Wildlife Photography and the Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary for Nikon

Coopers hawk, Sigma 150-600mm with Nikon D3500
Tufted titmouse, Huntsville State Park – Sigma 150-600mm with Nikon D3500

I’ve been obsessed with the Sigma 150-600mm since I first saw it. I read every review, watched all the YouTube videos and looked through all the online galleries and hashtags. I needed this lens in my life.

Northern mockingbird, Sigma 150-600mm with Nikon D3500

Browsing Amazon, I came across this bad boy for a steal of a price. I contacted the seller, per his request, and waited. They replied: it’s yours! JUST PAY US WITH AN AMAZON GIFT CARD. Is there a red flag emoji? I called Amazon, reported the seller and the listing was removed. Needless to say, I was devastated. I was so sad that I missed the chance to afford this lens, especially at the price it was selling!

Cedar waxwings, Sigma 150-600mm with Nikon D3500
Red-shouldered hawk, Sigma 150-600mm with Nikon D3500

Enter the hero of this story, my husband. He knew how upset I was and went gleefully behind my back and bought it for me. I was so happy that I started to cry. I was thrilled and Saturday we headed off for a day of wildlife photography! We headed to the lake and it was the greatest day.

Yellow-rumped warbler, Sigma 150-600mm with Nikon D3500
Yellow-rumped warbler, Sigma 150-600mm with Nikon D3500

I love this lens!

Lunch time with this White egret! Sigma 150-600mm with Nikon D3500
Great blue heron, Sigma 150-600mm with Nikon D3500

PROS:

  • Super easy to use without a tripod or monopod – I went the entire day using it handheld. AND WITH JUST A WRIST STRAP!
  • Crisp, great images!
  • Very versatile – from 150mm up, images were easy to capture and I didn’t have to change lenses once.
  • Fast to focus! It was a little tricky as the lens is very customizable so there’s a lot to learn but once you get the hang of it, no biggie.
Eastern bluebird, Sigma 150-600mm with Nikon D3500

CONS:

  • It’s relatively heavy, I know it’s lighter than the Sport model, but it was still a lot to carry around BUT I just used a wrist strap!
  • Fast to focus, yet not. I missed a couple great pictures because I couldn’t grab the bird right away but when it was on, it was on.
Shady little squirrel, Sigma 150-600mm with Nikon D3500
Shady little squirrel, Sigma 150-600mm with Nikon D3500

A lot of you have asked about my camera setup – I’m using the Nikon D3500 and I LOVE IT! Here’s the camera link and here’s the link to the lens. <– both are affiliate links but do NOT cost you anything.

What’s YOUR go to telephoto lens? What’s on YOUR wishlist? Drop a comment and let me know.