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Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG HSM OS "S"

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Image Circle: 35mm
Type: Telephoto Zoom
Focal Length: 150 - 600mm
APS Equivalent: 1.5x: 225 - 900mm; 1.6x: 240 - 960mm
Max Aperture: f/5 - 6.3
Min Aperture: f/22
Diaphragm Blades: 9 (rounded)
Lens Construction: 20 elements in 14 groups, including 1 FLD and 3 SLD glass elements
Diagonal Angle of View
(Based on image circle): 16.4 - 4.1 degrees
Focus Details: HSM with manual override (MO) switch
Front Element Rotation: ?
Zoom System: Rotary (with zoom lock switch)
Closest Focus: 280cm / 110.2 in.
Magnification Ratio: 0.2x / 1:5
Filter Size: 95mm
(Length x Diameter): 260mm x 105mm / 10.2 in. x 4.1 in.
Weight: TBD
Notes: Updated Optical Stabilizer (OS); Dust and splash-proof mount, as well as new water and oil-repellent coating on the front and rear lenses; Available AF Mounts: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Sigma SA


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Registered: Oct 11, 2018
Location: Netherlands
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Review Date: Oct 11, 2018 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Fast AF, build quality, versatility
Struggling with low light conditions due to the aperture

From the beginning the 150-600 came out, this lens intrigued me. I am a professional autosport photographer and used to carry heavy equipment like the 500mm f4 prime. My on track equipment is the 70-200 f2.8 and the 500mm on two large bodies. Often I found myself in the situation the 500mm was too much and 200 too small.

I figured this Sigma lens would be the perfect fit. But how does it compare to my trusted 500 prime? For the past years I kept an eye on reviews about this lens and all I could see was people shooting wildlife but no sports as the name suggests. Occasionally someone was testing it while running towards the camera. Nice, but my subject drives at 300 kph towards me... Also my colleagues were laughing at this “toy lens” and it kept me from trying the Sigma.

Until a couple of weeks ago. I had to do a karting event and I knew the 500mm would be overkill so for the first time I tested out the Sigma. Boy did it deliver!! I was concerned about the AF speed so I bought the dock and set the AF speed at the fastest setting. The Sigma is bloody sharp and the AF sticks on the subject like superglue.

I decided to keep the lens and use it during my next event. The formula 1 grandprix at Sochi. Yes I was standing there during the start of the race between al the big guns at the end of the straight. Simultaneously shooting with my colleagues at 600mm but then silence around me. Everyone was juggling with their cameras to switch to the body with shorter lens. Not me! I just pulled the lens towards me and kept shooting until it reached 150mm and the cars were diving into the corner. Every photo in the burst was tag sharp and I knew this lens was a real keeper.

The lens is build like a tank and almost as heavy. But still lighter then my 500 so I am not complaining. Did I discover disadvantages? Yes nothing is perfect. In low light conditions the aperture will be a problem. You need to pump the ISO to keep shooting. So for a 24 hour race I need to pump my ISO higher then I would like to. Also indoor sport events like ice skating will be a problem.

All in all this is a must have for outdoor sporting photographers. It is sharp, the AF is fast and it is highly tunable to your likings. Build quality is perfect. Some people complain about the tripod collar. I did not experience any problem with it. With a pro body and the monopod in the third hole it is perfectly in balance, even at 600mm.

Highly recommended.

Oct 11, 2018
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Registered: Apr 23, 2017
Location: United States
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Review Date: Jan 22, 2018 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Build quality, image quality
Weight, lens hood assembly

This is an overall amazing lens. I had an issue with the lens hood assembly falling apart randomly as I was switching the hood position. I am amazed by how much sharper this lens is at 600mm than its competitors are. I've used this lens in rain and snow and love its weather sealing.

Jan 22, 2018
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Registered: Feb 21, 2005
Location: United States
Posts: 1032
Review Date: May 5, 2017 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Really sharp and great color
not much, it's not too heavy. I bought it mint used, so price was not a concern.

I'm a bit bewildered ! I picked this lens up specifically to use on my sony a6300 and a7rii and maybe A9 with the MC-11 adapter. I shoot canon primarily, bought her used and figured it would do a good job.
Well, I just did some critical testing with her against my 100-400mm II canon. I think the 1-4ii is the finest zoom ever made, and I've owned almost everything Canon and Nikon have made.

I ran identical tests on my 5Diii and the A7rii.
I just don't get it! At every focal length (150mm, 200mm, 300mm, 400mm, 500mm, 600mm and 560mm-1-4iiw1.4iii)
They were either too close to call or the sigma won. Non of the too close to call images favored the canon. All shots were at f8, the A7rii images looked a lot better than the 5Diii as you would expect, but still, the sigma was the better lens.
Either I got an amazing one, or the Sigma 150-600mm sport is much better than the on-line reviews I checked before buying it. WOW!

PS I tested my 100-400mm II critically previously against my 400mm 2.8 IS II and the 300mm 2.8 IS and the 100-400II was right there with them, it's a killer as well.

May 5, 2017
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Registered: Apr 2, 2017
Location: Netherlands
Posts: 13
Review Date: Apr 2, 2017 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharpness, weather sealing, af speed, build quality
Heavy if not fit

Amazing lens, I took few month in research and test before buyng the lens, Now after 8 month that is in my possession I can say that I don-t regret my choice, Is mounted on my d7100 99 % of the time and I can't wait to use on the d500 that is in mine plan to buy in the next month.
I reccomend this lens for sure.

Apr 2, 2017
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Registered: Oct 21, 2004
Location: United States
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Review Date: Jan 24, 2016 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Build, weather/dust sealing, AF speed, push/pull zooming, lots of customization available via the dock, IQ wide open...stopped down to f8? Fuggeddaboutit!!
Heavy for those less fit, lame tripod foot. There was no 9 1/2 option ;)

Bought one of the 1st refurbs available (Jun '15) and felt 6 mo.
in hand a decent time to form an valued opinion. Hell of a lens
for the money. 900mm FOV on my D7200, stupid fast AF, and
best of all...I've yet to fine tune my copy. OS not bad, couple
three stops. The push/pull option is a dream in the field. Plays
well with my D810/800's but prefer the 'reach' of the D7200,
SO looking forward to using it with the D500 in Mar. The build
is 1st rate, Nikkor prime quality. Made in Japan, as are all the
new Sigma offerings (have 5 total) Do yourself a favor and give
one a try. Nothing beats the speed of a naked lens and this zoom
gives you 600mm...only bested by the 600f4 >@ 5X the price.
Always one to backup my words with pics, check my Uploads.
Had the 200-500 and 80-400 with w/o TC's...guess what I kept.

Jan 24, 2016
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Registered: Apr 6, 2008
Location: Canada
Posts: 6355
Review Date: Sep 5, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Well built. Great image quality. Fast to focus. Great optical stabilization

I contemplated for a while whether to get the Contemporary or Sport version of this lens, and in the end I went with the Sport as I am hoping to use it for eagle photography into the wet late fall here. While heavy, it is hand holdable for a short period, but is better suited to use on a mono or tripod. It is sharp across the frame at the focal lengths I have used, the focus is quick and accurate, and as well the OS is very effective, I have even tried heli shots at 1/60 @ 600mm with some success.

I am quite happy that I picked the Sport, as the build is excellent, and the increased corner sharpness over the Contemporary lends itself well to other types of shooting other than birds.

Sep 5, 2015
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Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG HSM OS "S"

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Reviews Views Date of last review
6 25430 Oct 11, 2018
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100% of reviewers $1,600.00
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