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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
|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Item Dimensions||4.13 x 4.13 x 10.24 inches|
|Item Display Weight||2,900 grams|
|Item Weight||6.31 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 Year Limited Warranty|
|Material Type||Composite with metal sealed mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F5.0 - F6.3|
|Maximum Focal Length||600 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm FF|
|Minimum Focal Length||150 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||150 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||20|
|Number of Groups||14|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||105 mm|
|Shipping Weight||10.25 pounds|
|Style Name||Canon SLR Mount|
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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.
I am using this on a brand new Nikon D500 APS-C sensor camera to achieve an effective 900mm focal length.
Today, I received this Sigma lens and it is crystal clear and sharp. Perfect!!!! What a huge difference!!!
I took this to a Hollywood Bowl concert for a spin. First thing you notice is that, well, people notice. When security was checking bags, they went "Whoa. This guy has a professional camera." Second thing you will notice is how heavy your camera is. Since you can't bring a tripod to the Bowl, you will 1) Need to use high shutter speed and ISO settings and 2) Need to be buff or have gone to the gym regularly. You WILL feel the 12+ lbs of your camera plus Sig-monster after the first few shots.
In terms of shooting, it was a tough experience. I was in the Super Seats, which is a little too far back for even this lens. Effective range seems to be ~100m, and Super Seats felt like 200m. The female host Hani looked really pretty through the viewfinder and I was able to get some good pictures but she was tiny because of the distance and I had to crop out a lot. At night in this kind of situation without a tripod, the Sigma becomes unusable. You have to turn up shutter speed to compensate for motion but then you have to turn up ISO as well. ISO 12800 will make you cry here, so don't use it. This concert only comes once a year, so the better way is to buy front row and bring a lens you can handhold. Save the Sigma for some easy landscape shots.
If Sigma ever wanted to make a flagship product, this would physically be it. There are larger lenses in Sigma's arsenal, but none have the blend of quality, versatility and of course, newness that the 150-600 has. That being said, it's notoriously difficult to get, but if you're very vigilant, you can get your hands on the best lens in this class.
For a lens of this focal range, optical quality is mostly stellar. Many have compared it to the recent Tamron 150-600mm, but this Sigma 'Sport' model is more of a one-up lens (especially at 2x the cost and greater size). Under "reasonable" conditions, quality at 600mm is more or less indistinguishable from 150mm. I say reasonable because you must be far enough away and air and lighting conditions must be good. If you do this, your images will be vivid and sharp. Case in point: I took this monster to Kuaui, Hawaii to test its landscape potential. It was fantastic taking shots of a waterfall across Waimea Canyon several klicks away, but kept focus-hunting when I tried to have it take a family picture even when I had it at 4 meters away. The Sigma had no problems taking pictures of Spouting Horn - the autofocus is fast enough even at f6.3 - and I was far enough away. On the other hand, when I took it up to a house in the Malibu mountains to take pictures of Los Angeles, it had a lot of trouble making a decent shot. Maybe it was the LA haze, but I couldn't get a single decent panorama. Every shot had serious tunnel vision ('vignetting' for photographers). However, if I turned and took a picture of the nearby houses, I didn't have such issues.
As with the rest of the new lenses in Sigma's "Global Vision" system, the 150-600mm is a much sturdier block of metal and glass than the old Sigma lenses were. She's like the girl-next-door with a ridiculously well-built body that you never thought about because you always went Canon or Nikon. The zoom mechanisms and buttons are still stiff even after a few months of use, and the white lettering on black give it a solid and serious look. The sun shield/hood is metal as well, which seems nice at first but later seems a little dangerous as it's a big block of metal being handled on and off near the fragile glass front. The cap is not a true cap but rather a cloth hood. These two things would be the only aspects I don't prefer about an otherwise awesome lens. The 150-600 Sport is weather-sealed.
FEATURES & PACKAGE
The 150-600 Sport has two autofocus modes (general and pan-with-subject), optical stabilization on/off, and manual focus override. If you shell out $50 for the Sigma USB dock, you can update firmware and save 3 custom focus profiles for the lens. You get a soft case and lens carrying strap (you kind of need it for a lens this size and weight).
Taking this out in the field makes you feel like you need to go to the gym more. Without a tripod, it's difficult to use to use for more than a short photo moment before your arms get tired. Even with a tripod, the 150-600 requires a lot of hand-holding because of its weight. It's a very situational camera that probably won't see much day to day use unless you're always taking landscape shots from far away. However, you likely wouldn't be looking at this lens to learn about its weight.
COMMENTS AND CONCLUSION
I've had two of Sigma's Global Vision lenses (including this one) and have been nothing but impressed. They've really moved beyond their old image of "the cheaper CaNikon alternative" and in some cases bested their competitors. Right now, there are no other contenders in the 150-600mm category for the quality that you get with the Sigma. If you can get your hands on it, jump (or click). Because there is a catch, and it is exactly that. The 150-600mm Sport is virtually impossible to get at list price. I don't know anyone on DPReview (the Amazon subsidiary) that has it. Maybe one or two, but they haven't left a review here on The 'zon. The story is that Sigma is revamping their QC process, plus there is insane demand for this lens. I was only able to get it by checking eBay everyday for a normal listing until I saw one and only one, and bought it without hesitation. There are a few sellers but they are all listing at 15% markup. So there you have it - if you see it available at the $2000 MSRP, go for it - you won't be disappointed, and you won't get a second chance.
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Optically great. I'd rather have 600mm fix lens with faster aperture however.Read more