A couple of years ago I decided to sell my telephoto lens to help pay for my new macro lens the SIGMA 180mm F2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS. At the time I hadn’t picked it up or used it in over 18 months as I had decided to specialise in photographing plants, invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles.
But then recently I decided I fulfill my desire to photograph the puffins, something I wanted to do for many years and therefore needed to add a telephoto lens back into my kit bag again. I needed a lens that could be used for a variety of subjects and be easy to take with me on my trip to Skomer; the solution was the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary lens.
The SIGMA 150-600mm | Contemporary is very useful for me as I can change the focal length as needed rather than having to change lenses. This means I can photograph both close-up and in habitat images without changes lenses which also becomes a double bonus when it’s raining or dry and dusty.
It fits my requirements perfectly and since having SIGMA 150-600mm | Contemporary I have used it for a variety of subjects from wildflowers, invertebrates to puffins! It has enabled me to photograph sensitive subjects such as bluebells, orchids and roosting dragonflies from a distance so not to cause any damage. The focal length also was a benefit to capturing the puffins too.
It is not always possible for me to use a tripod as many of my subjects are close to the ground so having a good optical stabilisation is a must and that is the case with this lens. Image quality is the most important aspect of a lens, but weight comes a close second with my work as I need a lens that can go in my bag and be carried around all day, several days at a time if needed. In terms of weight it is not that much heavier than the SIGMA 180mm MACRO and both lenses fit into my camera bag with ease.
What I really love about this lens is that you can achieve both pin sharp images with clean backgrounds and also achieve pin sharp images when shooting through foliage as is often the case for me whether using autofocus or manual focus. This allows me to create my more artistic images as well as capturing more detailed images.
I’ve only had the lens for a few months and going back to using a zoom lens has taken me a while to get used to different aspects of using a telephoto lens compared to a macro lens including the difference in minimal focusing distance (47cm with my 180mm macro and 280cm with the 150-600mm), but now I’m comfortable with it I am excited to see what I can produce going forward.
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