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02-18-2012, 05:10 PM   #1
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Which Sigma 400mm f 5.6 tele macro Do I have?

Hi guys,

I picked up a Sigma 400mm f/5.6 APO Tele Macro in mint condition Box papers case etc. (aparently old new stock that the guy had)
Before I bought it I thought I knew everything about it. Upon a little more research after buying it I have become confused as to which one I have.

Firstly I know there are the 77mm from filter thread versions and then there is the 72mm version (I have the 77mm thread)

It looks like the black version of the Sigma 400mm f5.6 APO HSM that was launched in september 1996 THIS one. But according to the site It was only available in Canon and Sigma and mine doesnt have HSM. So I thought It could be the other version that was released in 1994 found HERE but It doesn't look the same and again it doesnt have the HSM.

I have looked at Numberous websites looking for the info but with no result, so I am putting it to you guys/gals.

Cheers for any info

Scott

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I've got the same lens, a Sigma 400mm F5.6 APO Tele Macro, with a 77mm front thread, and as far as I know, we have the 1996 version, just without HSM. Sigma have in the past, been known to do that, i.e. have HSM in other mounts, but keep screw driven AF for k-mount, e.g. the Sigma 30/1.4, or the Sigma 10-20/4.5-5.6 lenses. Keep in mind that SDM was only introduced in ~1997, while other manufacturers have had AF motors in their lenses since the 80s. A lot of the more recent Sigma lenses do have HSM in K-mount though, e.g. 85/1.4, 17-50/2.8, 50/1.4...

Of course, I'm assuming your lens looks like this:


20101012 - IMGP8956 Sigma 400mm F5.6 APO Tele Macro Lens


20101012 - IMGP8961 Sigma 400mm F5.6 APO Tele Macro Lens


20101012 - IMGP8963 Sigma 400mm F5.6 APO Tele Macro Lens
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certainly does look like that. I picked it up for $460, Have I over paid for it or is that about what this particular lens goes for ?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Chaos_Realm Quote
certainly does look like that. I picked it up for $460, Have I over paid for it or is that about what this particular lens goes for ?
That's certainly cheaper than what I paid for it, and mine was 2nd hand and was posted from the US. Out of interest, at which store did you find the lens?

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Found a bloke selling it on Gumtree, I bought it so I can do a bit of birding (70-200mm just doesn't cut it) and because anything in that focal length seems to go for around $500 at an absolute minimum I jumped when I saw the listing and figured if it didnt meet my expectation I would sell it on and save for something better.
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You did well, one of the best 400's at a bargain price. I believe it will exceed your expectations!
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Haven't taken it out just yet, but the macro function seems pretty reasonable after having a go in my apartment. Incredible working distance!
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