Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports (Canon EOS) - Review / Test - Sample Images & Verdict
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Sample Images

Please note that the following sample images were taken with the old Canon EOS 5D II thus at 21mp. The results on the EOS 5Ds R will be somewhat softer as you may imagine.

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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 450.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/500s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 600.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/1600s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 150.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/250s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 350.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/1600s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 600.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/1250s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 150.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/1000s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 600.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/1000s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 260.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/160s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 534.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/1250s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 230.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/2000s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 450.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/2000s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 360.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/1600s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 600.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/640s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 350.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/2000s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 150.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/1600s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 600.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/1600s

Verdict

So how do we call the thing ? Sigzilla is taken so Sigsaurus maybe ? Seriously, the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS | Sports is QUITE a lens so I'd like to start the verdict with a warning. While the lens has an efficient optical image stabilizer, it is really a tough job to use it hand-held for a prolonged period of time. With an attached camera we are talking about a 3.7kg setup so please remember this if you decide to order one. That being said maybe you should ... because it is a nice lens. The center and near-center performance is quite impressive in this focal length range - also including high contrast at 600mm - although some headroom for even better prime lenses remains. The corners aren't all that hot at the extreme ends but then who cares from a real world perspective. Lateral CAs are usually nothing to worry about. Same goes for image distortions. Vignetting is comparatively pronounced at fully open aperture albeit not much of an issue from f/8 onward. The quality of the bokeh is about typical for a long zoom lens. Out-of-focus highlights can be a little distracting in certain situations but the general blur is quite smooth. Bokeh fringing is not an issue due to the relatively small max. aperture.

The build quality of the Sigma lens is awesome and up there with professional grade lenses including full weather sealing. The OS is efficient even at 600mm and both in general OS mode as well as during panning. The AF is speedy - at least in phase-detection AF mode.

Thus the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS | Sports is indeed somewhat better than the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD across most characteristics (including superior image stabilization). Also after having used both in the field, we think that the Sigma is worth the higher price tag ... IF you can stand the extra weight and size.

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