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Sigma’s lat­est ul­tra-zoom is avail­able in Sport and Con­tem­po­rary mod­els

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The hot new re­leases on show at Pho­tok­ina, in­clud­ing a pair of Sigma 150600mm ul­tra­zooms, an up­date to Nikon’s 20mm wide-an­gle, fan­tas­tic new fil­ter and tri­pod de­signs, and plenty more!

£1600, $1999

Lenses with big­ger-thanaver­age zoom ranges are popular with am­a­teur sports and wildlife pho­tog­ra­phers. This is un­sur­pris­ing due to the one-lens-fits-all de­sign. As part of its con­tin­u­ing over­haul of its lens range, Sigma has an­nounced two hy­per-tele­photo lenses which could get con­fused be­cause the spec­i­fi­ca­tions are almost the same.

The new Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 comes in both Sport and Con­tem­po­rary ver­sions, which

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have op­ti­cal as well as more ob­vi­ous phys­i­cal dif­fer­ences.

The des­ig­na­tions of Sport and Con­tem­po­rary fit into Sigma’s cur­rent lens cat­e­gori­sa­tion sys­tem, which con­sists of Art, Sport and Con­tem­po­rary. The idea is that you can use th­ese la­bels to make a bet­ter decision about what lens you need. This duo is the first to be re­leased where, although the lenses’ spec­i­fi­ca­tions are very sim­i­lar, they have been de­signed for dif­fer­ent uses.

The C (Con­tem­po­rary) ver­sion is op­ti­cally less com­plex, and it’s smaller and lighter. It’s de­signed for hand­held and more gen­eral use. The S (Sport) ver­sion is larger, heav­ier and more ad­vanced, with a di­am­e­ter of 121mm, com­pared to 105mm for the Con­tem­po­rary ver­sion, which makes it sub­stan­tially larger. It also adds an ex­tra 3cm to the length. It’s de­signed to give max­i­mum im­age qual­ity. Both can be used with Sigma’s new 1.4x and 2x tele­con­vert­ers. They are both ‘DG’ lenses, and so can be used on both full­frame and APS-C cam­eras. Both have Sigma’s op­ti­cal sta­bil­i­sa­tion sys­tem built in.

The full specs for the Con­tem­po­rary ver­sion have yet to be an­nounced, but the Sport ver­sion weighs in at 2.86kg – roughly the same weight as the hefty new Nikon AF-S 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II.

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