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Item Dimensions 10.2 x 4.1 x 4.1 inches 10.53 x 4.25 x 4.25 inches 2.76 x 2.76 x 1 inches 2.09 x 2.76 x 2.76 inches 2.09 x 2.83 x 2.83 inches 10.24 x 4.13 x 4.13 inches
Item Weight 4.25 lbs 5.07 lbs 6.70 ounces 7.05 ounces 6.53 ounces 6.31 lbs
Lens Type Telephoto Telephoto Teleconverter Standard Standard Standard
Maximum Aperture f/5 f/5.6 0 millimeters 1.8 1.8 millimeters f/6.3
Maximum Focal Length 600 millimeters 500 millimeters 0 35 millimeters 50 millimeters 600 millimeters
Minimum Aperture f/22 f/32 0 22 16 22
Minimum Focal Length 150 millimeters 200 millimeters 0 35 millimeters 50 millimeters 150 millimeters
Photo Filter Thread Size 95 millimeters 95 millimeters 52 millimeters 58 millimeters 105 millimeters

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Reviewed in the United States on April 30, 2015
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Tamron 150-600
By Robert Blair on April 30, 2015
I purchased and returned two copies of the Tamron 150-600 because I was unable to obtain sharp handheld images on any consistent level, particularly above 500mm. I'm honestly not sure what the issue/s were, maybe the Vibration Compensation, maybe the AF, maybe the glass, maybe a combination of issues...but, all I know is that this Sigma 150-600 C was consistently tack sharp as a handheld right out of the box! The Optical Stabilization is fast, solid and dependable, and when coupled with the compact size and relative light weight, it becomes an exceptional handheld super telephoto lens...the best I have ever used. At f/8, this lens truly competes with the image quality of much more expensive lenses. Sigma has found a way to offer nature photographers excellence in form, function and price! Here's a completely unedited crop of one of the first images I took from my back porch while testing the lens. Here's some photos I've taken so far with this lens. It's coupled with a Canon 70D and all shots are handheld except for the moon.
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Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2015
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!!!!!!!! (so far)
By porknbeans on June 18, 2015
I agree with the other reviews here. I just received this lens yesterday, so this review is based on last nights test drive of some deer. What a fantastic lens! All of the samples here are at 600mm, at between f8 and f11. Late evening so used higher ISO's at 1000 to 2000. Using a Canon 70D (love this camera too!). I also use a Canon 70-300L lens and I can say that the Sigma is actually a bit sharper at 600mm than the Canon at 300mm. Very impressive to say the least. I will expand on this lens after having used it more.. So far, I am very happy with this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sony A6300 + Sigma MC-11 + TC-1401 + Sigma 150-600 Contemporary Rocks
By BozemanMark on March 15, 2017
The Sony A6300 + Sigma MC-11 (Canon mount) + TC-1401 + Sigma 150-600 Contemporary (Canon mount) combination rocks. Sigma says the TC-1401 does not work with the MC-11, but my testing shows otherwise:

A6300
MC-11 + 150-600 Contemporary
All AF modes work
All Focus Areas work

MC-11 + TC-1401 + 150-600 Contemporary
AFS and AFC work well
Focus Areas: wide, spot, and flexible spot are available
In moderate to good light, Focus is quick and accurate; in lower light, AF is marginal, but MF works fine

A6000 - no AF with TC-1401
MC-11 + 150-600 Contemporary
All AF modes work
All Focus Areas work

MC-11 + TC-1401 + 150-600 Contemporary
AF does not work; functional in Manual Focus

Until somebody makes a native E-mount long telezoom, this combination is the best setup available.

Attached pictures taken with the A6300 at full zoom (1260 mm equivalent) using autofocus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one VERY shiny object. :)
By Tech Palindrome on May 2, 2015
Update May 2016: Recent firmware patches have improved the autofocus performance.

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.

Nice Things:

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)
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4.0 out of 5 stars great for the money but not perfect
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 8, 2018
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4.0 out of 5 stars great for the money but not perfect
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 8, 2018
For the money, this is a pretty amazing lens. While heavy, compared to virtually anything else with 500 or 600 mm focal length it's pretty light and as a consequence, given the excellent image stabilisation, it's certainly possible to use hand-held in reasonably good light. But unless you've got quite strong arms - or something to lean on - I'd strongly recommend using a monopod. This will be a lot lighter to lug around than a tripod although obviously the latter will get you the best shots, and is especially recommended if you're staying in one place such as a hide.

As many have pointed out, with its unspectacular maximum aperture the lens isn't great in low light (a wider maximum aperture would make it much heavier and much more expensive) and ideally it should be paired with a camera body that has really good low light autofocus ability and relatively low noise at high ISO values. If you're not used to using a supertelephoto lens - and it is quite a steep learning curve - you're going to find that smaller targets that are some distance away are hard to achieve good focus on using autofocus, especially if there is something else slightly further or nearer to potentially focus on such as water, branches etc. This isn't a shortcoming of the lens, more a question of technique and the quality of your camera's autofocus system. In particular, if you're photographing relatively distant birds on water that aren't moving around much, you'll get the best shots on a tripod using either manual focus or the manual override setting (where you can use autofocus and then fine-tune) using the camera's magnified on-screen view rather than the viewfinder where it can be difficult to see if you have optimum focus. While this isn't a criticism of the lens, it's worth knowing so that you don't think there's something wrong with it at longer distances when closer shots with autofocus are so sharp. And of course even with perfect focus, as your subject gets further away there is inevitably a law of diminishing returns with regard to detail and any subsequent cropping or sharpening will bring out any noise in the image.

From an aesthetic point of view, the background blur (bokeh) of areas of the frame that are out of focus is not very attractive when the background is near to the subject - e.g. if you're shooting a duck floating on water, the duck may look fine but the water behind and in front of it less so. On the other hand, if the background is some metres behind the subject then the blur looks fine to me. The sharpness when you get a good focus on something is really spectacular - a small bird 5 or 10 metres away will show every filament of its feathers. The focus limiting switch, with three positions of full range, closest focus to 10 metres and 10 metres to infinity is really useful, - if you're trying to shoot a bird through gaps in branches or reeds or alternatively one perched on a branch quite nearby you can avoid the autofocus locking onto the foreground or background respectively and waste a lot less time hunting for focus.

Obviously this lens is far from cheap in absolute terms, but compared to anything better it's a huge bargain and I would strongly recommend it for shooting birds in your garden or a park, at least as practice for using it in more challenging environments. As an example of what you can achieve when the subject is quite near, the shot of the robin is from about 6 or 7 metres away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sigma telephoto is as good as ever
Reviewed in India on December 26, 2017
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Reviewed in India on December 26, 2017
Excellent product from Sigma and equally excellent delivery and shipping by Cloudtail and Amazon. Had used the 150-500mm for 7 years before upgrading to this one. Works flawlessly with the Canon 550D, 700D and 80D - should have no problem with any contemporary Canon Body. Pretty ok at F6.3 and 600mm and of course when the light is good, then it can give lenses 5 times as expensive as this a run for their money. Image quality and sharpness of the 150-600mm is surely improved from the older 150-500mm version - in most lighting scenarios you can see a noticeable difference. Optical stabilization is fast, effective and completely silent and can enable one to take photos down to 1/250s at 600mm on a crop body. Autofocus speed is good - but at 600mm F6.3 it is not the fastest out there, which is understandable. Autofocus speed can be improved if one does not rely on the Full range of the selector switch, but helping the autofocus system by selecting the likely distance to subject using the distance selector switch on the lens. Clicking small, restless birds inside foliage in low light may be a tad more difficult with this lens at 600mm than with the old one at 500mm, but that is part of the challenge of going to higher focal length as well. Autofocus accuracy is excellent and, in decent lighting conditions, is pretty much unbeatable. If combined with a slightly more capable body than a Canon 700D, one can expect pretty impressive results even at ISOs of 1600, while reaching up to 600mm with F6.3. Overall an excellent product for its price. Attached photos, apart from that of the tiger walking down, are all at 600mm on a 700D body with ISO speeds capped at 1600.
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In Summe auch nach 4 Jahren Verwendung ein absolut empfehlenswertes Super-Teleobjektiv sowohl am Crop-Sensor als auch am Vollformat! Die Lichtstärke und auch die Abbildungsleistung liegen nicht auf dem Niveau einer 600mm Festbrennweite, dafür ist das Objektiv mit ca. 900€ wesentlich günstiger und durch die Abmessungen und das geringere Gewicht einfacher in der Handhabung. Dadurch kann es auch auf längeren Touren ohne größere Probleme mitgenommen werden.

Einzige Nachteile für mich (mit Empfehlung):
Die kurze Stativschelle ohne Arca-Swiss (gerade mit leichten Kameras wird die Kombination sehr kopflastig) und der fehlende Wetterschutz. Wer dies benötigt, dem würde ich einen näheren Blick auf das Tamron 150-600mm G2 empfehlen. Als ich das Sigma gekauft habe gab es dieses noch nicht und ein Upgrade rechnet sich für mich bisher noch nicht. Durch den geringen Preisunterschied wäre dies für mich bei einer Neuanschaffung aber definitiv in Erwägung zu ziehen.
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| Verarbeitung
Die Zeiten, dass Sigma oder auch Tamron für ihre schlechte Verarbeitung zu kritisieren waren ist definitiv vorbei – im Falle von Sigma mit der Einführung der C(ontemporary), S(ports) und A(rt) Objektive. So ist auch das 150mm – 600mm gut verarbeitet und erweckt auch nach 4 Jahren, die ich das Objektiv inzwischen nutze, noch den Eindruck. Alleine die Gegenlichtblende ist mittlerweile etwas schwergängig zur Montage/Demontage geworden. Ich vermute diese hat sich leicht verzogen, was bei dem großen Durchmesser (95mm Filtergewinde) allgemein zu Problemen führen kann. So lassen sich z.B. billige Filter oftmals gar nicht oder nur sehr schwer montieren, da es zu geringfügigen Abweichungen der Rundheit kommt und auch bei hochwertigen Filtern darf man diese nicht zu fest greifen, da es dadurch bereits durch leichte, elastische Deformationen kommt und ein Einschrauben der Filter schwierig wird. Das Filtergewinde am Objektiv selbst ist allerdings hervorragend gefertigt.

Obwohl bei dem Objektiv laut Hersteller kein Wetterschutz vorhanden ist, ist am Anschlussbajonett eine Dichtlippe vorhanden. Damit ist zumindest der direkte Kontakt zum Kamerabody geschützt. Dennoch würde ich ohne weitere Vorkehrungen nicht empfehlen das Objektiv viel Nässe/Schmutz auszusetzen. Wer viel in widrigen Bedingungen unterwegs ist, sollte sich in der Preisklasse eher das Tamron 150mm – 600mm G2 oder (bereits deutlich teurer) das Sigma 150mm – 600mm Sports ansehen.

| Handhabung
Die Handhabung ohne Stativ ist insgesamt als gut zu bewerten. Hier hätte ich mir eigentlich nur einen breiteren und etwas leichtgängigeren Fokusring gewünscht. In vielen Fällen nutze ich Freihand aber ohnehin den Autofokus um z.B. Vögel im Flug auch wirklich mit dem Fokus zu treffen. Mehr zum Autofokus im entsprechenden Unterpunkt meiner Rezension. Die Stativschelle kann abgenommen oder verdreht werden, damit diese nicht mehr stört.

Die Handhabung auf dem Stativ ist, insbesondere mit einer leichten (Crop)-Kamera, nicht ideal. Mit meiner Nikon D5500 ist die Stativschelle viel zu kurz um die Kombination einigermaßen in einen ausgeglichenen Zustand zu bringen. Durch die starke Kopflastigkeit kommt es sogar mit einem recht stabilen Stativ zu einem leichten absinken des Bildausschnitts, wenn Objektiv bzw. Kamera losgelassen werden. Bei 600mm Brennweite ist durch den minimalen Winkel der Bildausschnitt bereits wieder falsch und wird es somit schwierig die Kamera richtig zu justieren. Mit meiner D850 (besonders mit Batteriegriff) ist das System deutlich besser ausgeglichen und die Festlegung des Ausschnitts einfacher handhabbar.

Hier wäre eine längere Stativschelle definitiv notwendig und – wie man es beim Tamron 150mm-600mm G2 sieht mit Arca-Swiss Kompatibilität ein echter Benefit. Falls eine Neuauflage des Objektivs geplant ist hiermit ein Hinweis an Sigma: Überarbeitet eure Stativschelle!

| Bildqualität
Die Bildqualität ist für ein Objektiv dieser Preisklasse und in diesem Brennweitenbereich sehr gut. Am Crop-Sensor nochmal besser als am Vollformat, da die Randbereiche wegfallen, aber auch am Vollformat gut. Die Ergebnisse sind schon bei Offenblende recht gut, durch Abblenden erhält man aber nochmal eine Steigerung der Qualität. Wer das Beste an Bildqualität und eine maximale Lichtstärke braucht ist wohl mit einem 600mm F4 Objektiv besser bedient, wird dieses aber nur mit erheblich mehr Aufwand transportieren können und hat entsprechende Kosten. Meiner Meinung nach lohnt sich das nur wenn man seinen Lebensunterhalt mit der Wildlife-Fotografie verdient. Preis/Leistungsmäßig bekommt man hier aber wirklich sehr viel für sein Geld!
Zur Beurteilung der Bildqualität sind ein paar Abbildungen mit 100% Detailansicht und Angaben zu den Einstellungen / Kamera beigefügt. Ich denke dies sagt mehr über die Qualität in realer Anwendung aus.

Dank 9 abgerundeter Blendenlamellen ist das Bokeh recht schön und insbesondere im „Makro“ Bereich angenehm weich. Die Naheinstellgrenze lässt allerdings keinen Abbildungsmaßstab, den man tatsächlich als Makro bezeichnen könnte, zu.

| Autofokus und Bildstabilisator
Der Autofokus arbeitet im Allgemeinen recht schnell und in der Regel treffsicher. Eine Feinjustierung mit dem Sigma-Dock ist generell immer empfehlenswert, in meinem Fall mussten aber nur wenig an den Einstellschrauben gedreht werden. Dies kann sich aber je Objektiv unterscheiden. Daher ist die Möglichkeit dies mit dem Dock selbst zu Justieren aus meiner Sicht sehr gut und kann ich nur empfehlen!

Der Bildstabilisator leistet gute Arbeit, bei dieser Brennweite muss man aber einfach eine entsprechende Belichtungszeit wählen, da bereits kleinste Bewegungen zu einer Unschärfe führen. Am Vollformat sind bei 600mm noch bis etwa 1/320s scharfe Aufnahmen möglich. Eine ruhige Hand ist allerdings Pflicht, ein Stativ besser.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth every rupee, best ever for anyone to start
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth every rupee, best ever for anyone to start
Reviewed in India on November 8, 2018
I read lot of reviews before buying this product, here is my verdict.
- If you are looking for budget priced telephoto lens, this is for you.
- Its heavy, no doubt why this product is sturdy and can take few blow and still perform the same. Don’t judge this product by weight, if you look for lesser weight lens you end up paying almost double price for 700 gm or so wt reduction.
- Picture quality : Its equally good or maybe better in certain conditions with any lens of this category when the subject seem to be isolated or if you give enough time to focus. When the subject is with blended background it takes a while or maybe little blur to the pic. Remember this was on a crop sensor camera, results are completely different and better on a full frame sensor camera. Plus you get better result when you keep the lens distance setting appropriate to the situation. This doesn’t harm anyway a fast moving object, it’s hilariously good to shoot fast moving subjects. Camera setting do affect the image quality, with right setting it’s a workhorse of lens to shoot with. I’ve pictured far flying eagle fully zoomed and could get clean (Definitely those pics do have have few blurring due to the distance with pollution on sky)
- I read someone commenting the lens zoom was too hard, indeed I experienced it as well but after reasonable usage I do adjust with my holding fingers; it’s so buttery smooth.
- Verdict : If you are looking for inexpensive (I would not use the word ‘cheap’ as this product outlives the money invested) entry level telephoto lens, go for it:; Not an iota of doubt for this lens.
You might struggle initially a bit to take good pics but once you familiarise which settings ( Lens as well camera setting) suits your camera, then begins your joyful endless journey with this lens.
I’ve attached some of the best pics taken with this lens (Crop sensor body) for reference
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 30, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 30, 2018
I am very keen on wildlife photography and have been using a Canon 100-400 L lens with my Canon 7D MkII. I hadn't been that happy with the reach of just 400mm and also that the images seemed to be quite soft even after tuning the camera to the lens. After some investigation, I decided that the Sigma 150-600 was the lens to get and I am so glad that I did. As we travel quite a bit, I didn't want the extra weight of the Sport version and so after reading many reviews decided on the Contemporary. I fitted the lens to my 7D MkII and achieved perfect results without any lens compensation in the camera. My only very small issue is the difficulty to turn the zoom ring round from 150mm to 600mm once you have found your subject. I'm sure that I will get used to this in time. All in all a wonderful piece of kit for the excellent price.
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