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


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

The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM S 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 1699 €;
144 users have given it an average vote of 9.1 out of 10.


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MOUNT

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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 Specifications
 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   24 elements in 16 groups
 Min. focus distance   2.60 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.20x

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

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   Yes
 Extenders   Yes
 Filters   105 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   Yes
 Weight   2860 g
 Dimensions   121 x 290 mm
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avatarjunior
sent on November 05, 2018

Pros: Good picture quality even at f6.3 in 600 mm (but even better at f8). Excelent construction and weather seal. Nice tripod ring (even better with AP-608 foot). Zoom ring is very smooth. Autofocus is consistent and quick enough. Customization as in other Sigma lenses with USB dock. Great value for the money

Cons: Weight and f6.3 slow aperture, but knew both before buying and decided to buy anyway

Opinion: Thru the years, I used several telefoto lenses from Canon and Sigma, zoom and fixed ones (Canon 300 f4 IS, 300 f.8 IS, 400 f5.6L, 70-200 f.28 IS, 100-400 II, Sigma 150-600 Contemporary and Sport). I learned from experience that 400 is not enough for ME anymore, so that rule out some options. And of course, for some type of photography, you cannot beat an f2.8 prime. But for the 90% of my telephoto nature pictures, there is no other lens I would choose. The 150-600 Sport is the right choice for me now. The other 2 possible better options are out of my price range (500 f4 or 200-400). I was happy with the contemporary which I used for 3 years, but the Sport has a little more autofocus consistency and image contrast and it is easier to use on a tripod or monopod. Also even if it is heavier, it is built a lot better and will withstand the usage in extreme conditions. Never used the Tamrons, so I cannot provide opinion. And I do not consider Nikon or Sony brands as I have several cameras and lenses for Canon and cannot switch so easily.

avatarjunior
sent on March 14, 2018

Pros: The large focal range without converters. Build quality

Cons: Weigh and cost. Overall performing is on average stage

Opinion: For Nikon bodies the 200-500 is twice better and cheaper than the Sigma.... On the long edge (500mm) the Nikon perform better for me in a terms of sharp and contrast. 600mm on the Sigma vs 700mm on Nikon with TC 1.4 are comparable and very close to each other but with the Nikon you have additional100mm... One more positive point is that the Nikon is far more lighter that the Sigma... On the end I don't not recommend this lens in a terms of weigh, fast focusing and cost...

avatarjunior
sent on November 30, 2016

Pros: Sharpness, build quality, custom settings / USB dock

Cons: Weight

Opinion: This lens is real value for money. You get great quality, sturdiness and very sharp photos (even at 600mm). With the USB dock you ar able to adjust the focus setting, but when using several cameras i prefer finetuning on the camera's.For birds in flight i think the lens is a bit slow. I use this lens combined with the Nikon D7200 These two combined creates great photo's

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avatarsenior
sent on December 17, 2020

Pros: good value for money, construction and tropicalization. Defined images but nothing to do with top optics.

Cons: unbalanced in front

Opinion: I write as a former owner of Tamron 150-600 old non-tropicalized type and as a occasional user of top optics (on loan-in the company of other naturalists). So, I had to give up the Tamron because dust came in, usually i shoot lying with the lens resting on the ground or almost. I shouldn't have a problem with this Sigma because it's tropicalized. The lens is quite sharp (I repeat, a fixed Nikon 400 has quite another solution, making comparisons with top lenses makes no sense), opens the shadows well, the blurry is not to scream. In terms of solving it is superior to Tamron, to have incisiveness in the images it is necessary to close to F8 and have good light, it is clear that the medium resolving capacity does not allow very high ISO. On the autofocus side nothing to say, quick enough. Taken used at 900 € without a scratch and with two years warranty I can not complain and I can not make comparisons with stuff that costs 10 times as much. I highly recommend this lens to those who make birdlife, for other purposes it is an unusable boulder.

avatarjunior
sent on October 31, 2020

Pros: Good resolution (still acceptable at 600mm with maximum aperture), high build quality, decent focus system, ring or pump zoom.

Cons: Considerable weight and distribution of the same very uneven, calibration with Sigma Dock (absolutely necessary) complicated, attack foot for the stand too short and zoom ring a little hard.

Opinion: In the pros and cons I wanted to list the most relevant things, but now I have to be a little more precise and I press that my terms of comparison are always slow Canon my or friends'. I have done countless tests with optical aims built with cardboard, paper, colors and glue for short distances, but I have tried the zoom also in the field, especially in the city, which has allowed me to take advantage of indispensable regular elements and just perspective glimpses to highlight any problems of sealing even at long distances. I focused in particular on the focal lengths of 400 and 600 millimeters, those that interest me most (the focals 150, 250 and 300 fortunately did not need adjustments). Initially the disappointment was so much, the quality of the images at the first shots was decidedly poor. Then, after the first calibrations with Sigma Dock, things improved, but it took a long time to get the right calibrations. I think it is absurd to market a product that needs, right after purchase, such meticulous setting interventions, however it is better to have this opportunity that avoids sending to service centers (moreover the calibration software, although well done, leaves many things to chance, that is, there are no precise mathematical references or focus distances that can be modified according to clear measures , we proceed by trial and error and that is why it takes a very long time). The quality of the images obtained after countless settings was more than good, perhaps with a resolution lower than that of the 500 Canon IS II, but comparable if not slightly higher than that of the 100-400 Canon IS II (naturally with the same focal lengths and excellent light conditions). I was also impressed by the yield at 600 millimeters, especially with the closed diaphragm of at least one stop, but at 6.3 the photographs are still good. I wanted to extreme the comparative tests by adding to the 100-400 Canon the Canon 1.4X III extender and the 150-600 Sigma the 1.4X Sigma the Teleconverter TC-1401 and came the second surprise: qualitative loss of undeniable photos, but not traumatic, in my opinion the Canon with 1.4X behaves a little worse. Needless to say, one defect found was the obvious vignetting, especially at the most important focal points, but I do not find this a tragedy. The real problem with this objective, I believe, is above all the weight, not so much because of the transport difficulties, but also because of the freehand use and also on the stand where it remains too unbalanced forward with a high probability of obtaining moving images that may appear wrongly out of focus, the stabilizer does what it can, but often it is not enough if the light conditions are not really good and the exposure times remain too long. To try to minimize the problem I bought a telescopic fork support, of those used to support rifles, with this things improve a little, better than the classic single-seater I would say, but a very sturdy stand, possibly rocky, remains the best choice. The solid foot of the zoom should be replaced with a longer one (there is a dedicated one that costs an eye of the head, money that Sigma from me will never see), the cloth lens cover is well done, while of the focus system I can say that it does its duty, its speed is customizable with the usual Signa Dock which also offers other customizations of minor importance in my opinion. There is still much to be said, but I have touched on all the essential points. I certainly do not feel able to recommend the Sigma compared to other objectives that I do not know and perhaps it is not even an alternative to the 100-400 Canon IS II because the weight changes and not a little. However, I consider these qualitative zooms to be very similar, in the sigma there are 200 millimeters more if needed.




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