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Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary
« on: May 29, 2016, 09:04:48 PM »
I bought a Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary yesterday. This is my first and, so far, only shot with it. Taken with a 5D Mark II at f/8, ISO200, 1/125 second, 600mm. Handheld.

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Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary
« on: May 29, 2016, 09:04:48 PM »

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Re: Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2016, 05:13:48 AM »
Beautiful image.
This is a lens I have been contemplating to add to my arsenal, while on the budget.
Body: Canon 5DIII. Primes: 100mm f2.8L IS, 15mm f2.8 & 50mm f1.8 STM, Tamron 85mm f1.8. Zoom: 16-35mm f4L IS, 24-70mm f2.8L II, 70-200mm f2.8L IS II + EF 1.4x III TC & 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II.
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Re: Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2016, 11:52:01 AM »
Beautiful image.
This is a lens I have been contemplating to add to my arsenal, while on the budget.


Thanks! I hope to get out one of these days and try it out on BIF and wildlife in general, which are the reasons I purchased it. I originally thought of the Canon 100-400 II with the 1.4 III adapter but I like the price on the Sigma much better.

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Re: Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2016, 03:32:09 PM »
I'm also very torn between those two lenses and maybe also the Tamron 150-600 one.
Regarding the TC, I read that the canon at 400mm, cropped to 600mm, offers the same image quality as the Sigma at 600mm. But then, the Sigma is half the price of the Canon and I'm not sure if the other few positive aspects of the Canon are worth the price.
Would love to read more about your experience with the Sigma!

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Re: Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2016, 04:42:50 PM »
I'm also very torn between those two lenses and maybe also the Tamron 150-600 one.
Regarding the TC, I read that the canon at 400mm, cropped to 600mm, offers the same image quality as the Sigma at 600mm. But then, the Sigma is half the price of the Canon and I'm not sure if the other few positive aspects of the Canon are worth the price.
Would love to read more about your experience with the Sigma!

I now have a Sigma 150-600mm C and the Canon 100-400mm II, used mainly on the 5DS R. For my copy of the Sigma, the centre at 400mm is actually sharper than that of the Canon. My Sigma is excellent at 600mm and much better than the 100-400mm II +1.4xTC III. This differs from the charts on TDP - probably due to copy variation. Over the weekend, I took the 100-400mm with me on a trip to Capri because it is smaller and lighter, and I much prefer its AF, IS and handling. The Sigma even works at 840mm with its 1.4xTC. Here is a chiffchaff I took this afternoon, hand-held, f/9, 1/200s iso 640. The 100-400 II would have given a great image, with better AF. But, it shows that the Sigma works.
5D IV, 5DS R, 400mm DO II, 1.4xTC III, 2xTC III, EF 1.8 STM,  EF 24-105, 100-400 II, EF-S 15-85, Sigma 150-600mm C, EOS-M5 15-45, f/2 22, 11-22, Samyang 8mm f/2.8 fisheye: sold 7D II, EOS-M, Powershot G3 X,  Sigma 10-20, EF 300/2.8 II, 70-200/4 IS.

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Re: Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2016, 05:09:06 PM »
I bought a Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary yesterday. This is my first and, so far, only shot with it. Taken with a 5D Mark II at f/8, ISO200, 1/125 second, 600mm. Handheld.


Lovely. Nicely done, dpc.

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Re: Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2016, 08:09:25 PM »
I bought a Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary yesterday. This is my first and, so far, only shot with it. Taken with a 5D Mark II at f/8, ISO200, 1/125 second, 600mm. Handheld.


Lovely. Nicely done, dpc.


Thanks, Click! I haven't taken enough shots with this beast to pass much in the way of judgement. I'd say the sharpness at 600mm is acceptable, at least to my eyes. The autofocus seems O.K. to date but I need to take more pictures to decide on this for sure. The OS? Again, I need to spend more time with the lens. The pictures I've taken to date have been in significant winds and I've managed to get some decent files. I haven't had an opportunity yet to look for birds or other wildlife which is what I bought the thing for. The lens is heavy, as I knew it was. It can be a little taxing to shoot with for an extended period handheld but decent handheld shots are definitely possible even at 600mm. The one quibble I have is with the tripod mount. I wish it were longer so I could carry the lens comfortably with it, like I could with my old Sigma 150-500mm. Anyway...
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Re: Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary
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Re: Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2016, 08:23:39 PM »
I'm also very torn between those two lenses and maybe also the Tamron 150-600 one.
Regarding the TC, I read that the canon at 400mm, cropped to 600mm, offers the same image quality as the Sigma at 600mm. But then, the Sigma is half the price of the Canon and I'm not sure if the other few positive aspects of the Canon are worth the price.
Would love to read more about your experience with the Sigma!

I now have a Sigma 150-600mm C and the Canon 100-400mm II, used mainly on the 5DS R. For my copy of the Sigma, the centre at 400mm is actually sharper than that of the Canon. My Sigma is excellent at 600mm and much better than the 100-400mm II +1.4xTC III. This differs from the charts on TDP - probably due to copy variation. Over the weekend, I took the 100-400mm with me on a trip to Capri because it is smaller and lighter, and I much prefer its AF, IS and handling. The Sigma even works at 840mm with its 1.4xTC. Here is a chiffchaff I took this afternoon, hand-held, f/9, 1/200s iso 640. The 100-400 II would have given a great image, with better AF. But, it shows that the Sigma works.


Looks good. There's hope for me yet.  :)

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Re: Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2016, 02:45:06 AM »
By the way, I bought the Sigma dock to set the OS to "Dynamic". In the standard OS mode, the image jumps all over the viewfinder at 600mm, but dynamic cures it.
5D IV, 5DS R, 400mm DO II, 1.4xTC III, 2xTC III, EF 1.8 STM,  EF 24-105, 100-400 II, EF-S 15-85, Sigma 150-600mm C, EOS-M5 15-45, f/2 22, 11-22, Samyang 8mm f/2.8 fisheye: sold 7D II, EOS-M, Powershot G3 X,  Sigma 10-20, EF 300/2.8 II, 70-200/4 IS.

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Re: Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2016, 08:43:05 AM »
By the way, I bought the Sigma dock to set the OS to "Dynamic". In the standard OS mode, the image jumps all over the viewfinder at 600mm, but dynamic cures it.


Thanks for the tip! I've noticed the 'jumpiness' and it is annoying.  :)

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Re: Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2016, 02:59:28 PM »
I finally found a bird to focus on, a boring bird but a bird nonetheless (600mm; ISO1600; EV1.67; F/6.3; 1/1000s). Not too bad. I'm probably going to have to use a tripod or other stabilizing supports when using this thing.
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Re: Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary
« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2016, 04:14:15 PM »
I finally found a bird to focus on, a boring bird but a bird nonetheless (600mm; ISO1600; EV1.67; F/6.3; 1/1000s). Not too bad. I'm probably going to have to use a tripod or other stabilizing supports when using this thing.

You don't need a tripod! The OS, despite appearing to jump around, is very good. Just hold it steady. The shake from you comes in at slower speeds than the birds moving around.
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Re: Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary
« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2016, 05:16:21 PM »
The sharpness of the bird is less than I normally accept. I'm just going to have to practice, practice and practice some more.

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Re: Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary
« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2016, 05:22:35 PM »
At 600mm with a tripod.

ISO100; EV0.33; f/6.3; 1/60second

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Re: Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary
« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2016, 11:10:53 AM »
If I reverse the lens hood, I can fit a DSLR with the 150-600 attached into my ThinkTank Digital Holster 30 V2.0. I'm taking it out on a bit of a hike around town to see how I fair with handholding and how painful it is to haul around. I'll drive out into the country with it this afternoon.

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Re: Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary
« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2016, 11:10:53 AM »