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condyk
23rd of September 2009 (Wed), 00:48
Stopped down, web image or standard print, looking over a set of images taken in a day, you just won't see a difference worth caring about ... either way.

Techuser
23rd of September 2009 (Wed), 07:44
The problem is sample variation, your is good as the canon, some samples I've seen around are more soft than that
I'm just not going with sigma for the quality control (and I dont want need to exchange, buying oversea), probably will wait til this and the 120-400 gets a bit older, til then I'm getting a canon 70-300 + 1.4 TC

condyk
23rd of September 2009 (Wed), 11:55
If you think the 100-400mm doesn't suffer with copy variation then you haven't been around here long enough. Do a search. My view is both lenses need to be checked at purchase, wide open and at their longest focal length. But as mentioned above a Sigma that's soft at 500mm isn't likely to also be soft at 400mm. A 100-400 that's a bit soft at 400mm may sharpen up at 350mm or so ... so what's a better option? Also, the Sigma OS is much better than the Canon IS in the old 100-400mm in my experience. BTW, not actually sure a TCon will do you much good with a 70-300 IS. Very nice lens but not with a TCon and I don't even think the Canon one will fit. The kenko 1.4x might.

Fretless Pete
23rd of September 2009 (Wed), 12:01
I dont suppose anyone's used a 1.4x with the Sigma yet ?

Daniel2000
23rd of September 2009 (Wed), 13:32
if you check back in this thread, they did, even with a 2x ;)
one guy even got a shot a saturn with it, I'll check to find back the post

edit: rectification, it was a shot of Jupiter and 2 of its satellites
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showpost.php?p=8586160&postcount=968

edit2:
here an exemple with a 1.4x http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showpost.php?p=8316205&postcount=880
and with a 2x tele http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showpost.php?p=7996709&postcount=813

Fretless Pete
23rd of September 2009 (Wed), 14:04
Thanks Dan - amazing shots. I think i'm gonna hunt one down.

Not sure on 1.4x or 2x but the kenko 300 series seems favourite

drummerhc
23rd of September 2009 (Wed), 14:56
You will lose AF unless you use the tape pin method.

Fretless Pete
23rd of September 2009 (Wed), 15:23
Understood :cool:

Techuser
23rd of September 2009 (Wed), 15:33
If you think the 100-400mm doesn't suffer with copy variation then you haven't been around here long enough. Do a search. My view is both lenses need to be checked at purchase, wide open and at their longest focal length. But as mentioned above a Sigma that's soft at 500mm isn't likely to also be soft at 400mm. A 100-400 that's a bit soft at 400mm may sharpen up at 350mm or so ... so what's a better option? Also, the Sigma OS is much better than the Canon IS in the old 100-400mm in my experience. BTW, not actually sure a TCon will do you much good with a 70-300 IS. Very nice lens but not with a TCon and I don't even think the Canon one will fit. The kenko 1.4x might.
The 100-400 also suffers but not the same amount as the sigma (according to that famous lensrental report), not only softness but also the OS stopping to work early
the quality of the 70-300 with the TC looks acceptable to me, and will loose autofocus if not shooting under the sun

Still, I'm changing my mind everyday, now I'm going more towards the 120-400 :mad:

imahawki
23rd of September 2009 (Wed), 16:05
Don't get me wrong, I'll probably go with the Bigmos, but I'll be buying it locally in case I'm not satisfied with my copy.

beeng
23rd of September 2009 (Wed), 17:47
if you check back in this thread, they did, even with a 2x ;)
one guy even got a shot a saturn with it, I'll check to find back the post

That shot was taken without TCs. Just straight, hardcore lens action :P

Daniel2000
23rd of September 2009 (Wed), 18:20
That shot was taken without TCs. Just straight, hardcore lens action :P

noted... ;)

Techuser
24th of September 2009 (Thu), 16:38
Ive read it comes with a strap, how do you carry it exactly? With the usual strap on the camera, plus one on the tripod collar of the lens?

katodog
24th of September 2009 (Thu), 16:59
I never used a strap on the lens, just on the camera body. Of course, I never let it hang either, so a strap wasn't necessary. But, I did use a Lens Cradle (http://www.lenscradle.com/) a few times, until I found it to be a bit cumbersome. Now I use the Cotton Carrier, and with the addition of a flat bar between the tripod foot and grip, it's perfect.


http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/_MG_6408.jpg

beeng
24th of September 2009 (Thu), 19:29
Ive read it comes with a strap, how do you carry it exactly? With the usual strap on the camera, plus one on the tripod collar of the lens?
The strap attaches to the end of the tripod mount/handle.. The strap isn't good for much (it's a bit small to shoulder sling, and the lens is too heavy and awkward to neck sling). I keep the strap on it for safety sake; I wrap my hand around it a few times so that if I slip I can at least make some attempt to save it :p

condyk
24th of September 2009 (Thu), 23:42
I use the carry handle/tripod mount to carry it and very easy/comfortable.

Techuser
25th of September 2009 (Fri), 18:22
If I carry it just with the straps of the camera (with the lens facing down then like katodogs picture), wouldnt it stress too much the mount? (I'm thinking the 450D)

ingraman
25th of September 2009 (Fri), 20:30
The only reason I'm using the Canon 100-400mm now instead of the Sigma 150-500mm (I used to own one) is because of size. The Bigmos is just a bazooka. But I have a monopod on order and if all works well, I'm going back to the Sigma. Image quality wise, the 100-400 that I have is a little better than my old Bigmos. But the stabilizer on the Bigmos blows the Canon out of the water. Doesn't hurt that I can save a few hundred bucks.

advaitin
25th of September 2009 (Fri), 21:40
My Sigma came with its own strap that threads through a slot at the rear of the tripod foot. Why not use that if you got one. If you are talking one of the X series cameras you could have quite a lot of flex happening by hanging the heavy lens off the mount.

Techuser
26th of September 2009 (Sat), 05:35
Because I dont even own a dslr yet, just studying what will be better if I get the XSi next weeks, if I go carrying the 150-500 with the lens facing towards with its straps then I will probably have to stop using my shoulder bag too (then a fastpack 250 should do I think)

katodog
26th of September 2009 (Sat), 08:23
Here's what you can do. You buy a DSLR and the Bigmos. To carry them, buy a Think Tank Digital Holster 50. The Bigmos and a gripped body will fit in perfectly with the lens hood on ready to use. Then, you buy a Lens Cradle. (http://www.lenscradle.com/). I was using one and it works great for carrying the lens. The only thing I didn't like about the Lens Cradle was that, depending on how you walked, the lens would swing left to right sometimes. Also, I had to flip the tripod foot over the lens for the cradle to work.

But, when I was using it, it was great for walking around the zoo and such. You didn't have to worry about stress on the body/lens mount and you didn't have to worry too much about the lens swinging around banging into everything.


Another good thing was that I could carry my shoulder bag while carry the lens. I'd put the shoulder bag strap around my neck over my shoulder, and then put the Lens Cradle strap over that over my neck.


Of course now, with the Cotton Carrier, I don't have these types of problems any more.

Techuser
26th of September 2009 (Sat), 14:14
That thinktank looks nice, thanks for the suggestion
Well if I go with this setup I might not even need the lens cradle, can just slip it to the holster when I dont wanna hold it

katodog
26th of September 2009 (Sat), 15:28
That's true. The only problem with the holster is that you have to loosen the tripod foot and turn it at an angle to fit into the bag. Which isn't a big deal, some people don't even leave the foot on the lens. But I do, and it's just an extra step needed to put the gear away or take it out.

Fretless Pete
26th of September 2009 (Sat), 18:19
Couple more with the Sig

http://photo-sharing.winsoftmagic.com/1/lq0qerv99p.jpg

http://photo-sharing.winsoftmagic.com/1/a8mz3jxr0n.jpg

tetralogy
27th of September 2009 (Sun), 08:31
One other suggestion in terms of straps for long lenses is to take a look at the Black Rapid system. Like the Lens Cradle, it can attach to your tripod foot but has the added advantage of allowing you to "sling" the camera at your side when walking or using another body. Here is a video of how it is used: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14Q1IxI_Opw

Eliot

beeng
27th of September 2009 (Sun), 08:44
One other suggestion in terms of straps for long lenses is to take a look at the Black Rapid system. Like the Lens Cradle, it can attach to your tripod foot but has the added advantage of allowing you to "sling" the camera at your side when walking or using another body. Here is a video of how it is used: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14Q1IxI_Opw

Eliot
Yeah, I made my own version of that... it's a hell of a lot cheaper and works just as good :P
There's a thread floating around here with a few home made examples in it.

katodog
27th of September 2009 (Sun), 19:46
Cropped and Noiseware. Click for full-sized original...


http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/_MG_6952a.jpg (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/Birds/_MG_6952.jpg)

katodog
27th of September 2009 (Sun), 19:50
Another from today. Click for full-size original...


http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/_MG_6977a.jpg (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/_MG_6977.jpg)

katodog
29th of September 2009 (Tue), 18:38
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/Willowbrook%20Wildlife%20Center/_MG_6878a.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/Willowbrook%20Wildlife%20Center/_MG_6895a.jpg

beeng
29th of September 2009 (Tue), 18:48
x

AWESOME

katodog
29th of September 2009 (Tue), 18:59
Thanks.

tzalman
1st of October 2009 (Thu), 18:18
Eilat Jazz Festival

http://photos.imageevent.com/elied/dafnisprietosextet/_MG_7532.JPG

http://photos.imageevent.com/elied/dafnisprietosextet/_MG_7553.JPG

http://photos.imageevent.com/elied/dafnisprietosextet/_MG_7573.JPG

http://photos.imageevent.com/elied/dafnisprietosextet/_MG_7561.jpg

http://photos.imageevent.com/elied/paquitodrivera/-7.jpg

http://photos.imageevent.com/elied/paquitodrivera/-5.jpg

katodog
1st of October 2009 (Thu), 19:10
It always amazes me how much versatility people show with this lens. I don't think I'd have ever thought of using the lens for a concert, but those shots are great!!

ckort
2nd of October 2009 (Fri), 07:23
Eilat Jazz Festival


Excellent series !! This really shows the versatility of the lens. I to never would have thought this lens could be used for low light situations. Well done ;).

Fretless Pete
2nd of October 2009 (Fri), 07:32
Caught this Collared Dove on top of a telegraph pole this morning

http://photo-sharing.winsoftmagic.com/1/nqmhol2twk.jpg

paparios
2nd of October 2009 (Fri), 13:32
Is this lens really sharp?
In my opinion quite so! Two samples to demonstrate the opinion. Please notice that these two bird portraits are the 100% crops of the corresponding shots.
First shot taken with the 50d at 500mm, ISO200, f8, 1/500sec.
Second shot taken with the XTi at 500mm, ISO200, f8, 1/320sec.

Miguel

katodog
2nd of October 2009 (Fri), 19:58
I'm pretty much absolutely insane with boredom, so I'm looking at some older images. Eagle shots from L&D #14 to be exact. These are full-frame crops, the eagle was a good distance away...



http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/Birds/_MG_1942a.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/Birds/_MG_1944a.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/Birds/_MG_1945a.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/Birds/_MG_1946a.jpg

drummerhc
3rd of October 2009 (Sat), 14:13
I love hummingbirds.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3419/3977978576_b6eec5cb7e_b.jpg

Fretless Pete
3rd of October 2009 (Sat), 14:50
Hawks and Hummingbirds - a real treat

deonholt
5th of October 2009 (Mon), 12:50
Eilat Jazz Festival

http://photos.imageevent.com/elied/dafnisprietosextet/_MG_7532.JPG

http://photos.imageevent.com/elied/dafnisprietosextet/_MG_7553.JPG

http://photos.imageevent.com/elied/dafnisprietosextet/_MG_7573.JPG

http://photos.imageevent.com/elied/dafnisprietosextet/_MG_7561.jpg

http://photos.imageevent.com/elied/paquitodrivera/-7.jpg

http://photos.imageevent.com/elied/paquitodrivera/-5.jpg
These pictures are fantastic. Well done. At ISO 3200 on your 40D with the Lens Focal length ranging from 150mm - 500mm, I hope to have the same results with my 40D : Bigmos combination.

Congratulations.
Deon

katodog
5th of October 2009 (Mon), 13:42
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/BrookfieldZoo/_MG_7378a.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/BrookfieldZoo/_MG_7409a.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/BrookfieldZoo/_MG_7492a.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/BrookfieldZoo/_MG_7508a.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/BrookfieldZoo/_MG_7547a.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/BrookfieldZoo/_MG_7591a.jpg

commonjunks
11th of October 2009 (Sun), 01:25
Hi,
I am not Canon user but Sigma 150-500mm user. Not sure if i suppose to put pictures here but i am just doing to show how Sigma working for me (took pictures after rain).
http://item-online.com/public/images/01/e3332f28-22c8-427f-b500-453ebb7e8f66_l.jpg
http://item-online.com/public/images/01/26dfc53e-fdd6-4c02-af99-2f4c2ebe1d5d_l.jpg
http://item-online.com/public/images/01/488e859d-f9b2-46b0-8a11-e40cdd3e838d_l.jpg

Fretless Pete
13th of October 2009 (Tue), 17:17
http://photo-sharing.winsoftmagic.com/1/4lwc9xjzjr.jpg

http://photo-sharing.winsoftmagic.com/1/pbxn5bp6me.jpg

http://photo-sharing.winsoftmagic.com/1/1kazt037hm.jpg

paparios
16th of October 2009 (Fri), 13:02
A couple of non-bird examples. Both taken with the 50d and using a monopod and OS. First taken at 500mm, ISO200, f8, 1/400sec. Second taken at 289mm, ISO200, f8, 1/800.

Miguel

gabebalazs
16th of October 2009 (Fri), 21:07
OK back to birds :)

These are some recent ones from the Toledo Botanical Garden.
Cropped and processed.

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/SwanHead.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/Swanlikesgrass.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/Duckinfallcolorwater.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/CanadaGooseBath.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/Mallardbath2.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/Mallardbath5.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/CanadaGoose-NoPaparazzi.jpg

Daniel2000
17th of October 2009 (Sat), 08:59
Nice!

DDCSD
18th of October 2009 (Sun), 22:03
Well kids, I just put mine up for sale. Sad to see it go, just not fast enough for me.

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=768837

aximrocks
19th of October 2009 (Mon), 07:54
I bought this lens for a trip to Yellowstone. OS worked very well, pretty sharp, excellent build quality. Here are a couple of my favorite shots taken with the Bigmos

1.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2435/4025313221_20cab76ea8_o.jpg

2.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2620/4026064432_6a1382a5d8_o.jpg

3.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2672/4003090421_d47377cf2b_o.jpg

4.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2665/4003737180_6f5772d469_o.jpg

5.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2498/4003007691_9479703e32_o.jpg

6.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3502/4001794188_f12707594e_o.jpg

7.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2474/4000880803_189e87e816_o.jpg

8.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2501/4026065738_0530449e87_o.jpg

Fretless Pete
19th of October 2009 (Mon), 08:28
Whoa! - excellent shots pal :cool:

DDCSD
19th of October 2009 (Mon), 12:37
I agree! Outstanding!

markinessex
20th of October 2009 (Tue), 05:16
Fantastic shot!!

gabebalazs
21st of October 2009 (Wed), 08:54
One shot from this morning. A Dark Eyed Junco.

Sorry about the noise, ISO 1600 with no Noise Reduction on the crop (these guys are quick).
403mm, f/8
First one cropped and processed, then a 100% crop (from 15mp 50D image)

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/DarkEyedJunco.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/juncocrop.jpg

imahawki
21st of October 2009 (Wed), 09:14
Sorry about the noise? That shot is SICKLY sharp!!!!!

Tom H. Photography
21st of October 2009 (Wed), 09:38
Sorry about the noise? That shot is SICKLY sharp!!!!!

Very nice shot indeed!

Fretless Pete
21st of October 2009 (Wed), 09:42
Outstanding shot. Noise isnt even intrusive , impressive 50D :)

gabebalazs
21st of October 2009 (Wed), 10:01
Thanks. The processed final image is clean due to noise reduction (and resizing). I meant sorry about the noise in the 100% crop from the RAW file :) But even that is OK.

Fretless Pete
21st of October 2009 (Wed), 10:16
You bet - i cant get 1600 to look that good on my 450D

gabebalazs
24th of October 2009 (Sat), 08:12
A couple of 100% crops of swan eyes (made from jpegs).

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/swaneyecrop.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/swaneye2.jpg

gabebalazs
29th of October 2009 (Thu), 09:49
Photos from the past few days. Most of them are more or less cropped and processed.

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/FallKinglet3.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/RTHinflight2.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/RTHsittingontree.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/One-leggedRTHwithprey3.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/RTHinflight4.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/Goldfinchonaflower1.jpg

DDCSD
29th of October 2009 (Thu), 12:54
Wow!

advaitin
29th of October 2009 (Thu), 13:19
Nothing dramatic or isolated--the big sandhill cranes seem to be unconcerned with houses, vehicles, businesses or gawking photographers. DeLand, Florida. Old Daytona Road, flanked by a shopping plaza to the south and Walmart to the north.

Canon 50D, Bigmos at 500mm, ISO 500, 1/800s @ f10.

MartinLWedge
29th of October 2009 (Thu), 14:01
Hi Guys

Been following this thread for some time and have just got this lens because of the great pics here.

Just wondering what post sharpening and noise reduction people use

advaitin
29th of October 2009 (Thu), 18:12
Hi Guys

Been following this thread for some time and have just got this lens because of the great pics here.

Just wondering what post sharpening and noise reduction people use with this lens


Noise seems to be be more a particular camera sensor rather than a lens problem, and the same seems true for me in sharpness. If I have time to set up a tripod, most lenses have an optimum value. With Bigmos you have to be prepared to shoot with a little higher ISO, even with OS you want to prevent your own shake from getting through. Add the crop factor of 1.6 on the 50D and if you handhold, you're shooting the equivalent of an 800mm f6.3--OS can only do so much at that level.

MartinLWedge
29th of October 2009 (Thu), 18:35
Thanks for responding,
Yes, I know lens/noise have no relationship, and a lens of this size even with OS must be on a solid base to get the best out of it.
But I was just wondering what people were using because there are some VERY good pics here

katodog
29th of October 2009 (Thu), 18:52
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/BrookfieldZoo/IMG_9317a.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/BrookfieldZoo/IMG_9358a.jpg

gabebalazs
29th of October 2009 (Thu), 22:00
Hi Guys

Been following this thread for some time and have just got this lens because of the great pics here.

Just wondering what post sharpening and noise reduction people use

I start with some NR in DPP but not much. My main "weapon" is the "Reduce Noise" filter in Photoshop CS3. It's a great tool, reduces noise effectively and has a sharpening tool built into it.
I always crop and resize, adjust levels, hihglight, shadows first, then use the Reduce Noise + Sharpen filter as the last step. Resizing the image first will shrink the noise pixels and the reduce noise filter is much more effective when noise blobs are reduced in size.

HoosierHorridus
30th of October 2009 (Fri), 21:13
Taken with a Canon 10D/ Sigma 150-500mm OS

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2562/4056127189_f8a29a37aa.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2510/4038387230_afdfef0a41.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2676/4030738758_013e614229.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2483/4027120163_19296044b1.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3494/4027120791_f2840d4237.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2562/3984973383_d155c44c9f.jpg

MartinLWedge
31st of October 2009 (Sat), 03:19
Thanks gabebalazs, just the sort of thing I wanted to know.

There are so many different ways to do these things, that when you see good pics it is very helpful to know how it was produced.

gabebalazs
31st of October 2009 (Sat), 08:21
Thanks gabebalazs, just the sort of thing I wanted to know.

There are so many different ways to do these things, that when you see good pics it is very helpful to know how it was produced.


You're welcome.

ckfishel2001
2nd of November 2009 (Mon), 10:00
walking over to Kentucky and just happened to have my camera (and this lens attached) while I was on the bridge.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2679/4068957676_9bbaaef4da_b.jpg

katodog
2nd of November 2009 (Mon), 16:27
Downy Woodpecker today...



http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/Birds/IMG_0049a.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/Birds/IMG_0100a.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/Birds/IMG_0138a.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/Birds/IMG_0155a.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/Birds/IMG_0162a.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/Birds/IMG_0195a.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/Birds/IMG_0225a.jpg

katodog
2nd of November 2009 (Mon), 16:29
Double-crested Cormorant from yesterday...

unprocessed JPG...

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/Birds/IMG_9977a.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/Birds/IMG_9983a.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/Birds/IMG_9991a.jpg


15 frame slideshow after processing the images...

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/Birds/Cormorant02.gif

ckfishel2001
2nd of November 2009 (Mon), 21:21
[quote=katodog;8942497]Double-crested Cormorant from yesterday...

unprocessed JPG...
that slide show is very very cool

katodog
3rd of November 2009 (Tue), 07:13
Thank you. I was trying to get the look of the cormorant skipping across the water. I wish I had the lens on my 40D, I would have gotten more frames per second and the slideshow would have been a lot better. It was a lot funnier hearing the skipping sound as he went across the water, too bad I couldn't capture the sound.

gabebalazs
3rd of November 2009 (Tue), 07:18
Good job Katodog!

katodog
3rd of November 2009 (Tue), 08:42
Thank you.

Alex_Venom
3rd of November 2009 (Tue), 12:43
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3505/4070963472_ee9864e004_o.jpg
500mm, ISO 100, F/6.3, 1/200, OS on mode 1, small cropping for composition

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2568/4070813138_5177663ee1_o.jpg
500mm, ISO 100, F/6.3, 1/320, OS on mode 1, tiny tiny cropping for composition

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2725/4073823906_164f69b75e_o.jpg
500mm, ISO 800, F/8.0, 1/160, OS on mode 1, pretty agressive crop and exposure raised

gabebalazs
3rd of November 2009 (Tue), 12:45
Cool bird shots Alex!

Alex_Venom
3rd of November 2009 (Tue), 14:37
Thank you, Gabebalazs! Just wish I had more light and less cropping on the 3rd one... the quality really suffered from the high ISO and the extreme cropping. I'm afraid this kind of shot may scare people looking into this wonderful lens.. maybe I should remove it...

Fretless Pete
3rd of November 2009 (Tue), 14:41
No need - every pic is fabulous.

What EXIF were on those shots ? If high ISO was being used, your cam does you proud

Alex_Venom
3rd of November 2009 (Tue), 15:26
No need - every pic is fabulous.

What EXIF were on those shots ? If high ISO was being used, your cam does you proud

Edited with the EXIF data. I'll try to work a bit on the 3rd one later.. I think the noise can be eliminated, but the lack of sharpness on the eye will be pretty impossible to fix. The focus was on the wing and I thought it would be enough to get the head in focus, but apparently I was wrong. :p

gabebalazs
3rd of November 2009 (Tue), 20:11
A couple from today. These are all cropped more or less. And processed.

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/Seagulllfight.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/RedEyedSeagull.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/Seagullwithfish2.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/Seagullwithfish3.jpg

ckfishel2001
4th of November 2009 (Wed), 07:05
A couple from today. These are all cropped more or less. And processed.





http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/Seagullwithfish2.jpg


Nice catch...both you and the bird:)

gabebalazs
8th of November 2009 (Sun), 22:08
Nice crisp Mallard portrait. Some crop. 370mm

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/Mallardportraitdrops.jpg

ckfishel2001
9th of November 2009 (Mon), 06:24
Nice crisp Mallard portrait. Some crop. 370mm

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/Mallardportraitdrops.jpg

Now that's a duck....and I hope your 50d sells....right after mine:)

In2Photos
9th of November 2009 (Mon), 09:07
Its been a while, glad to see some nice shots on here!

A couple from a local air show yesterday.

http://www.pbase.com/madawson/image/119196414/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/madawson/image/119196420/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/madawson/image/119196421/original.jpg

Notice the person in the back taking pictures!
http://www.pbase.com/madawson/image/119196422/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/madawson/image/119196424/original.jpg

ckfishel2001
9th of November 2009 (Mon), 09:18
Its been a while, glad to see some nice shots on here!

A couple from a local air show yesterday.

http://www.pbase.com/madawson/image/119196414/original.jpg



http://www.pbase.com/madawson/image/119196421/original.jpg

Notice the person in the back taking pictures!




jealous of the air show. I managed to get to the Dayton, OH 200 aniv. of flight...very good time. Also about 10 years ago a warbirds weekend in Kalamazoo, MI and got to go up in a B-17....VERY cool. Now that I have a camera I'd love to get to one. Your avatar is what my house looks like though... so getting away doesn't happen much:) thanks for sharing.

DDCSD
9th of November 2009 (Mon), 09:27
Notice the person in the back taking pictures!




That shot needs to go in the "Show me your photographers" thread! :lol:

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=527090

In2Photos
9th of November 2009 (Mon), 09:32
jealous of the air show. I managed to get to the Dayton, OH 200 aniv. of flight...very good time. Also about 10 years ago a warbirds weekend in Kalamazoo, MI and got to go up in a B-17....VERY cool. Now that I have a camera I'd love to get to one. Your avatar is what my house looks like though... so getting away doesn't happen much:) thanks for sharing.
I try to go to one a year. This year I missed the larger shows, but to have an air show, not 10 minutes from my house is very cool. It gets bigger every year. Not big enough for any jets or larger planes though. Even the C-54 has to land with his nose in the air to slow the plane down due to the shorter runway.
That shot needs to go in the "Show me your photographers" thread! :lol:

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=527090
Done!

runninmann
9th of November 2009 (Mon), 12:05
jealous of the air show. I managed to get to the Dayton, OH 200 aniv. of flight...very good time. Also about 10 years ago a warbirds weekend in Kalamazoo, MI and got to go up in a B-17....VERY cool. Now that I have a camera I'd love to get to one. Your avatar is what my house looks like though... so getting away doesn't happen much:) thanks for sharing.Wow! Time...well...flies!

ckfishel2001
9th of November 2009 (Mon), 12:10
Wow! Time...well...flies!

Like I said, have 4 kids under 6:) Make that 100 and consider me a goof.

ckfishel2001
9th of November 2009 (Mon), 14:59
a day at the beach...the oldest playing in the water
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3551/3675899802_2bdfba62fe_b.jpg

imahawki
11th of November 2009 (Wed), 08:38
I just ordered this lens so hopefully I'll be joining this thread soon.

markinessex
11th of November 2009 (Wed), 08:45
A couple more from me.

#1
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2494/4086378132_84c126e056_o.jpg

#2
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2684/4086406454_deb8a5d782_o.jpg

#3
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/129/4086470018_eae4d6bd7c_o.jpg

#4
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2635/4086320372_d7b2371f8f_o.jpg

renlok
13th of November 2009 (Fri), 11:47
My first shots with this lens
first image 100% crop, alot of noise

1/640 sec at f/6.3, 340mm iso 400 with a 40d handheld

Alex_Venom
13th of November 2009 (Fri), 16:06
Wow! NICE!!
Loved the colors!

katodog
14th of November 2009 (Sat), 12:28
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/IMG_0977a.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/IMG_0982a.jpg

Fretless Pete
14th of November 2009 (Sat), 12:43
http://photo-sharing.winsoftmagic.com/1/awq0zroyv6.jpg

imahawki
15th of November 2009 (Sun), 10:50
Here's a recent one for me. Note that this HAS been PPed due to the difficulty in capturing such a dark subject. I've adjusted exposure and fill light plus some local adjustments to exposure on just the squirrel in Lightroom and then some sharpening and it is cropped. I'm not sure if people generally expect no PP on these lens sample threads or not so I just wanted to be forthright.

http://i529.photobucket.com/albums/dd337/cjs-photos/IMG_5812-Edit.jpg

Fretless Pete
15th of November 2009 (Sun), 12:06
Personally i think whatever you post is fine.

DDCSD
15th of November 2009 (Sun), 13:34
Personally i think whatever you post is fine.


Yup, this thread is about showing what the lens is capable of.

katodog
15th of November 2009 (Sun), 21:26
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/Birds/IMG_1288a.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/Birds/IMG_1309a.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/Birds/IMG_0929a.jpg

gabebalazs
16th of November 2009 (Mon), 16:20
Nice red tail hawk!!!
This makes me want to go back to the state park and find the one-legged one I've taken pictures of a few times... :)

Waldemar Sikorski
16th of November 2009 (Mon), 19:26
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_xoTzHy8krJg/SvnznyC86dI/AAAAAAAADVM/HF1-KCMqKao/s800/WS_9999_71res.jpghttp://lh6.ggpht.com/_xoTzHy8krJg/SwAWRWd8gzI/AAAAAAAADc0/ztqBdLZ1-_Q/s800/WS_9999_112_resjpg.jpg

ckfishel2001
16th of November 2009 (Mon), 20:35
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_xoTzHy8krJg/SwAWRWd8gzI/AAAAAAAADc0/ztqBdLZ1-_Q/s800/WS_9999_112_resjpg.jpg
bw!

drummerhc
16th of November 2009 (Mon), 21:43
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_xoTzHy8krJg/SwAWRWd8gzI/AAAAAAAADc0/ztqBdLZ1-_Q/s800/WS_9999_112_resjpg.jpg

Wow~ how did you get this shot?

Waldemar Sikorski
16th of November 2009 (Mon), 21:51
Some times a fish will jump twice. After the first jump I aim and wait. So far I have two successful shots and one accidental with a kingfisher flying. This one's the best to date.

brownbugger
17th of November 2009 (Tue), 22:29
anyone shoots sports with this ? I had an offer for covering some cricket at state level , was looking to get something in this range (I have a 70-200 2.8)

DDCSD
17th of November 2009 (Tue), 23:08
anyone shoots sports with this ? I had an offer for covering some cricket at state level , was looking to get something in this range (I have a 70-200 2.8)


I've shot quite a bit of youth football and soccer with it.

AndrewOz
18th of November 2009 (Wed), 01:57
anyone shoots sports with this ? I had an offer for covering some cricket at state level , was looking to get something in this range (I have a 70-200 2.8)

Happy snaps of my No.2 son playing cricket - 1D with Sigma 150-500
All shot from the boundary :cool:

http://www.4wdlinks.com.au/albums/andrew/ozcricket1.jpg

http://www.4wdlinks.com.au/albums/andrew/ozcricket2.jpg

http://www.4wdlinks.com.au/albums/andrew/ozcricket3.jpg

http://www.4wdlinks.com.au/albums/andrew/ozcricket4.jpg

http://www.4wdlinks.com.au/albums/andrew/ozcricket5.jpg

http://www.4wdlinks.com.au/albums/andrew/ozcricket6.jpg

ckfishel2001
20th of November 2009 (Fri), 08:12
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2670/3678655884_dc1897c509_b.jpg

hot hazy day
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2508/3702250650_410bd555bc_b.jpg

Orogeny
20th of November 2009 (Fri), 08:36
This might be a silly request, but can anyone post some examples at 150 mm? I know that most buy this lens for the long end, but I tend to use my zooms throughout their ranges and I plan on purchasing the 150-500 early next year. I'm sure there are probably some 150 mm examples in this thread, but since it is so big, I am hoping someone can help.

Thanks in advance.

Tim

katodog
20th of November 2009 (Fri), 09:03
20D/Bigmos @ 150mm, Exif intact...


http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/BrookfieldZoo/IMG_6714a.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/BrookfieldZoo/IMG_6704a.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/BrookfieldZoo/IMG_6744a.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/BrookfieldZoo/IMG_6798a.jpg

ckfishel2001
20th of November 2009 (Fri), 09:07
20D/Bigmos @ 150mm, Exif intact...






http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/BrookfieldZoo/IMG_6744a.jpg


Looks like the tiger was given' ya the business:)

Orogeny
20th of November 2009 (Fri), 09:12
20D/Bigmos @ 150mm, Exif intact...








http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/BrookfieldZoo/IMG_6798a.jpgHah! The worlds largest bobcat!

Thanks for these. Just curious, how often do you (or anyone else) use this lens at the short end?

Tim

katodog
20th of November 2009 (Fri), 09:24
I'd have to check data, but I'd say I use the whole focal range about the same. I'm at 500mm a lot because I like head shots, but I don't think I use it that much more than the low end.



Looks like the tiger was given' ya the business


Every once in a while I get the lucky tongue-out or yawning shot. I go to the zoo so much that I'm surprised I don't catch shots like that more often.



Hah! The worlds largest bobcat!


There were two cubs. They had them inside in their cage, which was next to the cage that the male (the father) was in. the male grabbed them both through the cage. One was hurt pretty bad, and passed away. This one lost its tail because the mother grabbed it to pull the cub from the male.

A sad event, but the only thought that goes through my head is why the zoo would even take the chance for something like this to happen. They should know that, in captivity or in the wild, the male will attack the young, even its own young, and they shouldn't have them in connected cages. To me that's just plain dumb.

ckfishel2001
20th of November 2009 (Fri), 09:26
Hah! The worlds largest bobcat!

Thanks for these. Just curious, how often do you (or anyone else) use this lens at the short end?

Tim

Yeah, I want to jump in on that question as well. I see..even the shots just above...people using for field sports in decent light. I would think, this might be a good use. People use the 100-400 for day football and soccer from what I've seen, so I think the 'short' end of this lens would come in handy as the players run over the field. Love to see some sports shots added?

ckfishel2001
22nd of November 2009 (Sun), 22:53
Stopped to get gas, and this was just taking off. Happened to have everything in the car.....so took the shots

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2682/4127149104_d46b1e9241_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2507/4126400717_c9bcd400d4_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2784/4127159548_8536f66b6c_b.jpg

katodog
23rd of November 2009 (Mon), 08:26
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/Lincoln%20Marsh/IMG_1722a.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/Lincoln%20Marsh/IMG_1737a.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a399/katodog/Lincoln%20Marsh/IMG_1594a.jpg

advaitin
23rd of November 2009 (Mon), 08:41
This might be a silly request, but can anyone post some examples at 150 mm? I know that most buy this lens for the long end, but I tend to use my zooms throughout their ranges and I plan on purchasing the 150-500 early next year. I'm sure there are probably some 150 mm examples in this thread, but since it is so big, I am hoping someone can help.

Thanks in advance.

Tim

I went digging into my posted examples and the lowest I came up with was an Iguana shot at 267mm. The problem in finding examples is that I use it mostly for critters and they start moving if you get too close. I found a couple of flower shots at closer ranges: The small blue flowers are at 150mm and the lotus at 174mm on a canon 1DM3

AndrewOz
23rd of November 2009 (Mon), 17:40
Some Kookaburra pics using the 1Dmk1 with Sigma 150-500
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=785596

And same combo shooting classic rally cars
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=785605

Enjoy! :cool:

Spacemunkie
23rd of November 2009 (Mon), 19:51
This might be a silly request, but can anyone post some examples at 150 mm? I know that most buy this lens for the long end, but I tend to use my zooms throughout their ranges and I plan on purchasing the 150-500 early next year. I'm sure there are probably some 150 mm examples in this thread, but since it is so big, I am hoping someone can help.

Thanks in advance.

Tim

I did some brief testing of the 150-500 against my 70-200 at similar focal lengths and apertures. The Sigma stood up pretty well. I'll see if I have any samples saved...

Waldemar Sikorski
23rd of November 2009 (Mon), 22:12
At 150mm.
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_xoTzHy8krJg/SoheRHgI7II/AAAAAAAAAL8/rumvTbuje48/s800/WS_0463res.jpg
http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/WFE95xuxufYrUfHbJAEj3w?feat=directlink
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_xoTzHy8krJg/Spyphs89qsI/AAAAAAAAAr4/sVC20J9nPjg/s800/WS_3848res.jpg
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_xoTzHy8krJg/SpypWUvfZdI/AAAAAAAAAro/cqTo96-P2rA/s800/WS_3807res.jpg
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_xoTzHy8krJg/Sqiivoms9tI/AAAAAAAABNc/bpqLrBW6paM/s800/WS_4789res.jpg

Orogeny
24th of November 2009 (Tue), 07:40
Thanks for those samples at the short end of the lens. It looks good.

It is interesting that many times reviews or sample photos for telezoom lenses are almost all from the long end. While I will probably use it primarily at 500mm, the benefit of a zoom is that we have the entire range to work with.

I am really looking forward to getting this lens (and a new 7D) next year.

Tim

LCPhotography
27th of November 2009 (Fri), 10:37
shot through fence
http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs50/f/2009/319/7/9/791621a2d45d020025fff8b736b5bd55.jpg

handheld
http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs50/f/2009/325/0/9/09e10cf0389dd2c25bc2a0d9a8a7a93a.jpg

handheld and shot through fence
http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs50/f/2009/325/0/8/080e3dac7917467e6f1c1e709a62c7b7.jpg

gabebalazs
28th of November 2009 (Sat), 22:06
Moon with my 7D and Bigmos. This is close to 100% crop but not quite.

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/MoonSigma150-500.jpg

drummerhc
29th of November 2009 (Sun), 02:29
I'm not sure if it's my photography skills, the 50D AF system, or the slow lens AF, but the keeper rate is little low for me on this lens. I guess the miss focused issue usually happens more on a telephoto than a short zoom. oh well, but at least when the focus is spotted on it's sharp!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2597/4140198378_d0500f163b_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2641/4139438583_54015daf04_b.jpg

gabebalazs
29th of November 2009 (Sun), 11:45
^^^
Wow, those are great!!

soleful2001
30th of November 2009 (Mon), 15:58
Receiving mine in two days.

Fretless Pete
2nd of December 2009 (Wed), 20:01
http://photo-sharing.winsoftmagic.com/1/vg9ld8zti4.jpg

http://photo-sharing.winsoftmagic.com/1/iicu00j1qp.jpg

http://photo-sharing.winsoftmagic.com/1/e4qnixtxui.jpg

http://photo-sharing.winsoftmagic.com/1/0ukk2yh9b3.jpg

AndrewOz
3rd of December 2009 (Thu), 00:14
Moon with my 7D and Bigmos. This is close to 100% crop but not quite.

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/MoonSigma150-500.jpg

The view from Down Under, same camera and lens :lol:

http://www.4wdlinks.com.au/albums/andrew/moon094.jpg

Fretless Pete
3rd of December 2009 (Thu), 11:26
http://photo-sharing.winsoftmagic.com/1/9snix0aslm.jpg

HoosierHorridus
3rd of December 2009 (Thu), 15:38
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2759/4067195454_c0cc5b0e7f_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2574/4066437093_8d04144b2b_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2650/4065786284_6b910b8caa_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2562/4056127189_f8a29a37aa_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2510/4038387230_afdfef0a41_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3494/4027120791_f2840d4237_b.jpg

drummerhc
3rd of December 2009 (Thu), 20:39
http://photo-sharing.winsoftmagic.com/1/vg9ld8zti4.jpg



Nice good looking bird! :D
Any extender on these?

Fretless Pete
4th of December 2009 (Fri), 05:46
Hi Drumm - no mate, 440mm hand held. Its a Starling, fairly common here and they have a stunning colouration

Alex_Venom
4th of December 2009 (Fri), 06:01
The Starling is REALLY REALLY good! The Bear too!
On the falcon and the Egret I can see a little motion blur... and on the "red faced" bird, I think a liiiitle too much NR...

zuluart
4th of December 2009 (Fri), 10:32
Shorts just taken with the 150-500, I find the OS making a weird noise when it starts. Is it common to do that?
But the shots are pretty good in my opinion.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2732/4157441749_86a0549683_o.jpg

zuluart
4th of December 2009 (Fri), 10:36
This one at ISO 3200 with the 7D.
I have learnt to just stick the ISO on AUTO most times and not worry about it at all. Not sure if you all use any different technique for wildlife but would appreciate any tips please.
I find myself most times using the P Mode and leaving the ISO on AUTO, and then just play around with the front dial to get the best combination between the SS and Aperture.

Any tips or suggestions are highly appreciated.

Thanks

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4040/4157526585_f1018d1a32_o.jpg

zuluart
4th of December 2009 (Fri), 10:52
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2583/4158340568_71cea8c7d2_o.jpg

imahawki
4th of December 2009 (Fri), 11:03
My OS is pretty loud when it starts up... I assume that's normal.

Fretless Pete
4th of December 2009 (Fri), 11:11
Same here - its not a worry really. Unless you're so close to the birds that it spooks 'em

Thing that is more of a yawn is the lens doesnt really like low light of any description - if the day is only partly dull, i just dont bother pulling the lens out of its bag.

On a nice bright day, its a killer

geoff5093
4th of December 2009 (Fri), 11:49
Why must there be so many lenses that I want :(

zuluart
4th of December 2009 (Fri), 12:03
I actually didn't find a lot of problems with it shooting today. It was pretty dull and very cloudy in the afternoon. Bright and lovely in the morning but ended up dull afterwards, but was keen on testing the 150-500mm that I had just bought. The 7D high ISO performance really paid off as most shots were all at ISO 3200 and I was getting around 100 to 160 SS, rarely 250 but the noise seems pretty well controlled.

The goldfinich at 1/100 SS and ISO 3200 wide open on a tripod with the OS off, it still got me a nice shot I presume. Can't wait to catch a day full of sunshine to give it a full workout

Alex_Venom
4th of December 2009 (Fri), 18:37
Zuluart, I see you're using your BigmOS at F/6.3. Try to take some shots at F8.0, as it uses to be the sweet spot for sharpness, and see if you get any better results.
I would advice you to use the 7D on AV mode, f/8.0, AUTO ISO (and manually raise if needed).. see if you like the results ;)

drummerhc
4th of December 2009 (Fri), 19:12
A lot of times I found the Auto ISO on my 50D doesn't give me the shutter speed I want. (Too low)
Is it better on the 7D?

soleful2001
4th of December 2009 (Fri), 19:34
[quote=gabebalazs;9099193]Moon with my 7D and Bigmos. This is close to 100% crop but not quite.

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r279/gabebalazs/MoonSigma150-500.jpg
This is truely a beautiful shot. I have had no success getting any kind of detail like this. All I end up with is a bright ball. I have tried multiple AWB settings, I have also tried multiple shutter speeds/aperture combinations. Any tips/pointers will be most appreciated!

Fretless Pete
4th of December 2009 (Fri), 19:35
Tripod, remote release, mirror lock up, ISO 100, f8 , 1/125th

shaftmaster
4th of December 2009 (Fri), 19:39
Tripod, remote release, mirror lock up, ISO 100, f8 , 1/125th

Yep, Lunar f/8. Like Sunny f/16.

soleful2001
4th of December 2009 (Fri), 19:40
My OS is pretty loud when it starts up... I assume that's normal.

Same with mine. Interesting noises coming from the OS, at least I know it's on!

Fretless Pete
4th of December 2009 (Fri), 19:41
Yep, Lunar f/8. Like Sunny f/16.

seems to work for me :cool: