Sigma 150-600mm Review

July 03, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Sigma recently launched their new line of telephoto lenses (4th Q 2014), one of which is the 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport, now available through P-Tech in Bermuda. Bermuda Aerial and Luminous were on assignment yesterday for AAC, a local ad agency to go out and capture some of the AC35 America's Cup teams practising in the Great Sound for a client campaign.

Normally I would carry a Nikon 70-200 for close action, a Sigma 150-500 and might borrow a Nikon F4 200-400 with teleconverter for longer range captures but I happened to stop by at P-Tech to pick up a couple of smaller items and Todd Martin, P-Tech GM pulled me aside to take a look at something new he had just taken delivery of; the Sigma 150-600 Sport. 

Now I already own the Sigma 150-500mm 5.6-6.3 and it is a decent lens, but had read somewhere that the original 150-600 that Sigma put out was not that great, so was really not that keen on it until I saw this new version. What a piece of glass. Much larger diameter than the 150-600 measuring 121mm in diameter by 290mm in length.

This is by no means a technical review, just a user review and some sample shots. Camera Labs has a decent review here if you need tech specs and DP Review of course has a super detailed review here.

First of all, the Sigma is a beast. A heavy beast at that. Be warned and carry a monopod. You'll need it.

After carefully packing all our bags with gear needed we headed out to Darrell's Wharf for pick up via Connor's boat. We had multiple Nikon D4's, 24-70's, 70-200's and the Sigma. We were hoping that we'd get out in time to see the large 45 footers, or at the very least one of them as we hear they are due to leave the Island shortly so our window of getting the required shots was closing fast. Little did we know at the time but Artemis apparently packing their gear today (Fri Jul 3) and heading away until something like September. 

Out through Two Rock passage we raced, gear taking up all the floor space including two large boxes with "Big Bird" our biggest hex-powered drone, a smaller DJI Inspire and all the controllers/monitors/etc that go with it. Within minutes, Connor was the first to spot two massive sails in the distance south towards Harbor Road in the Warwick area positively smoking across the water. Throttle forward we flew across the Great Sound towards Scaur Hill to prepare the gear. 

The range of this Sigma is fantastic. I could not actually believe how versatile it is. Look at the two images below. First one is at 150mm and second at 600mm and factor in that we are on a moving, rocking boat in fairly bumpy chop, hand held:

 

150mm Focal Distance:

600mm Focal Distance

The detail at 600mm is amazing. Below at 100% crop:

Pretty impressive really. 

Now in terms of performance, I was really impressed with this lens over previous Sigmas super zooms I have used. Granted that it was a bright and sunny day, this lens performed really well. 

Here are a few samples below, can't share too many as they are from a commercial shoot so I have to save the best ones:

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This lens sells at P-Tech for just shy of $3,000 at $2,999 and at that price-point, for this quality and versatility it is a steal. Go pick one up and get ready for your America's Cup shooting today. Available for both Canon and Nikon full frame bodies.

 

 

 

 


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