Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C review

The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C packs monster reach into a fairly lightweight package

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C
(Image: © Sigma Imaging)

Digital Camera World Verdict

As one of Sigma’s ‘Contemporary’ lenses, the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C is designed to deliver good performance while keeping the size down and the weight off. It boasts tremendous super-telephoto reach, stretching all the way to 600mm focal length, while significantly undercutting most competing lenses for price. Not only easier on your wallet, it’s much easier on your back than the Sigma 150-600mm Sports lens, which is nearly a kilogram lighter. This Contemporary edition is therefore much more comfortable for prolonged periods of handheld shooting, while performance makes it a great buy at the price.


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    Epic super-telephoto zoom range

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    Good build-quality and performance

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    Great value for money


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    Still pretty weighty

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    Sharpness drops off at the long end

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The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM ‘Contemporary’ is the smaller and more lightweight of Sigma’s 150-600mm super-telephoto zoom lens, the other being the ‘Sports’ edition. While matching the Sports lens for aperture rating as well as zoom range, the Contemporary version is much more manageable for handheld shooting.


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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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