Sigma 60-600mm Sport f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Review by Kevan Dobbie

After using a 150-600mm Contemporary Sigma lens for most of my time as a wildlife photographer I thought it would be quite difficult to find something not only on performance wise for the price of the lens but the durability and all-around performance from image quality to the specs based on a lens which copes quite well in different conditions such as rain and dust which I have experienced while up in the Kalahari. This lens is a little heavier than the 150-600mm Contemporary however it is made from a combination of magnesium-alloy and polycarbonate materials making it as I mentioned above, dust and waterproof but also with the 105mm front element being so large it has a oil-repellant coating.

I then was given the opportunity to use the 60-600mm Sport f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM. What a stunning lens. It’s the world’s first 10x optical zoom telephoto lens with a tele end of 600mm covering from 60mm to 600mm and the 10x hyper-telephoto zoom lens achieves the same image quality of the 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports.

Now I know what you are probably thinking. This is the Sports model compared to the Contemporary model, the price is different and that should make it better for use. This is true, but what you are paying for is that 10x optical zoom covering from 60-600mm. The quality and outcome over such an extraordinary focal length range from 60-600mm is amazing and what I would say if you looking to spend more on a lens than the 150-600mm Contemporary – this item is then for you.

I have put it to the test over the last couple months, using it in different weather conditions and different sightings at different distances. Without going too much into the all the specs and the make up of the lens which would probably bore you a little bit I’ve decided to attach some images from sightings and photographic situations where I made use of this lens within the Kalahari at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve.

Please enjoy the chosen images below and you are more than welcome to comment with any further information needed on this product or settings and styles in which I achieved to capture these images below.


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