Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 OS Contemporary Super Telephoto Review

Photographer/Reviewer Dustin Abbott shares his final conclusions on the new Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens. He examines the build, image quality, and focus (including AF Servo) in this final segment and gives his conclusions. Compared are the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD along with the Sigma Sport edition of this lens. Read the text review here:

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James Larsen says:

When it comes to optics, is the C any worse then the Sport? Also compared to the Tamron G2, how does it compare when it comes to AF & IQ? I may go for the 150-600 C over the Tamron G2 because I’ve got a really good deal offered to me right now. Do you think it’d be smart to upgrade to the Sigma C from the Canon 100-400 Mark 1?
Thanks!! Great review, as usual!

Yansen Haryanto says:

which lens is more breathing?

Marc Beier says:

Hi Dustin,
I was searching for your compare of the sharpness, I was unable to find it, would you mind linking? I got the Tamron, but – one can always consider trying different gear 🙂
*Just as 50mm Nikkor 1.8G to 50mm 1.4 ART Sigma.

Stephen Devane says:

you need to use more lighting… bckl8ght or key light… you’re blending into background with is distracting

Tom Herriman says:

painfully long and boring video.
Hard to find valuable information.

Technologyadvisor1 says:

Dustin I owe you an apology when I said your review of the sigma was crap. I was just disappointed you did the review in 3 separate videos. Clearly you have some success on youtube but I am big enough to admit your videos are good. And I offer a formal apology credit is due on your canon review although it was lacking in spec tech. But I wanted to say sorry as I was harsh keep up the good work the only advise I would offer would be to produce an overview video talking about quality , build ,speed in one video. Then breaking them up into 3 videos doing a more in depth video on the 3 areas on reviewing the lens. Thank you for your work bye the way your intro music and video is fantastic regards Paul.

LoadOShite says:

Stop the adverts and maybe more people will watch. I typed this in less than the time it took for the advert.

magottyk says:

I have the Tamron and to me the manual focus is a dream to use, just light thumb pressure needed and the ring is perfectly placed and wide enough that I didn’t need to train at all, it was just intuitive. Perfect when shooting through or when you don’t have a hope in hell of using autofocus on a rapidly moving small subject.

Something not mentioned is the ergonomics of the Tamron tripod mount, it has moulded finger ribs which make it very comfortable to handhold the lens with the mount on and provides an instant positioning system by feel with the tripod mount in the default bottom position.

At least for me it does

Alex Boel says:

My decision is made: I buy this lens today, just in time for under the Christmas tree 🙂

Marcelo Müller says:

hei…nice video. I have the 150-500 mm one. Do you have any experience
with this 150-500? Considering the image quality, what do you think?

N2m2 N2m2 says:

Many thank Dustin for this reach review, I just would ask you about your opinion about this Sigma lens comparing with the new Nikon lens! 200-500mm ED VR 5.6
I am really in the middle between these two lenses!

Many thanx

Michelle Jones says:

I just bought the Sigma 150-600 Contemporary used on Amazon yesterday! I can’t wait to get my hands on it… <3

Elias Ali says:

I shoot sport and portrait and close birds..I have 1000$ i’ll but a used 7d for 450$ I have 550$ left what do you think I should get a sigma 70-200 2.8 non OS , canon 70-200 f4 IS , SIGMA 150-500 .. or another lens help me please and have a nice day 🙂

Vladimir Naumoff says:

Hi Dustin, I always watch your reviews even-though I am a Nikon user. Thanks for your hard work! All the best! I am from Montreal.

Lisa Gallant says:

Hi Dustin! What is the Custom C1,C2 for?

kidinmee says:

This is going to be the next lens I buy as I just purchased the Tamron 45mm. Your reviews are vey inspiring.

nagyizee says:

Just a question: did you had issues with unwanted OS chattering noise?
It doesn’t happen any time, but when happens it is pretty consistent and annoying, holding back auto focus also.
I posted a video with the symptoms of mine: watch?v=0iXEFuAe0CM
Thanks for your input

Naveen Raj says:

wich one is bestttttttttttt

Rasheed Rasheed says:

Im using canon EF100-400MM MARK 2 AND IM HAPPY WITH IT

vincent vadachino says:

can they shoot in low light situations even only having f/5?

Peter Nicholls says:

Dustin Abbott I am torn between the Sigma contemporary and the Tamron g2 version 🙂 I own a Nikon D7200 I was swinging toward the Tamron then the Sigma Contemporary . Do you still stand by the Tamron g2 ? I mainly want to shoot flying aircraft/birds

Marcus T says:

Really enjoyed the reviews. I ordered the Sigma for a few reasons; the lens lock, the focus limiter, metal lens hood, the included case, plus it went on sale for under a grand.oh yea; also had a sad life with the Tamron 18-270mm

IndiaGlits Exploration Channel says:

Tamron 150-600 or Sigma 150-600
which one is better..?
which one is suitable for Canon 80D

Cillin C says:

thanks for the review. not sure you came down on one lens over the others you mentioned. i have watched a few of your videos and i am not sure if you are hard sold on one over the rest. So simple question – you are about to be dumped on a tropical island with only 1 of the 3 lens….which would you take? money not an issue……

Marcus C says:

Excellent review and well presented. What do you think of the combination Canon 5DM3 + Sigma 150-600 Contemporary?

Michael Dudek says:

nice reviews on these lenses. question: I have a sigma 1.4x that I picked up a couple years ago. if I wanted to use that in the sigma, that should work on the contemporary, right? meaning, has sigma changed anything splicer recently that would keep a couple year old extender from working on this newer zoom?

Oleg Gontar says:

Yep forgot to say that sigma wont deliver any sharp image unless you are very lucky. Actually my copy was far out of the range you can even fine tuning.

Joel Spencer says:

I’ve been seeing quite a lot of sources saying the Tamron’s AF is worse than the Sigmas… it’s getting confusing now as I read somewhere else yesterday which stated that the Sigma performs worse for AF and now you say the same Dustin!

But one thing which does interest me a lot is Sigma’s press release about an AF firmware update coming in March…So I think with this I will probably still go for the Sigma.

“We would like to announce that we are planning to release a
firmware update for the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports in
Canon and Nikon mount, as well as the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM |
Contemporary in Canon and Nikon mount on Friday, March 11th, 2016.

The latest firmware update improves the AF algorithm of 150-600mm
F5-6.3 DG OS HSM lenses and further enhances AF speed by optimizing HSM
(Hyper Sonic Motor) drive control.

It is expected to increase autofocus speed by approximately 20%, to a
maximum of 50%, during normal shooting as well as when using “Speed
Priority” set through SIGMA Optimization Pro.”

Mike Theobald says:

Thanks a lot for this review, Dustin. After extensive evaluation I got me one of those over the Sports and the Tamron G2, together with an MC-11 for my Sony cams (I want to see how it compares to my Metabones T IV for which I sold my first MC-11) as well as the USB dock. As you said, there is no winner optically between these three, and I think this one has the best ergonomics for handheld nature work, which I do a lot.

Keep on rockin’!

Dennis Moncla says:

Dustin, I know I’ve discussed many questions with you lately as I try to decide which lens to get for my wildlife and bird photography. I got to test the Sigma 150-600 C for free this past weekend. I rented a Canon 100-400 II to try out and went to a bird sanctuary in High Island, TX. When I arrived Sigma had a tent set up near the entrance and would let you try any of their zoom lenses for free. Even the 300-800 and the$6000 500mm f4 prime! I took a few pictures with the 500 for fun but only really tested the 150-600 C seeing as how it was the one I thought I’d purchase if I got one. After coming back home and looking in light room I was stunned at the quality of my pictures on the Sigma! I got more keepers from it than I did from the Canon. I thought the colors were better with more contrast as well. Both were amazing and super sharp! (although not as sharp as that 500mm!!!) I was so impressed I’m driving to the local store tomorrow to get one.

John Wenzel says:

I now have had the Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM for about a month and am very happy with it.  A lot of lens value.  I was able to snag it for $950 via GreenToe.  Thanks Dustin for helping me make an educated purchase.

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