SIGMA 150-600MM F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S

Big and heavy, Sigma’s mighty Sport lens lit­er­ally puts all the other con­tenders in the shade

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Phys­i­cally longer, wider and heav­ier than other lenses on test, Sigma’s Sport lens is a bit of a beast. It tips the scales at 2,860g, which is good news if you en­joy a phys­i­cal work­out with­out pay­ing gym fees. The front sec­tion of the lens is par­tic­u­larly large, and has a 105mm fil­ter thread in­stead of the 95mm in the other lenses.

This lens comes clos­est of any in the group to the look and feel of a fully pro­grade op­tic. Un­like the Nikon and Sigma Con­tem­po­rary lenses on test, it has a full set of weather seals, rather than just a sealed mount­ing plate. It also feels very sturdy and ro­bust, from its brass mount­ing plate to its metal outer bar­rel and hood. The rear of the bar­rel also fea­tures strap lugs, so you can hang it from your neck with­out stress­ing your cam­era mount.

All of the at­trac­tions of the Sigma Con­tem­po­rary lens are car­ried through, in­clud­ing an iden­ti­cal set of switches for auto/man­ual-pri­or­ity aut­o­fo­cus, a short/ long aut­o­fo­cus range lim­iter, dual-mode sta­bil­i­sa­tion, and two cus­tom modes. Both lenses are also sup­plied with padded soft cases, but the Sport lens also has a padded soft lens cap that en­cir­cles the hood when ex­tended or in­verted. Han­dling ben­e­fits from a much big­ger fo­cus ring than in the Con­tem­po­rary lens.

The Sport also goes ex­tra-large in terms of im­age qual­ity and all-round per­for­mance. Aut­o­fo­cus is su­per fast and highly ac­cu­rate, while sharp­ness and con­trast are bet­ter than from any com­pet­ing lens, through­out the en­tire zoom and aper­ture ranges. Colour fring­ing is min­i­mal and pin­cush­ion dis­tor­tion is fairly neg­li­gi­ble.

Far left 600mm At the long end of the zoom range, the Sport lens re­tains ex­cel­lent sharp­ness, edg­ing ahead of the Nikon and Tam­ron left MEET THE BIGMA This lens takes the at­trac­tions of Sigma’s Con­tem­po­rary lens to a dif­fer­ent scale, with a big­ger,...

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