OrmsTV: Tamron vs Sigma 150-600mm Lens Comparison

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Today on OrmsTV, Deon and the team set off to compare the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens and the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens.

About the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary

The Sigma 150-600mm 5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary was created around the concept of maximum portability meets utmost image quality in a variable aperture hyper-telephoto zoom lens. Light weight and compact, this s zoom can handle any long-reach photographic situation one may encounter. With updated Sigma technology such as a quiet and optimized Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) and a new Optical Stabilizer (OS) with an accelerometer for improved panning photography both vertically and horizontally, essential for birding, wildlife and motor photography. The Sigma 150-600 Contemporary also touts a new zoom lock switch that can be locked at any focal length and a new manual override (MO) switch is incorporated for improved focusing control. Working with the Sigma USB dock, this lens allows for maximum customization such as firmware updates and adjustments to the focus limiter, AF speed and OS view.

About the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD

An expansive telephoto-zoom lens designed for both full-frame and APS-C-sized image sensors. Its 4x zoom design covers standard telephoto to super telephoto perspectives, making it ideally suited to working with a wide variety of subject matter. Benefitting this range is VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization, which helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake to enable the use of longer shutter speeds or smaller apertures when hand-holding in low-light conditions. A USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) autofocus motor provides quick and precise focusing performance, with high torque, low response times, and quiet operation to benefit both still and video applications. Additionally, a full-time manual focus mechanism enables manual fine-tuning of focus at any point, even when the AF system is engaged.

The optical design integrates three low dispersion (LD) elements within its construction to minimize optical aberrations throughout the zoom range, particularly at the longer focal length positions. Individual elements also feature an eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular Dependency) coating, as well as a conventional BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coating, in order to reduce lens flare and ghosting to produce more contrast-rich and color-neutral imagery.

Let’s see how it stacked up…

It’s important to note that both Tamron and Sigma have brought out a high-performance version of each of these lenses. If you are interested they are the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens (recent winner of the TIPA Awards) and the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport Lens.

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Author: Michelle Joubert-Martin