Well, it looks like the rumour mill got it wrong this time. It was indeed correct about Sigma announcing the new 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports lens today – a lens that Sigma says is “the world’s first and only” 10x ultra-telephoto zoom lens on the market designed specifically for mirrorless cameras. It appears it was a little off, though, about Sigma’s introduction of Z-Mount into their lens lineup.
Anyway, the new Sigma lens offers the kind of large focal length ranges we’ve come to expect from “Bigma” lenses. With a minimum focal length of 60mm and a maximum focal length of 600mm, the lens is designed to cover various kinds of outdoor shooting, such as sports and wildlife at a wide range of distances. For now, though, it’s only going to be available in Sony E and Leica L mount. Sorry, Nikon shooters!
The Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports lens replaces the previously popular Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports lens for DSLRs. Finally, those who loved its predecessor can ditch those lens adapters (well, Sony and L mount shooters can) with a newly designed native mirrorless lens. Sigma says that the new High-response Linear Actuator (HLA) focusing motor delivers “unprecedented fast and precise autofocus”, and it sports a “dual action zoom”, which allows you to either push-pull for quick adjustments or rotate the ring for finer zoom control.
It also sees a newly developed optical stabilisation algorithm that sigma calls “OS2”. The new system, Sigma says, offers up to a quopping seven stops of stabilisation at the 60mm end and an extremely impressive six stops at the 600mm end. This means you can potentially handhold 600mm on a full-frame body all the way down to 1/10th of a second – in theory, anyway.
|Mount||L Mount & Sony E|
|Optics||27 elements in 19 groups|
|Min Focus Distance||45-260cm|
|Angle of view||39.6-4.1°|
|Aperture Blades||9, Rounded|
|Dimensions||119.4 x 279.2mm|
As one would expect from a Sigma Sports series lens, the 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports is dust and splash resistant for shooting in all kinds of harsh conditions. The mount connection, manual focus ring, zoom ring, switches, switch panel and exterior connection are all dust and splash-resistant to prevent things from entering the lens. The front element also features a water and oil-repellent coating to prevent raindrops from interfering with your shots.
It features a number of customisable functions, including the focus limiter switch, three AFL buttons that can be reassigned to other features, and everything can be controlled and configured from the Sigma UD-11 USB Dock. The lens is compatible with Sigma’s 1.4x and 2x teleconverters, offering you ultra-telephoto focal lengths of up to 1200mm.
The Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports lens is available to pre-order now for $1,999 in Sony E and Leica L mounts. Shipping is expected to begin in the coming weeks.
As to if or when we might hear an official announcement of Sigma’s mount expansion into the Nikon Z system… Well, that’s anybody’s guess. We’ll just have to keep waiting.