Two New Sigma 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Lenses Announced

Sigma announced two new 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM telephoto zoom lenses along with the Sigma 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM lens. One of the new Sigma 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens takes its place in the ‘Contemporary‘ branding and the other one is in its ‘Sport‘ lineup.

The sports version is dust and splash-proof (only the mount is sealed on the ‘C’ version), and both lenses feature new versions of Sigma’s ‘OS’ optical image stabilization system. Although both of them called ‘Sigma 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM’, they are significantly different.

Here is the difference between the two 150-600mm f/5-6.3 lenses according to Sigma:

The 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.

The 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports offers the highest level of performance and durability with a splash and dust proof construction, and features dimensions of 4.8 inches by 11.4 inches, with a weight of 100.9 ounces. It contains 24 lens elements in 16 groups – including two FLD and three SLD glass elements – with a minimum aperture of F/22 and minimum focusing distance of 102.4 inches. Its maximum magnification ratio is also 1:5. The Sports lens will be available in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts.

The 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens is the first hyper-telephoto zoom lens from the Global Vision Contemporary line, and will enable easy handling with a smaller build than its Sports counterpart. It is equipped with a splash and dust proof mount, and while the weight of the lens is still to be determined, its dimensions will be 4.1 inches by 10.2 inches. The lens will feature 20 elements in 14 groups – including one FLD and three SLD glass elements – with a minimum aperture of F/22 and minimum focusing distance of 110.2 inches. Its maximum magnification ratio is 1:5. It will be available in Sigma, Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts.

Sigma 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens specifications:

Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | SSigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C
Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format size35mm FF
Focal length150–600 mm
Image stabilisationYes
Lens mountCanon EF, Nikon F (FX), Sigma SA BayonetCanon EF, Nikon F (FX), Sigma SA Bayonet, Sony FE
Aperture
Maximum apertureF5.0 – F6.3
Minimum apertureF22.0
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades9
Optics
Elements2420
Groups1614
Special elements / coatings2 FLD and 3 SLD1 FLD and 2 SLD
Focus
Minimum focus2.60 m (102.36″)2.80 m (110.24″)
Maximum magnification
AutofocusYes
Motor typeUltrasonic
Full time manualYes
Focus methodExtending front
Distance scaleYes
Focus distance limiterNo
Physical
Weight2860 g (6.31 lb)
Diameter121 mm (4.76″)105 mm (4.13″)
Length290 mm (11.42″)260 mm (10.24″)
MaterialsMetalComposite with metal sealed mount
SealingYesNo
ColourBlack
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Power zoomNo
Zoom lockYes
Filter thread105 mm95 mm
Hood suppliedYes
Tripod collarYes

Two new Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens and new Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM lens Specs Comparison:

150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary Lens
Lens MountCanon EF, Nikon F, Sigma SA, Sony ACanon EF, Nikon F, Sigma SACanon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sigma SA, Sony A
Format CompatibilityFull-frameFull-frameAPS-C
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)150-600mm (APS-C: 225-900mm; Canon APS-C: 240-960mm)150-600mm (APS-C: 225-900mm; Canon APS-C: 240-960mm)18-300mm (APS-C: 27-450mm; Canon APS-C: 28.8-480mm)
Maximum Aperturef/5-6.3f/5-6.3f/3.5-6.3
Minimum Aperturef/22f/22f/22
Angle of View16.4-4.1°16.4-4.1°76.5-5.4°
Minimum Focusing Distance9.2′ / 2.8m8.5′ / 2.6m1.3′ / 39cm
Maximum Reproduction Ratio1:51:51:3
Lens Construction20 elements in 14 groups24 elements in 16 groups17 elements in 13 groups
Diaphragm BladesNot specified by manufacturer9, rounded7, rounded
Filter Ring Diameter95mm105mm72mm
Dimensions4.1 x 10.2″ / 105 x 260.1mm4.8 x 11.4″ / 121 x 290.2mm3.1 x 4.0″ / 79.0 x 101.5mm
WeightNot specified by manufacturer6.3lb / 2.9kg1.3lb / 585g

Press Release:

Sigma Corporation announces a pair of 150-600mms with advanced features and optics
Hyper-telephoto zoom lenses added to both Sports and Contemporary Global Vision lines
RONKONKOMA, N.Y — September 12, 2014 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, has announced two new 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM high-performance, hyper-telephoto zoom lenses that celebrate significant optical and build advancements. The two lens designs vary in size and use, and add to the company’s impressive roster of Contemporary and Sports lenses in the Global Vision lineup.The 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. Pricing and availability of these lenses are not yet available.

Both versions of the 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM feature dust and splash-proof features, as well as new water and oil-repellent coating on the front and rear lenses. They boast an updated Optical Stabilizer (OS) that features an accelerometer for improved vertical and horizontal panning, essential for bird, wildlife and motor sports photography. Two new switches were added for ease-of-use, including a new zoom lock switch capable of locking at any focal distance and a Manual Override (MO) switch for improved control of focusing performance. An enhanced auto focus (AF) algorithm and Hyper Sonic Motor ensure quiet and fast AF. The lenses are compatible with Sigma’s newly announced lineup of Global Vision teleconverters, which are effective up to F/8.

“The Global Vision Art, Sports and Contemporary lines were developed to help photographers identify lenses that are best suited to their specific photography and these two lenses are perfect examples of that intent,” Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “While they share a focal length and many outstanding features, these lenses are designed with different photographers in mind. Both high-performance lenses, one is for the professional-grade action shooter; the other for photographers looking for high performance and portability.”

The 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports offers the highest level of performance and durability with a splash and dust proof construction, and features dimensions of 4.8 inches by 11.4 inches, with a weight of 100.9 ounces. It contains 24 lens elements in 16 groups – including two FLD and three SLD glass elements – with a minimum aperture of F/22 and minimum focusing distance of 102.4 inches. Its maximum magnification ratio is also 1:5. The Sports lens will be available in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts.

The 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens is the first hyper-telephoto zoom lens from the Global Vision Contemporary line, and will enable easy handling with a smaller build than its Sports counterpart. It is equipped with a splash and dust proof mount, and while the weight of the lens is still to be determined, its dimensions will be 4.1 inches by 10.2 inches. The lens will feature 20 elements in 14 groups – including one FLD and three SLD glass elements – with a minimum aperture of F/22 and minimum focusing distance of 110.2 inches. Its maximum magnification ratio is 1:5. It will be available in Sigma, Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts.

All of Sigma’s Global Vision lenses are compatible with the company’s USB dock and Mount Conversion Service, and undergo individual testing before being shipped. Using the USB Dock allows for advanced customization of AF speed, OS viewing modes, focus limiter and firmware updates. Every Sigma Global Vision lens is tested with Sigma’s proprietary “A1” MTF measuring system prior to shipping to ensure optimal performance and image quality.

The company will be exhibiting at the 2014 Photokina in Cologne, Germany, later this month. The latest lenses from the Global Vision lineup will be on display at the event and attendees are invited to stop by booth #B20/C29 in Hall 4.2. For information about Sigma, go to www.sigmaphoto.com or follow the company on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.