I just recieved the Sigma 150-600 in the mail last week and thought I would give it a little tryout, seeing what it would do and what kind of light it would require! And, yes, it requires a ton of light! This isn’t going to be an in-depth review, Just a little overview kinda!
Just to give a little background on what I was testing with. I was using a D800 Nikon and also had the Sigma 2x Teleconverter. I have the 1.4x, but I know that one works, I wanted to try the older 2x! As you can see from the images above, it goes out to 1200mm, but of course, it makes this lens an f/10! Just one third stop too much for autofocus to work. The older 50-500mm would still work with the 2x on it at 1000mm, and I think this one will autofocus right about 380mm so it will autofocus if you zoom back a little to 760mm with the 2x converter, but with the 1.4x converter it should autofocus all the way out to 880mm. I will have to try the 1.4x teleconverter here in the near future!
As you can see, out at the far end of the zoom, it requires a lot of light, which usually isn’t a problem for what this lens was meant to be used for! Nature, Wildlife and Sports. I don’t have much in the way of these with this lens yet (last soccer game I used the 50-500mm). I will update this post as I get more examples of images with this lens!
With the images above I was using the Optical Stabilization. The 1200mm image was taken at f/13 ISO 100 with a speed of 1/250th. Yeah that is a little too much, even the OS didn’t save the image! At 600mm it was f/6.3 1/320th of a second and ISO 100. It was a good image, but not 100% sharp. I will do some tests with a monopod and a tripod and see how things go with those! The OS does help though! 1200mm is just too much to hand hold! I guess I could go to iso 3200 or something but that would just kill the image too!
Anyhow, that about covers it. I will post more as I use it more and see how things go. If you all have any questions, please leave them in the comments and I will test out and answer what I can!
Have a great day!