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Pre-order: Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports

  
 
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lifeandmylens wrote:
The pictures above look fantastic. What telephoto will you use on the L mount until something better comes along? The 90-280?


Thanks - but I think the reason they look okay is that they have been downsized quite a bit for posting here. If you look at the original files at 100%, the detail is just not there. I'm used to seeing a lot more definition in feathers, even with m4/3 or APS-C gear.

If I was sticking with the L-mount for birds and wildlife, I would pick up a used Canon EF telephoto and an adapter. There are some really good long lens options from Nikon as well, but no adapters that provide AF, unfortunately.



Nov 18, 2021 at 06:21 PM
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molson wrote:
I ended up returning my L-mount Sigma 150-600 DG DN. While it wasn't a really bad lens, it was optically the poorest performing lens I own, so I really couldn't justify keeping it. It's unfortunate there isn't anything better out there for L-mount that doesn't require an adapter.


Thanks for your candid appraisal on the new 150-600mm. I have seen some posts on the internet where people really liked it, but the image details (feathers, fur) were muddled, just as you experienced. I had been considering this lens but am not terribly impressed from what I have seen overall. Maybe it is a good lens for the price point and flexibility, but the performance does not appear to be stellar.



Dec 01, 2021 at 12:50 PM
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Abuttolph wrote:
Thanks for your candid appraisal on the new 150-600mm. I have seen some posts on the internet where people really liked it, but the image details (feathers, fur) were muddled, just as you experienced. I had been considering this lens but am not terribly impressed from what I have seen overall. Maybe it is a good lens for the price point and flexibility, but the performance does not appear to be stellar.


I think that if all you ever do with your photos is post them as small JPEGs on Instagram or the like, you might be happy with the lens - but you can get better performance for less money and a lot less weight with a micro Four Thirds camera and 100-400mm zoom.



Dec 01, 2021 at 01:08 PM
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Has anyone experienced the loss in corner sharpness in portrait vs landscape orientation as described in this article?

https://www.cameralabs.com/sigma-150-600mm-f5-6-3-dg-dn-os-review/

Not something I would think to look for when evaluating a lens.



Jan 17, 2022 at 11:37 PM
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After reading that article, I decided to get another copy of the lens myself. It should be here in a few days, and I will be testing specifically for that vertical-orientation issue.


Jan 22, 2022 at 02:33 PM
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molson wrote:
After reading that article, I decided to get another copy of the lens myself. It should be here in a few days, and I will be testing specifically for that vertical-orientation issue.


To answer my own question. My L mount copy arrived and one of the first things I checked was corner sharpness between landscape and portrait orientation. I could not see a difference between any of the 4 possible orientations.




Jan 23, 2022 at 01:03 AM
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A test shot from today with my second copy of the 150-600mm DG DN OS, and this is with the Sigma 1.4x TC attached.




  DC-S1    210.0-840.0 mm f/7.1-9.0 lens    840mm    f/9.0    1/400s    6400 ISO    -0.7 EV  




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Another one with the new lens




  DC-S1    150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 lens    600mm    f/11.0    1/500s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  




Feb 07, 2022 at 02:37 PM
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No observable difference in sharpness when shooting in vertical orientation - either this copy is not affected, or it's only a problem with the Sony version...?




  DC-S1    150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports 021 lens    600mm    f/8.0    1/500s    640 ISO    -0.3 EV  






  DC-S1    150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports 021 lens    600mm    f/8.0    1/500s    1250 ISO    -0.3 EV  






  DC-S1    150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports 021 lens    150mm    f/11.0    1/500s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  DC-S1    150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports 021 lens    150mm    f/11.0    1/500s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  




Feb 07, 2022 at 02:45 PM
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What are your thoughts on sample variation? Same IQ (i.e. detail, etc.), or better in the second copy?




Feb 07, 2022 at 08:04 PM
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RustyBug wrote:
What are your thoughts on sample variation? Same IQ (i.e. detail, etc.), or better in the second copy?



I'm beginning to think that focus accuracy with the S1/S1R bodies is the probably the biggest determinant in image quality.

The rendering of the lens is different than the other telephotos I've been using, but I think that is a matter of taste - like most Sigma lenses I've tried, fine details look "smoother" which can render nicer backgrounds, but without the micro-contrast that pixel peepers (me...) like to see in things like feathers or fur. It's not unsharp, just a different flavour of sharpness.



Feb 08, 2022 at 11:15 AM
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molson wrote:
I'm beginning to think that focus accuracy with the S1/S1R bodies is the probably the biggest determinant in image quality.

The rendering of the lens is different than the other telephotos I've been using, but I think that is a matter of taste - like most Sigma lenses I've tried, fine details look "smoother" which can render nicer backgrounds, but without the micro-contrast that pixel peepers (me...) like to see in things like feathers or fur. It's not unsharp, just a different flavour of sharpness.


Did you keep your second copy ?

I bought the 150-600mm DG DN for my Lumix S cameras and I totally agree with you. There is fine details but they are a bit soft/smooth. I bought this lens because some people told me the lens was far more sharp than the Panasonic 100-400mm, this is not my experience wide open. Too bad because the lens has nice contrast (deep blacks) like most DG DN lenses. Closing down to f7.1/f8 brings better results though.



May 23, 2022 at 03:39 AM
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Keunish wrote:
Did you keep your second copy ?



I sold all of my L-mount gear.



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