Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports: First Look Image Samples

The Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens is the newest high-zoom ratio standard-to-supertelephoto zoom lens in the Sigma Global Vision lineup. Replacing the venerable 50-500mm EX lens, which was nicknamed by fans the “Bigma”, this new superzoom lens is completely redesigned while maintaining the mind-blowing 10x zoom ratio of its lineage. As a Sports lens, the weather-sealing is first-rate, ready and raring for the roughest conditions; while the Multi-Material Construction shaves weight, pairing Magnesium and Thermally Stable Composite along with Carbon Fiber reinforced plastic to make it durable while staying portable. Packing 25 elements into 19 groups, and weighing under six pounds, this lens packs a lot of punch! From standard to supertele with either a push-pull on the barrel or the wide grippy zoom ring, it also manages to close focus to under a foot from the front elements at 200mm with 1:3.3 magnification.

The Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens offers an amazing 10X zoom ratio; making in the perfect walking-around lens for hikes and nature exploration. Here we are at 600mm, paired with a 6D. 1/1000 F6.3 ISO 500.
Actual pixel crop of the center of the last frame. This lens is super-sharp at 600mm, even wide open!

The three-zone focus limiter switch and Autofocus, Manual Focus, and Manual Override switch have been added, along with a slew of Sigma’s exclusive Global Vision features and functionalities have also been added: Custom Functions Switch to deploy Lens Customization settings via the USB Dock and Sigma Optimization Pro, Zoom lock at all marked focal lengths—a feature introduced to the photography world with the pair of Sigma 150-600mm lenses—and 100% testing for optical performance at our Aizu, Japan factory.

A sailboat heads into the ocean at the meeting of the bays near the tip of Sandy Hook, NJ. This is at 60mm, and takes in the beach, the sea, and the sun rising behind the clouds. 1/1600 F4.5 ISO 1600.
And here we are moments later zoomed all the way to 600mm. This lens is sharp and versatile! 1/1600 F6.3 ISO 1600

I had a few days to get familiar with the lens in the leadup to PhotoPlus 2018, and I am very, very impressed. Wide open at 600mm it is super-sharp on the focal plane, and the near-to-far zoom comparisons to show total reach and range are simply stunning! Straight out of the box, autofocus speed is super-fast, and faster still when focus limiters are employed. AF was quick as…well…let’s just say tracking birds in the sky, even in dusky predawn light, was no problem at all.

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European Ski Adventures with the Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Macro | C

For the last two weeks I have been shooting a ski travel story in Switzerland for a few different magazines and websites. Helping me capture the action and tell the story is Sigma’s new all-in-one lens, the 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DGC OS HSM Macro | Contemporary lens.

The autofocus is fast enough to capure sharp images of skiers in action. Sven Brunso finds powder in Disentis days after the last storm. ISO 200 at 20mm f/10 1/1600 sec.

This great little lens has proven to be incredibly versatile and I have used it to shoot a great variety of subjects. Its lightweight and small size make it a no-brainer to pack on an international trip when luggage space is tight.  And the image quality is what you would expect from Sigma’s Contemporary line…excellent!

1481- Having the option of using one lens to capture everything on your adventure is fantastic..especially if your adventure begins with 3,500 vertical feet of climbing to the top of your ski run. The wide angle here is nice as it give a great sense of place. ISO 200 at 18mm f/9 1/1250 sec.

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Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 | Contemporary: Hands-On

The Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Macro | Contemporary is the newest all-in-one camera lens in the Sigma lineup, and offers a high 16.6x zoom ratio, 1:3 macro magnification, Optical Stabilizer, in a lens that covers wide angle to supertelephoto in a single, lightweight lens.

Fall Foliage as from a moving hayride as seen by the Sigma 18-300mm. 1/500 at F3.5 at 18mm ISO 200 on a Rebel T31.

Designed specifically for APS-C cameras, this lens equates to approximately a 27-450mm range, perfect for a one-lens solution for everyday adventures, weekend escapes and beyond. The hypersonic motor is fast, and accurate, Optical Stabilizer keeps the camera steady at slower shutter speeds, and the optional close-up lens increases the maximum magnification to 1:2 at 300mm, for even more detailed close-ups.

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The Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 Macro is Ready for Adventures

by Jack Howard

When traveling as light as possible while maximizing versatility, an all-in-one zoom lens like the new Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 Macro is a great choice. This recently redesigned lens is built specifically for DSLRs with the smaller APS-C sensors, and now adds 1:2.9 macro capture for even more flexibility and creativity in an even more compact package than its predecessor (which we explored in detail last summer.) From wide angle to supertelephoto and macro for close-up details, this one lens is ready for just about any adventure.

To bullet it out, here’s why this optically stabilized superzoom is a great choice for many photographers.

  • This lens is an impressive combination of reach, range and versatility in a single multi-tasking piece of glass that can do just about everything from wide landscapes, to telephoto wildlife, macros (1:2.9 max magnification), short tele portraiture, and help make a strong shot of most situations you’ll want to shoot on your adventures, without ever having to swap lenses.
  • This APS-C specific lens is a 13.8x optically stabilized zoomer that weighs in at just a pound plus an ounce  with a field of view range comparable to about a 28-400mm on a full-frame camera. That’s a whole lot of lens in a compact 3.5 inch long package!
  • When travelling with young children and all the gear kids require, there’s just not room for a big, dedicated camera bag any more.
  • Maximum versatility in tight quarters. Helicopter tours, and lighthouse climbs are but two examples of tourist activities that can be amazingly “cozy” situations where it isn’t necessarily possible or practical to try to switch lenses to make different shots.
Walking along the High Line Park in Manhattan, the new Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Macro offered a ton of compositional versatility from wide angle, normal perspective, and telephoto. Here's a detail of the skyline from the Highline shot at 61mm on a Canon EOS Rebel T3i. 1/160 F11 ISO 100. (All shots in this article made with the Rebel T3i.)

But this multitasker makes some smart tradeoffs to be very adept in many types of photography in its small, economical package. And when you bump the street price of the 18-250mm up against some of the more specialized lenses, you start to realize that it’s a very capable tool that can be put on your SLR and be ready to capture great photos of pretty much anything you can see through that viewfinder, from sweeping vistas to to distant sports and wildlife action in one easy-to-handle lens.

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Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM: First Impressions with Walter Arnold

Pro Photographer Walter Arnold has been shooting new ad campaign shots with the new Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM on the sly for the past few weeks. We spent a few minutes talking with him about his experiences with this amazing new superzoom. For full press release and technical specifications click here.

For this shot I borrowed some brushes from local Water Color artist Sterling Edwards, who also works in acrylics. He lent me some of his brushes as well as a painter's pallet to photograph for this shoot. I laid a few of the brushes on the pallet next to a colorful dollop of ink. After spending a good deal of time lighting the brushes with traditional lighting techniques, I broke out my trusty mag lite flashlight and used it to provide a very focused light from the side which made for a dramatic and textured image. F22 0.4s ISO100 250mm Manual. ©2012 Walter Arnold.

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