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Mini-Review of the Sigma 150-500 vs Canon 100-400L

 
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Jul 13, 2008 19:50 |  #61

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Cool, so I can spend £1147 on the Canon combo with 2 stop OS or £695 on the Sigma with four stop OS and get pretty much the same results ... and with auton-focus :lol::lol:

I too want the 150-500 OS to be optically good, as it presents a tantalizing alternative to the 100-400 for a compact wildlife lens with stabilization.

Our local Sigma distributor here has made available to me a review copy of the 150-500, and I went to their shop to pick it up several weeks ago. That copy was very soft though, so I'm waiting for their next shipment so I can pick the best of the lot. A couple of birding buddies have bought theirs, and I've handled one in the field. OS and AF speed look decent, but again the optics don't impress.

I've not given up yet on the design, and I'm hoping that optical issues (I always use MF via Live View in checking IQ to preclude any AF issues) might just be due to early production run hiccups. Perhaps in a couple more months, we'll be able to see the full potential of the 150-500 design, as more copies (hopefully some are good ones) reach the hand of experienced shooters.

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Jul 13, 2008 21:00 |  #62

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... Perhaps in a couple more months, we'll be able to see the full potential of the 150-500 design, as more copies (hopefully some are good ones) reach the hand of experienced shooters.

Romy

Romy, mine comes this week so I'll make sure you to post my findings. I'm sure that is what you are waiting for. :lol:


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Jul 14, 2008 02:00 |  #63

liquidstone wrote in post #5904888 (external link)
I've not given up yet on the design, and I'm hoping that optical issues (I always use MF via Live View in checking IQ to preclude any AF issues) might just be due to early production run hiccups. Perhaps in a couple more months, we'll be able to see the full potential of the 150-500 design, as more copies (hopefully some are good ones) reach the hand of experienced shooters.

Mine was nice wide open at 500mm and I enjoyed it, but for where and how I mainly shoot I couldn't justify keeping it and my 70-200/400mm once the latter came back from the lens hospital. My ex Bigma was hand picked from a bunch and it does pay off. Very nice lens that one.

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Romy, mine comes this week so I'll make sure you to post my findings. I'm sure that is what you are waiting for. :lol:

Yeah, I got the estimated test date in my diary from way back ;)


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Jul 14, 2008 19:32 |  #64

Well my fun lens purchase just came in, 1000mm of manual focusing fun! Nothing to do with the Bigmos, but thought I would throw a couple of test shots from it here.

Same test subjects as before, but these are 100% resized down, not crops. Interesting lens to play with, but I will probably sell it later here on POTN. I don't have the patience to manually focus this beast.

The beast is a Rubinar 1000mm f/10...


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Jul 14, 2008 20:44 |  #65

TS...you are an ANIMAL...I love reading I am not the only one who buys stuff for the shear fun of it...what a cool toy. I did some reading on the thing and actually it's not awful. For a few hundred bucks what a lot of fun, the conversational value of it alone is worth the entry fee.

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Jul 14, 2008 20:55 |  #66

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Well my fun lens purchase just came in, 1000mm of manual focusing fun! Nothing to do with the Bigmos, but thought I would throw a couple of test shots from it here.

Same test subjects as before, but these are 100% resized down, not crops. Interesting lens to play with, but I will probably sell it later here on POTN. I don't have the patience to manually focus this beast.

The beast is a Rubinar 1000mm f/10...

Looks better than I expected, is that a mirror lens?


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Jul 14, 2008 21:39 |  #67

Great thread TS. I was still in two minds until I saw your samples. Cheers!


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Jul 14, 2008 21:40 |  #68

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Looks better than I expected, is that a mirror lens?

Yes, and it is one heck of Russian engineering. Everything is metal, hood, 3 massive filters, nice carry bag, etc. Too bad I cannot read Russian, the directions do me no good. If you think the 85L takes forever to go from one extreme to the other, you should see this lens. It has one crazy infiniti range too. I tried to hook my Kenkos up to it, but the body errored out. The EOS mount that is on this thing talks to the body by itself, but not through the TC.

It makes moon shots easy, only crop out about half the pic. Both of the following (and the prior two) are all hand-held @ 1000mm. Bokeh is indeed strange, and DOF is pretty thin at f/10. The mower was 3 properties over, and came out pretty good for a manual focus.

One of the more fun lenses for under $400!

I will probably put together a decent mini-review and repost these pics there. I will then probably list it this next weekend, I don't see much use for it between a 2x TC and either the 100-400 or 150-500, but this 1000mm paparazzi lens CANNOT be beat for under $400.


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Jul 14, 2008 22:23 |  #69

Now, this is the Sigma using a Kenko 2x for the same 1000mm, it is at f/13 and also is manually focused BUT it has OS! Just to compare to this Rubinar lens...


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Jul 15, 2008 18:44 |  #70

I started my mini-review of the Rubinar, you may now check it out.
https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=537136


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Jul 16, 2008 00:16 |  #71

cool...running to check


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Jul 16, 2008 05:16 |  #72

I found the size and weight of the Canon hard to give up compared to the extra 500mm. Speed also helped and the fact that (my copies) the canon was sharper and showed less CA and corner softness wide open (which on the Farne Islands this weekend I was really glad to have). Canon is a better lens. Costs more though.


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Jul 17, 2008 12:31 |  #73

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I found the size and weight of the Canon hard to give up compared to the extra 500mm. Speed also helped and the fact that (my copies) the canon was sharper and showed less CA and corner softness wide open (which on the Farne Islands this weekend I was really glad to have). Canon is a better lens. Costs more though.

Some of your findings is why I have put mine up for sale in the Sell forum, it was too big to fit in my backpack, and the weight after a period of time does become a nuisance. Not really tiring, just a nuisance really. So anybody looking for the lens uses in this review, run over to the Sell board!

I might shed a tear as I place it back into its padded case...


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Jul 17, 2008 22:15 |  #74

Oh, I updated my listing here, you can utilize the current 20% ebay discount if you would like me to list instead of buying it off me directly.
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Jul 22, 2008 16:46 |  #75

AWESOME ya sold it...someone got a steal!!


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