Just like the last time, I haven’t added many short threads – in which lens owners are talking about their experiences using the lens – small image galleries and image threads. As soon as the lens is available for all mounts, reviews, threads and image galleries will be shooting up like mushrooms all over the internet and I will most likely not have the time to update the link collection on a regular basis. Nevertheless, the reviews, samples and videos I’ve linked to here should allow you to make up your own mind about the “Sports” and help you to compare it to the Tamron 150-600mm, its archrival. 😉
Reviews and Comparisons
„…The Sport line model, examined by us here, is optically better than the Tamron in almost every testing category (only the vignetting correction of the Tamron was noticeably better). Still you should remember that the Sigma is also almost two times more expensive than the Tamron and heavier by almost one kilogram. It is a really big difference. As the Tamron still can be considered a walk-around lens – at a push you can take it to a stroll in a park or in a forest and use without any tripod – the Sigma S 150-600 mm can hardly be called so. A set consisting of the Sigma and a good quality camera body can weigh as much as 4 kilograms – not exactly something you can carry around for hours; mind you it requires also a support in a form of a tripod or a monopod. All of it should be taken into consideration before the purchase…”
“Overall, the Sigma 150-600 F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport is an all-out beast of a lens! Extraordinary build quality with an extremely versatile zoom range leads to an all-around impressive lens. While it’s far and away from a typical lens that your average enthusiast photographer will likely use, for those who are serious about wildlife, nature, sports or other telephoto-centric outdoor subjects, the Sigma 150-600 F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport lens is definitely one to put on your short list. The lens is sharp, it focuses quickly, and being a strongly-built, weather-sealed lens, it should be able to withstand nature’s wrath when you’re out shooting in the wilderness. If you need the “tank-of-all-tanks” supertelephoto zoom lens, and you’re okay with the hefty size and weight of it, you most definitely need to check out this lens.”
“The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports is tack-sharp at both the centre and edges of the frame when stopped down by one-stop at all the focal lengths, with performance only really dropping off at 600mm. Obvious vignetting at wide-open apertures is the only other real optical issue of note, and this can be easily corrected in post-production.
Even the price of the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports is relatively attractive, undercutting the main rival lenses from Canon and Nikon and offering better image quality than the Tamron SP 150-600mm. We can strongly recommend the new Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports as a versatile telephoto zoom lens that delivers excellent results on the latest full-frame DSLRs.”
“Overall, I think this lens will be quite popular. Assuming it is as weatherproof and sturdy as Sigma claims, it could become a classic for sports and wildlife use.”
thephoblographer.com (First Impressions)
“A convention show floor is hardly the ideal venue to test this gigantic telephoto lens but this lens is already looking to be a winner. The build quality of the 150-600 mm is top notch and the image quality looks superb. I can wait to properly test this lens out in the wilds of a nature shoot or during a sports event.”
“Good points: Useful 4x super-telephoto range. Ideal for sports and wildlife. Sharp details across the frame and throughout the range. Tough build quality with weather-sealing. Supplied with case and hood. Effective autofocusing when coupled with a decent DSLR. Customisable with Sigma’s optional USB dock.
Bad points: Vignetting across range at large apertures and some coloured fringing. Focal ratio is fairly dim: f5-6.3, but compatible with most DSLR AF. 50% heavier than Tamron 150-600mm and Sigma 150-500mm.”
“We spent 6 hot, dusty and wet days on safari in Madikwe and I’m very happy with the Sigma 150-600mm lens – it’s everything I wanted in a super-telephoto safari lens and more!
If I was rating the lens out of five stars I would give it the full 5-stars and I don’t find the weight a problem – if it was lighter I would be worried that poor quality materials were used!
The conditions in Madikwe seemed to cause our Nikon 80-400 AFS lenses to malfunction therefore this was the ideal testing ground for the new Sigma lens.
Do we miss our old 300 f2.8 and 600 f4 Nikon lenses? Not at all – they served their purposes at the time but our style of photography has changed so that we now need the flexibility and maneuverability of a sharp zoom lens, the reach of 600mm but do not want a cumbersome and heavy 600mm prime lens and the Sigma 150-600mm sport lens solves all these issues beautifully.
God willing, we will be back in Madikwe on safari in January where we will subject the lens to more tests for 15 days instead of just 6. If the lens continues to perform this well it should become the classic safari lens!”
kruger-2-kalahari.com (Tamron vs Sigma 150-600)
„So, which lens is better? Both lenses suit us. I love the Sigma 150-600mm Sport lens. It’s heavy but still not as heavy and bulky as my old 600mm f4! It is sharp and easy to handle while on game drive vehicles. The OS (Optical Stabilization) works beautifully and the lens produces a nice bokeh. I give the lens 5 stars!
Jenny loves her Tamron 150-600mm lens. It is one kilogram lighter than the Sigma so makes a good walk-around lens and is easy to handhold while walking or on game drive vehicles. The lens is sharp but the Nikon D800 tends to be a very unforgiving camera and seems more suited to landscapes. As a result, Jenny traded in her D800 and will now be using the Nikon D7100.
The other reasons for changing to the D7100 are that the D7100 should eliminate most vignetting, provide more magnification, a higher frame rate plus images that are sharper overall, as the Tamron produces sharp images in the centre of the frame but towards the edge they are a bit soft so the crop factor should eliminate these softer edges.”
“Es ist erstaunlich, welches Gesamtpaket Sigma für “nur” 2.099 Euro (UVP) liefert. Bis auf das (kaum vermeidbare) hohe Gewicht sowie die speziellen Autofokus-Probleme an unserer Canon EOS 5D Mark III lassen sich praktisch keine handfesten Kritikpunkte am Sigma 150-600 mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport finden, auch die Ausstattung ist löblich. Wer bereit ist etwa 2.000 Euro für ein Super-Zoom-Objektiv auszugeben und das Gewicht nicht scheut, sollte Sigmas 150-600 mm aus der Sport-Serie definitiv in die engere Wahl nehmen!
Das Tamron SP 150-600 mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD wird vielerorts gerne als Konkurrent genannt, spielt aufgrund des massiven Gewichts- (-32 Prozent) und Preisunterschieds (etwa -40 Prozent) jedoch in einer anderen Klasse. Der höhere Preis des Sigmas lohnt sich vor allem für all jene, die häufig im Bereich von über 400 mm arbeiten und auf die bessere Abdichtung sowie umfangreiche Einstellmöglichkeiten Wert legen.“
mworkz.net (German Hands-On)
“Das Sigma 150-600mm F5-6,3 DG OS HSM [S] will von Profis gekauft und bedient werden. Es verlangt nach jemandem, der es rausbringt und mit ihm Fotos macht, die über das Normalknipspensum hinausgehen. Es will im Gras liegen und auf Rotwild lauern oder am Rand einer Rennstrecke stehen und Autos jagen.
Das heißt aber nicht, dass es nicht auch von Semi-Profis und solchen, die sich nur so nennen, gekauft werden wird. Es gibt genug Leute, die für so etwas Geld übrig haben und es mit in den Zoo schleppen. Sinniger ist der Einsatz auf einer Safari, denn hier braucht man seltener etwas unter 150 Millimetern und ist mit einem 150-600mm-Zoom flexibel und perfekt bedient.
In welchen Fällen auch immer – über die Bildqualität braucht man sich definitiv keine Sorgen machen.“
„Recently Sigma seem to have hit a fine run of form, producing interesting lenses that provide good specification, for a reasonable price. This lens continues that trend, being capable of producing images with excellent sharpness, low CA and distortion. Those looking for a long lens to add to their kit bag should certainly add this lens to their list of considerations.”
„My impression is that the Sigma 150-600 Sport is sharper wide open at 600m than is the Tamron 150-600 VC. This is to be expected given that the Sigma Sport is considerably more money, costing about 85% more than the Tamron. Nasim will likely be doing some formal sharpness testing, so readers looking for statistical assessments of this lens versus competitive products will need to wait until the full Photography Life review is completed.
I must admit that I didn’t enjoy shooting with the Sigma 150-600 Sport on the first day out with it. I found that it was initially very uncomfortable and awkward to hand-hold. This was my fault for not realizing that I needed to change my approach. After I adjusted my hand-holding technique I found my results improved and the shooting experience was much more enjoyable.
Overall, I thought the Sigma was a high quality lens with a very solid and secure feel. Shooting hand-held is possible but it does require good technique and you may need to adjust your usual approach to compensate for the additional weight. I imagine the majority of photographers who buy this lens will use a monopod or tripod with it most of the time, and only shoot hand-held with it periodically, and for limited time durations.”
“The new Sigma 150-600 is highly recommended. It delivers the image quality and performance to make it a superb choice for any photographer looking to move up to 600mm or someone that already owns a long lens but is looking of something easier to handhold and carry. If the new weather proofing and construction stand up to professional use over time, I can see this lens becoming an true classic.
If you think about what this lens offers, i.e., 600mm with professional level image quality at a price for a fraction of comparable lenses on the market, you can see why I am so excited about it. You can buy three 150-600 S lenses or better yet, a 150-600 S lens, a New Nikon D4s and a new Nikon D810 and have money left over for some new memory for the price of a new Canon lens like the 200-400mm f/4L IS. This is my new favorite lens and I can’t wait to use it on my first Alaska trip this March.”
camerastuffreview.com (@ Canon 650D)
“The Sigma 150-600 mm Sports is, as far as that’s concerned, a solid competitor for the much more expensive professional Canon L telephoto zoom lenses. The speed of the AF in the standard configuration in which the Sigma 150-600 mm Sports is delivered appears to be a bit less fast than the impression that I had of the Canon 200-400 mm f/4 L, but with the use of tuning with the USB dock and the use of the focus limiter switch, the difference will become smaller. If you don’t really need the longest focal length, then I would choose the brighter Sigma 120-300 mm f/2.8 Sports, because a higher brightness makes fast focusing simpler, you can choose a faster shutter time that prevents motion blur from the photographer and subject and because the Sigma 120-300 mm f/2.8 Sports has a more beautiful bokeh. For those for whom the budget is a significant argument, I would say: wait for the review of the Sigma 150-600 mm Contemporary. In all other cases, I cannot think of any excuse not to purchase a Sigma 150-600 mm Sports.”
„We give the Sigma 150-600mm f/5.6-6.3 Sport Lens a very high 4 out of 5 stars thanks to it’s solid beefy build and high performance focus motor. The glass is of superb quality and it reflects in the sharpness of your photos. Lastly the price for what you are getting is competitive. The only negative was the weight and the size of it. Well that and the fact that all the parents were staring me down at the park when I was shooting photos of my kids. Pretty certain I was labeled in the minds of a few as the new neighborhood creeper.”
“The images from Kenya not being perfect could have been due to imperfect AFMA but I can never be sure. The live view tests I made seem to show improvement in sharpness but only marginally. At $2000 the lens is a bargain and can be used perfectly well to make impactful photos. If I ever get a paid assignment I will immediately swap this with the Canon 200-400. The upgrade would be for a combination of IQ, IS, AF and perhaps for mental security.”
“A direct attack on the Tamron 150-600mm, and an indirect stab at trying to get sales away from the Canon 100-400mm II, it is clear Sigma put all they could into making this lens a success, and it shows. It oozes with quality and sophistication (yes, strange way to describe a lens, but it does ooze with that too), and the current waiting times for a Sigma 150-600mm Sport demonstrates this (Canon users have an average 2 month waiting period, Nikon users even more).
While overall a great dynamic lens that can be used for anything from birding to planes, I just can’t help but feel the OS has let this amazing lens somewhat down. For $1999US recommenced pricing, it gets a highly recommended from me.”
„The Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport lens is a very welcome addition to the market, offering the serious photographer better AF and IQ performance than other super tele-zoom lenses in this category, and getting closer to true professional performance offered by lenses costing three or four times as much as this one.
Well made, sufficiently fast auto focus especially with custom set-up through the optional USB Dock, good optical quality even at maximum zoom and aperture and with a very handy zoom range it offers value for money. I consider it worthy of the extra price tag it carries over other lens models of similar focal length.
This lens is ideally suited for the enthusiastic sports and the wildlife photographer who expects more from his equipment but cannot justify the expense in purchasing a top of the range prime lens or tele-zoom lens. In all a class-leading lens from Sigma.“
„There are a few things I don’t like about the Sigma 150-600mm Sports such as the size and weight of the lens, or that focal length lock switch that would mysteriously unlock itself occasionally. But there are a lot of things I really like about this lens. The build quality is great, the tripod collar is really solid, the wide open image quality even at 600mm is better than I expected, the lack of CA and the additional adjustability with the USB dock. So yes the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S (Sports) maybe not be a perfect lens, but consider the performance of the lens and the very reasonable price, it is really not a bad choice if you want a super telephoto lens that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg.”
“Apart from the somewhat nervous start, when I lost the screw out of the lens hood – which, in hindsight, would benefit from being captive and irremovable – my experience of using Sigma’s latest telephoto zoom in the sort of conditions it was designed for was extremely positive.
There’s no getting away from the fact that it weighs a ton, so you won’t last long using it handheld before you cry out for a set of sticks or a monopod, like I did. Autofocus is generally swift and reacted sharply to focusing on a high-speed subject.
The build quality is exemplary for use in the great outdoors by the enthusiasts and pros it’s out to target, while the sharpness of the final result doesn’t disappoint – just don’t expect distortion-free images straight out of the camera without having to apply lens corrections first.”
Zoom Telephoto Field Review Tamron 150-600 vs Sigma Sport 150-600 vs Canon 100-400 & more by PhotoRec Toby
Sigma 150-600 mm Sport – Unboxing, first impressions by David Roma
Sigma [S] 150-600 mm Sport – Unboxing eines Super-Tele-Zoom-Objektiv by ValueTechTV (German)
Sigma 150-600/5.0-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport: Solar Eclipse in Poland by Krzysztof Smejlis
Sigma 150-600/5.0-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport: Unboxing & Sample Videos by Krzysztof Smejlis