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Sigma150-500 vs Canon 100-400

Sigma serial:1009567 Used with 40D

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Shot JPG, Faithful PicStyle with parameters to my liking but all shots used the same so they can be directly compared.
Each of the comparison shots is from the best of 3 and no post procesing.

My thought after a few tests (will update)
-Sigma is quite soft wide open at f/6.3 (as expected) but softer than Canon wide at f/5.6
-At f/8 or higher they are much closer in sharpness (at 400mm the Sigma is slightly sharper than my Canon copy).
-Sigma has slight red cast but easily correctable. Canon has more blue cast which is sometimes harder to correct.
-Canon has faster focus but Sigma isn't much slower. (I haven't tested fully yet)
-Tried a bit of AI Servo on the model plane. It can get good shots but not sure about consistency.
-Stabilizer(OS) to me seems about the same as Canon(IS). Of course at 500mm it has to work harder.

New update:
I have found that my Canon is very slightly back focusing and the Sigma is very slightly front focusing.
I'm going to get my 40D serviced to make sure everything is aligned and adjusted properly.
Remember at these focal lengths the Depth of Field is very narrow so even a small miss in focus will result in a blurred shot.
Canon @400mm
Canon @400mm
Sigma @500mm
Sigma @500mm
Canon @400mm
Canon @400mm
Sigma @500mm
Sigma @500mm
Canon @400mm
Canon @400mm
Sigma @500mm
Sigma @500mm
Canon @400mm
Canon @400mm
Sigma @500mm
Sigma @500mm
Canon at f/9
Canon at f/9
Sigma at f/9
Sigma at f/9
Canon open  f/5.6
Canon open f/5.6
Sigma open f/6.3 400mm
Sigma open f/6.3 400mm
Sigma open f/6.3 500mm
Sigma open f/6.3 500mm
side_by_side
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Tree 361m away
Tree 361m away
Windsor Castle 1.54miles away
Windsor Castle 1.54miles away
DoF 500mm f/9
DoF 500mm f/9
Model plane
Model plane
Model Plane2
Model Plane2
Model Plane3
Model Plane3
Bee 3.2m away
Bee 3.2m away
Canon @400mm back bias focus
Canon @400mm back bias focus
Sigma @403mm front bias focus
Sigma @403mm front bias focus
Sigma @500mm front bias focus
Sigma @500mm front bias focus
Poser 10.8 meters away
Poser 10.8 meters away