The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports has been generating a ton of buzz since its announcement at photokina in September 2014. This Sports update of the 150-500mm supertelephoto zoom lens is one of two 150-600mm zoom lenses announced at the show, along with the 150-600mm DG OS HSM | Contemporary.
Turkey Vulture on wing as seen through the Sigma150-600mm F5-6.3 Sports lens. 1/1600 F6.3 at 600mm at ISO 500 on a Canon 6D. Focus limiter set to 10m-Infinity
With a significantly updated optical design and feature set over the earlier lens, this Sports lens is designed for capturing images in even extreme real-world conditions that wildlife and outdoor photographers often encounter. Splash-proof and dust-proof design, along with two Optical Stabilizer modes, focus limiter and a newly designed tripod collar are just a few of the upgrades to this new superstar in the Sports line-up.
The 4x zoom range offers a lot of versatility. Here’sthe view of the heavy duty dump truck at 600mm.
And here is the same scene, at 150mm, with focus shifted to the foreground rock formation above the quarry.
I was able to sneak a lens away for a few days of field-testing in advance of its appearance at PhotoPlus. Check out the video below for a rundown of its features and performance, and enjoy the first test images we’ve made with this incredible new lens.
An overhead jet climbs in its flight path after departing Newark Airport, as seen through the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens at 600mm F/9 ISO 500.
A butterfly alights on a clover flower, as seen by the 150-600mm at 600mm, wide open at F6.3, near the close-focus limit of this lens.
A turkey vulture rests atop an industrial chimney to keep warm on a chilly morning, seen from a block and a half away at 600mm through the new Sports lens, wide open at F6.3. 1/640 F6.3 ISO 800 on a 6D. This lens is nice and sharp, even wide open and fully zoomed!
Panning test shot at 1/60 second at F/16 at 600mm. I was tracking this moving van at 600mm while handholding the lens in OS mode 2, which detects and corrects for vertical or horizontal panning motion. Notice the motion blur on the foreground fencepost.
Optical Stabilizer demo shot at 460mm at 1/80 second. Notice the streaked raindrops behind the trapeze bar. This lens isn’t afraid of some rain!
Autofocus is very responsive, perfect from tracking moving objects, like a turkey vulture on wing at the Hawk Watch platform in Bridgewater, NJ. 1/1600 F6.3 ISO 500.
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