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Sigma Announces Second Sports Lens in Poland, the 150-600mm – US Announcement Soon

By Anthony Thurston on September 5th 2014

Ah, I love the smell of gear announcements in the morning, and nothing brings in new announcements quite like conventions such as Photokina. According to the latest buzz out of the Sigma rumor mill, the company is poised to announce a new 150-600mm F/5.6-6.3 for their sports lineup, as well as a pair of new teleconverters.


This lens makes sense for Sigma. Tamron just released their 150-600mm to rave reviews, and Canon is rumored to be producing a 100-400mm replacement which could be announced shortly as well. This 150-600mm from Sigma may not be the flashiest lens out there, but it fills a hole in the Sigma system.

[REWIND: Initial Thoughts On Tamron’s 150-600mm]

Sigmas 150-600mm will be larger, and heavier than the Tamron lens, due to larger glass elements. But, despite matching the Tamron in focal range and aperture, the Sigma is targeting professionals by adding weather sealing and optimizing AF and OS performance on the lens. Put simply, this will be a birder/wildlife photographer’s dream lens. The specs below are official (translated from a polish press release):

Sigma 150-600mm F/5.6-6.3 Sports Lens Specs

  • Construction: 24 elements, 16 groups
  • Filter diameter: 105 mm Minimum focusing distance: 260 cm
  • Dimensions: 121 x 290.2 mm
  • Aperture blades: 9, rounded
  • Maximum magnification: 1:5 Weight: 2860 g / 100.88 oz.
  • Available mounts (at launch): Canon, Nikon, Sigma
  • Expected US price: around $2,000  (Tamron costs $1,069)


Price will be a key factor for this lens, too expensive and many users will go with the Tamron – which is a great performer for only $1,000. The rumored price will be $2,000, which in my opinion, is too much of a pricing gap between it and the Tamron, even with the more advanced features of the Sigma.

The teleconverters are expected to be a 1.4x and 2x, but there are not any additional details about those at this time. So far, this announcement has only been made in Poland, so we are still waiting on official announcement from Sigma USA. Stay tuned.


What are your thoughts about this Sigma 150-600mm? Do you think $2,000 is too much? Leave a comment below!

[via Sigma Rumors]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Mi Guel

    I am looking at this lens: Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport and the Tamron 150-600mm 5-6.3 VC USD to pair with my D610. The fact that you can Fine tune the lens on your own is pretty neat.

    If Anyone has images to share, would to see a comparison with both lenses on the same body DX or FX…

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  2. William Emmett

    Sigma did announce the today. It will come in two versions, contemporary, and Sport. I read this on The Sport version will be smaller, and lighter. The contemporary will be more or less bigger, and heavier. Still no mention of price though. I can’t imagine Sigma coming out with two versions of the same lens. My money is on the Tamron, since I already own the lens.

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  3. William Emmett

    I took the time to look up the price of a quality CPL filter for this lens. A new 105mm CPL would cost in the average of $300-$400. More than the Canon EF-S 10-18mm. Also, as of today there is no case large enough to house this lens on the market. Sigma does make a CPL, for $150, but does not boast any coatings for glare. Nowhere in this, or any other artical I’ve found mention a tripod ring. The Sigma lens mounted to a Canon 7D becomes a rather heavy load to swing to chase those birds in flight. Plus, the weight distribution will put quite a overload on the cameras tripod mount, so if not equipped with a lens tripod mount will stress the lens mount on any camera. A tripod mount will be necessary to stabilize the lens on a tripod. I know the photo shows a tripod mount, but the specs do not indicate it is included in the price of the lens, even at $2000+per lens.

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  4. Rambo Estrada

    I hope it’s better than the old sigma 150-500mm. Those things are rubbish.

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  5. William Emmett

    I don’t understand how to compare a lens with the 150-600mm range, can compare to a lens with a 80-200mm range. You could possibly only compare 50mm at the low end of the Tamron or Sigma lens. It may be like comparing a basketball to a tennis ball. I can’t fathom a comparison even with the Canon EF 200-400mm L lens. There is just not enough lens from 400mm to 600mm to make a comparison. Adding any type of converter to any lens will degrade the image quality. Since the f stops are about the same, the actual difference will be in the actual build, and internal engineering. I suspect the difference in the engineering is to avoid a patent infringement case. In actuality this is the lens for true Sigma fans, who will spend any amount to “beat the Tamron foe”

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  6. Jeff Morrison

    thanks for sharing

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  7. Rafael Steffen

    I would love to see a comparison between this lens and the Nikon 80-200 in terms of sharpness. Let’s wait and see the results before making the final decision.

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  8. Scottie Nguyen

    Price/performance = value. For Sigma to price it at 2000, I’m sure it’s better than the Tamron. But by how much ? It’s hard for me to see better value than the Tamron, but yeah, I know what you are saying. It’s just a prediction on my end :p

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  9. Scottie Nguyen

    Sigma is too late, I bought the Tamron 150-600mm already and it’s delivered impressive results already for $1069. If I sell the Tamron, it will be sold at 800 or 900 at best to buy the equivalent sigma for 2000? Exciting as it seems, the price gap will keep people to the Tamron. Once in a while, you have to give Tamron a round. This round, Tamron takes it !!!

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Lets wait and see what the price/performance of the Sigma actually are before we give Tamron anything. I will say they have a great lens already, so it will be tough to beat the price vs performance of the Tamron.

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  10. Matt Owen

    For me $2,000 is way too much, but I would absolutely rent this when I finally take my African safari.

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  11. John Cavan

    I’m hoping that Sigma takes it to market faster than Tamron has. It’s still a pre-order option in the Toronto area for Tamron and if they can’t meet demand and Sigma can, then price is going to be less of an issue.

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  12. Brian Stalter

    I just hope the teleconverters are better than their old ones so I can sell mine off and switch – I love adding them to my 70-200 OS. Far more practical for me and others that don’t need a dedicated wildlife/sports lens.

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  13. William Emmett

    I predicted Sigma would join the 150-600mm band wagon. The weight of the lens, which is greater than the Tamron, will really be difficult swing around hand held. Hopefully Sigma will learn from the Tamron introduction, and have enough copies available for the initial roll out, in all the advertised mounts. The rumored price of the lens is really a bit high, considering the quality and performance of the Tamron. The filter size will be another downfall of this lens. The 105mm filters will cost a mint, the 92mm CPL cost as much as a lens. I’d like to know if Sigma will include a case, or bag for this lens? Tamron didn’t and the case cost $45.00 for their lens. I imagine Lowes, and other bag companies will have to come up with a larger case, or bag for this beast. Considering cost, weight, filter size, and support equipment, Sigma is to late to the party.

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    • Scottie Nguyen

      CPL market ??? if a filter cost as much as a lens itself you know the filter companies has a monopoly on it. How can a piece of one glass, cost as much as a series of elements of glass plus autofocus system inside the lens itself. We are ripped off by the filter companies and they know it !!! Arghhhhhhhh !!!!!

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  14. Matthew Saville

    $2K is only too much if it doesn’t deliver flawless sharpness and reliable autofocus. But, given their current Art / Sport reputation, I’m gonna bet it’ll deliver both of those things, AND will quickly find it’s way to well under $2K as well…


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    • Anthony Thurston

      I agree that $2,000 is not a bad price if the performance backs that up. But if the goal was to compete with the Tamron and Canon offerings, I think that a $2,000 price tag puts it at a disadvantage.

      Excited to get my hands on one to see how it stacks up.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Anthony, the Tamron might be way cheaper, but the Nikon 80-400 VR mk2 is, um… (looks it up) HOLY CRAP $2700! (I dunno why I thought it was just under $2K or so!)

      So, yeah…. I’m gonna bet that the likes of Sigma and Nikon are just future-proofing their new prices, or maybe hedging their bets WRT the USD vs YEN or something, while Tamron is just low-balling for now. (And I’m betting that a Canon 100-400 mk2 will be about $2K, though I could be wrong by about 200 or so…)

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