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Sigma 60-600mm Vs 150-600mm

With the launch of the mirrorless Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens for Sony and Leica L-mount you may be wondering what the differences are, aside from an extra 90mm at the wide end of the zoom range.

If you’re considering either of these super, ultra telephoto lenses, our comparison highlights everything you need to know about these two Sigma lenses, which are compatible with full-frame Sony mirrorless cameras and the Leica L-mount. This includes Panasonic Lumix, Sigma fp-L and of course Leica SL cameras.

Sigma 60-600mm Vs 150-600mm Comparison

A new ultra telephoto class for mirrorless cameras

With a 10x optical zoom range, the Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG Sports lens virtually creates its own class as an ‘ultra-telephoto’ zoom lens. Whilst this focal width has been available for DSLRs, until now it did not exist for mirrorless cameras.

Both of the redesigned mirrorless lenses capitalise on a shorter flange distance which mirrorless cameras provide, with both being significantly smaller and lighter than their DSLR counterparts.

Key Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN | Sports features

  • Supremely versatile standard to super telephoto zoom range (10x)
  • 45cm minimum focusing distance at the wide end, and maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.4 (200mm) for tele-macro
  • Newly developed AF motor for very quiet autofocus with exceptional speed and precision
  • Upgraded optical stabiliser with 6-stops (telephoto) and 7-stops (wide) stabilisation advantage, with mode selection
  • Optical formula provides edge-to-edge sharpness across the zoom range and at all apertures
  • Dual Action Zoom via zoom ring and push/pull mechanism, plus a zoom lock switch
  • Compatible with Lens Aberration Correction
  • Compatible with AF Assist (Sony E-mount only)
  • Coatings include: Super Multi-Layer Coating, Nano Porous Coating, Water- and oil-repellent coating
  • Lockable lens hood included

Sigma 60-600mm Sports Vs 150-600mm Sports lens comparison

The specs comparison table tells most of the story when comparing these two telephoto lenses. The newer 60-600mm has been thoughtfully redesigned and includes an all-new AF motor as well as significantly improved stabilisation, as well as an updated optical formula.

Specification

Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports

Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS | Sports

Lens construction

27 elements, 19 groups (2 FLD and 3 SLD elements)

25 elements in 15 groups (4 FLD and 2 SLD elements)

Angle-of-view

39.6-4.1°

16.4°-4.1°

Number of diaphragm blades

9 (rounded diaphragm)

9 (rounded diaphragm)

Minimum aperture

F/22-32

F/22-29

Minimum focusing distance

45-260cm

58-280cm

Maximum magnification ratio

1:2.4 (at 200mm focal length)

1:2.9 (At 180mm)

Optical stabiliser

Up to 6 (tele) / 7 stops (wide)

Approximately 4 stops

AF Actuator

New HLA (High-response Linear Actuator)

Stepping motor

Weather sealing

Yes

Yes

Push/pull zoom

Yes

NA

Filter size

φ105mm

φ95mm

Dimensions (max diameter x length)

φ119.4mm x 279.2mm

109.4mm × 265.6mm

Weight

2,495g

2,100g

Price

£1,999

£1,099.00

Lens barrel controls

Lens barrels controls in the mirrorless 60-600mm lens from Sigma

Advanced and professional users typically need to quickly adapt to fast changing situations when capturing fast-moving subjects. To meet these demands Sigma has included a host of useful lens controls, which include:

  1. De-clickable aperture ring
  2. Three AFL buttons can be customised to preferred functions via the camera menu. These are located in such as way as to be accessible in any orientation.
  3. Zoom Lock switch to stop zoom creep
  4. Dual Action Zoom function
  5. Tripod foot orientation adjustment
  6. Focus Mode switch
  7. Focus Limiter switch to limit the AF focus range for more precise results
  8. Two-mode Optical Stabiliser switch
  9. Custom Mode switch

Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN Sports lens accessories

This is where the two lens options for Sony and L-mount differentiate themselves, with the Leica L compatible with both of the mirrorless L-mount teleconverters. This provides a distinct advantage for the system and gives you a lens capable of reaching 1200mm when using the TC-2011 2x Teleconverter L-Mount and 840mm with the Sigma TC-1411 1.4x Teleconverter L-Mount.

Another advantage is the ability to update lens firmware and adjust parameters such as focus with the Sigma USB Dock for L-Mount.

Aside from these, both models are compatible with large 105mm lens filters, which is just about the largest a filter you’ll find. Sigma designs the following options:

As well as filters and teleconverters, you’ll inevitably want a monopod or sturdy tripod for extended use, depending on your subject. We’re thrilled to see a removable Arca-Swiss type foot on the lens and hope all manufacturers start adding these to their telephoto lenses.

Who is the Sigma 60-600mm Sports Lens for?

If you’re considering this type of super telephoto it will come as no surprise that it excels at subjects typically associated with this focal range. It makes a great option for enthusiast and professional sports, bird and wildlife photography, as well as for motor sports and aviation. It can also be used for the occasional landscape shot, as well as tele-macro type images thanks to the 1:2.4 max. magnification ratio.

Both Sony and L-mount versions of the 60-600mm Sports-line lenses offer outstanding optical performance for mirrorless users who shoot telephoto subjects. Having an extra 90mm at the wide end of the range provides a distinct advantage, with the ability to adjust your compositions by a huge amount as subjects come closer. This will prove especially useful for capturing action, sports and motorsports where you might track an approaching subject, but will also appeal for environmental wildlife portraits and even pet or human portraits.

Is this one lens for every situation? No, it’s not. But it is one telephoto lens for virtually every tele-situation, when you don’t need the brighter aperture which expensive telephoto primes offer, this Sports lens from Sigma provides unique appeal.

Take your images to the next level with the ultimate super telephoto lens. You just have to choose between the Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens For Sony E and Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens For L-Mount and you're all set!

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By Nick Dautlich on 12/01/2023

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