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The Sigma 150-600mm Sports On the North Shore of Oahu

Hawaii and the north shore of Oahu has to be one of the greatest places on the planet for the size consistency and quality of the surf. In December I was lucky to be there with the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports for a chance to shoot one of the first real swells of the 2014-2015 winter.

The lens is really is one of the best lenses I have ever used in Hawaii. Handheld or on a tripod this lens performs. Check out some of my favorite images from this trip below. If you have any questions or comments be sure to share ’em in the comments section.

Wide open backdoor pipe barrel. Specular highlights on the water surface are always a tough challenge for a telephoto lens, the 150-600mm lens really shows a complete lack of chromatic aberrations in this image.

© 2015 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec | Aperture: f/7.1 | Focal length:  550mm | ISO 160, Manual mode with Auto-ISO.
© 2015 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec | Aperture: f/7.1 | Focal length:  550mm | ISO 160, Manual mode with Auto-ISO.

Michel Bourez dropping in at pipeline, a world famous north shore surfing location. © 2015 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec | Aperture: f/7.1 | Focal length: 550mm | ISO 900, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, EV +1.
Michel Bourez dropping in at pipeline, a world famous north shore surfing location. © 2015 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec | Aperture: f/7.1 | Focal length: 550mm | ISO 900, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, EV +1.
Michel Bourez in the barrel at pipeline. This shooting angle is made from sandbar up to waist high in the water down from the reef at pipeline, not recommended for the inexperienced! © 2015 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec | Aperture: f/7.1 | Focal length: 550mm | ISO 900, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, EV +1.
Michel Bourez in the barrel at pipeline. This shooting angle is made from sandbar up to waist high in the water down from the reef at pipeline, not recommended for the inexperienced! © 2015 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec | Aperture: f/7.1 | Focal length: 550mm | ISO 900, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, EV +1.
Frontside air-reverse. This is a very difficult, and dangerous trick, over a shallow reef break. © 2015 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec | Aperture:  f/7.1 | Focal length: 280mm | ISO 800, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, EV +1.
Frontside air-reverse. This is a very difficult, and dangerous trick, over a shallow reef break. © 2015 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec | Aperture:  f/7.1 | Focal length: 280mm | ISO 800, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, EV +1.
Frontside air-reverse 100% pixel crop. Details are nice and sharp and free of chromatic aberrations even at 100% magnification. © 2015 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec | Aperture: f/7.1 | Focal length: 280mm | ISO 800, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, EV +1.
Frontside air-reverse 100% pixel crop. Details are nice and sharp and free of chromatic aberrations even at 100% magnification. © 2015 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec | Aperture: f/7.1 | Focal length: 280mm | ISO 800, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, EV +1.
Gabriel Medina bottom term at pipeline during the pipe masters surf contest. He went on the win the world championship later on that same day. © 2015 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed:  1/1250 sec | f/7.1 | Focal length: 600mm | ISO 720, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, EV +.7.
Gabriel Medina bottom term at pipeline during the pipe masters surf contest. He went on the win the world championship later on that same day. © 2015 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed:  1/1250 sec | f/7.1 | Focal length: 600mm | ISO 720, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, EV +.7.
Gabriel Medina freesurf air attempt at pipeline. © 2015 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec | Aperture: f/7.1 | Focal length: 490mm | ISO 450, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, EV +.7.
Gabriel Medina freesurf air attempt at pipeline. © 2015 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec | Aperture: f/7.1 | Focal length: 490mm | ISO 450, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, EV +.7.
Gabriel Medina freesurf fin out turn on Oahu. © 2015 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600 Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec | Aperture: f/8 | Focal length: 600mm | ISO 560, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, EV -.3.
Gabriel Medina freesurf fin out turn on Oahu. © 2015 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600 Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec | Aperture: f/8 | Focal length: 600mm | ISO 560, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, EV -.3.
Big blue barrel at Off the Wall, another world famous north shore surf location. © 2015 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec | Aperture:  f/7.1 | Focal length: 450mm | ISO 500, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, EV +1.
Big blue barrel at Off the Wall, another world famous north shore surf location. © 2015 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec | Aperture:  f/7.1 | Focal length: 450mm | ISO 500, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, EV +1.
Kelly Slater, 11 time world champion in a nice pipe left. The sandbar angle and long focal length makes this image appear to be have been taken from the water with a camera housing. © 2015 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec | Aperture: f/7.1 | Focal length: 500mm | ISO 500, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, EV +.7.
Kelly Slater, 11 time world champion in a nice pipe left. The sandbar angle and long focal length makes this image appear to be have been taken from the water with a camera housing. © 2015 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec | Aperture: f/7.1 | Focal length: 500mm | ISO 500, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, EV +.7.

Robert O’Toole is a Sigma Pro and has been a professional photographer for more than 20 years. As an accomplished instructor, Robert leads photography workshop tours across the US and internationally. For more info visit Robert’s web site at robertotoolephotography.com

Comments (1)
  1. Dennis L says:

    Nice pictures! Was a circular polarizer used and if so what kind? I have same lens with a Nikon D800e. I would need a 105mm cpl filter, so it could be pricey for good quality. I mainly photo wild life.

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