Sigma Announces Two versions of the Same Lens, and it Makes Sense
With its Art series lenses, Sigma has been given Nikon, Canon and Sony users excellent options for third party lenses. But with the new 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM, the brand seems to be trying its best to outdo its primary competitor, Tamron, by announcing two versions of the same lens!
The two lenses, which are an update to the 150-500f/5-6.3 are named Sport and Contemporary. The Sport version has been designed to be durable, with certain time-saving features that a pro photographer would enjoy. While the Contemporary version is designed to be lighter and smaller for the enthusiast photographer.
But it is really the little things and subtle additions that make the 150-600mm such an interesting piece of glass.
To minimise chromatic aberations, the Sports lens use 2 FLD and 3 SLD elements, while the Contemporary lens only 1FLD element and three SLD elements. The Sports version of the lens is supposed to be dust and waterproof. Going by the way Sigma tests the lens for this, we believe them!
Additionally, this lens allows you to lock zoom at varying focal lengths, which is a first for a zoom lens. When the front element is hit, the lock unlocks to minimise damage to the lens.
The front element of the lens is oil and water repellent too. Better Photography’s Chief Editor, K Madhavan Pillai put this to the test.
A manual override mode and the ability to push and pull zoom makes the lens all the more convenient for pro users. Professionals will also appreciate that the lens clicks into place when titled to a 90° angle.
Sigma also announced a new superzoom 18-300mm, to compete with Tamron’s 16–300 offering. Designed for APS-C cameras, this optically stabilised lens has an equivalent focal length of 27–450mm. The lens has a 1:3 magnification. The company also announced two new teleconverters, the TC-1401 and the TC-2001, which extend the range by 1.4x and 2x respectively.
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