SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Hands On Roundup

Yesterday Sigma announced the world’s first 10x ultra-telephoto zoom lens for Full Frame mirrorless camera systems. The new Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS will expand Sigma’s long telephoto zoom range and be available in February 2023.

SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Background

While Sigma has several super zoom telephoto lenses including a sports version of the 150-600mm lens the new 60-600mm is the longest zoom FF mirrorless lens from Sigma (or any other manufacturer for that matter) and it also starts in a fairly wide angle for such a long telephoto lens making it more versatile (at a cost of size, weight, and price).

What is important to realize is that Sigma already had a design for a 60-600mm lens for its DSLR line (60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports) but this is the first lens of this kind for mirrorless cameras.

SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS features

So what are some of the main features of the new Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS?

The lens has a very complex optical design with no less than 27 elements in 19 groups (one of the most complex lenses commercially available). Out of the 27 the lens includes 3 Special Low Dispersion (SLD) elements and 2 F Low Dispersion (FLD) elements.

Complex optical design – Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS

Sigma 60-600mm f4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens-black

Aside from the obvious huge focal range (60-600mm) it includes an improved image stabilization technology with 7 stops at the wide end and 6 stops at the telephoto end according to Sigma.

The lens also includes a newly designed HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) focusing motor for faster, quiet AF especially tuned for fast focus following performance for sports photography and other subjects in motion.

The zoom ring can be used in two ways: rotary zooming using the zoom ring and straight zooming by grasping the end of the lens (for fast zoom or slow and more accurate zoom operations).

Another nice small but important feature is an interchangeable Arca Swiss compatible magnesium alloy tripod foot (all manufacturers should have included such a leg by default in all lenses with a leg long ago in our opinion). The lens collar itself is rotating with a large round lock.

The lens Arca Swiss compatible magnesium alloy tripod foot

Sigma 60-600mm foot

The lens includes a large number of buttons and switches including AFL, zoom lock, focus mode switch, focus limiter OS switch, and even a custom mode switch – you can see most of them in the image below.

An array of buttons and switches

Sigma 60-600mm buttons

The lens has an interesting “trick” up its sleeve in the form of a high macro magnification of 1:2.4 at 200mm so you can certainly use it for close-up work (butterflies and other insects for example) and the built-in stabilizer should be of assistance as well.

The lens front element is huge and it uses a 105mm front filter thread and has 9 aperture blades. The 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports comes in both E-mount and L-mount variants (the L variant also supports L-mount extenders, Sony does not allow 3rd party to use its extenders sadly). The lens has a weight of around 2.5kg / 88oz and is 28cm/11″ long when collapsed.

With a growing list of zoom telephoto lenses in its arsenal, who is this new lens aimed at? According to Sigma, the lens is primarily aimed at a wide variety of subjects, including sports, wildlife, portraiture, and fast-moving action. To us, this lens makes sense for many outdoor sports where you have enough light but you need to change quickly between a wider type of shot and along the reach.

Official Sigma video on the new 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports lens

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Pricing and availability

The lens will cost just under $2000 and start selling in February 2023.

Hands-on and reviews from across the web

There are already quite a few early hands-on with the new Sigma lens and we have a few of them for your viewing pleasure below.

Chris Niccolls from DPR looking at the Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN Sport

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PhotoRec TV look at the 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG DN from Sigma

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Arthur R looking testing the new super-zoom Sigma lens

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Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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