The type of photography that you are planning to use is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated the Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport and the Nikon 500mm F4E FL ED VR for their suitability to various photography scenarios:
Size and Weight Comparison
Size of a lens is an important deciding factor when comparing two lenses.Nikon 500mm F4E FL ED VR is the longer of the two lenses at 387mm. The Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport with a length of 380mm is 7mm shorter. On the other hand, the Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport has a larger diameter of 145mm compared to Nikon 500mm F4E FL ED VR's 140mm diameter.
Weight of a lens is as important as its external dimensions, especially if you are planning to hand hold your camera and lens combination for longer periods. Nikon 500mm F4E FL ED VR weighs 3090g, 6% (220g) lighter than the Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport's weight of 3310g.
Below you can find the dimension and weight table of the 'Telephoto Prime Lenses in Nikon F (FX) Mount for size comparison purposes.
Telephoto Prime Lenses in Nikon F (FX) Mount for Size Comparison
Both Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport and Nikon 500mm F4E FL ED VR has the same Nikon F (FX) lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Nikon F (FX) lenses are Nikon D6, Nikon D780 and Nikon D3500.
Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport is also available in Sigma SA and Canon EF mounts.
Both lenses have the same focal range of 500mm and the fastest aperture of F4.