Georg Hofmeyr | Photography

wildlife - nature - travel

Field review summary

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports lens mounted on Nikon D800

Here are some of the first images taken with my new Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports lens. So what are my initial impressions?

  • It is wonderfully sharp, even when used on the unforgiving 36 megapixel full frame Nikon D800
  • it has great contrast
  • autofocus is fast enough to allow me to reliably lock focus on birds-in-flight
  • despite concerns about its weight, it is possible to get great results shooting hand-held. All of these images were taken hand-held - note the relatively high shutter-speeds and see my blog article Tips for default camera settings for wildlife photography for a deeper discussion

The images below were all taken at 600mm except for the Familiar Chat on the chair at 380mm and the "wide" shot of the Knysna Heads, taken at 150mm. The new Sigma teleconverters are not yet available here in South Africa, but as soon as I manage to lay my hands on the 1.4x TC1401, I will publish those images here as well.

Is this the lens perfect? Off course not but, in my opinion, none of the negatives are anywhere close to show stoppers. Things that I found mildly irritating are the tripod-mount, and the focus ring. The tripod mount is often in the way when shooting hand-held and it is not the most comfortable carrying handle when hiking between shots. One also has to practice to get used to using the manual focus ring hand- held.

The full field review will be published soon as a blog article.