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Jun 05, 2012 16:01 |  #2221

The 120-300 is sharper with the 2x on it than the 50-500 at 500mm. The 50-500 is a great lens for the price but is its shapest at f/8 where the 120-300 with 2x is sharpest at f6.3


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Jun 05, 2012 16:11 as a reply to  @ post 14535413 |  #2222

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Jun 05, 2012 20:26 |  #2223

Here's an AF speed comparison between the 120-300 on D800 and the 100-400 on a 60d. Target probably about 15-20 feet away. 100-400 is a bit quicker from infinity, but the throw is also shorter. Normally, AF is about the same imho.

However, the 100-400 has the limiter and that speeds things up quite a bit, wish the 120-300 had one.

100-400:
http://www.youtube.com …2VueBPvM&featur​e=youtu.be (external link)

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http://www.youtube.com …5_VbanRY&featur​e=youtu.be (external link)


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Jun 05, 2012 21:47 |  #2224

Venus passing in front of the Sun. Today afternoon, I almost missed it, in fact I didn't even know about it until 7 p.m..

Taken with 7D and 2x tc.

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Jun 05, 2012 22:42 |  #2225

gabebalazs wrote in post #14537178 (external link)
Venus passing in front of the Sun. Today afternoon, I almost missed it, in fact I didn't even know about it until 7 p.m..

Taken with 7D and 2x tc.

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Totally Awesome!!! I knew about it, but it was cloudy and rained all day.
What filter did you use?

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Jun 05, 2012 23:36 |  #2226

Awesome job Gabe. I too want to know what filters you used.


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Jun 06, 2012 06:37 |  #2227

woos wrote in post #14536784 (external link)
Here's an AF speed comparison between the 120-300 on D800 and the 100-400 on a 60d. Target probably about 15-20 feet away. 100-400 is a bit quicker from infinity, but the throw is also shorter. Normally, AF is about the same imho.

However, the 100-400 has the limiter and that speeds things up quite a bit, wish the 120-300 had one.

100-400:
http://www.youtube.com …2VueBPvM&featur​e=youtu.be (external link)

120-300:
http://www.youtube.com …5_VbanRY&featur​e=youtu.be (external link)

Don't know how long its going to take for sigma to realize a limiter is a big help, maybe to keep the cost down. But that can't be much more for a limiter. Does any of the big siggy tele's have them ?


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Jun 06, 2012 07:37 |  #2228

digital_AM wrote in post #14537656 (external link)
Awesome job Gabe. I too want to know what filters you used.

thanks guys.
I used a cheap film filter that I bought years ago for my 8" telescope. It fits the telescope nicely and I was able to just hold it in front of my lens.

EDIT: so that it's clear, when I said film filter, it's something that comes in a large sheet, a film so to speak, which I ordered and cut to fit the 8" opening of my telescope. I actually attached it to a flat and square USPS box and cut out the right size hole... it's complicated :)


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Jun 06, 2012 08:23 as a reply to  @ gabebalazs's post |  #2229

Lots of great shots posted so far,here's some from me.

Gannets taken with a kenko pro 300 1.4x, cricketer 300mm

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Jun 06, 2012 09:38 |  #2230

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Lots of great shots posted so far,here's some from me.

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Jun 06, 2012 09:55 |  #2231

woos wrote in post #14536784 (external link)
Here's an AF speed comparison between the 120-300 on D800 and the 100-400 on a 60d. Target probably about 15-20 feet away. 100-400 is a bit quicker from infinity, but the throw is also shorter. Normally, AF is about the same imho.

However, the 100-400 has the limiter and that speeds things up quite a bit, wish the 120-300 had one.

100-400:
http://www.youtube.com …2VueBPvM&featur​e=youtu.be (external link)

120-300:
http://www.youtube.com …5_VbanRY&featur​e=youtu.be (external link)

Thanks very much for those - most useful!

It seems the initial lock looks a bit slower, but I'm guessing the field would be pretty level once they were locked on?


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Jun 06, 2012 12:27 |  #2232

Shots from this morning. 7D, 2x TC

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Jun 06, 2012 14:20 |  #2233

^- wow, just wow

This lens seems like such a steal


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Jun 06, 2012 14:33 |  #2234

^^Fantastic stuff there Gabe. :-)


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Jun 06, 2012 15:12 |  #2235

Thank you guys.
Kenji, the lens is great, however, I'm also getting much better at preparing for my shots, building stuff for the birds, shooting with good lighting (the Sun in this case :) ), using a blind, etc.

If I had my old 150-500 OS, or my old 100-400L, these shots would have been very similar, maybe a little worse. But preparations are almost as critical as having a good lens.

EDIT: AND I got better at processing too, and so did the software ;)


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