Super Telephoto Zooms


Matthew Richards tests eight long telephoto zoom lenses that really go the distance

SuperTZ01The Contenders:
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
HD Pentax D FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6 ED DC AW
Sigma APO 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Sigma150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S
Sony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD

SuperTZ02 SuperTZ03 SuperTZ04 SuperTZ05The Sporty Sigma Takes Top Spot
Sigma’s new 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM S wins out
Sigma’s 150-600mm S-class lens is the new champion of reasonably priced super-telephoto zooms. It’s packed with high-end features, has excellent handling characteristics and delivers superb image quality. Indeed, image quality is better than from other lenses on test at focal lengths of around 300-400mm, and also beats that of the Sigma C-class and Tamron 150-600mm lenses in the extended 400-600mm range. The only catch is that it’s about 50 per cent heavier than some lenses in the group– and nearly twice the weight of others.The Canon 100-400mm and Nikon 80-400mm lenses are very good performers but lack the extra reach of the 150-600mm lenses, and they’re more expensive to buy. The Pentax is another classy lens with some exotic features but it’s a bit lacking in sharpness, and there aren’t yet any full-frame Pentax D-SLR bodies to make the most of its full-sized image circle. The Sony 70-400mm isn’t quite as sophisticated as the Pentax, but proved a little sharper at both ends of the zoom range. It’s directly supported by the A99 full-frame body and other A-mount APS-C format cameras,and can be used with Sony E-mount bodies via an adaptor. In the budget stakes, it’s a close call between the Sigma C-class and Tamron SP 150-600mm lenses. They’re both very similar in size, weight and image quality, but the feature set of the Sigma is a little more advanced, making it better value at the price.

SuperTZ06Digital Camera World – September 2015

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