Any owners of the M5 and Sigma 100-400 (Specifically)

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J Peters Contributing Member • Posts: 614
Any owners of the M5 and Sigma 100-400 (Specifically)
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If there is anyone out there with this specific combination, please could you measure the length from the extreme tip of the lens with lens cap but without hood, to the back of the camera's EVF (since this protrudes). I'm after the total depth of the lens, adaptor and camera so I can start looking at holsters/bags ahead of getting the lens, which may not be for a while (I'm aiming to use the holster in the meantime for other combinations of kit and don't want to buy twice). Many thanks.

Also how do you find this combo? I've been looking previously at the 150-600mm but decided it's so big I'd end up leaving it at home I think.

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Larry Cunningham
Larry Cunningham Senior Member • Posts: 1,095
Re: Any owners of the M5 and Sigma 100-400 (Specifically)
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J Peters wrote:

If there is anyone out there with this specific combination, please could you measure the length from the extreme tip of the lens with lens cap but without hood, to the back of the camera's EVF (since this protrudes). I'm after the total depth of the lens, adaptor and camera so I can start looking at holsters/bags ahead of getting the lens, which may not be for a while (I'm aiming to use the holster in the meantime for other combinations of kit and don't want to buy twice). Many thanks.

Also how do you find this combo? I've been looking previously at the 150-600mm but decided it's so big I'd end up leaving it at home I think.

I have that combination. I measured the total length of the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM C lens (with Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS M) to the back of the EVF, and the result was pretty much exactly 10 9/16" inches. The result might be very slightly different if you're using a third-party EF-EOS M adapter.

I haven't used the Sigma 100-400 much with the M5. Not long after I bought that lens, I bought an M6 Mark II, and that's the camera I've used the lens with the most. The lens seems to work fine with both cameras; as I expected, the auto-focus is faster with the M6 Mark II, but's it's also acceptable with the M5.

I also own the 150-600 (the C version). That's a bit of a beast when attached to the M5 or M6, but it works. The reason I bought the 100-400 was to have a lens that provided some "reach" without my feeling the need to do upper-body-strength workouts just to carry it around. Nowadays I mostly use the 150-600 on a tripod.

Larry

P.S. I needed to edit my post because I measured the length incorrectly the first time. The 10 9/16" length is for the lens fully retracted and locked.

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Canon EOS M5 Canon EOS M3 Canon EOS M6 II Canon EF 50mm F1.8 II Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM +18 more
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OP J Peters Contributing Member • Posts: 614
Re: Any owners of the M5 and Sigma 100-400 (Specifically)
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Larry,

That is perfect, thank you for taking the trouble. Yes I have the Canon adapter, but in theory third party ones should be exactly the same length otherwise the lens would not focus. I will look at some holster options. I agree I have more or less rejected the idea of getting the 150-600 due to the size and weight.

Best wishes.

MannyV
MannyV Contributing Member • Posts: 886
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The M5 AF is it Achilles heels. Canon has improved their AF algorithm and performance significantly in last couple of years. In my opinion while M5 and telephoto is doable for perched birds, and doable with significant technique BIF, the M6 II is the way to go. Canon has sprinkled it AF magic liberally. I just got the M6 II (3rd day today) and am blown away by the way it performs. I will be posting a separate thread on that soon. In a nutshell - in my opinion, if you are serious about birding and tele's, you may want to consider upgrading to M6 II as well. My 2 cents.

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nnowak Veteran Member • Posts: 7,763
Re: Any owners of the M5 and Sigma 100-400 (Specifically)
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You may want to also check out the Tamron 100-400mm.  I don't own the Sigma or Tarmon versions, but everything I have seen tends to suggest that the Tamron is all-around the better lens.

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