Sigma Gearing to Aim at Tamron With New Massive Telephoto Lens

Sep 6, 2014

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Maaz Khan started off teaching himself photography with a disposable Kodak camera he got for his 7th birthday. His main weapons of choice are now the 5D Mark II, and an LG G2 when mobility calls.

Sigma Gearing to Aim at Tamron With New Massive Telephoto Lens

Sep 6, 2014

Maaz Khan

Maaz Khan started off teaching himself photography with a disposable Kodak camera he got for his 7th birthday. His main weapons of choice are now the 5D Mark II, and an LG G2 when mobility calls.

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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.

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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.

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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)

[SLR Lounge via Sigma Rumors]

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3 responses to “Sigma Gearing to Aim at Tamron With New Massive Telephoto Lens”

  1. Jon Peckham Avatar
    Jon Peckham

    At least maybe the sigma lens will be available? The tamron lens is not in stock anywhere. I just bought the SIgma 150 – 500mm Lens and it is great!

  2. TByte Avatar
    TByte

    Is the author of this article unaware that Sigma is offering two versions of this lens?
    One priced to compete with Tamron, and the other “Sport” version with the weather sealing and optics described above in the $2,000 price range?
    I have to seriously question this blogger’s credibility at this point.

  3. AtlantaTerry Avatar
    AtlantaTerry

    “It’s that time of the year again, and with Photokina back in session…”

    I thought Photokina was held every two years.