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Dec 07, 2015 15:42 |  #211

I had a chance to quickly test mine. Sharpness is nice, slightly beats my Tamron in the lower FL ranges, and closely matches Tamron, maybe a tiny bit less sharp at 600mm, which accurately mirrors the lens tests and reviews I've seen online. I think sharpness at 600mm in the real world (with its haze, heat, etc.) would be roughly the same.

Build/finish is really awesome; my Tamron is pretty good too but I think the Sigma is a class above. AF speed is about the same, but has more/better limiter options.

OS is not as good as I thought, my experience is similar to Jake's, I think my Tamron does a little bit better job.

I'm not sure yet if I'm going to keep it. I've became emotionally attached to my Tamron, has been with me in Europe for 3 weeks last summer and did a great job. I also like the manual focus ring and operation a bit better on my Tamron (it's wider), even though I hardly ever use it.

Although I still own my Sigma 1.4x TC from my 120-300 2.8 OS days, I have only used it once on my Tamron for the past year (for Moon shots), so to me the fact that the Sigma works with TCs and the Tamron won't, has no real value to me.

It's too early to tell what its fate is going to be, but one thing is certain: this Sigma lens certainly makes me want to buy a bunch of new generation Sigma lenses. :) I never had any problems with Sigma's older lenses, owned a bunch in the past and still have and use the 70-200 2.8 OS as my main wedding tele workhorse, but this new generation is really a work of "art" (even though it's a "contemporary" ;) )


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Dec 07, 2015 16:00 |  #212

Yes, the manual focus ring on the Sigma is another downside I forgot to mention, It is the smallest I have ever come across on a lens of any size larger than a "pancake" and finding it with your eyes in the viewfinder is not intuitive at all.


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Dec 07, 2015 16:34 |  #213

gabebalazs wrote in post #17810621 (external link)
I had a chance to quickly test mine. Sharpness is nice, slightly beats my Tamron in the lower FL ranges, and closely matches Tamron, maybe a tiny bit less sharp at 600mm, which accurately mirrors the lens tests and reviews I've seen online. I think sharpness at 600mm in the real world (with its haze, heat, etc.) would be roughly the same.

Build/finish is really awesome; my Tamron is pretty good too but I think the Sigma is a class above. AF speed is about the same, but has more/better limiter options.

OS is not as good as I thought, my experience is similar to Jake's, I think my Tamron does a little bit better job.

I'm not sure yet if I'm going to keep it. I've became emotionally attached to my Tamron, has been with me in Europe for 3 weeks last summer and did a great job. I also like the manual focus ring and operation a bit better on my Tamron (it's wider), even though I hardly ever use it.

Although I still own my Sigma 1.4x TC from my 120-300 2.8 OS days, I have only used it once on my Tamron for the past year (for Moon shots), so to me the fact that the Sigma works with TCs and the Tamron won't, has no real value to me.

It's too early to tell what its fate is going to be, but one thing is certain: this Sigma lens certainly makes me want to buy a bunch of new generation Sigma lenses. :) I never had any problems with Sigma's older lenses, owned a bunch in the past and still have and use the 70-200 2.8 OS as my main wedding tele workhorse, but this new generation is really a work of "art" (even though it's a "contemporary" ;) )

Exactly my impression as well. I kinda have a love affair for Tamron zooms which makes me want to lean toward the Tamron but the reality is I don't need beyond 400mm even on a FF. Crop is just an added bonus.

I really want to hold onto mine until baseball season starts and see how 600mm turns out from the outfield looking toward home plate.

Would be nice for Tamron to come out with a 2.8 300 zoom like the Sigma. Possibly a 100-300 2.8 VC USD Would be really good to see another option there and of course my Tamron fanboy hat get put on :)


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Dec 08, 2015 16:04 |  #214

My just arrived today, will try it out this weekend.
Man it is very heavy.

If any one see Lenscoat for this lens for sale please let me know

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Dec 08, 2015 16:44 as a reply to  @ post 17810442 |  #215

Mine arrived today. Haven't had time to play with it yet. Glad it came in a protective case, as they didn't pack it well.




  
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Dec 08, 2015 17:04 |  #216

Pear flower, taken at 600. Cropped, no sharpening. I didn't see the bug until I zoomed in.


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Dec 08, 2015 17:33 |  #217

Crop of the cropped. Like using my 100L, except far away.


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Dec 08, 2015 23:24 |  #218

Got mine a day early, try it out this weekend.


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Dec 09, 2015 07:43 |  #219

dont know what you guys got with the OS..but I can get perfectly good photos at 600mm sooting at 1/40th handheld to me thats pretty impressive
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Dec 09, 2015 09:47 |  #220

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dont know what you guys got with the OS..but I can get perfectly good photos at 600mm sooting at 1/40th handheld to me thats pretty impressive
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It's a matter of comparison vs. superior IS on other lenses.

All I can say is that you have not likely been shooting a 3rd Gen Canon IS lens recently. Or even the SIGMA 120-300mm. If you had, you'd be echoing our posts.

I am confident that the OS is doing it's job, and helping us get lower shutter speeds. It's just not as smooth, confident or effective as most of the lenses with IS / OS / VC I am using right now.

The OS on the 150-600mm is good, it is certainly better than none! But with a lens like the Canon 100-400mm MkII, all jerkiness in the viewfinder is gone with IS on. The difference between on and off is so dramatic that you get very used to a dead steady viewfinder image. Going from that to the 150-600mm, I was regularly checking to make sure the OS was actually switched on.

And again,. I compared at 400mm as well, just to be sure this was not a 600mm situation, it is not. It's just as palpable a difference @ 400mm.

Also to be clear, the new IS in the Canon MkII makes many older Canon IS lenses look 2nd class too.


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Dec 09, 2015 09:55 |  #221

get the dock and switch it to Dynamic and there is ZERO jerkiness and its perfectly smooth

Maybe try all its settings before criticizing it. I have tried my buddies 100-400II and I didnt notice much of a difference in the viewfinder with his IS vs the OS on my Sigma.


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Dec 09, 2015 10:34 |  #222

I stated very clearly in my initial impression that I am waiting for the dock. I will happily reassess when i get a chance to use it and "try all the settings". To date, I have tried all the settings available to me.

In the mean time I can only post my impressions and opinions. I am confident that some will find these objective posts from members that have spent significant time using a number of competitive lenses in the class helpful, even if you for some reason find them unproductive?

I will continue to evaluate and critique the lenses pluses and minuses based on my own findings despite your insistence that I should not. It really is not your place to tell anyone here to do otherwise.


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Dec 09, 2015 10:39 |  #223

05Xrunner wrote in post #17812620 (external link)
get the dock and switch it to Dynamic and there is ZERO jerkiness and its perfectly smooth

Maybe try all its settings before criticizing it. I have tried my buddies 100-400II and I didnt notice much of a difference in the viewfinder with his IS vs the OS on my Sigma.

is this the right dock for this lens?
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Dec 09, 2015 10:49 |  #224

yes.
The dock makes a huge difference I feel in the lens.
The Dynamic makes the OS so much smoother, you can adjust the focus speed for priority in speed or priority in nailing focus.


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Dec 09, 2015 13:09 |  #225

This thread is certainly lasting longer than the sale did!




  
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