The Sigma 150-600mm 5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary was created around the concept of maximum portability meets utmost image quality in a variable aperture hyper-telephoto zoom lens. Light weight and compact, this zoom can handle any long-reach photographic situation one may encounter. This 150-600mm Contemporary boasts updated Sigma technology such as a quiet and optimized Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) and a new Optical Stabilizer (OS) with an accelerometer for improved panning photography both vertically and horizontally, essential for birding, wildlife and motor photography. The Sigma 150-600 Contemporary also touts a new zoom lock switch that can be locked at any focal length and a new manual override (MO) switch is incorporated for improved focusing control. Working with the Sigma USB dock, this lens allows for maximum customization such as firmware updates and adjustments to the focus limiter, AF speed and OS view.
Sigma's DG lenses are specifically designed to deliver the ultimate level of performance on full frame digital SLRs. Sigma DGs also maximize the abilities of 35mm SLR cameras and APS-C size DSLRs. Thanks to a complete and comprehensive approach to the correction of chromatic aberrations, you will experience incredible image clarity and smoothness. Specific attention was paid to helping eliminate color fringing often caused by lateral chromatic aberration, a problem that is magnified at high resolution in digital photography. DG lenses provide exceptionally high contrast along with subtle gradations in tone and color. Super Multi-Layer Coating, along with Sigma's optimized optical design work to reduce reflections between the image sensor and the lens surfaces. The large image circles of DG lenses mean there will always be enough peripheral illumination to avoid vignetting.
This lens is part of the Contemporary category of Sigma's Global Vision. Sigma's Contemporary lenses combine modern techniques and materials in order to deliver a concept which combines a streamlined, lightweight construction with best-in-class optical quality and performance. This compact lens is one you trust for a variety of everyday applications.
This lens is a beast and I love it! I have compared this lens to the Canon 100-400mm, 150-600 Sigma Sport and the Tamron 150-600mm G1 & G2. These are all great lenses, however, the Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary fits my needs and in my opinion has a sharper image with the least amount of chromatic aberrations compared to the other like lenses.
This is one of the most fun lens I own. It is fast and very hand holdable. I have it on a Canon 6d mark ll camera. It is tack sharp. I put it on my T3i body and it was just a AWESOME lens for that too. It is a little heavy with the 6d. So if you are carrying it a lot use your camera strap or the strap that comes with the lens. The lens is very bright. I like that. The photos was taken the same day I got the lens. ALL hand held. I had a very bright sky in the background for the Osprey. So I bump up a half of stop in my camera so he would not be to dark. The one with the butterfly was hand held. It was about 40 feet from me when I took it. So the moral of the story is strait out of the box you are shooting. If you dont have a back up battery for your camera. You might wont to get one if you are planing to do a lot of shooting that day. The lens use's your batter to for the OS and AF. I shot over 500 shots that day and used about half my battery. But my battery is a little old too. The Optical Stabilization is fast, solid and dependable. All in all you cant go wrong with this lens. For the money it is worth every penny and more. Sigma came up with a lens that is affordable and GREAT quality. I dont think you will go wrong with this lens. As for the accessories that comes with the lens. The camera bag is treat. It holds my camera with the lens on it and it will hold a few more lens too. You can put another camera body in with it but you cant have the lens mounted on it to. The mono pod is a nice one and is pretty sturdy. The USB dock is a nice thing to have to customize your lens. I dont use filter that much. So I probable get some solar film and make the UV filter into a solar filter. That way I can take photos of the sun....PLEASE DO NOT take shots of the sun without a solar filter with this lens. It Will damage the lens and your camera and maybe your eyes too.... But everything that comes with this package is new and great. All come over pack and that is not a bad thing. For what you are paying and the quality of it. You wont it safe and it is.
I am an amateur photographer, So this is not going to be a very technical report. So far, I am in a learning mod and I am using it primarily in my yard to photograph the many birds and butterflies around my house. I have taken Most of the pictures the AV mode. To my great satisfaction, my pictures have turned out clear in focus. The auto focus takes a little getting use to as it is not as fast to focus at it is on my 24-105 Canon lens, however it is fast enough and I am guessing this will be true on OEM lenses as well. All and all, I can't wait to start using this lens out in nature to photograph large birds and other animals.
Please read my review before you make any judgment. First of all, I own Canon 5D mark III. This lens is great, but the CPL polarizer that comes with it is so bad. I was about to return the lens because all my pictures were so bad and blurry and after I called Sigma technical support, he asked me first to take out the filter and take pictures without it. I found that the filter is really so cheap and bad quality so I wish if you don't ship it with the lens or ship something else instead so people will not get frustrated from the quality of the pictures.
This is a great lens with decent sharpness through all the focal lengths. I bought it to replace an old Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG HSM (non-OS) and the difference is huge. The OS can keep up even when shooting at 400-600mm range. The Backpack and the Dolica Monopod that came with the bundle seem of good quality, however, the CPL and UV filters that came with the bundle aren't that good and should be avoided as they degrade much of the image quality and sharpness, I won't deduct a star because of this as they came free anyway. Attached is a picture I took of Saturn using a Canon 200D (Rebel SL2) mounted on a tripod, ISO 200, F/8, 1/25s at 600mm. Was surprised to be able to see the rings and how they are clearly separated from the planet, my old Sigma 50-500mm rendered it as a small ball with rings not separated and barely recognizable. I will try to update the review later with some moon shots.