When it comes to lens making, the old saying “go big or go home” has never been more true for SIGMA, as they have announced a huge 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 Sports zoom lens as their first for the Nikon Z-Mount mirrorless platform. The autofocus lens is scheduled to come out in 2023.
Based on a similar HSM Sports design for DSLRs, the SIGMA 60-600mm lens is a surprise, considering that SIGMA is part of the “L-mount alliance,” which also includes Panasonic and Leica.
However, according to Digicame-info (via DIY Photography), Sigma has no plans to release the lens for those platforms or even their own fp brand camera.
They will, however, release an E-mount variant later in the year. Outside of that, there isn’t much in the way of specs or lens design. We could, however, take a look at the DSLR variant to get a few clues.
Though the rumor suggests that the Z-Mount variant is a completely new design, the existing Sigma 60-600mm sports lens has a similar aperture range of f/4.5-6.3 with an advanced optical design that includes one Super Low Dispersion lens element and three F Low Dispersion elements.
Together, the four optics will greatly suppress chromatic aberrations and color fringing throughout the zoom range for improved clarity and color accuracy.
The elements also have a super multi-layer coating that minimizes lens flare, and the front and rear elements are treated with water and oil-repellent coatings for protection in harsh weather conditions.
The lens also has a nine-bladed diaphragm and a hypersonic motor for smooth bokeh and quick autofocusing, which is crucial to capture the action of a sports event.
The lens also has an intelligent optical stabilizer system that can dampen out camera shake by up to four stops when shooting handheld and will be compatible with SIGMA’s 1.4x and 2x teleconverters.
Of course, these are the specs of an existing 600mm zoom lens and not the rumored new mirrorless variety. However, it’s reasonable to assume that the Z-mount mirrorless version will at least utilize the same specs to build its mirrorless optics.
This DSLR version also has an MSRP of $1,999, so could the Z-mount mirrorless variant be around the same price tag?
It’s hard to tell since this is Sigma’s first foray into the Z mount platform. However, the circa $2000 level seems to be consistent from mount to mount. Still, plan for an additional 10% in your budget, just in case.
Meanwhile, the only other question will be, will the E-Mount version beat the Z-mount to the market? Only time will tell.
Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens, Canon EF Mount (B&H)
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