Versatile super telephoto lens in E and L mount

A new super-telephoto lens from Sigma. Presented by a Japanese manufacturer Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sport, an impressive telephoto zoom lens with a focal range of 60-600mm. Especially versatilespecifically targeting photographers natureof sports or even aircraft spotters. It will be available from mid-February 2023 E-montage Like (Sony). L-assembly. Back to its features.

Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports: the hybrid version of the witch

With the focal range 60-600 mmthis new Sigma super-zoom is aimed at photographers looking for absolutes the most versatility possible.

To whom 60 mmwe get a field angle quite close to human vision, which allows us more broadly suitable and putting the topic into context. To whom 600 mmmakes it easier to shoot the lens the most distant subjects.

A reminder of Tamron’s 50-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III VC VXD lens released last year. However, Sigma’s zoom stands out for him zoom x10 (pardon the pun!) change the lens or the camera – an operation, albeit brief, that can easily cause a shot to be missed.

You can combine it to increase the focal length (even more). 1.4x and 2x teleconverters Reserved for – from Sigma L-assembly. So we get an equivalent 84-840mm f/6.3-9or equivalent 120-1200mm f/9-13. Sony E full-frame mirrorless users can console themselves by using it Super 35mmprovides the equivalent 90-900 mm – without losing its shine.

Purists will rightly note that this super-telephoto zoom uses the focal range of one of the brand’s older DSLR lenses: the Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM, which was released in 2018 in Sigma, Nikon F, and Canon EF mounts. Sports. .

This new zoom therefore enhances Sigma’s portfolio telephoto lenses in hybrid mounts, is already well equipped. Admittedly, Sigma doesn’t (yet?) offer a 70-200mm lens, but it makes up for it by offering a very good 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Contemporary lens – not to mention the important one. 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary.

Here is the full list of specifications for the Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports:

  • focal length : 60-600mm (90-900mm in APS-C)
  • lens for the sensor full frame
  • maximum opening : f/4.5-6.3
  • minimum aperture : f/22-32
  • point of view : 39.6° – 4.1°
  • optical construction : 27 elements divided into 19 groups (including 2 FLD elements and 3 SLD elements)
  • diaphragm : round, 9 lamellae
  • minimum focal length : 45-260 cm
  • image stabilization : yes
  • tropicalization : moisture and dust resistant
  • maximum magnification : 0.44x (at 200mm)
  • attention : Autofocus with HLA motor
  • filter diameter : 105 mm
  • dimensions : ø 119.4 x 279.2 mm (L x W)
  • weight : 2495 g
  • supplied with accessories : front and back flaps, soft front flap, sun visor, foot clip
  • suitable for assembly : E-assembly and L-assembly

Complex optical formula

The Sigma 60-600mm DG DN OS Sports uses a redesigned and very rich optical formula to achieve such amplitude (without cutting corners on image quality). Count the total 27 items (!) is divided 19 groups. There is 2 FLD lenses (ultra low dispersion) and 3 SLD lenses (very low variance). These should limit the effect flame and don’t dreamas well as chromatic aberrations.

On the other hand, the goal is ignored aspheric lenses, is often used to enhance the edge quality of a wide-angle image. By comparison, its predecessor in reflex frames consisted of 2 fewer lenses, with a total of 25 elements in 19 groups.

Lenses get a “Super Multi Layer” multi-layer treatment (also devoted to the elimination of flame and don’t dream). Finally, the front lens receives a water and oil repellent treatment, which makes it easy to clean.

The lens carries over the variable aperture from its predecessor f/4.5-6.3provided by Circular diaphragm with 9 blades. It is not yet known whether the progression of diaphragm closure is the same between the two versions.

The minimum MAP distance is quite short: With a wide angle of 45 cmand 2.6 m at full scale. In this regard, the lens is even better than the reflex version (60 cm and 2.6 m). What makes it easier proxy photography. Sigma also takes the opportunity to improve the maximum zoom ratio, increasing from 0.33x 0.4x with this new version.

Learned template

Sigma appears to be a small weight loss treatment to the goal. So the Sigma 60-600mm DG DN OS Sports weighs “only”. 2,495 kg – against 2.7 kg for its predecessor. A savings 200g especially noticeable after a day of shooting.

Sigma indicates that it uses “multi-material structure”betting on magnesium, CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) or TSC (a polycarbonate brand whose expansion rate is similar to aluminum).

On the other hand, dimensions consists of goals largely unchanged. to count 11″ long for the maximum diameter 11.9 cm. The lens can be equipped with circular filters of diameter 105 mm. Zooming can be done using the ring or fashion push and pull which allows for greater responsiveness. In any case, the zoom is not done internally and the lens is much longer. It also comes with a lens sunglasses and one removable foot padsuitable Arca Switzerland.

The goal is not stingy hand controls. There are two focus recall buttons positioned at 90° to facilitate shooting in portrait or landscape format.

Furthermore, we find 4 separate switches. These are dedicated automatic focusfor focus range limiter and the horse stabilization mode. An additional link in the L-mount version allows you to customize the focus range, can be programmed using the Sigma USB dock. In addition, it allows you to lock the placement of the cursor zoom.

Finally, the lens is sealed to withstand humidity and also dust. On the other hand, it is not waterproof: so we strongly recommend using it under a waterfall…

New HLA autofocus engine and new optical stabilization algorithm

The biggest innovation of this Sigma 60-600mm DG DN OS Sports is undoubtedly its level. automatic focus. Sigma opens a new HLA linear motor (High Response Linear Actuator) brand that should offer “unparalleled speed and precision”.

It should also be fully compatible with their modes detection and monitoring of the subject (and the eye), for peoplethey are animals (and especially birds) or even transport wehiclesintroduced in the latest hybrids.

Sigma also opens new stabilization algorithm. Called OS2, it should “significantly improve image stabilization performance” with a gain 7 stops at 60mm and 6 stops at 600 mm. There are also two stabilization modes. Mode 1 is for general purpose use, while Mode 2 is specifically for shooting rotates.

Find a gallery of images shot with the Sigma 60-600mm DG DN OS Sports below (provided by the brand):

Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports price and availability

New super telephoto zoom Sigma 60-600mm DG DN OS Sports It is available for pre-order for €2,349 E-montage and in L assembly. Deliveries will begin in mid-February 2023. The goal still remains Made in Japan (At the only Sigma factory in Aizu that we visited in 2019).

For reference, the SLR version (Sigma, Nikon F and Canon EF mounts) is available for €1,899.

Our first look at the Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports

With this new lens, Sigma updated with relevance a popular lens for sports and wildlife photographers. Especially versatilevaries between lenses very close shots and wider shots – without changing lenses.

Sigma brings if the dimensions are globally equal to the reflex version a number of interesting innovations. New generation autofocus and stabilization algorithm, shorter minimum MAP distance at wide angle… As well as slight weight loss, moderate of course, but welcome.

Kazuto Yamaki introduces the new Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports

Some photographers might wish Sigma had added a brighter aperture (especially at full zoom). However, this f/4.5-6.3 aperture is the same as its main competitor. Tamron 50-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III VC VXD – even if it turns out to be the latter more compact, though it’s 200mm short at full zoom. Between lightness and very long focal lengthsneeded choose

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