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Sigma Announces Availability For 150-600mm Contemporary Lens

By Anthony Thurston on February 11th 2015

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.

[REWIND: SIGMA 150-600MM SPORTS, FIRST IMPRESSIONS | PHOTOPLUS 2014]

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]

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.

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  2. Stephen Jennings

    I have seen a few reviews for this lens with the pictures very small and usually tested on a canon or something. Has anyone tested this using a d800? I’d like to think that either this lens, the Sports version or the Tamron version would be amazing.. but when it comes to resolving on a d800 I find 3rd party lenses or anything remotely budget friendly to have issues. :(

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  3. Basit Zargar

    great one

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  4. Chuck Eggen

    Robert, if you go to the Sigma web site they have a video of the weather testing. Can’t speak for the Tamron. I too am interested in the Sigma Sport lens. Waiting to see some real hands on reviews.

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  5. robert garfinkle

    ok Anthony, not to put the pressure on you, which is better – tamron or sigma relating to this class of lenses 15- 600… I’ve owned a sigma and a tamron, not of same types, and seemed to like both –

    I have a D810, and would like to get one of the two, the better one that works well with my camera. Obviously optics are the number one concern, but, are both weather sealed?

    thoughts?

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