In this post, we talk about the Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens, its extensive capabilities, and a bit about its construction. We took this beast of a lens out for the 2018 New York City Marathon to put it through its paces (sample photos below).

What do all the Sigma abbreviations mean?

We can’t all speak fluent Sigma. So, before we get into features, we put together a brief key to explain exactly what the three add-ons at the end of the lens title mean.

  • DG: compatible with full-frame DSLRs
  • HSM: has a motor designed to facilitate fast and silent focusing
  • OS: has optical image stabilization

Functionality | Sigma 60-600mm

The most incredible thing about this lens is undoubtedly the zoom. This is the world’s first 10× optical zoom telephoto lens with a tele end of 600mm. Immediately, this makes it a dream camera for sport and outdoor photographers alike. Gone are the days of carrying around three lenses when you can get their full range of functionality in one. However, that convenience comes with a sizeable price tag. That said, if you’re a professional, it’s well worth it.

In terms of usability, it’s also worth noting that the Sigma 60-600mm’s manual override (MO) can switch between two full-time manual modes. Similarly, it includes two optical stabilization modes that leverage a hypersonic motor for smooth, fast autofocusing.

Construction | Sigma 60-600mm

Element Resistance

If you invest in this lens, rest easy knowing that the body is dust and splash-proof with water and oil-repellent coating on the front lens. Again, this is especially important for photographers who make their living taking photos in the great outdoors.

Weight & Construction

This Sigma lens is on the heftier side and weighs in at 2,700 grams. The third-party lens company made it as light as possible with the help of three different materials: aluminum alloy near the lens mount, TSC or thermally stable composite throughout the barrel, and carbon fiber reinforced plastic throughout the lens seals and lens hood. 

You can purchase the Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Nikon F, Canon EF, and Sigma SA mounts.

Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 Sample Images

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