It feels like we have been waiting forever, but today the silence from Sigma was broken and the company has announced the availability for their new 150-600mm Contemporary lens.

Sigma 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Contemporary
Sigma 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Contemporary

According to the reports, Sigma UK is saying that the new lens should be available in the Canon mount come March and the Nikon mount in May. These dates could be different here in the US, but chances are, it will probably be around that same time.

If you recall, the contemporary version of the 150-600mm is smaller and and more affordable than its bigger 150-600mm Sports brother. Coming in at just $1089, the contemporary version is meant to go toe to toe with the Tamron 150-600mm for that budget super-telephoto zoom market.


The Tamron has been flying off the shelves, and my local shop is having trouble keeping them in stock, so it will be interesting to see how the Sigma lens stacks up.

Personally, I am curious about how easy these will be to get. The current Sports version of the lens has been rather hard to come by, and adding another version of the lens to the manufacturing puzzle will surely be another wrinkle for Sigma to figure out.

At any rate, if you have not pre-ordered your copy of this lens and you are interested in being one of the first to get it, I suggest you do so ASAP. Like I said above, the Sports version is hard to come by currently, so it is not a stretch to think there may be supply/demand issues with this lens once it is released and everyone is trying to get their hands on one.

You can pre-order yours now over on B&H for just $1089.

[via Sigma Rumors via Sigma UK]