Designed to capture fast action subjects such as sports, wildlife and aviation, the SIGMA 60-600mm is one of the most versatile and high-performing ultra-telephoto zooms on the market, and the first full-frame lens for DSLR cameras with a 10x optical zoom. It delivers impressive image quality across the whole zoom range, even at the widest apertures, giving photographers the unusual combination of consistently outstanding optical performance and a very large focal range.
For photographers who like to shoot hand-held, the lens features an intelligent two-mode Optical Stabilizer that delivers around four stops of stabilisation making it possible to shoot in lower light conditions. Other professional-grade features include a focus limiter, a lockable zoom ring, two custom buttons, an AF/MF switch with manual focus override, a dust- and splash-resistant structure, a built-in rotating tripod collar and a lockable lens hood.
The lens is highly versatile and perfect for sports, wildlife, motorsport and aviation, but can also shoot macro-style images thanks to its exceptionally impressive magnification ratio of 1:3.3.
The exterior barrel of the 60-600mm is constructed of three different materials: magnesium alloy, Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) and Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP). The use of these materials is carefully considered to maximise durability and strength while keeping weight to a minimum. All three have a sleek finish for a premium look and feel. The lens hood is made from CFRP, which is very strong and light, and has a rubber grip at the end for easy fitting and removal.
The zoom and focus rings are rubberised for easier operation, and the zoom ring can be locked at various positions using the Lock switch.
The 60-600mm 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. 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.
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 4-stop Optical Stabilizer has a mode for general shooting and one for panning – ideal for fast-moving birds and vehicles.
The lens has a Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) to ensure focusing is fast, accurate and quiet – essential when photographing wildlife.
The 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S delivers outstanding optical quality, with excellent rendering of detail right into the corners at all focal lengths.
The lens has an advanced optical design made up of 25 elements in 19 groups, including 1 SLD element and 3 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.
Owing to its very large focal range, weather-sealing and exceptional optical performance, the 60-600mm is a highly versatile optic that make it suitable for many different types of photography, including landscapes and portraits. While it is heavy at 2.7kg, its versatility often negates the need to carry a second lens.
SIGMA has two ultra-telephoto zooms in its range for DSLRs. The 60-600mm sits in the Sports line-up, and the 150-600mm sits in the Contemporary line-up. The 60-600mm is significantly heavier, but does come with a wider zoom range, a more professional build and feature-set and weather-sealing. It may be better suited to photographers and film-makers needing an all-in-one option that reduces the need to change lenses regularly.
SIGMA has two teleconverters that are compatible with this lens. The TC-1401 1.4x converter (produces MF 98-280mm F7-9) and the TC-2001 2x converter (produces MF 120-1200mm F10-12.6). The TC-1401 maintains 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.
If you want to see how a particular SIGMA lens or camera performs, why not test drive it with our SIGMA Select hire service. Available for selected SIGMA lenses, short-term loans are free of charge (including shipping), with a small fee if you want to test it for longer. Refundable deposit required. Subject to availability.
25 elements in 19 groups
Angle of view
Number of diaphragm blades
10 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum focusing distance
Maximum magnification ratio
Dimensions (diameter x length)
ø120.4mm x 268.9mm
Corresponding AF mounts
Canon EF | Nikon F | Sigma SA
Canon EF barcode
Nikon F barcode
Sigma SA 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.