Like the Sigma 40 mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM Art was presented in September in the latest issue of Photokina. From the beginning, it drew attention to its amazing 10-fold coverage. The same company does not hesitate to qualify the Sigma 60-600 mm DG4 HSM Sport as a hypertlezoom lens to understand what we will have in our hands when we use it. We photographed with the distinctive Sigma 60-600 mm DG4 HSM Sport to analyze all its features.
This is a telephoto zoom lens with a slightly less than impressive focus range in this area. We are in front of a lens with which we can shoot at 60 mm and after a larger rotation of the wrist up to 600 mm range. And this with a full-format camera. If we have an APS-C camera, we would need to multiply by 1.5 or 1.6 and reach a cooling 960 mm with a light intensity of 4.5 to 6.3.
It’s a real monster that gets your attention wherever you take it. Even in my neighborhood, where they saw me during the tests, they realized that I’m a photographer because it’s impossible to hide. It weighs 2700 g, is almost 30 cm long and does not count as a parasol. It enters the Sigma sports range, which sets the lenses that the brand must have in nature and sports.
agile and sophisticated. It encompasses long-haul, zoomed or fixed lenses, especially optics dedicated to sports or moving scenes.
There are few objectives that can overshadow the market. We have the own Sigma 150-600mm f / 5-6.3 Sports or the AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f / 5.6E ED VR. The new Sigma 60-600 mm f4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport has an image stabilizer and as we can see in the videos that circulate on the net it is protected against dust and humidity. Something basic and fundamental for its use.
Of course, we will all see their virtues and try to find one of their problems, if any. Surely many of you think that such a low luminosity with the longest focal length at the time can be a problem or a weight to transport, but there are still circumstances that need to be adjusted to shoot at similar focal lengths without being left on the road.
Main features of the Sigma 60-600 mm f4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport
|VISION ANGLE||39.6 ° -4.1 °|
|MOUNT||SIGMA / NIKON / CANON|
|FORMAT COMPATIBILITY||FF / APS-C|
|MINIMUM FOCUSING DISTANCE||60-260cm|
|NUMBER OF BLADES||9|
|NUMBER OF ELEMENTS / GROUPS||25/16|
|DIAMETER / LENGTH||ø120.4mm x 268.9mm|
The initials, which always lead to confusion, mean:
- DG : lenses designed for full-size SLR cameras and compatible with other smaller sensor sizes.
- OS : internal stabilization system. In this objective they promise up to four steps.
- HSM : movement of the motor rotation by ultrasonic waves that ensure a silent and high speed AF.
Design and construction
The Sigma 60-600 mm f4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport is not suitable for everyday use. Almost three kilos are to blame. I was very tired on the trips I made with such a destination. Even with the comfortable Black Rapid straps, the weight is considerable in addition to that of the camera itself. And if we want to achieve all the performances, it is always interesting to go at least with a tripod or monopod.
It is impossible to make it smaller and lighter. At least in the current times. Much of the design effort has gone to lighten the set to make it more manageable despite its dimensions. For example, the body of the lens is made of magnesium compounds and special plastics hardened with carbon fiber.
It is not a pointer lens. It is a versatile destination. Good pretty and cheap. That’s his trademark. A lens , not to go unnoticed and to practice several specialties with quality guarantees. It could even be a perfect option to take the first steps in sports photography. The autofocus is perfectly responsive to the old Canon EOS 5D Mark II and I think it will be faster and the prices with much more recent models.
It is not easy to transport. It’s heavy and cumbersome, but it allows you to take other impossible photos. And it’s only worth it. I enjoyed it as a child during the tests. I saw things I had not imagined, and photographs that I thought impossible. The image stabilizer has its function (many images are pulsing), but because of its weight and size, I strongly recommend using at least a monopod. Although the tripod is of course the best option.
We consider it a perfect lens, if you want to get into the world of extreme telephoto lenses. If you are aware of the limitations and know how to correct them (increase the ISO value to compensate for the brightness and work with a tripod), this is a perfect telephoto lens that you can carry in your backpacks. Of course, as with these giants, I recommend going to the gym first 🙂