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Tony-S
10th of June 2007 (Sun), 16:21
Well, I'm thinking about this lens (or the EF 70-200 f/4L), but I'm surprised to see there is no thread in the archive for it. Can people who have this lens post a few shots, full-frame and 100% crops?

Thanks,

Tony

CountryBoy
10th of June 2007 (Sun), 17:02
Here's one I took before mine(my fault) broke. It's due back in a week or so. The one at flickr might be a larger size.

Tony-S
25th of June 2007 (Mon), 11:25
Just got mine. Looks pretty good out of the box. 100% crop and full frame with no pp. Shot at1/320, f/4, 52mm, ISO 200.

CountryBoy
25th of June 2007 (Mon), 19:54
Hope you like it !

kahren
26th of June 2007 (Tue), 10:38
finally got to use this lens after swaping it for my 70-200f4L
here are some samples, some are with a 1.4tc

http://kahren.net/PICS/+racing+/AutoX/2007-06-24%20cart/images/IMG_0015.jpg



http://kahren.net/PICS/+racing+/AutoX/2007-06-24%20cart/images/IMG_0057.jpg

http://kahren.net/PICS/+racing+/AutoX/2007-06-24%20cart/images/IMG_0059.jpg

http://kahren.net/PICS/+racing+/AutoX/2007-06-24%20cart/images/IMG_0049.jpg

http://kahren.net/PICS/+racing+/AutoX/2007-06-24%20cart/images/IMG_0025.jpg

http://kahren.net/PICS/+racing+/AutoX/2007-06-24%20cart/images/IMG_0031.jpg

http://kahren.net/PICS/+racing+/AutoX/2007-06-24%20cart/images/IMG_0020.jpg

http://kahren.net/PICS/+racing+/AutoX/2007-06-24%20cart/images/IMG_0146.jpg

kahren
3rd of July 2007 (Tue), 11:07
people overlook this lens, i sold my 70-200f4L for this
i think this is a great lens for the 1.6 crop, you can have f2.8 with small size and beign black it attracts less attention.
and i like the IQ of this lens more then that of the 70-200f4L

CountryBoy
3rd of July 2007 (Tue), 12:27
There's a small, yet growing group, of users on flickr.

Dorman
3rd of July 2007 (Tue), 12:34
I'd like to try one of these but the focus issues scare me off, I'm not into sending something brand new in for calibration either. Aahhh to be a gambling man. ;)

ken_vs_ryu
2nd of August 2007 (Thu), 07:56
We need updates on this thread. I'm thinking this is the perfect lens to combine with a tokina 12-24 for a 1.6x sensor.

Echo_
7th of August 2007 (Tue), 18:28
This seems like the perfect lens. Anyone know the best place to buy this for the cheapest price (seems it isn't b&h).

MGW172
7th of August 2007 (Tue), 20:14
I got mine from Sigma4less for $585. This makes 4 lenses I've bought from them with no problems.

Tony-S
7th of August 2007 (Tue), 20:19
Yes, S4L is a great place to get lenses, but all come with the 1 year warranty (gray market). If you go with B&H, Adorama, etc., then the EX lenses (including the 50-150) come with 4 year warranties.

MGW172
7th of August 2007 (Tue), 20:48
Thats not correct, the lens from Sigma4less came with a 4 year warranty. The included paperwork was for a USA lens, just like all the other lenses I have ordered from them.

Tony-S
7th of August 2007 (Tue), 20:51
Well, there you go. S4L used to sell only gray market lenses, I thought. They must be doing pretty well now.

MGW172
7th of August 2007 (Tue), 20:55
Yeah, you are correct, they used to sell grey market and I assumed they still did when I bought my first one from them last year. Imagine my surprise when it was delievered with that 4 year warranty and USA paperwork! I don't know when they changed, but I'm not complaining!

pearlyvr4
8th of August 2007 (Wed), 17:14
How's focusing in low light situation? Any experiences?
This one might be what I've been looking for.
Thanks in advance.

MGW172
8th of August 2007 (Wed), 21:34
So far I've been unimpressed with low light focusing on my 20D. It's hit or miss and the misses are pretty far off. When it hits it is right on the money, but I find that in low light (now I'm talking pretty low, like a dim room or very low contrast) it hunts a bit and then either misses very obviously or gets it right on a second (sometimes third...arg!) try. Right now I'm willing to compromise on this issue because it's very sharp and smaller than a 70-200 2.8 and it fits my shooting style.

Echo_
9th of August 2007 (Thu), 00:02
On the 4 year warranty from s4l, as long as it is marked as 4 year warranty it will come with it (the 50-150 is). Unfortunately the 30mm 1.4 is only marked as 1 year warranty on their website.

CountryBoy
9th of August 2007 (Thu), 10:45
It seems to focus fine in low light. The only focus problems I have encountered, is when I try to focus too close.

kja
24th of August 2007 (Fri), 18:46
I just got this lens last week, one day before my first wedding. I used it to shoot in bright sunlight, sunset and at the extremely dark reception. I didn't have any focus issues in low light - in fact, I was expecting them and was very pleasantly surprised when the lens just did its thing and didn't hunt. Fast enough to let me catch little moments.

@ 150mm
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/alcina/BC07/BkissGear.jpg

I also haven't noticed any problems getting focus at or near the minimum focus distance at any focal length. I don't have any of those converted to web, but I'll try to get some soon.

For the price and for my needs, this lens fits the bill very nicely.

CountryBoy
25th of August 2007 (Sat), 01:11
Nice picture ! It really is a very good lens. Sharp and has good contrast. Underated for sure.

MGW172
9th of September 2007 (Sun), 13:33
We need some more samples in here! Taken @ 83mm f/5.6

MGW172
9th of September 2007 (Sun), 13:36
100% crop of above, no sharpening:

sando
21st of September 2007 (Fri), 05:49
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i228/sando3/IMG_4677.jpg

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i228/sando3/IMG_4025.jpg

TheObiJuan
2nd of October 2007 (Tue), 21:53
I sure would like to see a controlled test.
I see pictures where sharpness is great, others where it is lacking, even stopped down.

I suppose it could be attributed to hit or miss QC?

CountryBoy
2nd of October 2007 (Tue), 22:11
I sure would like to see a controlled test.
I see pictures where sharpness is great, others where it is lacking, even stopped down.

I suppose it could be attributed to hit or miss QC?

Or maybe user error.

TheObiJuan
3rd of October 2007 (Wed), 01:04
Or maybe user error.

Yeah, I have to agree with that.
I saw lightrule's comparison to the 70-200 f/4 and f/2.8IS on PBase.
The lens is stellar, but some folks don't know just because a lens can focus at 5ft doesn't mean you should at all FLs.

david888lee
26th of October 2007 (Fri), 18:49
anymore samples of this lens? i like this focal length, but wish there were more sample pictures! post some more guys!

Sauk
12th of December 2007 (Wed), 09:29
yeah this lens seems like it would be perfect for basketball! Anyone use it for that yet?

STONEBLUE
12th of December 2007 (Wed), 15:39
I just purchased a Sigma 50-150 a week ago with the express purpose of using it for indoor sports (mostly basketball). I am new to photography (just purchased my 30D in July) and I just started shooting sports this fall and I had great success with my Canon 70-200 F4L for youth football. But now I am shooting indoor basketball and I am struggling to find a suitable lens. I have tested the 50-150 in various conditions, including a recent high school girls basketball game. Here are my thoughts so far. First, it is a good focal length for basketball (assuming you are courtside). However, when shooting from one end of the court, I found the focal length a little too long for close up action under the net and a little too short for action at the other end of the court (I guess there is never a perfect lens for focal distance). For close up action right under the basket, I have been most happy with my Sigma 18-50mm f2.8. For action at the other end of the court, my Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 seems to work the best. At the most recent girls basketball game, I shot with the Sigma 50-150, the Sigma 120-300 and a Canon 200mm f2.8L II. In the end, I was most pleased with the Sigma 120-300. It gave me the most in focus shots and allowed me to get a lot of up-close and tight shots of action. The sigma 50-150 seemed to have the lowest percentage of in focus shots (all shot on a 30D). The Canon 200mm produced some of the sharpest images when I nailed the focus. Overall, I seem to struggle getting the 50-150 to focus quickly and accurately in low light conditions. I had the same problem with the lens shooting in a very poorly lit indoor soccer facility.

My other observation of this lens is that my copy is extremely sharp at F5.6 and F4. In fact, at f5.6 I think it is as sharp as my Canon 70-200F4L, which has always seemed to be my sharpest lens. But my copy of the 50-150 softens considerably when I stop down to F2.8. As a result, even the basketball shots that were in focus with this lens still appeared a little soft (particularly compared to the Canon 200mm F2.8L, which seems to lose little to no image sharpness at f2.8 ). I have done image tests of newspapers on the wall and of houses in my neighboorhood and continue to find f2.8 soft on the 50-150. This is frustrating for me, because my primary intention was to use this lens for low light indoor sports, which means I will usually be shooting at f2.8.

So in the end, I am still torn about the lens. The focal length is very usefull. The image quality above f2.8 is great. But at f2.8, the images soften up and I have trouble getting accurate focus in low light sports. If I could get a copy of this lens that does not soften so much at f2.8, I think I would keep it (particularly for the price). I saw an internet review of this lens compared with the Canon 70-200 and the copy used for that review seemed equally sharp at f2.8. So I may return my copy and try another one.

As for shooting basketball, I'm beginning to think that the best strategy is to purchase another used body and have two lenses ready to go - Sigma 18-50 and Sigma 120-300. We'll see!

Hope these comments help.

mechengr154
3rd of February 2008 (Sun), 08:17
Any one familiar with the 50-150 II model of this lens?

abcsr2ez4me
5th of February 2008 (Tue), 13:41
Any one familiar with the 50-150 II model of this lens?

Same here. I'm having trouble finding a definitive answer between this the EX and EX II (2) model that was just released of this lens. I'm wondering what they improved about it. Maybe they fixed some of the issues other users have been experiencing.

sando
11th of February 2008 (Mon), 09:28
No idea about the II, yet.

In my experience, this lens is awesome. It's perfectly light enough to hand-hold, so it doesnt require IS. My copy seems to be as sharp as my friends 85 1.8 on a 5D.

I have yet to really really use it as it's been in the kit-bag too much, but now I have another body I'll be using it loads.

More than worth the money, IMHO

yogestee
20th of May 2008 (Tue), 11:08
I put my order in for the Sigma 50-150 F/2.8..It should arrive sometime next week..I'll keep you posted..

sjlund
20th of May 2008 (Tue), 12:22
I put my order in for the Sigma 50-150 F/2.8..It should arrive sometime next week..I'll keep you posted..


Version I or II?

yogestee
20th of May 2008 (Tue), 20:27
Version I or II?


Version I..

CountryBoy
20th of May 2008 (Tue), 22:08
You might check this group out. I know some have bought the II verson.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/sigma50-150mm/

Cosimo
19th of June 2008 (Thu), 06:34
Anyone got any pics to show from the II version yet? I'm seriously looking at this lens.

yogestee
19th of June 2008 (Thu), 09:32
Anyone got any pics to show from the II version yet? I'm seriously looking at this lens.

I've been doing a bit of research on the VI and VII..Optically they appear to be identical but the VII is slightly shorter than the VI..Otherwise an awesome lens..My VI hasn't been off my camera since I took delivery 5 weeks ago..

EXIF Data

Model = Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
Lens = Sigma EX 50-150mm F/2.8 APO DC HSM
Focal Length = 125mm
Exposure Time = 1/250"
F Number = F4
ISO Speed Ratings = 400

Tony-S
19th of June 2008 (Thu), 14:01
Very nice image! Can you share the EXIF data? TIA.

yogestee
19th of June 2008 (Thu), 19:46
Thanx Tony,,,the EXIF Data is embedded..

Model = Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
Lens = Sigma EX 50-150mm F/2.8 APO DC HSM
Focal Length = 125mm
Orientation = top/left
X Resolution = 100
Y Resolution = 100
Resolution Unit = inch
Software = Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
Date Time = 2008-06-19 21:26:05
YCbCr Positioning = co-sited
Copyright = Jurgen Treue
Exif IFD Pointer = Offset: 254
[Camera]
Exposure Time = 1/250"
F Number = F4
Exposure Program = Normal program
ISO Speed Ratings = 400
Exif Version = Version 2.21
Date Time Original = 2008-05-23 13:52:05
Date Time Digitized = 2008-05-23 13:52:05
Components Configuration = YCbcr
Shutter Speed Value = 7.97 TV
Aperture Value = 4 AV
Exposure Bias Value = 0EV
Metering Mode = Pattern
Flash = Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
Flashpix Version = Version 1.0
Color Space = sRGB
Exif Image Width = 615
Exif Image Height = 875
Interoperability IFD Pointer = Offset: 1000
Focal Plane X Resolution = 3958.763
Focal Plane Y Resolution = 3954.233
Focal Plane Resolution Unit = inch
Custom Rendered = Normal process
Exposure Mode = Auto exposure
White Balance = Auto white balance
Scene Capture Type = Normal
Interoperability Index = ExifR98
Interoperability Version = Version 1.0
[Thumbnail Info]
Compression = JPEG Compressed (Thumbnail)
X Resolution = 72
Y Resolution = 72
Resolution Unit = inch
JPEG Interchange Format = Offset: 1124
JPEG Interchange Format Length = Length: 3840

Tony-S
19th of June 2008 (Thu), 21:47
Thanx Tony,,,the EXIF Data is embedded..


Strange - I dl'd the image but could not pull up the EXIF data with my Preview app.

yogestee
20th of June 2008 (Fri), 09:38
Strange - I dl'd the image but could not pull up the EXIF data with my Preview app.

Tony,,which Preview Application are you using??

Tony-S
20th of June 2008 (Fri), 10:11
I'm using Mac OS X's Preview app, which usually provides such data.

Tony-S
20th of June 2008 (Fri), 10:12
Doh! I just checked it again and the data were there. I'll just chalk it up to another senior moment (or maybe jet lag this time).

yogestee
20th of June 2008 (Fri), 10:25
Doh! I just checked it again and the data were there. I'll just chalk it up to another senior moment (or maybe jet lag this time).

Hahahahaaaaaa,,we all have them as my wife tells me!! ;)

CountryBoy
20th of June 2008 (Fri), 10:32
For about a 1 1/2 years . i've said this is an excellent lens. It is as good as my 100-300mm f/4. I don't think I could have done better for a combo.

Great shot yogestee !

yogestee
20th of June 2008 (Fri), 10:52
Thanx CountryBoy..I sometimes combine my 50-150mm with my Tamron SP AF 1.4X TC with great results..

I first toyed with the idea of buying a Canon 70-200 F/4L but did some maths..The Sigma 50-150 F/2.8 is more versatile than the Canon,,a little wider at the short end and a stop faster..Team it up with the Tamron 1.4X TC and bingo I have a 80-210mm F/4 with image quality as good as the Canon 70-200 F/4L..

Check out the result..

EXIF Data
Model = Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
Lens = Sigma EX 50-150mm F/2.8 APO DC HSM/Tamron SP AF 1.4X TC
Exposure Time = 1/500"
F Number = F5
ISO Speed Ratings = 400

CountryBoy
20th of June 2008 (Fri), 11:13
Thanx CountryBoy..I sometimes combine my 50-150mm with my Tamron SP AF 1.4X TC with great results..

I first toyed with the idea of buying a Canon 70-200 F/4L but did some maths..The Sigma 50-150 F/2.8 is more versatile than the Canon,,a little wider at the short end and a stop faster..Team it up with the Tamron 1.4X TC and bingo I have a 80-210mm F/4 with image quality as good as the Canon 70-200 F/4L..

Another great shot !
I don't use a tc with it much. But when I did I used the Sigma 1.4 and got great results. I did try a Sigma 2x on it and it really didn't do bad. I was rather surprised and impressed.

james_in_baltimore
1st of August 2008 (Fri), 17:36
I recently did some testing after getting my sigma 50-150 II back from service for front-focusing. It is much better, although it is still a little wierd when at minimum focus distance and at 150mm, but that is not a huge deal to me. In any case, below is a picture I took to show the bokeh shape wide open. The purpose was to see how bad it could be. If you try the same shot with an 85 1.8, I think it would probably be much uglier. It is obviously not quite l-quality bokeh, at least not in the realm of the best L lenses, but I am more than satisfied with it. Really quite an impressive lens for the money, especially when you take into account how small it is for the zoom range and f/2.8. Here is the pic:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3177/2723804078_6b46f05753_b.jpg

yogestee
1st of August 2008 (Fri), 20:00
I recently did some testing after getting my sigma 50-150 II back from service for front-focusing. It is much better, although it is still a little wierd when at minimum focus distance and at 150mm, but that is not a huge deal to me. In any case, below is a picture I took to show the bokeh shape wide open. The purpose was to see how bad it could be. If you try the same shot with an 85 1.8, I think it would probably be much uglier. It is obviously not quite l-quality bokeh, at least not in the realm of the best L lenses, but I am more than satisfied with it. Really quite an impressive lens for the money, especially when you take into account how small it is for the zoom range and f/2.8. Here is the pic:


James,, besides the image quality what impresses me is its size,,or lack of it.. I shoot with a gripped 350D and lenses like a 70-200mm F/2.8 feel grossly out of balance with the 350D..

BTW,, mine focuses very accurately from the day I bought it..

james_in_baltimore
1st of August 2008 (Fri), 20:03
James,, besides the image quality what impresses me is its size,,or lack of it.. I shoot with a gripped 350D and lenses like a 70-200mm F/2.8 feel grossly out of balance with the 350D..

BTW,, mine focuses very accurately from the day I bought it..

yeah, I have a theory, that is shared by others that sigma has issues with the 40D in particular. I used to have a 30 1.4 that worked great on my 350D but would badly front focus on my 40D. All my canon lenses were good on both.

yogestee
2nd of August 2008 (Sat), 01:38
Is it me imagining things or are there real issues with the 40D.. Or is it that there a lot of them out there??

BTW,,I looked at buying a 40D but bought a second hand 20D instead..

james_in_baltimore
2nd of August 2008 (Sat), 07:48
Is it me imagining things or are there real issues with the 40D.. Or is it that there a lot of them out there??

BTW,,I looked at buying a 40D but bought a second hand 20D instead..

I don't personally have any problems with the camera, just have to send sigma lenses in for service before they work with it. I think there is something about the af in the 40D that doesn't play well with sigma lenses as they come from the factory.

However, I have also heard of people who got sigma lenses that worked right away with a 40D, so it may not always be the case.

I love the 40D FWIW. The next upgrade I will make will only be for full frame. But that is a long way off for me, as I am quite invested in digital only lenses and quite happy with the format. My only gripe is low light ability, which is only fixed by the larger full frame format (better performance at higher ISO).

The 50-150 is a real gem. I do wish it had OS though.

CountryBoy
2nd of August 2008 (Sat), 09:57
I don't know if it was the angle or light in this shot, but I find the background a little harsh in this shot. But I do love this lens
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3184/2656980515_f3aa4cf0a8_o.jpg

sando
6th of August 2008 (Wed), 08:52
Some new ones...

Still my favourite lens, and I've owned it over a year now.

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i228/sando3/IMG_1408.jpg

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i228/sando3/IMG_1416.jpg

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i228/sando3/IMG_1454.jpg

dustyporch
9th of October 2008 (Thu), 09:03
My first contribution of a photo, so I figured it should be a duck. My Sigma 50-150 also had to go in for calibration (and a firmware update, according to the repair ticket), but it works great now.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3038/2925926192_c6b5031729_o.jpg
Heavily cropped, but not 100%

JWP
1st of November 2008 (Sat), 10:01
This is a great lens IF it is focussing correctly. Like others here mine was als frontfocusing. The low weight/small size and the big 2.8 aperture,for this FL, have convinced me to buy this lens. Ii have it for about half a year now.

Here are a few shots before it was sent to sigma for correction.
Both @ 150mm 1st. F5.6 2nd F2.8. resized only.

LoL Ish
7th of November 2008 (Fri), 18:51
Does anybody have any other samples from this lens? I would like to see some with a 1.4x mounted aswell.

yogestee
8th of November 2008 (Sat), 07:13
Taken with the Sigma 50-150mm F/2.8 APO plus Tamron SP AF 1.4X TC (the white model)

ishida
29th of November 2008 (Sat), 19:36
I've owned this lens for about a year and a half now. I love the size, weight and IQ of this lens. I don't use it a whole lot, my 70-200L F2.8 takes precedence over this lens but I do have specific uses for it. It's a perfect telephoto lens for a 1.6x crop body.

Here's some photos that were taken with this lens plus the Sigma 1.4x Tele Converter.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3020/3067105455_215f0e5eda.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3056/3063544435_10516c6937.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3033/3063543815_4ddff812e3.jpg

yogestee
29th of November 2008 (Sat), 19:50
I've owned this lens for about a year and a half now. I love the size, weight and IQ of this lens. I don't use it a whole lot, my 70-200L F2.8 takes precedence over this lens but I do have specific uses for it. It's a perfect telephoto lens for a 1.6x crop body.

Here's some photos that were taken with this lens plus the Sigma 1.4x Tele Converter.

It's a great lens,, I use mine a lot for street candids.. I team mine up with my Tamron SP AF 1.4X TC (white model) with outstanding results..

ishida
29th of November 2008 (Sat), 22:34
It's a great lens,, I use mine a lot for street candids.. I team mine up with my Tamron SP AF 1.4X TC (white model) with outstanding results..

Definitely a great lens. I was fortunate to get a good copy. It seems a little bit soft at F/4 with the 1.4x TC and IQ is greatly improved by F5.6.

Have you noticed the same with the Tamron TC?

yogestee
30th of November 2008 (Sun), 04:38
Definitely a great lens. I was fortunate to get a good copy. It seems a little bit soft at F/4 with the 1.4x TC and IQ is greatly improved by F5.6.

Have you noticed the same with the Tamron TC?


Mine is good through the entire aperture range..

BTW,, Mine is a Version 1..

KarlosDaJackal
30th of January 2009 (Fri), 09:26
An action shot of a very small bird (wren or treecreeper) shot from about 1.5 metres away (behind a window).

Version 1 of the lens shot with a 40d
f/2.8 - 1/250 - ISO800 - No Flash/tripod/monopod/filter

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3435/3238373147_cdab03ee85_o.jpg
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/karldenby/3238373147/)

yogestee
30th of January 2009 (Fri), 18:08
An action shot of a very small bird (wren or treecreeper) shot from about 1.5 metres away (behind a window).

Version 1 of the lens shot with a 40d
f/2.8 - 1/250 - ISO800 - No Flash/tripod/monopod/filter
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3435/3238373147_cdab03ee85_o.jpg

Pretty damn good Karlos..

KarlosDaJackal
2nd of February 2009 (Mon), 14:10
Pretty damn good Karlos..

Thanks man, I'm starting to realize what a gem this lens is. Got plenty of opportunity to use it and the 1.4x converter today in the dull snow that met us for the 2nd day of spring (well official spring, not real spring :rolleyes:)

Camera and equipment used
Canon 40d with 1.0.8 firmware
Sigma 50-150 f/2.8 EX (version I)
Sigma 1.4x Tele-converter (exif displayed is correct as this reports correctly via the camera for supported lenses and this lens is supported)
Canon DPP 3.4.1.1 (Faithful profile, all settings zero except sharpness set to 2)

150mm - f/3.2 - 1/250 - ISO100 (Monochrome profile in DPP for this one)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3325/3247710421_a4926929a6_b.jpg

116mm - f/4 - 1/60 (on a monopod, wanted to show motion in the snow fall) - ISO400
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3328/3247718693_4edd0997b5_b.jpg


I have loads more but I decided to limit myself to a maximum of 5 picture uploads a day. I have a bunch of a blue tit but he was too fast for even f/2.8 and high ISO, 1/1000 was borderline fast enough for him. I'll have to see if there are any good shots of him tomorrow.

yogestee
2nd of February 2009 (Mon), 19:23
Karlos,, I've been teaming mine up with a Tamron SP AF 1.4X TC (the white model) since I bought the Sigma with great results..

For me the 50-150mm is one of the nicest lenses I've owned during 30 years of photography,,including some damn nice topshelf Nikkors..

Here is a pic with the Sigma/Tamron TC combination..

KarlosDaJackal
15th of February 2009 (Sun), 04:22
Blackbird (the males are black, the females are brown)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3291/3280346705_da3e0d220c_b.jpg
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/karldenby/3280346705/in/pool-541995@N20)

Version 1 of the lens, original is a 1500x1200 crop, shown here is flickr's resize of 1024x819

Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Firmware Version 1.0.8
Av(Aperture Value): F2.8
Tv(Shutter Speed): 1/250Sec.
ISO Speed: 800


Metering Modes: Spot
Exposure Compensation: 0
Lens: 50-150mm
Focal Length: 150.0 mm
Image Quality: RAW
AF mode: AI focus AF
Color Space: sRGB
File Size: 15336 KB
Drive Mode: High-speed continuous shooting

Processed with DPP
Exposure -0.17
White Balance Clicked
Landscape
Contrast: (1)
Colour tone: (0)
Colour saturation: (0)
Sharpness: (3)
Standard tone curve assist
Luminance noise reduction: (1)
Chrominance noise reduction: (1)

KarlosDaJackal
22nd of February 2009 (Sun), 07:42
Version 1 of this lens, this was with the Sigma 1.4x TC, exif data takes into account the TC automatically.

Subject is a pair of Siamang Gibbons, they where wrestling, the one you can see got a bump on the head.

210mm - f/5.6 - 1/640 - ISO400

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3558/3299377501_230b3983f0_b.jpg
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/karldenby/3299377501/in/pool-1040445@N23)

KarlosDaJackal
23rd of February 2009 (Mon), 12:58
I think this is a great blue heron, 400d, sigma 50-150 version 1, and a sigma apo 1.4 tele converter

153mm - f/4 - 1/250 - ISO200

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3518/3304481380_d9f69ae17d_b.jpg
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/karldenby/3304481380/)

KarlosDaJackal
24th of February 2009 (Tue), 15:27
The more I use it the more I like it, sharp wide open, beautiful bokeh, sharp with the tele converter wide open. No issues with vignette or distortion (my pet hate), lots of colour and contrast, fast accurate silent autofocus, small and light, constant size, internal focus, really perfect focus ring and full time manual focus. After a while using it I'm giving it 10 out of 10.

Gulls - 210mm - f/4 - 1/800 - ISO200 with Sigma 1.4x TC

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3645/3307425624_f918413dd5_b.jpg
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/karldenby/3307425624/)

Penguin - 143mm - f/4 - 1/400 - ISO100 with Sigma 1.4x TC

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3457/3307398644_f196ab9dd5_b.jpg
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/karldenby/3307398644/in/photostream/)

Baby Giraffe, in a dark shed, through a very dirty window, with sunlight hitting that window directly and harshly, shutter was a little to slow for the subject, but the point is nobody else even got a shot!
210mm - f/4 - 1/60 - ISO1600 with Sigma 1.4x TC and Manfrotto Monopod

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3572/3307352016_ab36aa453a_b.jpg
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/karldenby/3307352016/in/photostream/)

Plantlife and Bokeh
70mm - f/4 - 1/500 - ISO200 with Sigma 1.4x TC

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3432/3304638300_bdef82c556_b.jpg
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/karldenby/3304638300/in/photostream/)



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yogestee
24th of February 2009 (Tue), 18:46
The more I use it the more I like it, sharp wide open, beautiful bokeh, sharp with the tele converter wide open. No issues with vignette or distortion (my pet hate), lots of colour and contrast, fast accurate silent autofocus, small and light, constant size, internal focus, really perfect focus ring and full time manual focus. After a while using it I'm giving it 10 out of 10.

,,,and it's black.. :cool:

msowsun
21st of March 2009 (Sat), 10:59
I recently picked up an early version of this lens for $444USD ($550CAD) used, and I am very happy with it.
It is very sharp wide open at f/2.8 and is great for my son's dimly lit hockey games.


All shot with 40D ISO 3200 f/2.8

1
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/msowsun/photo%20stuff/Newer/IMG_6165.jpg

2
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/msowsun/photo%20stuff/Newer/IMG_6190.jpg

3
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/msowsun/photo%20stuff/Newer/IMG_6227.jpg

4
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/msowsun/photo%20stuff/Newer/IMG_6229.jpg

5
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/msowsun/photo%20stuff/Newer/IMG_6231.jpg

6
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/msowsun/photo%20stuff/Newer/IMG_6310.jpg


One more at f/3.2

7
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y17/msowsun/photo%20stuff/Newer/IMG_4273a.jpg

KarlosDaJackal
1st of June 2009 (Mon), 03:00
Some event coverage from an office that was celebrating cultural diversity, they have something like 50 different nationalities working in one office.

Still got a Version 1 lens, these are converted with Capture One 4.8.0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3590/3570675659_a9dfb3d79b_o.jpg
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/karldenby/3570675659/)


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3384/3571481756_4f52950aa5_o.jpg
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/karldenby/3571481756/)


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2445/3570680775_8054761b2d_o.jpg
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/karldenby/3570680775/)


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2444/3570681759_e75cf1ba24_o.jpg
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/karldenby/3570681759/)

Took plenty with the 30mm f/1.4 also. Whole set is on this link (http://www.flickr.com/photos/karldenby/sets/72157618879167804/) if anyone is interested.

shooters_desire
8th of July 2009 (Wed), 22:23
Time for me to make a decision. i seen the sigma apo 50-150mm f2.8 ii ex dc hsm for canon. It only weighs about 29 0z compared to the sigma 70-200f2.8 which is around 46 0z. I also own a tamron 2x there newest digital extender. I just sold my tamron 70-200 f2.8 because of autofocus problems. What would you do? lol. I like the idea of the weight.
Also for those wanting to know the difference between the newer and older version of this lens. Is found only in the deminsions of the lens. Diameter new is 76.5mm x length 140.2 and 3" x 5.2"
the weight is 780g/27.5oz
The older lens is 76.3mm x length 135.1mm 3.0 inches X 5.3 inches
weight of 770g/27.2 oz

yogestee
9th of July 2009 (Thu), 03:09
The Sigma 50-150mm F/2.8 APO isn't a lens normally associated with shooting sports,,especially motorsports.. I went along to bike races at Eastern Creek Sydney the other weekend and tried it out.. I don't normally shoot sports..

I found this lens teamed up with my 20D could keep up with motorbikes travelling in excess of 160 kph..

Check out the images here

http://www.pbase.com/jurgentreue/bears&page=all

KarlosDaJackal
9th of July 2009 (Thu), 05:01
The Sigma 50-150mm F/2.8 APO isn't a lens normally associated with shooting sports,,especially motorsports.. I went along to bike races at Eastern Creek Sydney the other weekend and tried it out.. I don't normally shoot sports..

I found this lens teamed up with my 20D could keep up with motorbikes travelling in excess of 160 kph..

Check out the images here

http://www.pbase.com/jurgentreue/bears&page=all

fantastic shots, as good as any i've seen on motogp.com!

yogestee
9th of July 2009 (Thu), 07:30
fantastic shots, as good as any i've seen on motogp.com!

OK Karlos,,the cheque's in the mail ;)

Denis99
8th of October 2009 (Thu), 15:36
http://www.pbase.com/denis99/image/117959568.jpg

KarlosDaJackal
11th of January 2010 (Mon), 01:57
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4023/4264112324_6da12182e5_b.jpg
Camera: Canon EOS 40D (http://www.flickr.com/cameras/canon/eos_40d/) Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1000) Aperture: f/2.8 Focal Length: 58 mm ISO Speed: 400
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2760/4264094166_f2b0471e13_b.jpg
Camera: Canon EOS 40D (http://www.flickr.com/cameras/canon/eos_40d/) Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1000) Aperture: f/2.8 Focal Length: 58 mm ISO Speed: 400
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4058/4264076872_def17023c9_b.jpg

Camera: Canon EOS 40D (http://www.flickr.com/cameras/canon/eos_40d/) Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/800) Aperture: f/2.8 Focal Length: 150 mm ISO Speed: 400

Apollo.11
15th of January 2010 (Fri), 22:57
you guys got me tempted. I have the sigma 70-200, but for me, 50-150 would be ideal.

Apollo.11
15th of January 2010 (Fri), 23:01
BTW, what's the difference between version 1 & 2?

yogestee
16th of January 2010 (Sat), 04:37
BTW, what's the difference between version 1 & 2?

Optically nothing.. But I think the version 2 is slightly shorter physically..

Apollo.11
16th of January 2010 (Sat), 06:25
Optically nothing.. But I think the version 2 is slightly shorter physically..

How much shorter is it? Why would they make the version 2 just to make it shorter? Were there any known issues with the version 1?

yogestee
17th of January 2010 (Sun), 06:12
How much shorter is it? Why would they make the version 2 just to make it shorter? Were there any known issues with the version 1?

It's only a few millimeters I think,, I haven't seen the V1 and V2 side by side..

I have the version 1 and have no issues with mine..

longsight
25th of January 2010 (Mon), 22:22
It's only a few millimeters I think,, I haven't seen the V1 and V2 side by side..

I have the version 1 and have no issues with mine..

I also have version 1 its razor sharp with no focussing issues;)

worthy
4th of February 2010 (Thu), 17:47
with version II @64mm, f5.6, 1/125 and external speedlite

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2713/4327334193_311eb6688d.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/xaleo/4327334193/)
Little Nephew (http://www.flickr.com/photos/xaleo/4327334193/)

longsight
5th of February 2010 (Fri), 02:14
Cracking image worthy the eyes are excellent and its razor sharp;)

328somewhere
11th of February 2010 (Thu), 20:35
How do owners of this lens think it will perform on a 1 series body?

longsight
11th of February 2010 (Thu), 22:20
It would perform ok but the image circle would be smaller i think.

Bear in mind that its fully compatible with the Sigma DG 1.4 and 2 teleconverters which are DG mount not DC and are FF compatible.

328somewhere
12th of February 2010 (Fri), 05:05
Unfortunatly that would make it a 70-210 f4 or something like that with the 1.4x on. I already have the sigma 70-200 f2.8 so there wouldnt be any point. This lens got me pretty excited to use for indoor sports with a 1dmkiii. Its focal length plus f2.8 would be a killer.

yogestee
13th of February 2010 (Sat), 18:57
How do owners of this lens think it will perform on a 1 series body?

It's one of Sigma's DC lenses which has been designed for crop bodies.. On full frame you'll no doubt get some vignetting..

arock23
15th of February 2010 (Mon), 21:52
After 3 weeks at Sigma for calibration....
http://miaville.smugmug.com/Events/Year-of-the-Tiger/IMG3454/788496446_nUimL-L.jpg
ISO 200 1/250 F/2.8 @ 50mm. Spot Metering, sharpened for web.
Taken at Navy Pier's crystal garden. Tough lighting condition, restricted shooting position.

yogestee
26th of August 2010 (Thu), 11:21
I used the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 for the first time in the studio recently for a try out..

I'm quite impressed..

Tony-S
26th of August 2010 (Thu), 12:39
I used the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 for the first time in the studio recently for a try out.. I'm quite impressed..

Steve Sint uses this lens for his studio and wedding work - although on a Noink.

Nice to see you again! :)

CountryBoy
26th of August 2010 (Thu), 17:26
I used the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 for the first time in the studio recently for a try out..

I'm quite impressed..

Great shot , I haven't used mine in so long.....

yogestee
26th of August 2010 (Thu), 19:30
Steve Sint uses this lens for his studio and wedding work - although on a Noink.

Nice to see you again! :)


Thanks Tony:)

I normally use primes in the studio,, EF 50mm f/1.4, Tamron 90mm Macro and EF 135L but this time I thought I'd give the 50-150mm a go..

Stir Fry A Lot
13th of September 2010 (Mon), 20:07
Moar samples plz..

longsight
20th of September 2010 (Mon), 01:51
I've just re bought this lens after owning the 70-200mm f4 L.My copy of the 70-200mm was really sharp but i just fellt it was too long for portraits personally.

I regretted the day i sold the 50-150mm and when i bought one the other week i think i got a sharper copy this time than the last.

Overall i'm glad to be owning this lens again:D

worthy
21st of September 2010 (Tue), 14:18
@ one post below me: yes you are right. my bad, i didn't remember that i already posted it here.

Tony-S
21st of September 2010 (Tue), 16:13
Didn't you show us this 20 posts up?

VoltaireS64
21st of October 2010 (Thu), 03:08
20D+50-150mm

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4090/5065386889_02a89588ed_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4120/4921231992_082d31b6b8_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4148/5052428662_fa81a1d15f_b.jpg

shaolinmonk
7th of December 2010 (Tue), 11:41
tempted to get one...

hondafans
5th of February 2011 (Sat), 07:06
I finally found one. Yea me!

yogestee
5th of February 2011 (Sat), 09:43
I finally found one. Yea me!

Good work.. Now you'll have to do some serious testing..

This is one lens that almost gave me a headache on my 50D,, 20D no problem..

Find a target at around 20 meters, tripod, shutter remote and shoot at full aperture in good light.. I'll bet the bugger front focuses!!

With a bit of AF Micro adjustment it will be dapper..

Just to add.. I shot an International Rugby 10s last weekend using the 50-150mm plus Tamron SP 1.4X TC.. I had no problems keeping focus in AI Servo with very quick players, and IQ is outstanding..

hondafans
5th of February 2011 (Sat), 20:15
Good work.. Now you'll have to do some serious testing..

This is one lens that almost gave me a headache on my 50D,, 20D no problem..

Find a target at around 20 meters, tripod, shutter remote and shoot at full aperture in good light.. I'll bet the bugger front focuses!!

With a bit of AF Micro adjustment it will be dapper..

Just to add.. I shot an International Rugby 10s last weekend using the 50-150mm plus Tamron SP 1.4X TC.. I had no problems keeping focus in AI Servo with very quick players, and IQ is outstanding..


So wanted to see what it would do in poor light at 2.8 from 35'. Focus point was the frame. Is this a fair test or does infinity need to be included in the test?

yogestee
5th of February 2011 (Sat), 20:34
From what I see,, your 50-150mm is sharp at f/2.8.. I'd shoot a few tests at infinity and 150mm just to confirm..

Ummmmm,, stupid me.. I just had a better read of the title.. I have the Version I which in all intents and purposes is optically identical to the Version II..

hondafans
5th of February 2011 (Sat), 20:51
From what I see,, your 50-150mm is sharp at f/2.8.. I'd shoot a few tests at infinity and 150mm just to confirm..

Ummmmm,, stupid me.. I just had a better read of the title.. I have the Version I which in all intents and purposes is optically identical to the Version II..

Actually I have a version I. This was shot at 150mm f/2.8 It seems to be dead on or very very close to me. I took some shots outside today and it seemed to focus very fast and accurate with no hunting, unlike some Sigma's I've had in the past.

yogestee
5th of February 2011 (Sat), 20:57
Actually I have a version I. This was shot at 150mm f/2.8 It seems to be dead on or very very close to me. I took some shots outside today and it seemed to focus very fast and accurate with no hunting, unlike some Sigma's I've had in the past.

USM Sigmas focus very quicly and accurately (once set up).. I don't see any focus speeed differences between my 50-150mm and 135L..

CountryBoy
5th of February 2011 (Sat), 21:10
USM Sigmas focus very quicly and accurately (once set up).. I don't see any focus speeed differences between my 50-150mm and 135L..

This lens is just as fast as my Sigma 100-300mm and the IQ is just as good, if not better .

Tony-S
6th of February 2011 (Sun), 15:51
I really wonder why Sigma killed it.

CountryBoy
6th of February 2011 (Sun), 16:13
I really wonder why Sigma killed it.

............ and why they killed the 100-300m f/4 :cry:

yogestee
6th of February 2011 (Sun), 19:34
I really wonder why Sigma killed it.

Tony,, for probably the same reason Tokina killed the 50-135mm f/2.8,,another great lens..Both these lenses weren't very popular and sales would have been slow..

For me using a crop, 50-150mm is the perfect focal length range.. Very close to the classic 80-200mm..

Tony-S
8th of February 2011 (Tue), 04:46
Well, as some of us had hoped a new 50-150 f/2.8 HSM with OS has been announced. This should make things really interesting:

http://www.sigma-photo.co.jp/english/news/110208_apo50-150_28ex_dc_os_hsm.htm

hondafans
8th of February 2011 (Tue), 11:35
Well now that I look at the new lens, it looks like it grew in size and weight, which IMO made the original 50-150 pretty attractive. Wonder what the price tag on it will be, close to $1000?

ecka
8th of February 2011 (Tue), 13:55
I would expect 50-150 OS to sell around $1200

hondafans
8th of February 2011 (Tue), 18:27
I would expect 50-150 OS to sell around $1200


Well if that's the case I'll happily deal with my $485 version I copy.

smmokan
9th of March 2011 (Wed), 19:41
I just bought a new copy of this lens, and with a tiny bit of MA on my 50D, it looks like I got a pretty sharp copy. Hopefully that comes through in these shots I took of the dogs this afternoon, although I bet Photobucket reduces the IQ a bit with compression.

I'm looking forward to using this lens for portraits and a handful of other things this summer.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g43/smmokan/TYMarch-5.jpg

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g43/smmokan/TYMarch-3.jpg

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g43/smmokan/TYMarch-2.jpg

yogestee
9th of March 2011 (Wed), 19:47
^^^^^

Steve,, the 50-150mm f/2.8 is a wonderfuyl lens once you get it sorted out with a bit of AF Micro adjustment..

smmokan
9th of March 2011 (Wed), 20:24
I completely agree. The AF is quite fast, and it's such a great focal length range. I'm looking forward to using this one for a while.

shaolinmonk
2nd of August 2011 (Tue), 13:47
i think mine front focuses as well on the 50d

yogestee
3rd of August 2011 (Wed), 20:01
^^^^^^

Mine backed focused on my 50D,, not a problem with my 20D..

A little AF Micro Focus adjustment and everything is good.

shaolinmonk
8th of August 2011 (Mon), 12:11
can someone recommend a 2x teleconverter that goes well with this lens? I need more reach for soccer shots

yogestee
8th of August 2011 (Mon), 13:33
can someone recommend a 2x teleconverter that goes well with this lens? I need more reach for soccer shots

I've used my Tamron SP 1.4X TC (white model) with my 50-150mm with great results for sports.

shaolinmonk
8th of August 2011 (Mon), 14:15
I've used my Tamron SP 1.4X TC (white model) with my 50-150mm with great results for sports.

cool thanks.. i'm trying to decide between 1.4 and 2x.. mostly shooting during the day so i can give up some aperture i think...

CountryBoy
8th of August 2011 (Mon), 20:06
cool thanks.. i'm trying to decide between 1.4 and 2x.. mostly shooting during the day so i can give up some aperture i think...

I have the original version of this lens and both the Sigma 1.4 and 2x converters . I would suggest using a 1.4 converter instead of a 2x tc for sports .

shaolinmonk
9th of August 2011 (Tue), 08:17
I have the original version of this lens and both the Sigma 1.4 and 2x converters . I would suggest using a 1.4 converter instead of a 2x tc for sports .

noted thanks... a friend is gonna lend me his canon 1.4x version this weekend so i'll give it a go.

it's tough shooting sports.. i must have taken over 500 shots and didn't like any of them lol

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6083/6025213097_66c9c3f6cb.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/k3nnyk3n/6025213097/)
photo1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/k3nnyk3n/6025213097/) by k3nnyk3n (http://www.flickr.com/people/k3nnyk3n/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6130/6025767732_5581e84e06.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/k3nnyk3n/6025767732/)
photo3 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/k3nnyk3n/6025767732/) by k3nnyk3n (http://www.flickr.com/people/k3nnyk3n/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6128/6025767758_da3bf134e9.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/k3nnyk3n/6025767758/)
photo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/k3nnyk3n/6025767758/) by k3nnyk3n (http://www.flickr.com/people/k3nnyk3n/), on Flickr

smmokan
8th of September 2011 (Thu), 10:54
Few shots from this lens recently.... it's my favorite lens, hands down. This lens rocks.

http://www.stevemokanphotography.com/Portraits/Childrens-Portraits/i-MZ2H38F/0/L/MeganCorning-33-L.jpg (http://www.stevemokanphotography.com/Portraits/Childrens-Portraits/18600540_RmXBKk#1438563054_MZ2H38F-A-LB)


http://www.stevemokanphotography.com/Portraits/Childrens-Portraits/i-Pvm9KkL/0/L/LaurieCorning-17-L.jpg (http://www.stevemokanphotography.com/Portraits/Childrens-Portraits/18600540_RmXBKk#1438558459_Pvm9KkL-A-LB)


http://www.stevemokanphotography.com/Portraits/Childrens-Portraits/i-Mm5vpz3/0/L/LaurieCorning-2-L.jpg (http://www.stevemokanphotography.com/Portraits/Childrens-Portraits/18600540_RmXBKk#1438557115_Mm5vpz3-A-LB)


http://www.stevemokanphotography.com/Portraits/Family-Portraits/i-GcR6vQg/0/L/LaurieCorning-32-L.jpg (http://www.stevemokanphotography.com/Portraits/Family-Portraits/18600560_Q3VsLB#1438598254_GcR6vQg-A-LB)


http://www.stevemokanphotography.com/Portraits/Family-Portraits/i-Vg4tXh3/0/L/MeghannCorning-14-L.jpg (http://www.stevemokanphotography.com/Portraits/Family-Portraits/18600560_Q3VsLB#1438605428_Vg4tXh3-A-LB)


http://www.stevemokanphotography.com/Portraits/Family-Portraits/i-tkTmSP4/0/L/NikkiCorning-10-L.jpg (http://www.stevemokanphotography.com/Portraits/Family-Portraits/18600560_Q3VsLB#1438613324_tkTmSP4-A-LB)

2camerafamily
2nd of October 2011 (Sun), 20:51
Kid's soccer season is here:

7D, Sigma 50-150 II, 4.0 89mm 1/1600
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6178/6205335079_ddcb846727_b.jpg

7D, Sigma 50-150 II, 4.0 72mm 1/1250
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6168/6205335107_319b8f2d26_b.jpg

7D, Sigma 50-150 II, 4.0 103mm 1/640
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6159/6205335123_2c968e5d64_b.jpg

2camerafamily
8th of October 2011 (Sat), 23:28
A few more sports shots from this spring:

Sigma 50-150 - 2.8, 1/1250, 103mm
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6231/6222177178_1ae66c1801_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/68262415@N08/6222177178/in/set-72157627717912831/)

Sigma 50-150 - 2.8, 1/1600, 68mm
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6180/6222180754_8e1febe26a_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/68262415@N08/6222180754/in/set-72157627717912831)

Sigma 50-150 - 2.8, 1/1600, 150mm
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6151/6222173244_aa9913343d_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/68262415@N08/6222173244/in/set-72157627717912831/)

2camerafamily
8th of October 2011 (Sat), 23:31
Cool shot showing vignetting at 2.8:

Sigma 50-150 - 2.8, 1/1600, 150mm
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6055/6222123302_e70c9715b1_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/68262415@N08/6222123302/in/set-72157627717912831)

nrowensby
27th of October 2011 (Thu), 09:48
I shall take delivery tomorrow! Can't wait! :)

dfarina
27th of October 2011 (Thu), 12:15
I shall take delivery tomorrow! Can't wait! :)
Let us know if you have any focus issues,especially at 150mm(f/2.8).I have gone through 2 of them with focus problems mostly at 150mm and get better at wider focal lengths.Currently I am waiting for Sigma to calibrate my lens,hopefully they get it right.

nrowensby
27th of October 2011 (Thu), 14:16
Let us know if you have any focus issues,especially at 150mm(f/2.8).I have gone through 2 of them with focus problems mostly at 150mm and get better at wider focal lengths.Currently I am waiting for Sigma to calibrate my lens,hopefully they get it right.

Did you have to send your camera with it?

dfarina
27th of October 2011 (Thu), 14:55
Did you have to send your camera with it?

They said its not needed to send the camera,but it would be better.I can't see how they would possibly need the body,just make it to spec and there will be no problems like OEM Canon lenses.Am I missing something??

yogestee
27th of October 2011 (Thu), 22:17
Did you have to send your camera with it?

It's not a good idea to calibrate a camera to a lens because if do, your camera could be out of calibration with other lenses.

Always calibrate the lens to the camera, not the other way around.

nrowensby
28th of October 2011 (Fri), 07:01
It's not a good idea to calibrate a camera to a lens because if do, your camera could be out of calibration with other lenses.

Always calibrate the lens to the camera, not the other way around.

That was my thinking as well... but others had mentioned sending their camera in with the lens, so I was wondering if it was req'd or not.

dfarina
28th of October 2011 (Fri), 11:34
It's not a good idea to calibrate a camera to a lens because if do, your camera could be out of calibration with other lenses.

Always calibrate the lens to the camera, not the other way around.

Sigma would not calibrate the camera,they would only want it to see how close it is to specifications and adjust the lens accordingly.

nrowensby
3rd of November 2011 (Thu), 21:12
I just noticed this thread is for MkII's... are MkI's welcomed too??

Here's one I shot with my MKI the other day! :)

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6219/6310576131_bfeb02ac57_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nowensby/6310576131/)
Coda (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nowensby/6310576131/) by owensbyphoto (http://www.flickr.com/people/nowensby/), on Flickr

yogestee
3rd of November 2011 (Thu), 23:39
I just noticed this thread is for MkII's... are MkI's welcomed too??
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I have a MkI..

Tony-S
4th of November 2011 (Fri), 00:16
I just noticed this thread is for MkII's... are MkI's welcomed too??

When it started there was no mkII of this lens. So, submit away!

dfarina
10th of November 2011 (Thu), 08:38
I just got my lens back from Sigma(calibrating),process took over 5 weeks despite me sending it overnight at my expense to get it back ASAP.To make a long story short they dropped the ball on this one and I complained to the original dealer I purchased the lens from and he lit a fire under Sigma and they apologized to me and sent it right away with a free tripod to make up for there mix up.Anyway,the lens came back focusing MUCH better,so at the end of the day it was worth sending it in.I originally considered waiting for the OS version of this lens 6 weeks ago when I made the purchase,but the size of the newer OS version is basically the same as the Canon 70-200 2.8 so I think I made the right decision.Really like the size,weight and feel of this lens,I will give it a little more time to come to a verdict on how it performs,so far so good.;)

nrowensby
10th of November 2011 (Thu), 08:56
What kind of tripod? :lol:

dfarina
10th of November 2011 (Thu), 09:09
What kind of tripod? :lol:
It was a Velbon Sherpa 550R,didn't need it,so I sold it locally for $100.Hee Hee,that took care of my original shipping costs and then some.:D

nrowensby
10th of November 2011 (Thu), 09:11
Do you have version I or II of the lens? How badly off was yours to start off with?

dfarina
10th of November 2011 (Thu), 10:20
I purchased my lens brand new from a dealer a few weeks ago,decided this was the lens I wanted so I searched the net looking for a used one but found a new II version at Mcbain Camera in Canada.Before purchasing it I was guaranteed it would focus fine from Mcbain or my money back.When I got the lens focus was off quite badly from 100-150mm especially at f/2.8,seemed to be worse at closer distances.I contacted Mcbain and they agreed to let Sigma calibrate the lens before I make my final decision on it.Otherwise I would have sent it back and got my money back,as it was in my opinion unusable.Now that I have it calibrated there is quite a difference,going to snap a few pics later today and post em here.

dfarina
10th of November 2011 (Thu), 11:55
Ohh boy......I was going to take the lens out for a few pics,but thought I would try it in my back yard first.Well,the shutter got stuck,and after pulling the lens off my body and re attaching it a couple times the lens appeared to be back to normal.But upon further inspection one blade is not working as the shape of the aperture blades is not symmetrical at any given f stop.Looks like its going back to Sigma:o

Stir Fry A Lot
1st of December 2011 (Thu), 02:44
This looks like a great lens for event photography. I find 70mm to be a bit long on my crop when shooting more than one person indoors.

burnet44
24th of February 2012 (Fri), 11:09
how do you calibrate a 70-200 2.8 to a canon 40 D?