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Jan 04, 2011 21:44 |  #16

macroimage wrote in post #11559618 (external link)
The wait for the IS on the Canon must be a long time.

I use the older Sigma EX 50-500 DG (non-OS) with just a monopod and it works very well. If the new 50-500 OS is as good optically, it probably is a winner. The Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 is considered an excellent lens however so that is a lot to try to beat. However a 10x zoom is certainly more convenient than a prime lens though even if it is heavier.

The 500mm happens at infinity focus. As you focus closer, the focal length on the 50-500 reduces some so you might not get as tight of a view as you expect. I use a Canon EF 12 II or EF 25 II extension tube to restore the angle of view at close distances. This allows setting the focus ring back toward infinity and tightens up the view at 500mm quite a bit for closer subjects, perhaps almost as much as the 1.4x teleconverter but without as much loss of light and without losing autofocus.

Interesting. Have heard of people using extension tubes shooting birds. Something I plan to research and try.


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Jan 05, 2011 02:50 |  #17

bettyn wrote in post #11574861 (external link)
Thanks for your input. My BigmOS came today. Am anxious to try it out tomorrow. Am keeping the 400L for sure as it works great on a tripod and is very sharp. Just need something with OS that I can handhold and get a little more reach! Hope this does the trick because I sure can't afford a 500L!

Hope you had fun. Look forward to some shots.


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Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy ;)

  
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Jan 06, 2011 13:49 |  #18

I use the Sigma 150-500. Like all supertelephoto lenses, it takes a bit of time (about a week for me) to get used to it before getting the quality photos. I find the AF is not too speedy, neither is the 100-400 any better. You probably need a prime lens for fast AF. The lens best performed at f/8. However, I've gotten decent shots at f/7.1 and f/6.3 when I need more shutterspeed at low light. The OS allows me to take fairly decent photos at about 1/50 sec. The weight of the lens is never an issue, and I can hand-hold the lens to track fast movements.

The reason why so many people complain about the lens is because it's affordable, and many beginners (even though they will not admit) are able to get one and they think they can shoot like as if they are shooting at a shorter focal length. On the other hand, there are not too many people praising the len's output quality and value; they just go about their own business and occasionally laugh at idiotic comments. However, there is no doubt that there are more QC issues with Sigma than Canon or Nikon just based on the number of recalls on this lens.

Anyway, here are some of my recent photos:

Pine Grosbeak:

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Northern Goshawk:
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Mallard:
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Bull Moose:
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Jan 06, 2011 17:08 |  #19

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Jan 06, 2011 20:52 |  #20

lmans wrote in post #11543501 (external link)
I have both the 400 and 150-500.... I am selling the 150-500 and not so much for the image quality. More for the weight as I am in Ecuador most of the time and I need lightness.... If interested, pm me....a great lens, well worth it, I just don't need two. I use my Tokina 80-400 so I have a zoom, .... jim

Wish I had known about yours before I bought mine from Amazon!


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Jan 06, 2011 20:55 |  #21

Muteki wrote in post #11586044 (external link)
I use the Sigma 150-500. Like all supertelephoto lenses, it takes a bit of time (about a week for me) to get used to it before getting the quality photos. I find the AF is not too speedy, neither is the 100-400 any better. You probably need a prime lens for fast AF. The lens best performed at f/8. However, I've gotten decent shots at f/7.1 and f/6.3 when I need more shutterspeed at low light. The OS allows me to take fairly decent photos at about 1/50 sec. The weight of the lens is never an issue, and I can hand-hold the lens to track fast movements.

The reason why so many people complain about the lens is because it's affordable, and many beginners (even though they will not admit) are able to get one and they think they can shoot like as if they are shooting at a shorter focal length. On the other hand, there are not too many people praising the len's output quality and value; they just go about their own business and occasionally laugh at idiotic comments. However, there is no doubt that there are more QC issues with Sigma than Canon or Nikon just based on the number of recalls on this lens.

Anyway, here are some of my recent photos:

Pine Grosbeak:
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Northern Goshawk:
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Mallard:


Bull Moose:

Nice! Will just be glad to get out and use mine. It's raining here today.


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Jan 06, 2011 20:57 |  #22

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Cropped one yesterday from my 150-500

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Nice shot. Hope I can get out and work with this new lens when the weather improves.


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