Sigma has announced a new telephoto lens and this time it’s the 150-600 F5-6.3 DG DN OS ‘Sports’ lens for full-frame Sony E and also Panasonic/Sigma/Leica L-mount cameras.
The new lens has been constructed from 25 elements in 15 groups, including 4 ‘FLD’ (low dispersion glass) and 2 ‘SLD’ (special low dispersion) elements, as well as a ‘Super Multi-Layer coating’ that helps to reduce flare and ghosting. There’s also a stepping motor that drives the focus elements. As with all telephoto lenses stabilization is very helpful, and Sigma claim that the built-in optical image stabilizer can reduce shake by up to four stops.
The front element features a fluorine coating to repel oil and water and the lens is also splash and dust resistant. There’s a torque switch on the lens that allows you to lock the zoom, or change it to a tight of smooth action. As well as zooming using the zoom ring you can also use a push and pull action thanks to the rubberized ring at the front of the lens.
The lens accepts 95mm front filters and the minimum focus distance is 58cm (22.8″) and the maximum magnification is 0.34x. You’ll find three AF-L buttons, as well as switches for stabilization on/off and three focus distance limiters. There’s also a customizable switch which can be programmed through the camera.
One feature that I really wish Sony would introduce to their lenses is a tripod collar that features an integrated Arca Swiss-compatible plate, the collar can also be rotated in 90° increments.
The lens is priced at $1,499.00 in the US or £1,199.00 in the UK, this is around $500 less than Sony’s excellent FE 200-600 lens. But if you you are happy with a slightly shorter focal range of 150-500 then Tamron’s 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VXD lens is around $100 cheaper than the Sigma.
The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 should start shipping at the end of this month and pre-orders have already begun.
Here’s a collection of early reviews from around the web.