Sigma 60-600mm vs 150-600mm DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens Specs

Sigma 60-600mm vs 150-600mm

In this article, we are comparing the Sigma 60-600mm vs 150-600mm lenses which are hyper-zoom lenses with all the right ticks on the box. These are versatile lenses and both offer 10x optical zoom, with full time manual focus.

Also, it does not matter which lens ecosystem you are into, Sigma offers all the native mounts out of the box without the need for any 3rd party accessories. Plus, image stabilization is directly built into the lens which uses advanced algorithm which the company claims to help you get sharper images in challenging scenarios.

Using these lenses with an APS-C body will effectively increase the focal length, but is still manageable. The Sigma 60-600mm is more versatile among the two since it covers a wider range and incorporates 25 lens elements in 19 groups. This make the Sigma 60-600mm more costly when compared with the 150-600 model.

The 9 blade diaphragm on both the lenses creates an attractive bokeh to out-of-focus areas of the picture, with a built-in optical image stabilisation and an effect of 4 stops and an accelerometer for vertical & horizontal panning, and a Hyper-Sonic Motor for fast & quiet autofocusing.

The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens targets a similar market as the 60-600mm, but at a cost. However, the larger and heavier “Sport” edition is something unique to Sigma, with no other competing or equivalent offers from any other manufacturer.

Both these lenses offer a huge focal range to work with and is no longer a dream to reach 10x optical zoom without spending a bomb. The 60-600mm is useful for photographing static and moving subjects at varying distances quickly. Using a 600mm prime lens is not always feasible due to its weight and haze in certain environments.

Both these lenses have a sports edition which is heavier and little bit difficult to carry around. Either way, you will need a carrying case for outdoors 100% of the time.

Now, with that background, lets us compare these two lenses by their specs. See below:

Sigma 60-600mm vs 150-600mm: Specifications Comparison

First, we will look at the Pros & Cons of these lenses. See below:

Pros & Cons

Sigma Sports 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Lens

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Sigma 150-600mm F 5.0 -6.3

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F22 – F32 (Minimum Aperture)f22 minimum aperture
25 Elements in 19 Groups24 Elements in 16 Groups lens construction
60-260 cm / 23.6-102.4 in.260cm / 102.4 in minimum focussing distance (2.6m vs 2.7m)
160g lighter – 2.7 kg vs 2860g2700 grams
1:3.3 (200mm) of maximum magnification1:5
Comes in Sigma, Nikon and Canon mounts

  • Manual Override (MO) capable of switching two full-time manual modes
  • The world’s first 10× optical zoom telephoto lens with a tele end of 600mm
  • Dust and Splash Proof
Comes with Hyper-Sonic Motor & designed for APS-C & FF DSLR cameras

  • Dust and splash-proof construction
  • Water & oil repellent coating (Front and Rear)
  • Customization and flexible adjustment with Sigma USB Dock
  •  Lens hood LH1164-01 & Case is included in the box

 

We will be comparing all the important technical aspects and specifications side by side so you can get a better idea. Moreover, we will discuss all the major differences descriptively and understand how they leave an impact on the overall performance of the lens. So without any more delay, here we begin:

Specs Comparison:

General

Specifications

Sigma Sports 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Lens

$1,841.40

Sigma 150-600mm Sports

$984.69

Packaged Quantity11
Diameter4.7in. x 10.6in4.8 x 11.4 in.
Length 120.4mm / 10.6 in.290.2mm & 11.4 in.
Weight2,700g [95.2 oz]2.9 KG [100.9 oz]
Accessory TypeLensesLenses
ManufacturerSigma Photo, IncSIGMA

Carrying Case

Specifications

Sigma Sports 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Lens

Sigma 150-600mm Sports

Included Accessories
  • Case,
  • Hood (LH1144-01),
  • Cover Lens Cap (LC-740E),
  • Shoulder Strap,
  • Built-in Tripod Socket
dust cap

lens cap

lens case

lens hood

shoulder strap

Lens System

Specifications

Sigma Sports 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Lens

Sigma 150-600mm Sports

TypeTelephoto zoom lensTelephoto Zoom Lens
Focal Length60 – 600mm150 mm – 600 mm
Magnification1:3.3 / 200mm1:5
Image StabilizerOpticalOptical
Smallest Aperture at minimum Focal LengthF22F22
Intended ForFF & APS-C SLR, digital SLR (Canon, Nikon, Sony, Sigma)FF & APS-C SLR, Digital SLR (Canon, Nikon, Sony, Sigma)
Optical Zoom12x max.12x max.
SeriesDG OS HSM SportsDG OS HSM
Lens CoatingSuper Multi-Layer Coating

Water and oil repellent coating on the front & rear lens elements

Super Multi-Layer Coating

Water and oil repellent coating on the front & rear lens elements

Mounting TypeNikon F (Canon EF, EF-S, Nikon, Sigma)Nikon F (Canon EF, EF-S, Nikon, Sigma)
Special FunctionsTele, zoomTele, Zoom
Lens Aperturef/4.5-6.3f/5.0-6.3
Minimum ApertureF22 – F32F22 – F32
Min Focal Length60 mm150 mm
Max Focal Length600 mm600 mm
Min Focus Distance60-260 cm / 23.6-102.4in.260cm / 102.4 in
Focus Adjustmentautomatic, manual (Full time)Automatic, Manual
Zoom AdjustmentmanualManual
Max View Angle16.4 degrees (16.4º-4.1º)

(Varies with APS-C & FF DSLRs)

16.4 degrees (16.4º-4.1º)
Min View Angle39.6º – 4.1º4.1 degrees
Group Qty1916
Element Qty2524
Filter Size105 mm105 mm
Diaphragm Blades99
FeaturesELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion) glass

FLD glass

Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM)

SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass

Sigma USB dock compatible

Dustproof

Splash-proof

ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion) glass

FLD glass

Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM)

SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass

Sigma USB dock compatible

Dustproof

Splash-proof

Note that we will only be discussing the differences in the above table, and not the similarities; since it does not simply make any sense to discuss in what criteria these lenses are similar.

We found the 150-600 lens to be quite limiting when the subject is too close is is fast moving. Overall, we like the 60-600’s long focal range which offers more flexibility to shoot action at both close & long distance subjects. However, the high price and the extra weight concerns are always there, making such lenses cost prohibitive for budget conscious enthusiasts and professionals who prefer shooting hand-held most of the times.

The Sigma 150-600mm f5.0-6.3 Contemporary directly competes with the Tamron 150-600mm f-5-6.3 VC, because both these lenses offer exactly the same focal length and aperture ranges with similar pricing. In addition to this, both the two lenses practically measure & weigh the same, with slight differences here and there.

The lens optics are also constructed with a lot of similarities. It comes with a total of 20 lens elements & 9 diaphragm blades. We have already compared the Tamron 150-600mm g2 Vs. Sigma 150-600mm on a different post. Do check it out to find out more. Sigma claims the 60-600mm to be the world’s first 10x optical zoom telephoto lens with a tele end of 600mm. Except for the high-price, we like the lens a lot!

Conclusion:

The new Sigma 60-600mm f 4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports is definitely a versatile lens, given its range and maintaining its sharpness throughout its focal range, at least in daylight conditions. The build quality and weather coating is good for wildlife photographers. The lens comes with an in-built accelerometer which helps you to reduces camera shakes and works pretty well.

While the 60-600mm is very similar to the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports optics, it also offers a much more versatile focal range at the short end.

With almost two kilograms in weight, you will definitely need a tripod, since this definitely isn’t for handheld photography. There is a tripod mount-collar which is much improved on the one that ships with Sigma 150-600mm Sports lens, and it also ships with a high quality lens hood, shoulder strap and a padded case.

Overall, if you want a long range, go with the 60-600mm. If the high price is an issue, we definitely recommend you to go with the 150-600mm lens from Sigma.

We hope you like our comparison of the Sigma 60-600mm vs 150-600mm lenses. Feel free to share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below. Thanks for visiting!

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