Intro

The Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.Three DG DN OS|Sports activities is a protracted telephoto zoom designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras with Sony E and Leica L-mounts. Introduced in July 2021, it enhances Sigma’s 100-400mm f5-6.Three DG DN OS|Up to date for individuals who want extra attain.

Like its shorter sibling Sigma’s new 150-600mm zoom lens options optical picture stabilization (OS) – a necessary characteristic for lengthy telephoto lenses. It is also totally weather-sealed and comes with an Arca-Swiss fashion tripod interface. The lens is way lighter and shorter than its DSLR predecessor however at 2.2kg and 33cm size (incl. lens hood) it’s nonetheless fairly huge and heavy – extending one other 10cm when zoomed in. Sigma has geared up the lens with a change to both lock the zoom (on the brief finish) or present roughly friction when zooming. This is useful while you want to push/pull the zoom as a substitute of turning the zoom ring. And for individuals who prefer to shoot small objects the 150-600mm f5-6.Three DG DN OS permits for a most magnification of 1:2.5 on the brief finish.

The lens is priced at 1399 EUR / 1499 USD / 1199 GBP and to date solely out there for Sony E-mount and Leica L-mount. However I’m fairly certain Sigma is engaged on Z- and RF-mount variations of their lenses too.

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Details and options

Let’s evaluate the brand new Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.Three DG DN OS (“Sigma 150-600 DN” for brief) to the Tamron 150-500mm f5-6.7 Di III VC (“Tamron 150-500”) and Sony FE 200-600mm f5.6-6.Three G OSS (“Sony 200-600″). For good measure I’ve additionally added the Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.Three DG OS HSM Sports activities (Sigma 150-600 HSM Sports activities”) and Tamron SP AF 150-600mm f5-6.Three Di VC USD G2 (“Tamron 150-600”) to the combination. Though each lenses are older DSLR designs they have been in style lenses then and nonetheless can be utilized by way of Sigma’s MC-11 Canon EF to Sony E mount converter – which provides 26mm in size, approx. 120g in weight and 250 EUR in prices. As typical I’ve rated the options with a [+] (or [++]), when it’s higher than common and even cutting-edge, a [0] if it’s customary or simply common, and [-] if there’s a drawback.

Dimension (diameter x size): 109 x 265mm (4.Three x 10.4in.) plus 66mm for the lens hood (120mm diameter). The Tamron 150-500 is 93 x 209mm + 55mm lens hood, the Sony 200-600 is 112 x 318mm and the Sigma 150-600 HSM Sports activities is 121 x 290mm (each with out lens hood), the Tamron 150-600 is 108 x 260mm + 97mm lens hood. All lenses aside from the Sony 200-600 lengthen when zoomed to their longest focal size: The Sigma 150-600 DN extends 100mm to a complete size of 431mm (incl. lens hood). [0]

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Weight: At 2090g (4.6 lb.) (incl. tripod collar) plus 150g for the lens hood the brand new Sigma is way, a lot lighter than its predecessor: the Sigma 150-600 HSM Sports activities was 2860g (with out lens hood). It’s nonetheless not a lightweight lens. The Tamron 150-500 is just 1725g + 95g lens hood + 155g tripod collar, the Sony 200-600 is 2115g (with out lens hood or tripod foot), the Tamron 150-600 is 1784g + 108g lens hood + 200g tripod collar. [0]

Optics: The Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.Three DG DN OS is a reasonably complicated design with 24 parts in 16 teams together with Four particular dispersion parts and three aspherical parts plus improved anti-reflective coating utilizing nanotechnology. The opposite lenses on this comparability are of a equally complicated development. There’s additionally fluorine coating on the entrance lens to repel water, mud, and dust and make cleansing simpler similar to with each Tamron and the Sony lenses. [+]

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Focal ratio: The Sigma 150-600 DN begins with a f5.Zero focal ratio on the brief finish. When zooming in it darkens fairly rapidly to f5.6 at 180mm. It’s f6.Three from 370mm focal size onwards. That is just like the opposite lenses on this comparability. [0]

Closest focus distance (achieved with guide focus) is 0.53m (1.7ft.) with an excellent magnification of 1:2.5 and a working distance of 0.24m (0.8ft.) at 150mm focal size. At 600mm focal size most magnification is 1:4.eight with a for much longer working distance of round 2.3m (7.5ft.). The Tamron 150-500 goes to 1:2.eight at 150mm focal size (0.36m working distance) and 1:3.2 at 500mm focal size (1.32m working distance). The opposite lenses on this comparability obtain their most magnification at their longest focal size: That is 1:5 at round 2.1m working distance for the Sony 200-600 and Sigma 150-600 HSM Sports activities, and 1:3.5 at 1.6m working distance for the Tamron 150-600. The Sigma 150-600 DN achieves a magnification of 1:10 at its longest focal size at 5.5m (18ft.) distance. [+]

Use with teleconverters: Sure, Sigma provides two teleconverters TC-1411 and TC-2011 which multiply focal size and most magnification by 1.4x resp. 2x – however just for L-mount. The lens in all probability doesn’t work with Sony’s 1.4x and 2x teleconverters – solely the Sony 200-600 certifiably works on Sony’s teleconverters. [+]

Filter-thread: 95mm, just like the Sony 200-600 and Tamron 150-600. The Tamron 150-500 has a 82mm thread, the Sigma 150-600 HSM Sports activities wants big 105mm filters. [0]

Picture stabilization: All lenses on this comparability have optical picture stabilization in-built. This works along with the sensor-based picture stabilization of the Sony A7 / A9 / A1 and Panasonic Lumix S sequence digital camera our bodies – aside from the Sigma 150-600 HSM Sports activities and Tamron 150-600. The Sigma 150-600 DN provides two modes: Mode 1 is customary stabilization, mode 2 is particularly for panning. [+]

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Autofocus: All lenses on this comparability provide autofocus with built-in focus drive. Guide-focus override is by merely turning the devoted focus ring. The main focus ring on the Sigma 150-600 DN has the standard variable gearing of an unique mirrorless design which permits for very exact guide focus when turned slowly however can’t be switched to linear gearing. Which makes easy focus pulling for videographers virtually inconceivable. The Sigma 150-600 HSM Sports activities and the Tamron 150-600 has the standard direct coupling and linear gearing of a lens designed for DSLRs and the Sony 200-600 additionally provides linear response for MF. [+]

All lenses on this comparability cowl full body sensors or can equally be used on a cropped APS-C digital camera physique. [+]

Worth: The Sigma 150-600 DN comes at a really helpful retail worth of 1399 EUR (incl. 19% VAT) / 1499 USD / 1199 GBP. The Tamron 150-500 is 1499 EUR / 1399 USD / 1379 GBP, the Sony 200-600 is 1670 EUR / 2000 USD / 1500 GBP. The older DSLR designs at present promote for 1650 EUR / 1850 USD / 1330 GBP (Sigma 150-600 HSM Sports activities) and 1000 EUR / 1200 USD / 850 GBP (Tamron 150-600). [0]

The Sigma 150-600 DN comes with a pleasant padded pouch plus strap and the reversible lens hood is included. It’s fixed with a screw and has a rubberized entrance finish to forestall dinks and scratches when the lens is about down on it. Along with the standard back and front caps Sigma additionally added one other smooth lens safety that goes over the lens hood. The tripod collar (with strap attachment holes) will not be detachable though you may unfasten and detach the Arca-Swiss appropriate foot. Sigma has additionally equipped an additional strap for the lens. The tripod collar will be rotated freely after loosening the locking knob and is notched each 90 levels. The tripod ring feels very sturdy and well-engineered and rotates easily. Simply don’t overlook to lock the locking knob after rotating. The Sony 200-600 and the each Tamrons include a pouch and have the removable tripod mount included however the Sony 200-600 doesn’t have an Arca-Swiss interface. [+]

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Aperture ring and different management parts: Not one of the lenses on this comparability have an aperture ring. However all have a spotlight limiter: The Sigma 150-600 DN providing two positions: full|10m-inf|MOD-10m. Sigma additionally has geared up the lens with a L|T|S change to both lock the zoom (on the brief finish) or present roughly friction when zooming. On the “S” setting it’s straightforward to function the zoom in push/pull mode – which can also be helped by a slight groove on the entrance finish which supplies a greater grip in your fingers. You can too choose totally different modes for the optical picture stabilization on all 5 lenses on this comparability. The Sigma 150-600 DN has an extra customized change which influences how the lens stabilizes dwell view for composing (however not the precise picture stabilization through the shot): It provides the setting off=customary, C1=most dwell view stabilization, C2=reasonable dwell view stabilization. Mode C2 provides good suggestions on how sloppy your handholding is. So it encourages higher strategies to carry the lens steady – which makes work for the OS simpler ultimately and will increase the possibilities of a pointy shot. And eventually Sigma has geared up the lens with three AF Lock buttons which may also be assigned different capabilities (relying on digital camera). A few of the settings will be additional personalized by way of Sigma’s USB dock and Optimization Professional software program – however that’s solely out there for the L-mount model. [+]

Sigma’s service can change the mount of the lens between Sony’s E-mount and L-mount (at a value). It is a distinctive characteristic that no different producer provides. [++]

Sealing: All lenses have a rubber grommet on the lens-mount plus additional particular weather-sealing all through the development. The Sigma 150-600 DN and each Tamrons even have a rubberized front-end that acts as a seal when the entrance lens-cap is tightly hooked up. Right here’s a tip: snap the lens-cap on as typical then flip clock-wise till it sits tight. [+]

At a rating of 0[-]/5[0]/11[+] the Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.Three DG DN OS provides an excellent characteristic set together with the distinctive choice to get the lens-mount swapped (at a value). It permits using teleconverters (not less than for L-mount) thereby growing most focal size to 1200mm, is straightforward to make use of as push/pull zoom and is totally sealed towards the weather. Plus it could possibly attain magnifications of 1:2.5 at very usable working distances. However though a lot lighter than its DSLR sibling the lens nonetheless is heavy approaching 3kg with digital camera hooked up.

Two lengthy telephoto zoom lenses

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Above: Tamron SP AF 150-600mm f5-6.Three Di VC USD G2 (left, wants mount converter), Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.Three DG DN OS (proper)

Protection

With its 4x zoom the Sigma 150-600 DN covers a broader vary than the 3x zoom of the Sony 200-600 or the three.3x zoom of the Tamron 150-500mm. On the brief finish the Sigma 150-600 DN has an angle of view of 16 levels, in comparison with 12.5 levels of the Sony 200-600mm. On the lengthy finish the Sigma 150-600 DN reaches 20% additional than the Tamron 150-500.

Right here is the angle of view that the Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.Three DG DN OS covers in comparison with the Tamron 150-500mm f5-6.7 Di III VC:

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Above: Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.Three DG DN OS protection on a full-frame digital camera at 150mm (left) and 600mm (proper), Distortion Compensation AUTO

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Above: Tamron 150-500mm f5-6.7 Di III VC protection on a full-frame digital camera at 150mm (left) and 500mm (proper), Distortion Compensation AUTO

The distinction between the Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.Three DG DN OS going as much as 600mm versus the Tamron 150-500mm f5-6.7 Di III VC reaching “solely” 500mm is seen however won’t be the decisive issue for selecting a zoom lens. If the picture at 500mm is sharp sufficient, cropping a 42MP shot at 500mm to match the angle-of-view at 600mm nonetheless nets you round 29MP. This may nicely be sufficient for the supposed goal.

Focus and zoom

The zoom ring turns via 120 levels within the different path than Sony customers are used to and has a 54mm large rubber floor with grip. It turns with fairly some resistance (even with the zoom lock change set to “S”) and can’t be operated with one finger. The lens exhibits zoom creep should you don’t set the lock change to “L”.

The main focus ring is 15mm large and is situated simply in entrance of the tripod mount. It additionally has a rubberized floor, strikes easily, and might simply be operated with one finger. AF-operation and picture stabilization of the Sigma 150-600 DN is inaudible should you file video with the built-in microphone.

As you pull focus, you’ll discover some focus respiratory: the picture turns into a bit of extra magnified at nearer focusing distances. Once I adjusted the main target from infinity to 2.08m on the Sigma 150-600 DN at 200mm focal size, I measured a 3% enhance in magnification. At 600mm the impact is a bit stronger however nonetheless fairly inconspicuous.

I additionally examined whether or not Sigma’s latest zoom lens lets you change the focal size with out altering its focus. This attribute known as parfocal. I centered the lens at 600mm after which slowly zoomed again checking concentrate on the way in which. The 150-600mm f5-6.Three DG DN OS is nearly parfocal. It must be ok for video recording however when capturing stills it’s best to re-focus after altering focal size to attain optimum sharpness.

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