Sigma Rolls Out Two 150-600mm Lenses, a Macro Zoom and More, at photokina


Sigma just bulked up its long-lens lineup with two similar telephoto zoom lenses, an APS-C all-in-one zoom lens with a 16.6x zoom range, and new teleconverters for its Global Vision Lineup.

In an interesting move, the two new Sigma telephoto zooms are both150-600mm f/5-6.3 lenses with full-frame compatibility. Both also feature dust and weather proofing, an Optical Stabilizer to aid handheld shooting, and Hyper Sonic Motors to ensure fast and quiet autofocus performance. They are also compatible with the Sigma USB Dock for lens adjustments and firmware updates. However, they differ in their optical design: the Sports version prioritizes optical performance and the Contemporary version prioritizes portability.

The 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports is designed to offer a higher level of optical precision and contains 24 elements in 16 groups, with two FLD and three SLD elements to control aberrations and distortions. It has a minimum aperture of f/22, minimum focusing distance of 8.5', and maximum magnification ratio of 1:5. The lens measures 4.8 x 11.4", and weighs 6.3 lb. Sigma is targeting photographers who place the utmost value on performance over weight, along with refined handling capabilities. The lens will be available in Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sigma SA mounts.

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For photographers looking for a more portable option, while still retaining the versatile telephoto-zoom reach, Sigma offers the 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary. This Contemporary version contains 20 elements in 14 groups, with one FLD element and three SLD elements. It has a minimum aperture of f/22, minimum focus distance of 9.2', and maximum magnification ratio of 1:5 and shaves some dimensions off the Sports version to measure 4.1 x 10.2". Sigma has not determined the final weight yet, but it is safe to say it will be lighter than the Sports version, thanks to it is smaller dimensions and fewer optical elements. It, too, will be available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sigma SA, and Sony A mounts.

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Another addition to the Contemporary lens line is the 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM lens. This APS-C-only, all-in-one zoom lens features a 27-450mm equivalent focal-length range and is targeted at photographers who want to travel as lightly as possible and don’t want to carry around multiple lenses. The lens’s design utilizes four FLD elements and one SLD element to help minimize chromatic aberration while maintaining consistent sharpness and clarity. Sigma has also incorporated a new Optical Stabilizer system, which should help with handheld shooting in difficult lighting, and a Hyper Sonic Motor for fast and quiet autofocus.

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The lens also features close-focusing capabilities, with a minimum focusing distance of 15" and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3. This magnification can further be increased with an optional dedicated close-up adapter lens, the AML72-01. This adapter will increase the maximum magnification ratio to 1:2 while retaining the ability to focus at infinity. It will be available in Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sigma SA mounts, as well as Sony A and Pentax K without the inclusion of image stabilization.

Finally, Sigma has also announced two Global Vision teleconverters: the TC-1401 1.4x teleconverter and the TC-2001 2x teleconverter. As their name implies, the teleconverters will magnify a lens’s focal length by 1.4x or 2x, while reducing the effective maximum aperture. Expect the 1.4x teleconverter to reduce the aperture by one stop and the 2x teleconverter to reduce the aperture by two stops. Both teleconverters will be compatible with Sigma Global Vision lenses and are splash and dust proof.  The TC-1401 features one SLD element while the TC-2101 uses two SLD elements. Both teleconverters also have a new power distribution system compatible with large-diameter Sigma lenses and support AF at effective apertures up to f/8. The teleconverters will be available for Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sigma SA mounts.

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  150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary Lens
Lens Mount Canon EF, Nikon F, Sigma SA, Sony A Canon EF, Nikon F, Sigma SA Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sigma SA, Sony A
Format Compatibility Full-frame Full-frame APS-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 Aperture f/5-6.3 f/5-6.3 f/3.5-6.3
Minimum Aperture f/22 f/22 f/22
Angle of View 16.4-4.1° 16.4-4.1° 76.5-5.4°
Minimum Focusing Distance 9.2' / 2.8m 8.5' / 2.6m 1.3' / 39cm
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5 1:5 1:3
Lens Construction 20 elements in 14 groups 24 elements in 16 groups 17 elements in 13 groups
Diaphragm Blades Not specified by manufacturer 9, rounded 7, rounded
Filter Ring Diameter 95mm 105mm 72mm
Dimensions 4.1 x 10.2" / 105 x 260.1mm 4.8 x 11.4" / 121 x 290.2mm 3.1 x 4.0" / 79.0 x 101.5mm
Weight Not specified by manufacturer 6.3lb / 2.9kg 1.3lb / 585g

  TC-1401 1.4x Teleconverter TC-2001 2x Teleconverter
Lens Mount Canon EF, Nikon F, Sigma SA Canon EF, Nikon F, Sigma SA
Lens Construction 7 elements in 5 groups 10 elements in 5 groups
Magnification 1.4x 2x
Light Loss 1 stop 2 stops
Dimensions 2.7 x 1.0" / 69.8 x 25mm 2.7 x 1.9" / 69.8 x 48.9mm
Weight 6.7oz / 190g 10.2oz / 290g

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Well, if there was a spare Sigma 150 - 300 sports lens that needed testing, I wouldn't mind giving it a go while I was in Albequerque for the balloon festival.

Need to know the price.

Sigma has not announced a price yet but as soon as they do it will be listed on the B&H website. Be sure to check back.

No Pentax mount?

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as though Sigma will be releasing the lens in a Pentax mount at this time.

Well, just as the old and good fight between Sigma and Tamron...

the more the competition grow, the more we get the benefits. the price will probably match the tamrons 150-600 lens price, and also the old sigmas' 150-500 will became cheaper!  what else can you ask...

1. When will the Sports lens be available?

2.  How much more does the Sports lens weigh over the Contemporary lens?

3. Cost difference between the two lens? A so-so quality optics lens versus a better quality lens with the same focal length? Like a "L" lens versus a non "L" lens? Will be interesting to see if the cost difference will be great enough to support a so-so lens in their line up, not that I would even consider buying a so-so quality optics lens, regardless of the price.

4. Sure hope to see a much better amount of quality past 500mm of the Sports lens, compared to what was rolled out with the original 150-600 Sigma lens.

  1.  Pricing and availability is yet to be announced.  Please check our website periodically for the updates on both.
  2.  The Sports lens weighs 6.3lbs.   For the Contemporary Sigma has not determined the final weight yet, but it is safe to say it will be lighter than the Sports version, thanks to it is smaller dimensions and fewer optical elements.   Please check with our site periodically for an update there.
  3.  Not yet announced.  Please check our website periodically for the updates on both.
  4.  Sigma prior to this offered a 150-500mm lens (not 600mm) and it has been my experience that with Sigma, anytime they introduce a new version of the lens, that they definitely improve upon the weaknesses of prior models.  I too hope this will be the case with these new lenses.

Once again, interesting and tempting choice and we presume they work well and do the job so why no price?

Nothing more frustrating than this and you will loose sales when people are trying to!

This is a product announcement as opposed to a proper advertiesment.  We do our best to provide as much information as possible, but we also do our best to keep up with general product announcements and information to our Customers. With that said we have published as much on the lenses as Sigma has provided us with.  The price has not yet been determined and we are sorry about that.  I understand about the frusteration about not being able to decide now, but the lens has just been announced, we are not yet accepting orders on it.  Once we have a price we will then begin accepting orders (which will hopefully be very soon).  Please check back with the product links on our website for these lenses, and when Sigma gives us the price, you will see it there.  Further, in general we tend to not post prices in our Explora articles here as prices can fluctuate over time, and we prefer the information here to be useful for any user who reads it despite when they read it (even if its several years later). 


Sigma came out with the 150-600 for Nikon early this spring......or did they???  Most people I know still can't get it and are on waiting lists.  So my question......will it really be available in Nikon in a reasonable amount of time??  Or will this be empty promise time again?

Sigma did not come out with such a lens this spring.  Tamron came out with this type of lens last fall and has spent the spring and summer working on getting them out to the public, however their rate of production of the lens has not kept up with the demand they created with the product.  Sigma and Tamron are two different companies with different production capabilities.  With that said, all I can comment is that I hope Sigma will do a better job at keeping production in pace with their demand.

Why not make the teleconverters for Pentax modles? I own several Sigma lens for the Pentax, which my wife & I own 2 camers each. I would like to be a costumer for a converter, but!

I love the look , I would like to have this lens

Hello will this 2x multiplier will work on. Sony 77~ with autofocus moter 300 mm or 400 mm lens

I want to get a new lens but you don't have the prices posted.

I would like the Nikon version of the Sigma 150-600.  Please notify me when they are available.  I'm assuming the sport model is better quality since more elements.    I can't wait.  Thanks.

Seems like the Sigma 50-500 would loose to much light with the 1.4 let alone the 2 TC but have never tried a T.C. but the thought of a 700 or 1,000 mm lens on my D4S is intriguing.  Would that set up work, have any focus or other communication issues with my Nikon D4s?

Dear B&H,

I currently have a Nikon D-80 and am looking for a suitable telephoto lense for it.  Will any of these new Sigma lenses be compatible with my camera?


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It's my guess that the 150-600 Contemporary will challenge the Tamron in price and the Sport will be higher, making it a more difficult decision for many people. I look forward to reviews of these when they are released.

Agreed.  The Tamron has a 95mm filter thread and 20 elements, giving me a clue that the Sigma Contemporary, with similar specs will be positioned against it, and the Sports version with the 105mm front end and 24 elements will be several hundred dollars higher, but probably still in the sub-$2000 range.  I hope.

What is the release date and price?

its not EX lens, because of the non-constant apeture, but I hope that the optic's will be a bit better than the 150-500.

Is there any official MTF charts availble?

I have a 18/35mm and a 35mm 1.4 lens i like them. And i'm waiting for a new 150/600mm.

Would like to know this lense (150-600 sports) is compatible with APS-C (Nikon D7100) etc?

The Sigma 150-600mm Sports lens for Nikon will be compatible with the D7100.  This lens can be used on both full frame and DX bodies.

Hi im from philippines how can i avail the 18-300mm lens.ilove this..

How much is the price in php?

Below is a link to the lens on our website for you to regard, where it will have the product details as well as pricing information/shipping options also.  Prices posted on our website are in USD.  We charge all of our orders in USD.  See the following link for the details on the lens:

When is this going to be released? I mean it's been in 'Preorder' for months now. 

 Pricing and availability is still not yet announced. Please keep an eye on our website periodically for updates.

 Pricing and availability is still not yet announced. Please keep an eye on our website periodically for updates.

Please update me about the price and availability in India

Following is a link to the Sigma 150-600mm lens options we offer on our website. The "Contemporary versions are not yet priced by Sigma nor is there any date of availability announced yet from Sigma.  For the versions we do list as either "In stock" or "Pre Order", you may click on their "Add to cart" or "pre-order" buttons, and it will then allow you to designate India as your ship-to location, and will provide you then with the shipping options we offer to you, plus their descriptions and costs as well, so you may calculate the entire order total this way.  See the following link:

where can i buy the 150-600 sport from india ??

We ship world-wide including to India. Below is a link to the lens options in each mount for you to select from.  You may calculate your actual shipping options/order totals by adding the items you want to a shopping cart and entering a destination zip code or country.  You will then see a list of shipping options and Estimated Shipping Times to your location. 

If you wish to find dealers in India to shop with, you would need to contact Sigma directly and they could advise you of dealerships there.

Below are two links, the first to the lenses, the second to Sigma’s world network page for you to contact them from.***1Pj

Sigma 150-600mm Need to know the price.

The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens is currently listed on our website priced at $1,999.00; the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens is currenty $1,089.00.  Both are currently available for pre-order.

Hi Sirs, will the Sigma 150-600 Sport or the Sigma 150-600 Contemporary lens can be use with the Nikon D7100 ?, When are you going to have either lens available in stock ?  thank you

Both the Sport and Contemporary Sigma 150-600mm lenses for Nikon will be compatible with the D7100.  It looks as though the expected availability for the Contemporary is March 20.  I’m not finding an estimate for the Sports lens, though.  If you haven't already, you could choose the Notify When in Stock option on their pages on our website.  We would then send you an email when it came into stock.  Click Here

Today is 28April2015 and have been wanting the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Nikon F since Ocrober 2014.  I am beginning to suspect if they really exist or not or if they will ever be available for sale. (Va[porware?)  I guess I can go and buy the 100-500 though I'd rather not...

Seriously... been reading and reading about this lens and want to make the splash, yet it's perpetually a "pre-order".... Am I going to get to use it this summer???

Sigma America assures us they do (or soon will) exist. We appreciate you're eager to get yours and we're eager to fulfill your order (and the others queued up) and will do so, oldest first, just as soon as we can.  -- Henry Posner / B&H Photo-Video