I recently purchased a Nikon D5600 24 mega-pixel camera with an APS-C “crop sensor” as a backup rig for the Pentax K-1 Mark II I use for landscape. I also bought the Sigma 150-600mm DG “Contemporary” super-zoom lens to capture wildlife images on the new Nikon DSLR.
My wife and I were at Inniswood Metro Gardens to try out the new Sigma 150-600mm in practical application. I bought this lens primarily for wildlife photography, but, I love taking botanical shots, including wildflowers and domestic gardens. I wanted to give this lens a whirl in that environment to see what it could do and to test the focus to see if it needs fine-tuning before I take it out for business.
I was impressed with the lens in my backyard tests and I am really impressed with the shots from Inniswood.
I was impressed with the quality of images I was able to capture with this lens considering that it was made for wildlife and sports shooting. Bokeh was excellent and the lens held focus really well. These were shot mostly at 500mm or less. At 600mm I found that the less is a little softer focus.
The Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary is a nicely built lens at a good price. While many people would say $899 (USD) is expensive, when you’re talking about super-zoom lenses, that is really a great value and lots of bang for your buck.
I want to add a couple of points. This lens is not factory set for Pentax mount, but it is convertible via the Sigma service centers. Also, there is a lot of confusion about this lens. It was a water and dust resistant lens mount, but the lens itself IS NOT WEATHER RESISTANT. If you intend to use this lens in foul weather buy a waterproof lens cover for it.
I am not a big fan of shooting in the rain, but, if I must, my Pentax gear is weather sealed. Even so, shooting in the rain is something I’ve never been in the habit of doing and I don’t intend to start now.