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150-600mm Contemporary and Sports

We received information (thanks) that Adorama is shipping the Nikon-mount 150-600mm Sports, and B&H the Nikon-mount 150-600mm Contemporary.

Going through the various reviews, something stands out: the three 150-600mm f/5-6.3 lenses (Sigma S, Sigma C, Tamron) are very close in the image quality department.

Sample variation, shooting technique and subject distance most definitely favor one or the other. See the dissonance between TDP’s conclusion and Lenstip’s, for instance.

May the high-megapixel Canon 5DS reveal more differences in resolving power between these lenses? I don’t think it will, but we’ll find out soon. In the end, AF and build quality could be the deciding factors.

Note that all listed reviews are made on the Canon platform. The Nikon-mount 150-600mm lenses from Sigma are still not very widespread.

Sports version

The Digital Picture

vs. Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II

The Canon easily bests the Sigma in sharpness and contrast over the entire shared native focal length range. Add a 1.4x to get the Canon up to 560mm and the two lenses have similar image sharpness.

vs. Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 VC

The Sigma has sharper corners at 500mm and I would rather have either of the Sigma lenses when I need 600mm. The same lenses retain their sharpness advantage at f/8, but the advantages are slight except at 600mm where the Sigma rules. The Tamron has slightly stronger pincushion distortion. I found the Sigma to more consistently focus accurately and to be handholdable at longer shutter speeds.

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Dustin Abbott

The price may seem high in comparison to the Tamron, but after using this lens I feel that the price is actually extremely reasonable for what you are getting, and would probably still be a decent value if it were $1000 more.

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Focus Numérique

Handheld at 600mm and 3 meters away from the subject, we managed to get a sharp picture at 1/80s with OS on. This is around 3 stops of stabilization.

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Contemporary version


It seems the results of our resolution test are inconclusive as they don’t make a choice between the Sigma and the Tamron any easier. It is true that the Sigma fares a bit better on the edge of the APS-C sensor and noticeably better on the edge of full frame but in the frame centre, at the very important longer end of the focal range, the duel is actually won by the Tamron…

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PC Mag

I was curious to see how the lens focused with the 6D, as its 11-point autofocus system isn’t as robust as higher-end Canon cameras. When using one of the two outlier focus points, the lens could struggle when focusing on a darker area, but that’s more of a knock on the 6D than on the lens. With the center point active, the lens focused nearly instantly in normal field conditions.

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Camera Stuff Review

In the practice shots, we did not come across any visible chromatic aberration, recognizable as colored edges at sharp contrast transitions. In the shots of the test card, we make chromatic aberration visible by blowing up the shots to proportions that you would never use in practice. Chromatic aberration is simple to correct with software, but I wonder if you would ever really need to do so.

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Priced at around £900, this 150-600mm lens from Sigma appears to offer excellent value for money when compared to other lenses offering a similar field of view. Although this lens lacks the dust and moisture resistance of its more expensive Sports series equivalent, it is around £600 less expensive, so it may be worth it to you, if you can live with the slight compromise.

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