Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports: versatile super-telephoto lens in E and L mount

Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports: versatile super-telephoto lens in E and L mount

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New super-telephoto lens from Sigma. The Japanese manufacturer unveils the Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports, an impressive telephoto zoom lens with a 60-600mm focal range. Particularly versatileit targets in particular photographers from natureof sport or even the plane spotters. It will be available from mid-February 2023, in E-mount (Sony) as in L-mount. Back to its characteristics.

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

With its focal range 60-600mmthis new Sigma super-zoom is definitely aimed at photographers looking for greatest possible versatility.

To 60mmwe obtain a field angle quite close to human vision, allowing us to fit wider and to put the subject in its context. To 600mmthe lens makes it easy to capture the most distant subjects.

A point that reminds us in particular of the 50-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III VC VXD lens launched by Tamron last year. However, Sigma’s zoom stands out for its zoom x10 (pardon the little!) which avoids having to change lens or camera – an operation, however brief, that can easily cause a shot to miss.

To increase (even more) the focal length, it is possible to couple it to 1.4x and 2x teleconverters from Sigma – reserved for L-mount. We thus obtain 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 the Super 35mmwhich provides an equivalent 90-900mm – without loss of brightness.

Purists will rightly notice that this super-telephoto zoom uses the focal range of one of the brand’s old SLR lenses: the Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports, launched in 2018 in Sigma, Nikon F and Canon EF mount.

This new zoom therefore increases Sigma’s portfolio in terms of telephoto lenses in hybrid mounts, already well endowed. Admittedly, Sigma does not (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 Contamporary lens – without forgetting the essential 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary.

Here is the full list of specs 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 sensor full frame
  • max opening : f/4.5-6.3
  • minimum aperture : f/22-32
  • angle of view : 39.6° – 4.1°
  • optical construction : 27 elements divided into 19 groups (including 2 FLD elements and 3 SLD elements)
  • diaphragm : circular, 9 slats
  • minimum focus distance : 45-260cm
  • image stabilization : yes
  • tropicalization : moisture and dust resistant
  • max magnification : 0.44x (at 200mm)
  • focus : autofocus with HLA motor
  • filter diameter : 105mm
  • dimensions : ø 119.4 x 279.2 mm (D x W)
  • weight : 2495g
  • supplied accessories : front and rear caps, soft front cap, sun visor, foot clamp
  • mount compatible : E-mount and L-mount

A complex optical formula

To achieve such amplitude (without cutting corners on image quality), the Sigma 60-600 mm DG DN OS Sports relies on a revised – and very rich – optical formula. Count on a total of 27 items (!) divided into 19 groups. There are 2 FLD lenses (ultra-low dispersion) and 3 SLD lenses (very low dispersion). These should limit the effects of flare and of ghostingas well as chromatic aberrations.

On the other hand, the objective ignores the aspherical lenses, often used to enhance the edge quality of the wide-angle image. By way of comparison, its predecessor in reflex frames incorporated 2 fewer lenses, for a total of 25 elements in 19 groups.

The lenses receive a “Super Multi Layer” multi-layer treatment (also dedicated to the removal of flare and ghosting). Finally, the front lens receives a water and oil repellent treatment, which facilitates its cleaning.

From its predecessor, the lens takes over the variable aperture f/4.5-6.3provided by a 9-blade circular diaphragm. It is unknown for the moment if the progressiveness of the closure of the diaphragm is identical between the two versions.

The minimum MAP distance is quite short: 45cm at wide angleand 2.6m at full zoom. From this point of view, the lens is even better than the reflex version (60 cm and 2.6 m). What facilitate the proxiphotography. Sigma also takes the opportunity to improve the maximum magnification ratio, which goes from 0.33x to 0.4x with this new version.

A studied template

Sigma seems to have subjected a small weight loss treatment to his goal. Thus, the Sigma 60-600 mm DG DN OS Sports weighs “only” 2.495kg – against 2.7 kg for its predecessor. A saving of 200g appreciable, especially after a day of shooting.

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

On the other hand, the dimensions of the objective are broadly unchanged. Count 11″ long for a maximum diameter of 11.9cm. The objective can be equipped with circular filters, with a diameter of 105mm. Zooming can be done using the ring or using the fashion push and pull which allows for greater responsiveness. In any case, the zooming is not done internally and the lens extends considerably. The lens also comes with its sun visor and one removable foot collarcompatible ArcaSwiss.

The objective is not stingy in manual controls. There are two focus recall buttons arranged at 90° to facilitate capture in portrait or landscape format.

Furthermore, we find 4 separate switches. These are dedicated to auto focusto focus range limiter and at stabilization mode. On the L-mount version, an additional switch allows you to customize focus range, programmable using the Sigma USB dock. In addition, a cursor makes it possible to block the deployment of the zoom.

Finally, the lens is gasketed to withstand humidity and at the dust. On the other hand, it is not waterproof: we therefore strongly advise against using it under a waterfall…

New HLA autofocus motor and new optical stabilization algorithm

The biggest novelty of this Sigma 60-600 mm DG DN OS Sports is undoubtedly at the level of its auto focus. Sigma inaugurates a new HLA linear motor (High-response Linear Actuator), which must offer “unparalleled speed and precision”, indicates the brand.

It must also be fully compatible with the modes of detection and of monitoring of the subject (and his eye), for the humansthem animals (and in particular birds) or even vehiclesintroduced on the most recent hybrids.

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

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

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

The new super-telephoto zoom Sigma 60-600mm DG DN OS Sports is available for pre-order at the price of 2349 €, in E-mount and in L mount. Deliveries will begin in mid-February 2023. The goal is still made in japan (at the only Sigma factory in Aizu, which we visited in 2019).

For reference, the SLR version (in Sigma, Nikon F and Canon EF mount) was launched at €1899.

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

With this new lens, Sigma renew with relevance a popular lens for sports and wildlife photographers. Particularly versatilethe lens toggles between very close shots and wider shots – without having to change lenses.

If the dimensions are globally equivalent to the reflex version, Sigma brings several interesting novelties. New generation autofocus and stabilization algorithm, shorter minimum MAP distance at wide-angle… As well as a slight weight loss, certainly moderate but welcome.

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

Some photographers might have wished Sigma had added a brighter aperture (especially at full zoom). However, this f/4.5-6.3 aperture is identical to that of its main competitor, the Tamron 50-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III VC VXD – even if the latter turns out to be much more compact, while being 200 mm shorter at full zoom. Between lightness and very long focal lengthsit’s necessary Choose

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