Back in early October, I posted about having a new wildlife photography setup with my new Sigma 150-600mmf/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Canon EF and my new DSLR, which is the Canon EOS 6D Mark II. This past summer, I decided to trade in some of my older and heavier lenses for lighter and newer lenses. I loved my Canon 500mm f/4L IS lens and it gave me lots of great wildlife images but it was heavy and cumbersome. So, I decided to trade it in for the Sigma 150-600mm lens and a new DSLR.
The Sigma 150-600m is still fairly heavy, but it is very versatile. I really like the ability to photograph wildlife in a variety of different focal lengths which allows me to create images ranging from a more scenic wildlife image to an up-close portrait image of my subject. I like that the Sigma lens can be hand held. Although it does get quite heavy feeling after a while, I really love the flexibility that this lens gives me, especially since I enjoy being really creative with my photography. A con to the Sigma 150-600mm lens is that I get f/6.3 on the long end, and I am use to being able to open up to f/4 with my old 500mm lens. This is a little bit of an adjustment as I really like being able to open up to f/4 to blur my backgrounds with my wildlife subjects. The lighter weight of the Sigma at roughly 4 pounds, verses around 7 pounds of my old 500mm lens, makes a big difference for me, and this lighter weight lens just gives me such versatility in photographing wildlife. I find my images are sharp, and this lens to be a good quality lens for wildlife photography.
As for my new DSLR, Canon EOS 6D Mark II, I have been enjoying using this camera with the Sigma 150-600mm lens. I really like the full frame DSLR and glad I stuck with having a full frame DSLR. I did try a crop sensor DSLR before purchasing the 6D II and I found that the crop sensor was not too bad but the quality of images from that camera was not as good as the 6D II. Another key thing that I like about the 6D II is the increase of the maximum resolution and megapixels from my older Canon 5D, 40D and 1D cameras.
One of the other lenses I traded in was my Canon 100-400mm lens, which I had really enjoyed. The focal length range made it a great wildlife photography lens, but the lens had always been a bit awkward for me with the push and pull zoom aspect. I just purchased my replacement lens for my 100-400mm lens, which is the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens. I like it much better with having the twist zoom verses the push and pull zoom. I have not had a chance to shoot much wildlife with this lens yet, but I know I will enjoy having it in my camera bag for those opportunities where you may not need the longer focal length.
In addition to my new Sigma and Canon 6D setup, I continue to use my mirrorless camera, Canon M50 and my Tamron 18-400m f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens for Canon EF. I really like the using the M50 and Tamron lens for some wildlife photography such as with the frogs, butterflies and bugs.
I look forward to using my new wildlife photography setup this winter for photographing wintering waterfowl, which is one of my favorite wildlife subjects to photograph.
Overall, so far, I have been really impressed with the quality of images with this Sigma lens and my new DSLR, Canon 6D Mark II. I really do recommend the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens, especially if you are looking for a moderately priced, good quality wildlife telephoto lens.
Below are three of my images from my new wildlife photography setup of the Sigma 150-600mm lens and Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR. Although I usually use my mirrorless camera and Tamron lens for my frog photography, the below image was taken with my Sigma lens and 6D camera setup as I was testing out the new equipment that day when photographing the bullfrog.
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Lori A. Cash
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