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Sigma 150-600mm 5-6.3 Contemporary DG OS HSM Lens for Canon
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- Lightweight and compact in construction for higher useability
- Water and oil repellent coating on front glass element makes maintenance of the lens surface
- Filter Size: 95mm
- Minimum focusing distance : 280 cm/110.2 inches, focal length :150-600mm
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150-600 Millimeter F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C
Portability Meets Versatility
The Sigma 150-600 millimeter 5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary was created around the concept of maximum portability meets utmost image quality in a variable aperture hyper-telephoto zoom lens. Light weight and compact, this s zoom can handle any long-reach photographic situation one may encounter. This 150-600 millimeter Contemporary boasts updated Sigma technology such as a quiet and optimized Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) and a new Optical Stabilizer (OS) with an accelerometer for improved panning photography both vertically and horizontally, essential for birding, wildlife and motor photography. The Sigma 150-600 Contemporary also touts a new zoom lock switch that can be locked at any focal length and a new manual override (MO) switch is incorporated for improved focusing control. Working with the Sigma USB dock, this lens allows for maximum customization such as firmware updates and adjustments to the focus limiter, AF speed and OS view.
USB Dock Compatibility
Sigma has developed special software (SIGMA Optimization Pro) that can update the lens firmware and adjust parameters such as focus. In addition, the lenses from our Sports line have customizable AF speed, focus limiter, OS function and full-time manual focus function. The 'Custom Mode Switch' is the device for further customization on the dedicated lenses.
About 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C
- First hyper-telephoto zoom from the Contemporary line
- Lightweight and compact in construction for higher useability
- Water and oil repellent coating on front glass element makes maintenance of the lens surface easier
- Dust proof and splash proof mount
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Item Dimensions||4.1 x 4.1 x 10.2 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1,930 grams|
|Item Weight||6 pounds|
|Lens Design||Fixed Zoom|
|Maximum Aperture Range||5 - 6.3|
|Maximum Focal Length||600 mm|
|Minimum Focal Length||150 mm|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||95 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||4.1 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||6.75 pounds|
|Style Name||Canon EF Cameras|
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|Item Dimensions||4.1 x 10.2 x 4.1 in||4.17 x 10.16 x 4.17 in||4.13 x 10.24 x 4.13 in||3.7 x 7.6 x 3.7 in||3.54 x 10.12 x 3.54 in||4.16 x 10.15 x 4.72 in|
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SIGMA 150-600MM LENS CANON 5-6.3 CONTEMP HSM LENS
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UPDATE Jan. 2016: I did indeed buy the docking station and there has been one firmware released that made auto-focus do a better job for me!
This is one very shiny toy. It took a while for me to post this review because at first I was not sure if maybe it had a focus problem. After three weeks it is clear that it is operator error and learning curve. I will post some sample pics.
My camera: Canon 70D - This is a cropped sensor camera although the lens is compatible with full frames - not sure how it performs on those.
On a nice bright day you can indeed hand hold this although it is a bit of a beast. To demonstrate this, every picture I have uploaded were taken hand-held. If you are going to use a tripod you will need a real one, not one of the little plastic bargain brands. Picture of my camera with this lens (taken from my cell phone camera) included.
This lens works great but you have to keep track of all the settings and remember which ones you have set. For example there are two types of optical stabilization and you have to remember to shut it OFF when on a tripod or it will mess things up a bit. To decrease your focus time you have a switch that can be set to 2.9-10m or 10m-infinity. Autofocus can go full auto, full manual, or auto with manual override. Many of my initial blown pics were because I had something set in the wrong place.
One potentially awesome thing that I have not had time to try yet is that you can buy a $60 docking station that will let you burn custom settings and microfocus adjustments in to the lens as well as update its firmware. It lets you set priority on motor speed vs smoothness, Set custom focal range limits to speed up focus if you know the range you will be shooting at, make 16 separate microfocus adjustments to fine tune your autofocus.... 4 distances x 4 focal lengths. I will let you go look that up though as I have not tried it myself.
It goes by the name of: Sigma 878101 USB Dock Lens Firmware for Canon Lenses (Black)
So far this lens has done a great job for me. However I AM NOT A PIXEL PEEPER. Photoshop and Lightroom exist for a reason :) If you are that kind of OCD photographer you need to wait for another person's review.
Yes it is not fully weather sealed like the $2000 "sport" model and yes it is made out of plastic (the "S" model is all metal I think). But it feels quite well made and solid, and there are many other things I would rather spend that extra $1000 on. The focus and the zoom feel very smooth and easy to control.
They did not "nickel and dime" you on the extras. It comes with a nice padded case with a strap, a strap for the lens, and a lens hood.
Technically, in spite of what Sigma says I was able to use my non-sigma (Tamron for Canon mounts) x1.4x tele-converter but regardless of lighting auto-foucs went down the pipes when I did.
There is a hard lock at 150mm by means of a switch so when you are moving around gravity will not make the lens extend if it is pointing downwards.
One weird thing. As of May 1 you can not just download the documentation for this thing from the web. So if you don't do well at keeping track of flyers, you need to call Sigma tech support and they will e-mail you the PDF.
I will try to add more details as I think of them, but for now here are some pictures I have managed (only post-processing is crop, image reduction, and enhancing exposure/color if light was low)
This lens is compatible with the Sigma USB dock, which I also own. Before I even took a test shot with the lens I setup a target and went through the 4 focal lengths that can be dialed in for AF fine tune with the dock and got it tuned to perfection. Focus lock is spot on through the entire zoom range. This feature to me is invaluable for a lens of this nature which will always have a different fine tune adjustment from end to end.
I swapped in my Tamron 150-600 for this lens. The Tamron was a good lens optically and I had no complaints with it in that department, but it had other issues that made the Sigma lens the easy winner between the two. The Tamron would suddenly stop focusing, out of the blue, and would have to be completely dismounted and remounted for it to start focusing again. This is a known issue, not a problem with the specific lens that I had. Mine was also pretty horribly out of calibration on the autofocus at 600mm. For it to get a sharp picture when autofocused at 600mm I needed my cameras AF fine tune at +20 (maxed out) or it would pretty severely front-focus. What this meant was that in order to shoot anything less than 600mm I'd have to go in to the camera menu and decrease the fine tune amount, what a PITA.
I did some independent testing of the optics between the Tamron and this Sigma side by side before I sent the Tamron back and the Sigma (at least my copy) is also slightly superior in sharpness and color rendition. Wide open they are about the same, but stopped down to f/8 the Sigma has a very clear sharpness advantage over the Tamron.
Get this lens, you really won't regret it if you need the reach. I shoot this lens on a Nikon D750 where I need a lot of reach to bring subjects in close due to the sensor size and this lens delivers!!!