Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM S £1500, $2000

The lat­est ad­di­tion to Sigma’s up­mar­ket ‘Sport’ line of lenses is rich in fea­tures and so­phis­ti­ca­tion

NPhoto - - Test Team -

This is the first of two new Sigma 150-600mm lenses. The ‘S’ in this one’s name tells you it’s a ‘Sport’ lens, a more up­mar­ket and so­phis­ti­cated op­tion than the com­pany’s ‘C’-la­belled ‘Con­tem­po­rary’ 150600mm of­fer­ing. In­deed, it’s weather-sealed with a dust- and splash-proof de­sign that extends to a wa­ter-re­pel­lent coat­ing on the front and rear el­e­ments.

There’s a new and up­rated op­ti­cal sta­biliser, plus plenty of switches to play with. Th­ese in­clude dual-mode sta­bil­i­sa­tion, a fo­cus-range lim­iter switch and cus­tom modes that can be set up via the op­tional USB dock. The AF/MF fo­cus switch adds an ad­di­tional ‘Man­ual Over­ride’ mode that works in con­tin­u­ous as well as sin­gle aut­o­fo­cus, and the zoom lock switch can be en­gaged at any zoom set­ting. Like the Sigma 150-500mm this lens has three SLD el­e­ments, but it fea­tures two top-grade FLD (Flu­o­rite Low Dis­per­sion) el­e­ments as well. Over­all, it’s more high-tech than the Tam­ron 150-600mm, but is larger and nearly a kilo heav­ier, at 2.86kg.

Per­for­mance

Sta­bil­i­sa­tion works well, equiv­a­lent to about 3.5 stops in our tests, in both static and pan­ning modes. Sharp­ness dips a lit­tle at the long end but less so than with the com­pet­ing Tam­ron 150-600mm lens.

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