Featuring a highly versatile focal range, this portable ultra-telephoto zoom is ideal for professional sports, wildlife, aviation and motorsport photography. Designed for use in outdoor environments, the lens has a robust build with a dust- and splash-resistant mount and a special water and oil-repellent coating on the front element.
The lens boasts a sophisticated optical design with 1 FLD element and 3 SLD elements, which helps to deliver razor-sharp results at all apertures with very minimal chromatic aberration and well-controlled flare. Despite this, the lens is exceptionally portable, weighing less than 2kg, and its intelligent two-mode Optical Stabilizer and detachable tripod socket make it suitable for hand-holding rather than working from a tripod. This combination of powerful optics and outstanding usability makes the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary one of the versatile and popular ultra-telephoto zooms on the market.
The exterior barrel of the 150-600mm is constructed using a polymer called Thermally Stable Composite (TSC). This has a similar thermal expansion rate to aluminium, meaning that the metal interior of the lens and the TSC exterior behave in the same way as temperatures change. TSC is also light and strong, and has a sleek finish for a premium look and feel.
The zoom ring is rubberised for easier operation, and it can be locked at various positions using the Lock switch.
At the rear of the lens is a tripod collar and foot, which can be rotated so that the camera can easily be switched between portrait and landscape orientation when mounted on a tripod.
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.
For accurate manual focusing.
For changing between auto and manual focus. Includes Manual Focus Override function.
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.
A range of controls on the lens include an AF/MF switch with manual focus override, allowing manual focus adjustment during AF, and a Custom Mode switch so that the lens set-up can be customised using the USB Dock (sold separately).
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.
The in-built Optical Stabilizer has a mode for general shooting and one for panning – ideal for fast-moving birds and vehicles.
The lens has an HSM focus motor that delivers smooth, fast and accurate AF for both stills and video. It is fully compatible with all the latest AF camera technology.
Mounting a heavy lens and camera on a tripod using the camera’s tripod thread puts significant strain on the thread and the lens and camera mounts. For this reason the 150-600mm has a tripod collar and foot included, giving a more balanced set-up that attaches to the tripod at close to its centre of gravity. The collar can be rotated 90 degrees for quickly switching to portrait orientation.
Rotates to landscape or portrait orientation.
Despite weighing under 2kg, the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C delivers outstanding optical quality even on very high-resolution sensors. Optical performance is maintained across the whole frame, meaning fine detail is rendered perfectly right into the corners.
The lens has an advanced optical design made up of 20 elements in 14 groups, including 3 SLD elements and 1 FLD element. 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.
Thanks to its fast and accurate AF and Optical Stabilizer with panning mode, the 150-600mm is ideal for motorsport, extreme sports and aviation. It’s also very light for an ultra-telephoto lens at under 2kg, so can be hand-held for relatively long periods.
Owing to its portability and exceptional image quality the 150-600mm is a useful tool for landscape photographers, allowing them to pick out very small vignettes within the landscape and compress the perspective.
At under 2kg, the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C is exceptionally light given its ultra-telephoto focal range, and is light enough to shoot hand-held. The lens is roughly the same length at the 60-600mm, but more than 750g lighter, so might be better suited to photographers who carry their kit long distances.
SIGMA has two teleconverters that are compatible with this lens. The TC-1401 1.4x converter (produces MF 210-840mm F7-9) and the TC-2001 2x converter (produces MF 300-1200mm F10-12.6). The TC-1401 is with autofocus up to F8 on cameras that support F8 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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20 elements in 14 groups
Angle of view
Number of diaphragm blades
9 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum focusing distance
Maximum magnification ratio
Dimensions (diameter x length)
ø105mm × 260.1mm
Corresponding AF mounts
Canon EF | Nikon F | Sigma SA
Canon EF barcode
Nikon F barcode
Sigma SA barcode
Canon EF + TC1401 Teleconverter Kit barcode
Nikon F + TC1401 Teleconverter Kit barcode
Sigma SA + TC1401 Teleconverter Kit barcode
Specifications are for Sigma SA 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.
Sigma’s Hypersonic Motor (HSM) uses ultrasonic waves to drive the autofocus mechanism. It is extremely quiet, fast and accurate, so is well suited to a wide range of photo and video applications.
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.
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.
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.