PRE ORDER Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM at B&H Photo.
Sigma states that its new 150-600mm zoom will be available in Canon and Nikon mounts in March for about $1069.
Anywhere 200mm on up is a tricky business shooting handheld, but for the traveler or specialty situation where all-in-one is needed, this 150-600mm solves a challenge (who wants to lug around a 400/4 and 600/4?). Optical image stabilization is critical, but keep that shutter speed high on the long end.
The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens comes to mind (about $2199). I like the idea of 150-600mm more than 100-400mm, but a lot depends on handling and performance and I’m not sure how realistic it is to think of shooting in the 400-600mm range without great care being taken, tripod or handheld. It’s not easy.
As for the tripod collar, light and strong are not the qualities by themselves that matter. All super teles today come with a tripod foot good for groans and cursing at best (terrible oscillation and vibration issues in the lens itself—just mount the lens, put camera into 10X Live View and do little more than breathe on the rig). The only lens I’ve seen that does it right is my old Nikon 50-300mm f/4.5 ED, which has a wide and chunky collar wrapped around the lens barrel with no gap, just a big hunk of solid stuff, and with a proper balance point near the middle. As good as it gets. Sadly, no one builds super teles in this way any more (why not?). The approach to the tripod food is just engineering garbage (all brands) as far as vibration goes. And why isn’t there a compatible dovetail for Really Right Stuff style clamps built in already?
Sigma Corporation Announces Pricing and Availability of 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens
Hyper-telephoto zoom from the Global Vision Contemporary line offers enhanced functionality for better portability and usability
YOKOHAMA, Japan — February 11, 2015 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, has announced pricing and availability of its 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens. The lens will become available in Canon and Nikon mounts in March for the street price of $1089.
The 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens is the first hyper-telephoto zoom lens from the Global Vision Contemporary line, and features a light-weight and compact construction for higher usability. In order to allow for mobile, handheld shooting in the field, it has a new and improved Optical Stabilizer, and features a new water and oil-repellent coating on the front and rear lenses. Its dimensions will be 4.1 inches by 10.2 inches and will feature 20 elements in 14 groups – including one FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) and three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements – with a minimum aperture of F22 and minimum focusing distance of 110.2 inches. Its maximum magnification ratio is 1:5.
“This hyper-telephoto zoom lens offers photographers superior image quality and high performance that is both customizable and portable for use in various photography situations,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America.
The 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens will feature:
- An updated Optical Stabilizer (OS) with an accelerometer for improved vertical and horizontal panning, essential for bird, wildlife and motor sports photography
- Enhanced functionality for better portability and usability
- Dust and splash proof mount
- Excellent optical glass elements to minimize chromatic aberration and achieve best-in-class image quality
- Two new switches added for ease-of-use, including a new zoom lock switch capable of locking at any focal distance and a Manual Override (MO) switch for improved control of focusing performance
- An enhanced auto focus (AF) algorithm and Hyper Sonic Motor ensure quiet and fast AF
- MO included to make two full-time modes switchable
- A detachable tripod socket made of magnesium which is light and strong so the lens can be carried by itself
The lens will be available in Sigma, Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts. It is also compatible with Sigma’s lineup of Global Vision teleconverters as well as the company’s USB dock which allows for advanced customization of AF speed, OS viewing modes, focus limiter and firmware updates.