It’s that time of the year again, and with Photokina back in session comes the inevitable new gear announcements, as well as the rumors leading up to them. This time, the rumors are about a new and upcoming telephoto lens from Sigma. Made for their Sports line, the 150-600mm F/5.6-6.3 lens seems to be a direct competitor to Tamron’s own recently released 150-600mm model.
With what little information on it is available until the actual announcement, there’s yet to be an established price for the lens itself; the rumor currently circulating around points to a tag of about $2000, which doesn’t seem too likely coming from Sigma when Tamron has its lens available at half the price.
But for what either lens might be worth, we do know that Sigma’s offering is set to be weather-sealed, with optimized AF and OS performance, as well. It might be a competitor to Tamron, but Sigma’s lens just might become the wildlife photographer’s preferred option if it delivers on what it’s supposedly promising.
Until the actual announcement comes through, here’s a few specs on the lens itself, via SLR Lounge.
Sigma 150-600mm F/5.6-6.3 Lens – Specifications:
- Construction: 24 elements, 16 groups
- Filter diameter: 105 mm Minimum focusing distance: 260 cm
- Dimensions: 121 x 290.2 mm
- Aperture blades: 9, rounded
- Maximum magnification: 1:5 Weight: 2860 g / 100.88 oz.
- Available mounts (at launch): Canon, Nikon, Sigma
- Expected US price: around $2,000 (Tamron costs $1,069)