Sigma has announced a pair of new telezoom lenses. Both described as the '150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM' one carries Sigma's 'Contemporary' branding and one is positioned in its 'Sport' lineup. The sports version is dust and splash-proof (only the mount is sealed on the 'C' version), and both lenses boast new versions of Sigma's 'OS' optical image stabilization system. Under the hood though, their construction is significantly different.

The 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports is aimed at professionals and is constructed from 24 lens elements in 16 groups – including two FLD and three SLD glass elements. The 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens is designed for greater portability, and construction comprises 20 elements in 14 groups – including one FLD and three SLD glass elements.

Two new teleconverters have also been announced, the TC-1401 and TC2001 offer 1.4X and 2X focal length multiplication and will be available for $349 and $399 respectively.

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Sigma Corporation announces a pair of 150-600mms with advanced features and optics 

RONKONKOMA, N.Y — September 12, 2014 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, has announced two new 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM high-performance, hyper-telephoto zoom lenses that celebrate significant optical and build advancements. The two lens designs vary in size and use, and add to the company’s impressive roster of Contemporary and Sports lenses in the Global Vision lineup.

The 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports delivers enhanced, professional-grade optics and greater durability for challenging, high-action photographic situations. The 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary is a versatile lens that offers similar performance in a more compact and portable design. Pricing and availability of these lenses are not yet available. 

Both versions of the 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM feature dust and splash-proof features, as well as new water and oil-repellent coating on the front and rear lenses. They boast an updated Optical Stabilizer (OS) that features an accelerometer for improved vertical and horizontal panning, essential for bird, wildlife and motor sports photography. Two new switches were added for ease-of-use, including a new zoom lock switch capable of locking at any focal distance and a Manual Override (MO) switch for improved control of focusing performance. An enhanced auto focus (AF) algorithm and Hyper Sonic Motor ensure quiet and fast AF. The lenses are compatible with Sigma’s newly announced lineup of Global Vision teleconverters, which are effective up to F/8.  

“The Global Vision Art, Sports and Contemporary lines were developed to help photographers identify lenses that are best suited to their specific photography and these two lenses are perfect examples of that intent,” Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “While they share a focal length and many outstanding features, these lenses are designed with different photographers in mind. Both high-performance lenses, one is for the professional-grade action shooter; the other for photographers looking for high performance and portability.”

The 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports offers the highest level of performance and durability with a splash and dust proof construction, and features dimensions of 4.8 inches by 11.4 inches, with a weight of 100.9 ounces. It contains 24 lens elements in 16 groups – including two FLD and three SLD glass elements – with a minimum aperture of F/22 and minimum focusing distance of 102.4 inches. Its maximum magnification ratio is also 1:5. The Sports lens will be available in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts.

The 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens is the first hyper-telephoto zoom lens from the Global Vision Contemporary line, and will enable easy handling with a smaller build than its Sports counterpart. It is equipped with a splash and dust proof mount, and while the weight of the lens is still to be determined, its dimensions will be 4.1 inches by 10.2 inches. The lens will feature 20 elements in 14 groups – including one FLD and three SLD glass elements – with a minimum aperture of F/22 and minimum focusing distance of 110.2 inches. Its maximum magnification ratio is 1:5. It will be available in Sigma, Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts.

All of Sigma’s Global Vision lenses are compatible with the company’s USB dock and Mount Conversion Service, and undergo individual testing before being shipped. Using the USB Dock allows for advanced customization of AF speed, OS viewing modes, focus limiter and firmware updates. Every Sigma Global Vision lens is tested with Sigma’s proprietary “A1” MTF measuring system prior to shipping to ensure optimal performance and image quality.

The company will be exhibiting at the 2014 Photokina in Cologne, Germany, later this month. The latest lenses from the Global Vision lineup will be on display at the event and attendees are invited to stop by booth #B20/C29 in Hall 4.2. For information about Sigma, go to www.sigmaphoto.com or follow the company on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. 

Sigma 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens specifications:

 Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | SSigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C
Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format size35mm FF
Focal length150–600 mm
Image stabilisationYes
Lens mountCanon EF, Nikon F (FX), Sigma SA BayonetCanon EF, Nikon F (FX), Sigma SA Bayonet, Sony/Minolta Alpha
Aperture
Maximum apertureF5–6.3
Minimum apertureF22
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades9
Optics
Elements2420
Groups1614
Special elements / coatings2 FLD and 3 SLD1 FLD and 2 SLD
Focus
Minimum focus2.60 m (102.36)2.80 m (110.24)
Maximum magnification5×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeUltrasonic
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleYes
Focus distance limiterNo
Physical
Weight2860 g (6.31 lb)
Diameter121 mm (4.76)105 mm (4.13)
Length290 mm (11.42)260 mm (10.24)
MaterialsMetalComposite with metal sealed mount
SealingYesNo
ColourBlack
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Power zoomNo
Zoom lockYes
Filter thread105.0 mm95.0 mm
Hood suppliedYes
Tripod collarYes