After the debacle I experienced with the Tamron 150-600 I had high hopes for this other affordable super tele zoom, and my prayers seem to be for filled.
Unfortunately the Nikon version was't available yet so I had to do it on a 5D MkIII body which I am not so common with than my Nikon gear.
- This lens simply looks fantastic .... Extremely well built, extremely well finished, very professional look and feel. 10 points.
- The weight initially made me want to wait for the C version but yesterday I changed my mind. While the lens is relative compact despite the big glass elements it feels well balanced on a professional camera body. 8 points.
Don't get me wrong on this, it is a heavy lens.
- Also optically this lens seems to be a REAL winner. Tack sharp from 150 to 600mm, also wide open. 10 points.
- Focusing speed is very fast and accurate, no hesitation whatsoever for focus acquisition, neither on less contrasty subjects and relative dim light... 10 points.
- The OS seems to do a great job, not that outstanding as the Nikon 80-400 AF-S does but (much) better than its tamron counterpart and in a much more silent way. 9 points.
The sample images I took yesterday were perfect for evaluation but not for publication because I mainly took pictures of people at short and long distance in the street were the Art & Craft is located.
Price, -€1899 at Art & Craft-, is a bargain for such an extremely well finished, professional tele zoom lens.
Compared to the tamron 150-600mm it might look much more expensive, but they belong technically and mechanically in a totally different league: Pro use for the Sigma against fun use for the Tamron.
I expect my copy to arrive soon and I will try to publish an interesting user report with many pictures.
Thanks for your attention and kindest regards,
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