Designed specifically for mirrorless cameras, this versatile ultra-telephoto zoom is ideal for professional sports, wildlife, aviation and motorsport photography. Sitting in Sigma’s Sports line-up, the lens has a dust- and splash-resistant structure and a special water and oil-repellent coating on the front element, so is well-suited to use in outdoor environments.
The lens’s sophisticated optical design, which is made up of 25 elements including 4 FLD elements and 2 SLD elements, delivers exceptional image quality, with razor-sharp results at all apertures with very minimal chromatic aberration and well-controlled flare. The wide F5-6.3 maximum aperture ensures fast shutter speeds in low light and a shallow depth-of-field to help isolate the subject.
The lens boasts an impressive feature-set, including intelligent two-mode Optical Stabilizer, a rotatable tripod socket, a torque zoom function, three AFL buttons, two custom modes, a focus limiter and dual action zoom. This combination of powerful optics and advanced features makes the 150-600mm one of the versatile and popular ultra-telephoto mirrorless zooms on the market.
The exterior barrel of the 150-600mm is constructed of aluminium alloy and a polycarbonate called Thermally Stable Composite (TSC), which are both strong and light and expand or contract at the around same rate as temperatures change. The use of these materials is carefully optimised to maximise durability and strength while keeping weight to a minimum.
The zoom and focus rings are rubberised for easier operation, and the zoom ring can be locked at various positions using the Zoom Lock switch. The included lens hood is strong and light and has a rubber grip at the end for easy fitting and removal.
The 150-600mm DG DN sits in the Sports line-up, which means it is designed to withstand the rigours of heavy professional use. This includes a dust and splash resistant structure with special sealing at the mount connection, manual focus ring, zoom ring and cover connection, allowing photographers to work in all types of weather.
At the rear of the lens is a tripod collar and foot for better balance when the lens is on a tripod, which can be rotated so that the camera can easily be switched between portrait and landscape orientation when mounted on a tripod. The foot has an Arca Swiss dovetail notch so that it will mount on an Arca Swiss compatible tripod without the need for a tripod plate.
The durable brass mount is surrounded by a rubber seal to help keep out dust and moisture.
Precision brass mount with seal
Protects against dust and moisture.
Weather sealed barrel
A dust and splash resistant structure for shooting in difficult weather.
For changing between auto and manual focus.
Focus Limiter switch
For limiting the lens' focusing range.
Two-mode Optical Stabiliser
For shake-free hand-held shots.
Custom Mode switch
For a more customised lens set-up.
Allows the lens to be carried more securely.
Zoom Torque switch
Changes the resistance of the zoom ring between smooth, tight and locked.
Can be customised to a wide range of functions (camera dependent).
A range of controls on the lens include an AF/MF switch, an AFL button, and Optical Stabilizer switch, and a Custom Mode switch so that the lens set-up can be customised.
The lens also has a Focus Limiter so that the focusing range can be reduced for faster and more accurate operation. This is particularly useful when there are objects in the frame between the camera and the subject that the lens might attempt to focus on.
Introduced to this lens is the Zoom Torque function, which allows photographers to change the resistance of the zoom ring. The ‘S’ setting has minimal resistance for easier zooming – ideal for photographers using push-pull zoom – and the ‘T’ setting has more resistance. The ‘L’ setting locks the zoom ring at a range of focal lengths.
Dual Action Zoom means photographers can zoom with the zoom ring for accuracy, or by pushing or pulling the end of the lens for speed. The push-pull functionality is very useful for fast moving subjects.
The Optical Stabilizer has a mode for general shooting and one for panning – ideal for fast-moving birds and vehicles. With the OS2 firmware update, the lens offers a massive 6.5 stops at the wide end and 5.5 stops at the telephoto end.
The 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | S delivers outstanding optical quality, with excellent rendering of detail right into the corners at all focal lengths and at all apertures.
The lens has an advanced optical design made up of 25 elements in 15 groups, including 2 SLD elements and 4 FLD elements. These ensure razor-sharp results and help to eliminate chromatic aberration, flare, distortion and vignetting.
The lens has advanced optical coatings which reduce flare and ghosting when working in bright direct sunlight, creating high contrast images with rich colours and strong blacks.
With an AF actuator controlled by a stepping motor, the lens combines fast and quiet autofocus with excellent tracking of moving objects. A high-precision magnetic sensor enables highly accurate positioning. This is particularly impressive on an ultra-telephoto lens where the focus lens has to move a significant distance.
The 150-600mm has a magnification ratio of 1:2.9, which is very impressive for a long telephoto lens. The minimum focusing distance is just 58cm (at 180mm), making it possible to shoot detailed close-ups of smaller objects.
SIGMA has two ultra-telephoto zooms in its range for mirrorless cameras – the 60-600mm and the 150-600mm. Both sit in the Sports line-up of lenses, so are both weather-sealed and come with a wide range of professional features. The 150-600mm is significantly lighter, albeit with a shorter zoom range, so may be better suited to photographers and film-makers needing a more portable option that can be carried around and used hand-held more easily.
SIGMA has two teleconverters that are compatible with the L-Mount version of the lens. The TC-1411 1.4x converter (produces 84-840mm) and the TC-2011 2x converter (produces 120-1200mm). Both converters work with full AF.
All Sigma cameras and lenses are designed, manufactured and assembled at our sole factory at Aizu in Japan. This domestic production model is unusual in today’s industry, with most imaging companies opting to outsource to other countries to reduce costs. But SIGMA believes that keeping virtually all manufacturing, processing and assembly in Aizu is essential for creating innovative, carefully thought-out and impeccably constructed products that meet the high standards demanded by professional photographers and film-makers around the world.
Sigma chose Aizu as its main production base in the early 1970s. Situated at the base of Mount Bandai in the Fukushima Prefecture, about four hours’ drive north of Tokyo, Aizu has an abundance of very clean water from mountain streams, which is essential for grinding and polishing lenses. Sigma’s founder, Michihiro Yamaki, was also drawn to this area for its workforce, who have a reputation for their craftsmanship, work ethic and attention to detail. Mr Yamaki’s son, Kazuto Yamaki, now the owner and CEO of SIGMA Corporation, has the same unwavering commitment to keeping production in Japan.
Today Sigma’s factory is more than 50,000 square feet in size, and packed full of some of the most advanced optical manufacturing technology in existence. So when you buy a Sigma camera or lens you can be sure that virtually every single component part has been manufactured and assembled by SIGMA, in Japan, with the greatest level of care and attention. We hope you enjoy using our products.
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25 elements in 15 groups
Angle of view
Number of diaphragm blades
9 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum focusing distance
Maximum magnification ratio
Dimensions (diameter x length)
ø109.4mm × 263.6mm
Corresponding AF mounts
L-Mount | Sony E
Sony E barcode
Specifications are for L-Mount
A special coating applied to the front element to help repel water and oil.
Mounting a camera with a heavy lens on a tripod puts huge strain on the camera’s tripod thread. To get around this some telephoto lenses have a tripod socket so that the camera and lens attach to the tripod at or close to their centre of gravity. This ensures a more balanced set-up.
This suppresses flare and ghosting by minimising reflections within the lens, ensuring punchy, high-contrast results. All lenses in the current Sigma range feature this technology.
Sigma’s Optical Stabilizer function uses sensors inside the lens to detect motion, then moves specific lens elements in order to effectively minimise blur. This helps ensure shake-free images at slower shutter speeds.
This describes the degree to which a lens can magnify an in-focus subject. The ratio shows the relationship between the size of the projection of a subject on the camera’s sensor (the left number) and its actual size in reality (the right number).
Internal focus or an inner focus system means the lens configuration uses movable internal lens elements that adjust focus without changing the length of the lens barrel. This helps keep the centre of gravity of the lens more constant when changing focus.
The lens has an image circle large enough to be used on a full-frame camera. It can also be used on cameras with a smaller ‘crop’ sensor, provided the mount is compatible.
This switch, found on some Sigma telephoto lenses, allows users to limit the focusing range to either near distance or far distance. This helps speed up AF, and also ensures the camera won’t attempt to focus on an unwanted area of the frame.
The lens has a filter thread around the front element onto which filters and filter holders can be attached.
This switch is found on selected Sigma lenses. On L-Mount versions it is possible to customise the OS and focus limiter distance and assign these to C1 or C2. On Sony E-mount C1 and C2 are pre-assigned to control the OS effect.
The mount is the part of the lens that attaches to the camera body. A coated brass mount is used for strength, and is surrounded by a rubber seal to keep out dust and moisture.
Found on the barrel of some Sigma lenses, the AFL button can be assigned to various functions to widen the range of operations available on the lens (available functions depend on the camera model).
This switch toggles between autofocus and manual focus.
The diaphragm is constructed of nine rounded blades for a circular aperture opening and round out-of-focus highlights.