Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS sports exam
The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports is a versatile 4x super telephoto zoom lens for Sony APS-C full frame and mirrorless cameras. It offers an effective focal range of 225-900mm when used on an APS-C sensor camera.
The Sigma 150-600mm lens for Sony features an optical construction consisting of 25 elements in 15 groups, including 4 FLD elements and 2 ELD elements.
It offers an iris diaphragm with a 9-blade rounded diaphragm that creates an attractive blur on the out-of-focus areas of the image, 4 stops of built-in optical image stabilization with 2 selectable operating system modes and focus distance at the minimum point of 58 cm / 23 inches with a maximum magnification ratio of 1: 2.9.
There is a high speed stepper motor with a high precision magnetic sensor for fast and quiet autofocus, a zoom torque switch that selects the zoom resistance and locks the lens barrel at 150 mm, a dual zoom ring and push / pull zoom capability, and manual override which is activated by rotating the focus ring while using autofocus.
This lens has a moisture proof construction including a water and oil repellent front coating and a removable rotating tripod collar / socket with a replaceable Arca type compatible foot.
The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports lens is priced at £ 1199 / $ 1499 in the UK and US respectively.
For L mount users, two dedicated teleconverters can be used with this lens – a 1.4x (TC-1411) and a 2x (TC-2011). The TC-1411 increases the range of the lens up to 840mm and the TC-2011 up to 1200mm.
Ease of use
Weighing 2100g and measuring 26.5cm long with a maximum diameter of 10.9cm, the Sigma 150-600mm f / 5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports is a big and heavy lens, although that weight includes the removable tripod collar / socket. It’s shorter and much lighter than the DSLR version we tested in 2014.
As seen in the photos below, it dwarfs a full frame camera body like the Sony A7 III we tested it with. While you can use it on a smaller APS-C body, it won’t balance out very well (and the focal length will change as well).
It’s not a lens you can hold in your hand for very long, being much more comfortable mounted on a sturdy tripod or monopod.
The lens extends quite far – about an additional 10cm – when magnified from 150mm to 600mm. The zoom ring is generously wide and has a ridged rubberized grip strip.
The focus ring is much narrower, making it a bit harder to locate in a rush, but it’s well cushioned. There is no distance scale or depth of field scale on this lens.
There are also no hard stops at both ends of the range, making it harder to focus at infinity. Polarizer users should be happy that the massive 95mm filter wire does not twist when focusing.
An AF / MF switch on the side of the lens makes it easy to switch between the two focus systems.
The build quality is excellent. The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports lens has a partly aluminum and partly thermally stable composite (TSC) shell with a mix of metal and plastic parts used inside. It also incorporates a brass bayonet mount which is said to be more durable.
The lens has a dust and splash resistant construction with a water and oil repellent front coating that should help it withstand most adverse conditions.
In terms of features, the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports offers everything you need from a professional telephoto lens.
This very usefully includes the built-in vibration reduction, activated by the OS switch on the lens barrel, which offers about 4 stops of compensation. The operating system has two modes – mode 1 is suitable for general photography and mode 2 is best for panoramic shots of moving subjects.
Focusing is usefully internal, and manual focus is possible when adjusted via the focus switch on the lens barrel. Full-time manual focus is also available by using the Direct Manual Focus (DMF) feature on Sony cameras and then rotating the focus ring.
When it comes to autofocus, the Sigma 150-600mm f / 5-6.3 DG DN OS sports zoom is fast, taking around 0.10 seconds to lock onto the subject when mounted on the camera. Sony A7 III with which we tested it. .
We haven’t experienced much “hunting”, either in good or bad light, with the lens focusing precisely almost all the time. It is also a very quiet device, thanks to the integrated stepper motor, which makes this lens well suited for video recording.
The focus limiter switch has three settings, Full, 10m-infinity and the closest focus distance-10m, which helps speed up autofocus if you know how far away your camera is. subject of the goal. You can also use the Sigma USB docking station to customize these ranges to your own needs.
The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports has a brand new Zoom Torque switch, which changes the resistance of the zoom ring and has three different functions (L / T / S).
The L (Lock) setting locks the lens at its 150mm setting and prevents it from extending when pointed down.
The T (Tight) setting puts the resistance of the zoom ring at its tightest setting, which helps prevent zoom creep, useful when pointing the lens up.
The S (Smooth) setting places the resistance of the zoom ring at its smoothest setting for general purpose photography.
There are three dedicated Auto Focus Lock (AFL) buttons located between the zoom and focus rings that can be optionally reconfigured to assign various functions to the lens barrel and there is also a focus switch. custom mode with two modes available.
The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports comes with a standard 95mm front lens and rear lens caps, shoulder strap, good quality soft case, extra large circular polycarbonate lens hood ( LH1034-01) that screws on, and a lens cap that slides over the lens and lens hood when inverted to protect the lens tip during transport.
This lens offers a 4x focal range of 150-600mm for full frame Sony Alpha cameras – the viewing angle is 16 ° 4 ‘at 150mm and 4 ° 1’ at 600mm.
Usually seen as purple or blue fringes along a high contrast edge in a photograph, chromatic aberration can be an issue for some lenses. With the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports lens, however, it is extremely well controlled, as it is very difficult to find examples of any fringe. An extremely impressive performance.
When shooting at the maximum aperture of f / 5, you may see slight vignetting at 150mm. It is not very noticeable when photographing normal subjects, but you can see it when photographing a white wall. The effect is much smaller when shooting at 600mm at f / 6.3. At all focal lengths, the problem almost disappears when you close the aperture to f / 11.
There is only a small amount of cushion distortion at 150mm, but overall the effect is well controlled and can be removed in editing software without compromising the quality of the final image.
The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports isn’t really a macro lens, but the close focus point is useful 58cm from the film / sensor plane at 150mm and 2.8m at 600 mm, and Sigma cites a maximum reproduction ratio of 1: 2.9 which is achievable at the focal length of 180mm.
The following examples illustrate how close you can get to the subject with the lens set to 600mm for easier magnification.
Bokeh is a word used for blurry areas in a photograph and is generally described in qualitative terms such as smooth / creamy / hard etc.
One of the reasons to buy a super zoom lens like this is to be able to isolate the subject from the background, and the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports has an iris diaphragm with 9 blades. rounded for a very pleasant rendering of blurry reflections.
Below are a few examples, but we also encourage you to check out our sample images.
In order to show you how sharp the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports lens is, we are offering 100% cropping in the following pages.
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