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Sigma Telephoto Prime lenses for Canon DSLRs

Lenses with focal lengths bigger than 50mm are commonly known as telephoto models. These fit less in, and are therefore ideal for getting closer to distant subjects or picking out detail; they also give a more flattering effect when taking photos of people. In contrast to wide-angle, lenses with longer focal lengths have an inherently smaller depth-of-field, which means it’s easier to get a blurred background effect – again ideal for portrait, wildlife and sports photography.

Good focal lengths for portraits are typically between 85mm and 135mm – these are often known as short telephotos. Appropriate focal lengths for sports or wildlife are generally much longer – at least 200mm, and ideally 300mm or more. Professional sports and wildlife photographers often use 600mm lenses, or even longer still. These are known as super-telephotos.

Lenses with smaller f-numbers gather more light thanks to their bigger apertures, which makes them better in dim conditions and for minimising the depth-of-field. Bigger apertures however mean a larger, heavier and more expensive lens. As focal lengths increase, the risk of camera-shake becomes greater, so telephoto zooms with image stabilisation are preferred. Sigma refers to these models with the letters OS and these can let you handhold shots with shutter speeds three to four times slower than normal. Note these won’t stop a moving subject from blurring though, which brings many enthusiasts back to large aperture models.

As always, bear in mind any reduction in field due to your DSLRs sensor when choosing a lens. Canon’s APS-C models a reduction factor of 1.6x, which effectively multiply lens focal lengths by 1.6 times. So if you’re after a portrait lens with an equivalent focal length of 85 to 135mm, you’ll need a model with an actual focal length of around 50 to 85mm. For a full explanation of lens specifications and examples of coverage at different focal lengths, check out our Camera Labs Lens Buyers Guide.

 



Sigma 85mm f1.4 EX DG HSM

   
Focal length: 85mm
Aperture: f1.4
Lens mount: EF
Equiv on EF-S DSLR: 136mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
  Anti-shake: No
AF motor: HSM
Closest focus: 85cm
Filter thread: 77mm
Lens hood: TBC
  Construction: 11 el. / 8 groups
Diaphragm blades: 9
Weight: TBC
Size (diam x length): 85x88mm


   
Sigma 300mm f2.8 APO EX DG HSM

     
Focal length: 300mm
Aperture: f2.8
Lens mount: EF
Equiv on EF-S DSLR: 480mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: HSM
  Closest focus: 250cm
Filter thread: 46mm (rear)
Lens hood: LH1196-01
Construction: 11 el. / 9 groups
Diaphragm blades: 9
Weight: 2400g
Size (diam x length): 119x215mm

 

   
Sigma 500mm f4.5 APO EX DG HSM

     
Focal length: 500mm
Aperture: f4.5
Lens mount: EF
Equiv on EF-S DSLR: 800mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: HSM
  Closest focus: 400cm
Filter thread: 46mm (rear)
Lens hood: LH1196-01
Construction: 12 el. / 9 groups
Diaphragm blades: 9
Weight: 3150g
Size (diam x length): 123x350mm

 

   
Sigma 800mm f5.6 APO EX DG HSM

     
Focal length: 800mm
Aperture: f5.6
Lens mount: EF-mount
Equiv on APS-C DSLR: 1280mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: HSM
  Closest focus: 700cm
Filter thread: 46mm (rear)
Lens hood: TBC
Construction: 13 el. / 10 groups
Diaphragm blades: 9
Weight: 4740g
Size (diam x length): 157x520mm


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