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Sigma 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports Lens for Sony E

Sigma 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports Lens for Sony E
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The Sigma 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports Lens for Sony E is robust, offers 5-stop image stabilisation, weighs just 1370g and provides unparalleled optical performance for sports, wildlife and other telephoto subjects.

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  • Compact and lightweight super telephoto prime lens with outstanding optics and 5-stops of optical image stabilisation
  • Robust design for outdoor photographers with comprehensive weather seals, and a dust and moisture repellant coating on front element
  • High speed, near silent autofocus achieved by Sigma’s High-response Linear Actuator (HLA) motor
  • Easily handhold able with a removable tripod socket and well balanced design, which supports flexible image capture
  • Achieve outstanding results from an advanced optical design and proprietary optical coating, which reduces flare and ghosting
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Sigma 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports Lens for Sony E Summary

Designed exclusively for mirrorless cameras, the Sigma 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports Lens for Sony E excels at capturing wildlife, aircraft, sports and other super telephoto subjects. Sigma’s mirrorless design is under half the weight of the corresponding DSLR lens, and features Sigma’s high-speed HLA motor and OS2 algorithm.

The compact 234.6mm length and low weight of the prime lens are significantly reduced through the use of exclusive low-dispersion glass elements and precision engineered TSC (Thermally Stable Composite) materials. When combined, these features ensure you can handhold the lens and achieve fast and precise autofocus whilst benefiting from up to 5-stops of effective optical image stabilisation.

Complementing the 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports Lens’ outstanding optics are a series of features for professionals, including a weather-resistant structure, a Focus Limiter switch, a de-clickable and lockable aperture ring, a detachable tripod socket and a Custom Mode switch.

Whether an enthusiastic amateur or professional photographer the latest prime super telephoto Sigma lens is set to become the definitive option for Sony mirrorless cameras, with full support for AF assist, high-speed autofocus and more.

Key Sigma 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports Features

  • Super telephoto prime with 5-stops optical image stabilisation
  • Weighs just 1370g
  • Optics include 3 FLD, and 2 SLD special lens elements
  • Smooth, near silent AF with High-response Linear Actuator (HLA) motor
  • Resistant to flare and ghosting
  • De-clickable and lockable aperture ring
  • 11-blade rounded diaphragm
  • Detachable tripod socket
  • Compatible with AF assist (Sony E-mount only)
  • Extensive lens controls including Focus Limiter switch
  • Weather sealed construction

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Sigma 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports Lens for Sony E in More Detail

Exceptional Performance

This Sony E-mount lens sets a new standard in performance by incorporating unique low-dispersion glass elements, resulting in a significant reduction in size and weight compared to Sigma's earlier 500mm prime lens. Its compact and lightweight design makes it highly portable and perfect for handheld photography.

Equipped with a built-in High-response Linear Actuator (HLA) motor, the 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports Lens offers quick, smooth, precise, and nearly silent autofocus, ensuring consistent sharpness, particularly in subject tracking modes. Additionally, the integrated Optical Stabiliser (OS) achieves 5 stops of effective stabilisation, courtesy of Sigma's advanced OS2 algorithm.

Extremely compact with big results

To reduce the size of this super telephoto prime lens without compromising optical quality, Sigma employed convex low-dispersion elements towards the front of the lens barrel. The design of these glass elements also serves to keep chromatic and axial aberrations to a minimum.

Flare and ghosting are prevented by refractive lenses, which is ideal for when shooting in backlit environments such as sporting arenas or when strong light sources are within, or close to the edges of the frame. The mirrorless lens is impressively small and considerably lighter compared to the Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports for DSLRs, which is achieved without using conventional diffractive optical elements.


Image ©Jim Koepnick. Taken with Panasonic Lumix S5 II. Camera settings: Exposure 1/1000 sec. f/5.6. ISO 400

Advanced Autofocus and optical stabilisation

The Sigma 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS | Sports lens excels in capturing dynamic subjects such as birds in flight or racing cars. Its High-response Linear Actuator (HLA) motor provides exceptionally fast, precise, and quiet autofocus, surpassing traditional stepping motors. This lens also thrives in low-light situations, such as concerts or floodlit sports events, thanks to its exclusive OS2 algorithm, which offers up to 5 stops of stabilisation with full-frame cameras.

Additionally, the lens boasts two Optical Stabiliser (OS) modes. Mode 1 is the most versatile, reducing camera shake during slower shutter speeds in various photography types. Mode 2 utilises a proprietary Intelligent OS algorithm, enhancing the smoothness of panning shots, particularly when tracking fast-moving subjects.

Stabilisation remains effective irrespective of the lens's orientation, adeptly handling both vertical and diagonal movements without hindering the panning action.

Sony camera users benefit from the support of AF assist (Sony only), DMF and AF+MF, as well as featuring an inner focus system.


Image ©Liam Duran. Taken with Sony A1. Camera settings: Exposure 1/2500 sec. f/5.6. ISO 500

Robust despite the low weight

Shoot outdoors regardless of environmental conditions thanks to a combination of lightweight materials such as TSC and magnesium, with a weather-resistant construction. These prevent dust, dirt and water droplets from entering the lens, which is ideal if shooting in light rain or on a sandy beach. The lens is light enough for effortless handheld shooting over extended periods, reducing the need for a tripod or monopod in many situations.

Tough Thermally Stable Composite construction

As with many of the most advanced Sigma lenses, much of the exterior and some of the interior of the 500mm prime lens is built from TSC (Thermally Stable Composite), which is a light and strong material that increases durability and reduces weight.

TSC has similar thermal expansion properties to aluminium, which means that both the TSC and aluminium parts within the barrel expand and contract to the same degree as temperatures change. This innovative design ensures consistent performance whether shooting in a hot desert or the freezing temperatures of a polar environment.


Image ©Gerry Van der Walt. Taken with Sony A9 II. Camera settings: Exposure 1/1250 sec. f/5.6. ISO 500

Weather resistant seals

The lens mount connection, manual focus ring, zoom ring, switches, switch panel and exterior connection are all dust and splash-resistant to prevent dust and moisture from entering the lens. The front element also has a water and oil-repellent coating applied, which helps to eep the optic clear of contaminants, whilst making it easier to clean the front element.

Responsive Aperture Ring

Experience direct control over depth-of-field with the lens's integrated aperture control ring. This offers the flexibility to be de-clicked for filmmakers' and can be locked to prevent unintentional adjustments.

Removable Tripod Socket

The lens comes with a detachable tripod socket made of Arca-Swiss-compatible magnesium alloy, maintaining the lens's compactness and lightness. Equipped with a standard 1/4” screw, this socket can be removed, which is particularly beneficial for handheld shooting.


Jay Camera settings: Exposure 1/500 sec. f/5.6. ISO 1600

Customisable functions

A number of controls ensure a seamless workflow, which includes a Focus Limiter switch that shortens the focus driving range. This stops the lens incorrectly focusing on objects either in front or behind the subject, speeding up focus acquisition substantially. Three AFL buttons are found around the lens barrel, which can be programmed via the camera menu to any preferred functionality for personalised handling.

Cover-type lens hood included 

A strong and lightweight cover-type lens hood made of TSC is included with the lens. The tip of the hood is thoughtfully rubberised to help protect the lens from damage when standing the lens nose down.

What’s in the box

  • Sigma 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports Lens for Sony E-Mount
  • Lens Hood (LH1034-02)
  • Front Cap LCF-95 III
  • Tripod Socket TS-15
  • Rear Cap LCR II   

Sigma 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports Lens for Sony E Specifications

Lens construction

20 elements in 14 groups (3 FLD, 2 SLD)



Number of diaphragm blades

11 (rounded diaphragm)

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Dimensions (max diameter x length)

107.6mm × 234.6mm



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Best For Wildlife and Sport: Yes
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Our Verdict

Bird, wildlife, sports and aviation photographers will be thrilled with the arrival of Sigma’s latest super telephoto prime lens, which delivers impressively low weight with high optical performance. Sigma is no stranger to developing lenses for demanding telephoto subjects, and has reinvented the original DSLR design, with significant benefits for mirrorless camera users.

The 500mm lens is extremely compact and lightweight for this class, as well as sporting a high speed HLA motor, which is significantly faster and quieter than traditional stepping motors. Furthermore, thanks to an Intelligent OS algorithm users gain advanced optical image stabilisation with up to 5-stops advantage. This can be fine-tuned with the OS switch, catering to different subject movements, as well as supporting vertical and diagonal movement, which won’t interfere with panning.

A combination of advanced thermal plastics and magnesium ensures excellent performance across different temperature ranges, while maintaining the lens’ robustness, durability and lightweight properties.

Whether you handhold, or shoot with a tripod or monopod, the Sigma 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports Lens for Sony E is set to impress with brilliant flare control, high sharpness and well controlled results, even across long distances.

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  • Like New – The equipment is in a condition as if you have just bought it from the manufacturer. The item is still considered to be ‘Like New’ even without the original packaging and accessories. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect working order. Lenses are optically clear. There may be light dust present that will not effect the imagery.
  • Excellent – The equipment should be close to being ‘Like New’ but there may be some small cosmetic blemishes that lower its grade. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect excellent order.
    • Cameras – Should have no marks on the LCD screen
    • Lenses – Should have no marks on the elements and optically clear. There may be light dust present that will not effect the imagery.
  • Very Good – The equipment may have some slight cosmetic wear to the paintwork and cosmetic blemishes  with only light signs of use and the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – The LCD screen may have small signs of wear that does not affect its display
    • Lenses – The mount of the lens will start to show signs of wear
  • Good – The equipment is showing more obvious signs of cosmetic wear and blemishes, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – LCD screen may have scratches or wear that is starting to affect the display.
    • Lenses – May have slight dust inside that does not affect images. The mount shows signs of use.
  • Well Used – The equipment will show significant signs of wear. The paintwork will be coming away in large areas exposing the metal work, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – LCD screen is heavily worn either by de-lamination or has scratches to it. Rubber grips are starting to come away from the body.
    • Lenses – The lens has dust inside that may affect images. The rubber zoom/focus ring is coming away from the barrel of the lens.

*All of our used items are listed with the accesories that are included. If they are not listed then they will not be supplied at eh epoint of purchase.

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This product has been thoroughly tested by our team of photographers and we are happy to give a 6 month warranty as a result. The number of tests depends on the individual product but we are confident in this product having tested all the major functions. Anything that isn’t as you would expect, we then make a note of and show this in the condition notes on the page.

So you can be confident you are buying a great piece of kit that’s been looked after by a fellow photographer and seen many extraordinary sights, tested by our team of photographers and now looking forward to being set free to capture more great images!

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