Sigma 150-600 Contemporary vs Sports: let us explain the differences

Sigma 150-600 Contemporary vs Sports
(Image credit: Sigma Imaging)

The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport and the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary sound and seem remarkably similar - so choosing which is best is not obvious. Both of these Sigma lenses have an identical zoom range with powerful super-telephoto reach for full-frame cameras. Mount them on an APS-C format body and you get an even bigger stretch, equating to 225-900mm (240-960mm for Canon cameras). 

Either way, both lenses are ideal for really covering the distance, when you can’t get as physically close to your subject matter as you’d like to. That pays dividends for everything from track and field events, through motor sports, to wildlife and bird photography, and air shows.

The big question is, which of these lenses will suit you best? There’s no easy answer to that. They’re very similar lenses in some ways, but very different in others – and there is a significant difference in price. We’re here to help you make the right choice.

Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.