Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S £1200, $2000

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What’s good: Enor­mous tele­photo reach, high-end fea­tures and per­for­mance, weather seals. What’s bad: Its weight makes it un­com­fort­able for pro­longed hand­held shoot­ing. Our ver­dict: It’s a fab­u­lous su­per-tele­photo zoom and ex­cel­lent value at the price.

Sigma’s 150-600mm S has a mighty zoom range, while re­tain­ing ex­cel­lent sharp­ness and contrast at all fo­cal lengths. It also has su­per-fast aut­o­fo­cus, highly ef­fec­tive stabilisation and re­fined han­dling. The only down side is that, at nearly three kilo­grams, it’s a heavy­weight.

For main­tain­ing the same zoom range in a lighter pack­age, the Sigma 150600mm C is an un­beat­able bargain buy with its ad­vanced fea­ture set. The Tam­ron 150-600mm is a lit­tle more ba­sic and is softer at the long end, but boasts a more ex­ten­sive set of weather seals.

Nikon’s 200-500mm loses out on zoom range but com­bines very good im­age qual­ity with im­pres­sive per­for­mance, and is good value. The Nikon 300mm is only worth con­sid­er­ing if you’re af­ter a rel­a­tively com­pact prime lens, while the Nikon 80-400mm zoom is poorer value than other op­tions. In the 70-200mm f/2.8 camp, the Nikon reigns supreme, but the Tam­ron is very ca­pa­ble and is the best choice if you’re on a tight bud­get.

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