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Sigma 150-600mm 5-6.3 Sports DG OS HSM Lens for Canon
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- Maximum Aperture Range: f/3.5-6.3
- One SLD and Four FLD Elements
- Super Multi-Layer Coating
- Hyper Sonic Motor AF System
- Optical Stabilization
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150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S
High action-capture performance
Designed and executed for the most demanding types of photography, the Sigma 150-600mm 5-6.3 DG HSM OS Sports lens is the new standard for telephoto zooms. Boasting 2 FLD glass elements (performance equal to fluorite) and 3 SLD glass elements, the new Sigma 150-600mm Sport produces incredibly sharp images y through the entire zoom range. Chromatic aberration is controlled at the long end of the focal length through the optimized design of the glass elements and a dust and splash proof construction ensures a high degree of durability.
An updated optical stabilizer (OS) features an accelerometer for improved panning photography both horizontally and vertically, essential for birding, wildlife and motorsports photography. The Sigma 150-600 Sports also touts a new zoom lock switch that can be locked at any focal length and a new manual override (MO) switch is incorporated as an option which is activated by rotating the focus ring while using the autofocus. This state-of-the-art lens is equipped with advanced Sigma technology including an optimized, quieter AF, water/oil repellent coating on front and rear elements and Mount Conversion service compatibility. As with all Sport line lenses, the Sigma 150-600 works with the Sigma USB dock for maximum customization allowing for firmware updates and adjustments to the focus limiter, AF speed and OS view.
Accelerator sensor enables panning photography both in vertical and horizontal position.
The OS (Optical Stabilizer) function using an accelerator sensor has been incorporated to ensure high accuracy. OS Mode 1 is suitable for general photography, and Mode 2 is ideal for panning shooting for motor sports etc. With Mode 2, the accelerator sensor works effectively to minimize blur while shooting by detecting whether the camera is positioned vertically or horizontally.
*This lens cannot be used on film SLR cameras with the exception of the Nikon F6, Canon EOS-1V.
*Effect of Mode 2 is limited to panning shooting in horizontal direction.
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 and OS function. The “Custom Mode Switch” is the device for further customization on the dedicated lenses.
Since 1961, and with the recent introduction of Sigma Global Vision, we have worked toward one single, simple goal: To hold ourselves to the highest standard of design & manufacturing of imaging products. Photography is all we do. And it’s all we’ve done. So you can rest assured that it’s something we know extensively and care deeply about. You have a vision. We’ve made it our mission.
- Dust and splash-proof construction
- Water & oil repellent coating on the front and rear glass elements
- Customization and flexible adjustment with Sigma USB Dock
- Soft cap, Lens hood LH1164-01, case included
- 105mm Filter Size
SIGMA 150-600MM LENS CANON 5-6.3 SPORTS DG LENS
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First let me say, I originally didn't think I was going to purchase it. I thought that renting a 500mm Canon F4 would suffice in situations where I'd be photographing birds and other long distance subjects. But when I thought about it, renting a prime like that for more than a week or so can be really expensive. And when you have an enormously expensive lens like a 500mm F4 or 600mm F4 on loan, you can never really relax (or at least I can't) because images of the lens smacking into the concrete haunt you.
Also, the Sigma 150-600mm looked like it might be very useful for daytime sports events like those I sometimes photograph. I use a Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 for a lot of that but sometimes, I have felt myself yearning for more range.
04-11-2015: Maiden voyage with the lens at the National Zoo in Washington DC
My initial impressions of the lens have been very favorable. The lens feels a lot more "professional" than the Sigma 50-500mm (aka "Bigma") that I used to have. I hate using cliches but the all-metal (or is it almost all-metal body) comes across as "built like a tank."
With that solid construction comes weight. The lens is not a light one to shoot with (carrying it in a backpack is fine). I was able to handhold it some at the Zoo (the day was nice and bright so I could ratchet up the shutter speed enough to do that without having to move the ISO up to ruinous levels. Nevertheless, I found myself tiring enough over two hours that I found it much easier to prop up the lens on the fences enclosing the animal exhibits. I am pretty certain that most people will want to use the lens with a monopod or tripod. I'm definitely planning to use the lens with a tripod on my upcoming trip to Svalbard.
I'll let the images I've included with this review speak for the sort of pictures the lens is capable of capturing (I used it with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II). I selected as the samples ones where the focal length was over 500mm. By and large I was pleased with what I captured.
One feature that I thought was pretty useful was a focus limitation switch that would allow you to specify the ranges at which the autofocus would work and when it would not. This helped ward off some of the "hunting phenomenon."
So to wrap up this installment of my review, I am pleased with the lens and I look forward to my next outing with it.
For those who may wonder, I purchased this lens (at list price) from Roberts Cameras a couple of weeks ago.
Update (photos from my trip to Svalbard in June 2015)
Just a few thoughts ... I had a great time up in Svalbard (the Norwegian Arctic island complex). The Sigma 150-600mm played a key role in helping me do that by getting what I think are some pretty good shots of Polar Bears walking near my ship (but not really near).
This said, the lens was a bit heavy lugging around on hikes on the coast...but not much worse I think than what it would be like lugging a Canon 500/600/800mm instead.
Upon getting this lens, I noticed the box was huge. I was hoping the lens wouldn't be as big as the box made it seem. I was wrong. This lens is enormous. It's something so big that my large camera backpack may not fit it. It will be hard to take this out on casual hikes like I did my 100-400 (see the photo comparison of the size). And it will be really hard to handhold for long. I better hit the gym.
On the styling front, the all black style is very sleek. The only thing I don't like about the design is the lens cap and hood. The lens "cap" is actually fabric, and it slides over the front of the lens. This is not quick to put on and off, so I will likely be leaving it off more than on.
And the lens hood, besides also being enormous, is all metal. While that is nice from a protection point of view, it does make the lens heavier. And the last thing this lens needs is to be heavy.
But enough about the size and design of the lens, how does it perform. I have taken the lens out a number of times, mostly in morning light, but also a bit indoors in the evening. The results have been about what I expected for image quality, and better than I expected for image stabilization.
The Image quality can be seen in the included photos. Even wide open this is producing nice results. Stopping down to f/8 improves image quality a bit. Going to f/11 keeps the quality on par. Anything beyond that shouldn't really ever be used.
But the image stabilization, wow! I have shot 1/40s at 600mm, and had sharp images. That is a solid 4 stops slower than the 1/600s handheld guideline for the focal length. I haven't yet played around with adjusting (using the Sigma dock) the IS, but I have heard that using Dynamic IS makes it even better.
I have also found image focus to be good, although I plan on testing that and making adjustments if needed with the Dock. So far, things seem sharp, but it feels like they could be ever so sharper. It feels like the lens is backfocusing just a little bit when at 600mm. Luckily, the Sigma dock allows for a ton of adjustment here. You can not only set micro focus adjustments at the long end and short end of the zoom range, but also a couple stops in between. And you can also set the micro adjustments for different object lengths, in case you need a different adjustment for close objects vs far away objects. This process is likely going to take me an hour or two, but it should make the lens perform even better than it does out of the box.
Focus has been pretty fast for me, even in a few tough situations. There are adjustments for this too in the dock. You can set it to fast, but less accurate. Slower but more accurate, or a balance. I have so far shot at the balanced setting, but I plan on trying out the slower but more accurate setting as well (I pref accuracy over quick focus 99% of the time).
Finally, a couple of things to note. Back to the size/weight, I have found the tripod collar cannot be removed. If I were doing only handheld shooting (which is actually most of the time) I would like to remove that to save on weight. If I get out an allen wrench, I could remove the bottom portion, but then I have to keep track of the screws. Also, the front element is very heavy, so there is a lens lock, but my version only locks at the marked focal lengths. I hear the new version of the lens locks at any length, which would be nice in some situations.
Overall, I'm pleased with this purchase.