lenses are also perfect for nature
shots featuring birds and wildlife, as well as aero photography, trains, motor sports photography
and portraits. Another major feature of our Sports line lenses is their wide range of customization
options: using the dedicated software, all sorts of settings can be tailored to the personal
preferences of the photographer.

[SIGMA GLOBAL VISION]
SIGMA Global Vision” – SIGMA is working on its full renewal of the products, and the new lens lines
share all the following elements.
● Evaluation with SIGMA’s own MTF measuring system “A1*”
We used to measure lens performance with an MTF measuring system using
conventional sensors. However, we’ve now developed our own proprietary
MTF (modulation transfer function) 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. The SIGMA
500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports will all be checked using this “A1” before they are shipped.
*A1:Aizu 1
● “Made in Japan” with the best craftsmanship
● Applicable for the Mount Conversion Service that
enables lenses to be long term assets
Over the years, Sigma has manufactured an extremely wide variety of
interchangeable lenses. Leveraging our unique know-how and resources,
we present our new mount conversion service, which is available for the
interchangeable lenses from our new product lines. Sigma will convert the
current lens mount internal components, allowing you to continue using your favorite Sigma lens
with a different camera body. Thanks to this service, you can use a favorite lens for many years to
come, unrestricted by your original choice of camera system.
Note: Sigma’s mount conversion service differs from ordinary repairs and product support and is not offered at your local Sigma dealer or camera store. In order to apply for the service, please contact your nearest authorized subsidiary/
distributor of Sigma.

[Other Features]
● Brass made bayonet mount
● Flare and ghosting reduction
● Incorporating Rounded Diaphragm
[Specification] All figures calculated for SIGMA.
Lens Construction: 16 elements in 11 groups
Minimum aperture: F32
Filter size: ø46mm (Rear)
Angle of view (35mm): 5°
Minimum focusing distance: 350cm/137.8in.
Dimensions (Diameter x Length): ø144.8mm x 380.3mm/5.7in. x 15in.
Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (Rounded diaphragm)
Maximum magnification ratio: 1:6.5
Weight: 3,310g/116.7oz.
[Contact]
For the further information, please find the nearest authorized Sigma Service Station from the link
below.
http://www.sigma-photo.co.jp/english/network/
[Information]
SIGMA GLOBAL VISION: http://www.sigma-global.com