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Nikon 200-500mm vs Tamron 150-600mm vs Sigma 150-600mm (C & S) Specs Comparison

Here is the full specs comparison of Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens, Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Lens (C & S). You can take a look at the key differences between the four leses.

The new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR is an exhilarating new lens option, giving enthusiast FX and DX-format photographers the ability to go further with amazing zoom power and tack-sharp clarity. This compact super-telephoto zoom is ideal for bringing distant subjects closer, including birds, sports, wildlife and motorsports. Read more: Best Nikon Lenses for Wildlife Photography.

The Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon is an expansive telephoto-zoom lens designed for both full-frame and APS-C-sized image sensors. Its 4x zoom design covers standard telephoto to super telephoto perspectives, making it ideally suited to working with a wide variety of subject matter.

The Sigma 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports delivers enhanced, professional-grade optics and greater durability for challenging, high-action photographic situations. The 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary is a versatile lens that offers similar performance in a more compact and portable design.

Feature Nikon 200-500 Tamron 150-600 Sigma 150-600 C Sigma 150-600 S
Focal Length 200-500mm 150-600mm 150-600mm 150-600mm
Aperture Maximum: f/5.6

Minimum: f/32

Maximum: f/5 – 6.3

Minimum: f/32 – 40

Maximum: f/5 – 6.3

Minimum: f/22

Maximum: f/5 – 6.3

Minimum: f/22

Image stabilisation Yes (4.5 stops) Yes Yes Yes
Elements 19 20 20 24
Groups 12 13 14 16
Special elements / coatings 3 ED elements eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular Dependency) Coating 1 FLD and 2 SLD 2 FLD and 3 SLD
Minimum focus 2.20 m (86.61) 2.70 m (106.3) 2.80 m (110.24) 2.60 m (102.36)
Maximum magnification 0.22x 0.2x 5x 5x
Diameter 108 mm (4.25) 106 mm (4.16) 105mm (4.13″) 121 mm (4.76)
Length 268 mm (10.55) 258 mm (10.15″) 260 mm (10.24″) 290 mm (11.42)
Sealing No No No Yes
Filter thread 95.0 mm 95.0 mm 95.0 mm 105.0 mm
Weight 2,300 g 1,951 g 1,950 g 2,860 g
Price $1,396.95 $1,069.00 $1,089.00 $1,999.00
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  • Frank Verlinden

    I have an issue with rather expensive lenses not being properly dust and moisture sealed. It is only a matter of (a short) time before the first dust particles appear in your photo’s. A shame that only Sigma integraded this in its ‘S’-version. I would lean towards Nikon by default in order to extend my holy trinity lens set up. But the lack of proper sealing and thus protection of my investment will result in choosing for the Sigma S alternative…Frank

    • Ruben Rodriguez

      Frank is it posible to get the lens cleaned?

      • Frank Verlinden

        Dear ruben, not that I’m aware of. That would mean disassembly of a very complex piece of technology in order to have access to the lenses. I do not see this happening. And if so, at what cost? Stay away from these lenses. I have bad experiences with them in this regard….

        • Ruben Rodriguez

          Thank you for the advice

    • Random Dude

      Dust that gets inside lenses does not show up on images, dust that gets on the camera sensor does.

      • Frank Verlinden

        I have other experiences… Not to mention what moisture and dew can do. In the meantime very impressed and happy with the sigma sports…..

  • tedtedsen

    A weather sealing on the lens Mount does not prevent dust or moisture coming in to the lens my experience is that moisture and dust is coming into the lens true the extended barrel when it is pulled in and out and dust is following


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