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Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM C : Specifications and Opinions

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

The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM C is a supertele lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 2014. The focus is done by Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM), it has image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 1002 €;
91 users have given it an average vote of 9.2 out of 10.

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This lens is available with the following mounts:

Canon EF: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Canon EF.

Nikon F: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Nikon.

Sigma SA: this lens is compatible with reflex and mirrorless fullframe and APS-C Sigma SA-mount.

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 Focal lenght   150-600 mm
 Angle of view   16.4 - 4.1°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/5.0-6.3
 Aperture blades   9
 Lenses/Groups   20 elements in 14 groups
 Min. focus distance   2.80 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.20x

 Zoom type   Ring, external
 Stabilization   Yes (built in lens)
 Focus   Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM)
 Internal Focus   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   Yes
 Extenders   Yes
 Filters   95 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   1930 g
 Dimensions   105 x 260 mm


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sent on July 22, 2016

Pros: Great range. Not to big/heavy considering range. Effective stabilization. Capable of very nice photographs. 600mm can be very sharp with care. Quick autofocus

Cons: Tripod foot a bit to small. f6.3 (but this is why it is not 5 times the price). Not weather sealed

Opinion: At this price you have a choice between the sigma 150-600mm C or the Tamron 150-600mm. I chose the sigma simply because the dock may give better chance of being compatable with newer camera bodies going fwd. Picture wise I have been able to get very nice photos. I don't think the lens has any real flaw inside it's parameters. Even 600mm shots can be very sharp with good contrast @ f7.1- f8. Of course we'd all like if it was f4 or f2.8, but as a realistic option for the price I think it ticks all the boxes one could reasonably expect. It is not an inexpensive lens, but considering it's range it is very good value for money, autofocus is swift, range is great and it feels well built. If you need weather sealing this is not the lens for you. At time of this review I have only used this lens with a crop sensor Nikon d7200

sent on July 28, 2015

Pros: Extremely versatile zoom range. Seems to have excellent build quality. Can produce nice sharp images. Nice color rendition. Lots of bells and whistles for the price with zoom lock, focus limiter, 2 OS modes, both focus ring and push/pull zoom actions and customizable with the sigma dock. Light weight for this type of lens with this type of build quality. Excellent for bird and wildlife photographers who are on a budget but still want a lens that can produce great images.

Cons: Can produce some CA and vignetting but this can be managed in PP. Zoom action of both ring and push pull is a bit stiff though this may loosed up a bit with time. Takes to many turns on the zoom ring to go from zoomed in to zoomed out which can add up to shots missed. Focus is a bit slow but I guess within reason for the native apertures involved and the extent of the zoom range. Like my Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 S when carried on a Black Rapid strap the way I do if the various switches are facing your legs it's to easy to knock those switches to a different setting that the one's you have set. Consider that when you accidently knock the focus limiter from 10 meter to infinity to 2.8-10meters and see a bird perched at 25 meters. Go to take the shot and the lens won't focus and by the time you change the focus limiter the subject has flown away.

Opinion: I bought this lens for my girlfriend but took it out for it's first "test drive" mounted on my Nikon D750. Was totally surprised by the quality of images when mounted on this camera body and no micro adjustments were needed to produce nicely sharp images of birds 10 to 30 meters away at least at aperture F8 and this includes inflight shots of birds. My main lens is the Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 Sport, which even with 1.4 and 2X TC's attached focuses faster, zooms faster, has very little or no CA in most shots and renders even more detail. But the Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary is going to make one hell of a back up lens if needed. I have seen many images taken with the Sigma 150-600mm Sport and if your not worried about a couple of extra elements inside the lens and the full weather sealing, this contemporary version at about half the price and 1kg lighter looks like a winner. Really quite amazing value and quality for money from what I have seen so far.

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sent on August 23, 2022

Pros: Cost around 1000€ (150-600 Weight 2 kg. Settings and customization with Sigma dock. Adjustable and removable support ring (supplied rubber that fills the space left by the ring when extracted). Good quality carrying bag. Warranty 4 years. Good price on used. Good focus in optimal situations.

Cons: Not tropicalized (but given the price). At 600 mm not usable at TA without closing the diaphragm at least at F9 (to have clear photos in the best case) Very compact support foot at the expense of the solidity of the manual and tripod grip, but robust. Focus ring that at 600mm. it is very uncomfortable, shooting freehand, because of its backward position, with respect to the central socket.

Opinion: I am still testing the capabilities of this goal, bought at 900 euros + Sped expenses. ,I did some tests and tests in various contexts, shooting mainly on a tripod with a fluid head and mostly static subjects. I also tried freehand, I found on Nikon D810 good continuous 3D AF on subjects in flight on a neutral background but it is a tiring and calculated practice and I believe that this Sigma is not the best lens to capture small birds in flight. Before buying this telephoto lens, I happened to read on forums and reviews that at 600mm. this zoom, did not have acceptable sharpness parameters and on other posts that had a good if not excellent yield and resolution and I wondered the reason for these conflicting judgments. From what I was able to understand after touching it with my hand, shooting with Nikon D810 which is an FF spread over 36mpx, it is a good zoom ... it has its merits and if I have to admit the defects if you learn to use it there are not; you have to start with the idea that it is NOT a lens that you can bring in the dirt (dust, salt, water, wind, sand). Let's forget sharpness over long distances even at f22 if we try to photograph distant landscapes, know that the haze, the effect of heat distortion and the wind (micro-shake) will be absolutely our enemies. The freehand photo (for me) is not recommended, in order to shoot effectively (decent photos) you need to have high times, high iso, close at least the aperture at f8 or f9 and have abundant light to take advantage of the AF and try how the camera reacts by setting the best settings, the problem is that these animals do not pass in front of you, when you expect it, it often happens so quickly that taking home a shot like this, includes many factors including patience, knowledge of places and fauna, camouflage and the inevitable blow of the ass. If something can go wrong, with this lens, it will do it, the microwavy is not a possibility, it is a certainty (Quoting Michele Vacchiano, photographer from Turin in his test video of the same Sigma 150-600 C). Best use from my point of view, on tripod with fluid head, attentive to the wind, remote shooting and right light that unfortunately means shooting at times of the day and in places where in any case the exposure is never below a certain threshold, penalty, use very high iso or worse try to open the aperture under F9 creates in both cases, photos usually trashable. For its quality price, for its use also as a Macro lens (minimum focus 2.8 mt.), for its moderate weight and in the end for its yield I can recommend it to an "adult" audience who wants to try a zoom, understand that it is not at all easy to pull out decent photos and at that point there is the crossroads, you resell it or buy the fixed lights, after having sold a kidney and mortgaged the house waiting for the advance of the TFR ... You give how to play is not bad, on apsc moreover gains x1.5 on Nikon and x1.6 on Canon , in practice at 600 mm. on Nikon you are actually 600x1.5 = 900mm, but in fact shortening the shutter speed that will have to be further raised to stay on the safety threshold ranging from 1/600 sec. first to 900-1000 on apsc (shooting freehand). However the zoom is sharp from F9 upwards, know how to adjust accordingly. Good light and happy post-production!

sent on June 07, 2022

Pros: Value for money, construction, weight.

Cons: very soft at longer focal lengths, short tripod bracket, af not always precise, light hood.

Opinion: It is a lens that does its duty, but for the price it has it certainly does not work miracles. After 300mm, at f6.3, it is very very soft and struggles to produce quality images, which often forces a use at more closed apertures, at least from f8 upwards. At 600mm the drop in overall image quality is considerable. Used for avi-fauna, I think we can say that this lens is practically an entry level: it allows you to do (almost) everything, it is able to produce good or even excellent results when technique and shooting conditions are impeccable, otherwise you can still take home the shot (sometimes with some difficulty) but certainly not of quality comparable to that of more noble optics. For my experience and given the value for money it is an excellent product, certainly not free from defects.

sent on March 15, 2022

Pros: stabilization, weather resistance

Cons: Af not precise, unclear photos, infiltration of front dust, tripod bracket a little short

Opinion: I still have in my possession this lens, the only one in its type that I use for wildlife photos. I bought it a 4 months ago at a price of 700 euros. after so many tests and different settings through the DOCKUSB I must say that I was not very excited and it's a shame. A fairly dark lens of course, the quality does not excel. I really like the stabilizer of this lens.

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