Sigma AF 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens Nikon
What are your thoughts on this lens? I got a chance to get this lens at a really good deal in excellent condition.
I have owned this lens for three years, using it on a D500 and a D850. Of note, for some reason, it did not focus that well on my D800, but does great on the other two bodies.
Here are my thoughts:
a. Image quality is the most important criteria for me, and my sample is superb -- razor sharp images with good color and contrast. There is some fall-off in the corners, but I use the lens primarily for wildlife photography (mostly birds) and end up cropping, so the corners do not matter that much to me. The corner fall-off can also be corrected fairly easily in post processing. Even when pixel-peeping, it is hard to distinguish an image from this lens to one taken with my 600mm f4 Nikkor (sounds like heresy, but true). It also has very nice bokeh.
b. Autofocus on both the D500 and D850 is excellent. It is not quite as fast/snappy as my 600mm f4, but the difference is not great.
c. The lens is heavy, but can be hand-held fairly easily (albeit not for long periods of time). I use a detachable strap attached to the lugs on the lens, and it easy to carry this way.
d, I find that the optical stabilization system works very well. I have been astounded that I can hand-hold a 600mm lens at full zoom at fairly low speeds (about 1/100 or 1/200 second) and get incredibly sharp images.
e. When using the Sigma 1.4TC, the quality is average at best. It works okay with stationary objects, but does not do well with moving objects (e.g., birds in flight). Since the lens is at f8+ with the TC, this should not be unexpected. Even with stationary objects, though, do not expect the lens/TC combination to be anywhere near a sharp as a prime/TC set-up.
Overall, I would give the lens five stars -- great optical performance, well-built, and far more portable than a massive prime lens.
This is a very good lens and don’t be concerned with it. I agree with Paul’s comments and observations. I’ve had mine for at least three years and I’m most happy with it. it performed great on my D750 and D500 when I owned those bodies. I use my Sport primarily now on my D5 and it’s a great combination.
The lens is heavy, but I can shoot it handheld with great results. However when I can, I shoot it from my tripod. It’s build quality is excellent and haven’t had any problem with moisture or dust. I really like its push-pull feature and use it all the time.
Don’t hesitate to go with this lens if you’re interested in it.
I agree with everything the previous two posters have said. I have had mine since shortly after it came out. I am thinking 5 years in the summer of 2015.
I have had to send it in twice for repair work to Sigma. First time was something came lose inside the lens and the second time it would not extend to zoom. I have used the lens a lot and carried it with almost every day on the farm.
I don't use it as much as I used to because I now have the much smaller 500pf lens. I use it on my D500 and D850. On the D850 it is a little unforgiving. You think you have a good shot and when you zoom in the image is a little soft.
It is heavy and a good sturdy mono pod is a must. I like to carry it over my shoulder on a monopod.