It's is a large and heavy lens: 2.7 kilo

- and frankly it is also unique in being a lens that covers 60mm (kind of normal lens), all the way up to super telephoto with 600 mm. It has very good optics and superb weather sealing. Also; it has built-in  image stabilization up to 4 stops.

What makes it so unique is that despite it's extreme telephoto capability, it still can cover the almost normal focal length of 60 mm at the same time. It is... one of a kind.

I will combine the lens with a so called Gimbal head, mounted onto my big tripod, in order to make it very flexible while on the tripod (I normally use a ball head, but that can at times be a bit iffy when you deal with large heavy lenses). The Gimbal head however makes it "float" without effort, regardless the weight of 2.7 kilo + camera.

The Sigma 60-600mm is actually slightly heavier than my professional Canon EF 200/2 L IS lens - so it is a new record (I have not compared it to large or heavy mediumformat lenses but I doubt I have any lens that is close to 3 kilo).

Oh, and it is my third...fourth or....how many lenses, with a filter diameter above 95 mm *LOL* What is it with me and large lens elements ?!

• Canon EF 200/2 L IS
• Mamiya Sekor Z 75/4.5 Shift lens • (105 ø mm filter)
• Sigma 105mm f 1.4 ART • (105 ø mm filter)
• Sigma 60-600mm SPORT • (105 ø mm filter)
• Mamiya Sekor Fisheye 43 mm f 4.5

 

Speaking of Gimbal head.

It is the first time in 35 years, I will have an Arca Swiss tripod mount. I prefer my Manfrotto system, but in this case I was ok that the Gimbal has a Arca Swiss plate connection. Back in the 80s, the Arca Swiss standard was extremely expensive, and I remember that a tiny plate cost like a little fortune. So, I refused to walk that lane. Today you can get good third party plates with Arca Swiss standard, so it ain't a problem. You can even convert a tripod ballhead, with a Arca Swiss clamp, in order to take Arca Swiss plates. (The latter not my intention).

Big lenses usually have a special foot attached - which nowadays are all made with Arca Swiss standard. So, if I want to use it with my Manfrotto ball head, I have to mount another plate under. Kind stupid, like cake on cake.

But because the Gimbal is already Arca Swiss, I don't even need an extra plate, because the big lenses already have a built-in Arca Swiss standard, going directly into the Arca Swiss clamp of this Gimbal head. (Only my older Canon EF 200/2 L IS, and the Canon EF 300/4 L IS need an extra Arca Swiss plate attached with)

 

 

Why 600 mm ?

With my Olympus I have a rather compact, handheld, extremely effective 600 mm lens with image stabilization up to 7.5 stops (with the OM-1 even 8 stops). I made sharp comet images handheld at 0.5 seconds.... Imagine that. It is so "small" that you can walk around with it all day without getting tired. Like I did twice in the Berliner Zoo. An amazing lens of highest quality !

 

600 mm also for my Canon system

I will also have a 600mm lens now for my Canon system (earlier 300mm were the maximum, extenders excluded) Now, a 600mm lens on full frame is of course larger, heavier and bulkier - no doubt. Certianly not as neat as the Olympus PRO 300mm (600mm) lens whose handling is simply divine due to the lighter weight and smaller size.

BUT, compare it to the latest Canon RF 600/4 L IS.... Well, is not that much heaver: 3.05 kg - similar to the EF 600/4 Mark III version. Albeit another earlier version, the Canon EF 600/4 L IS II, did weight a lot with 3.92 kg gram, and the original version a whopping 5.36 kg.

They shaved off over 2 kilo. Quite impressive. But so is the price (and it's increase for every new version)

Something 14.000 €. Actually in Sweden it is 14.700 € (155.990 kr). The earlier EF 600/4 L IS II version was somewhere in the range of 11.000 €.

 

Since my interest is rather limited

in fixed 600mm lenses... because I am not a professional bird, animal or safari photographer - a Canon RF 600mm f 4 L IS would stand 99.9% in my closet (i belive). It would be like throwing money out of the window... directly.

I judge the Sigma 60-600mm to be very different in that regard. Not that I am running out with it constantly - but it surely appeas to me in the balace between quality, optics, weight and price.

 

The Sigma 60-600

while still not exactly a cheap lens - but priced well in regard of it's performance. At around 2100 € here in Sweden with a 5 year extended guarantee attached, it is more than a fair price in 2022.

And yes, you can handle it freehand !

Being a high quality zoom, it gives me a unique opportunity to frame my motives in ways I actually never thought myself using. Now with the Canon EOS R6 also having a really good AF, including Animal AF - things have changed and make a 600mm lens, an attractive option, too. And being such an extreme zoom - it adds unusual perspectives to the whole. My Olympus with 600mm is a fixed lens, neither more nor less. OK, I do can go up to 840 mm with a 1.4x converter, which by the works excellent.

  
5 March 2020

 

Out at Night in the City

My first goals with this lens is night photography (views) in the city (on tripod). Places where you can see a little from above. Scenes with a broader view, so to speak.

 

Lenses on Tripods

As soon you have a lens on a tripod - you don't really need fast lenses. Especially not when the motive isn't moving, you can take images with long exposure times at low ISO - and get really high quality images. Since the sharpness is good on the sigma 60-600 mm lens - but if there are super fine details needed - then I use Topaz Ai DeNoise AI or Sharpen AI software. They chisel out even the finest of fine details, and hold back any noise.

So, you see, you do not need to have the absolutely best of the best lenses. You just need good lenses - and many of them are in fact very good lenses today.

 

The Magic

The rest, which is the lion part of everything - is you. Your inspiration. Your inner eye and views. Your discipline. Your Playfulness. Your way of becoming open; The muse from within. The inspiration of your eyes. Your duty is to fill the frame with interesting content - to spellbind ! Step by step. It ain't the lens that gives or creates photograhical magic. Remember that. It is just a tool. When you start to realize that on a deeper level of mind, heard and emotion - your roads are opening.

That is the Art of Photography.

(And you don't need a 600mm lens for that, to be honest)


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