Mike Topham takes the Sigma 150-600mm lens out for a spin. See the image quality for yourself in our Sigma 150-600mm lens sample image gallery

We were lucky enough to get a chance to take Sigma’s brand new telephoto to a car rally to see how it handles in the field.

Our Deputy Technical Editor Michael Topham was the lucky member of staff who got to test the lens out, and you can read his verdict here in his field test.

Our Sigma 150-600mm lens sample image gallery above shows the lens in action at the race, as well as a few comparison shots of landscapes at different apertures. Take a look at the difference in sharpness at different settings.

The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM S consists of 24 elements in 16 groups. It carries a minimum focusing distance of 260cm and a minimum aperture of f/22.

It was originally launched at Photokina in September of this year.

It weighs a hefty 2860g, and Mike can attest that while using it, you start to notice this rather quickly. It utilises a Hyper Sonic Motor for near-silent autofocus and also boasts a dust-proof and splash-proof construction.

Tamron has also released a telephoto carrying the same focal length as the Sigma earlier this year, with a significantly lower asking price. We’re planning to put the two lenses head to head very soon (watch this space!) but in the meantime, you can see how Tamron’s version fared in our full review.

For more Sigma reviews, check out our test of the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM | A or the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A.