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Sigma unleashes 60-600mm supertelephoto superzoom monster

Sigma 60-600mm lens

Sigma has added a new lens to its Sports range of high-performance lenses with a phenomenal 60-600mm range at Photokina 2018– offering a focal length that will keep wildlife, aviation and sports photographers happy, whilst letting them shoot more normal wider scenes without changing optics.

The Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM is built as the absolute all-rounder – but yet, as explained by Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki, it does not compromise on optical quality. The 10x zoom is essentially an update of the old Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 which was recently discontinued.

Constructed from 25 elements in 19 groups, consistent image quality can be created throughout the entire zoom range. It features three FLD elements, and one SLD element. This lens also incorporates Intelligent OS optical image stabilisation adopting the latest algorithm to deliver an image stabilisation effect equivalent to 4 stops. 

The high-speed AF, thanks to the HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) with an updated algorithm, is said to capture instantaneous photography movement. 

The lens is one of the first to use magnesium manufactured in the new plant that Sigma has built on site at its Aizu headquarters in Japan. The innovative multi-material structure also uses thermal stable composite (TSD) and CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic).

Specifications

Key specifications are: 

Lens construction: 25 elements in 19 groups
Angle of view: (35mm): 39.6°-4.1°
Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum aperture: f/22-32
Minimum focusing distance: 60-260cm
Maximum magnification ratio: 1:3.3 (200mm)
Filter size: 105mm
Dimensions: 120.4mm x 268.9mm
Weight:
2,700g

It comes with a built-in non-removable tripod collar, with an Arca-Swiss compatible foot. It is compatible with Sigma's MC11 mount converter (making it compatible with Sony E-mount cameras), its USB dock, and its teleconverters. 

Pricing and availability

The lens will be available for Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sigma SA mounts from October, and retail for £1,899.

Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 


His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 8 Plus RED.