I spend a month shooting with the Tamron 150-600 G2 (THE NEWEST VERSION) and compare it against the Sigma 150-600 Contemporary. I have been very happy with the under $1,000 Sigma lens – it performed very well on my Serengeti safari trip last year. But for just $400 more the $1400 Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 offers weather sealing, a few sweet features and slightly better image quality – how much is it worth to you?

Tamron 150-600 G2 Review and VS Sigma 150-600 C Lens comparison

Buy Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM

Buy the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2

Tamron 150-600 G2 Review and Sigma 150-600 C images for download and compare

LENS Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S Canon EF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6L IS II USM
COST $1,400.00 $989.00 $1,999.00 $1,999.00
Aperture F5–6.3 F5–6.3 F5–6.3 F4.5–6.5
Min Focus 2.70 m (106.3″) 2.80 m (110.24″) 2.60 m (102.36″) 0.98 m (38.58″)
Weight 2010 g (4.43 lb) 1950 g (4.3 lb) 2860 g (6.31 lb) 1570 g (3.46 lb)
Filter Size 95mm 95mm 105mm 77mm
Weather Sealing YES Gasket at mount, otherwise no YES YES
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The features and slightly sharper quality with better contrast make the NEW Tamron 150-600 G2 my pick for budget super zoom lens.  The Sigma offers great quality at significant savings though the lack of true weather sealing may be an issue for some.  My Serengeti safari was a month of extremely dusty conditions and I never saw any issues with the Sigma but it certainly gives me more peace of mind to be out photographing in all conditions with a lens that is truly sealed.  The Sigma 150-600 Sport offers that weather sealing and is sharper than the Contemporary version but the weight is ridiculous!    And finally you sacrifice range with the 100-400 but gain a much more travel friendly lens that you could throw on a 1.4x converter and get great results.

 

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