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Jul 03, 2009 14:01 |  #1

I just purchased a Sigma 70-300 Macro lens and decided to test it with this shot.
Please let me have your critique so I can improve my subsequent shots.


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Jul 04, 2009 07:07 |  #2

Sorry this doesn't do anything for me. I look at the picture and just wonder "Why". Then I studied it further and found that the black stick thing going across the scale bothers me, I can't tell what it is or if it is supposed to be there. The area above the scale does not contribute anything to the image but I get the impression that there is some interesting bits in the centre of the scale, so maybe a tilt downwards on the camera would have given me more to look at. As an excersise in texture it needs much more oblique lighting.




  
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Jul 04, 2009 12:59 |  #3

Unfortunately, somebody tied a rubber hose to the center of the scale. The center didn't have anything of interest either.
I was not happy with the results both on the composition and details. My main interest was to test the macro feature at the 200-300mm zoom. I shot the picture far from the actual scale. I was pleased with the macro results but I agree, the rusty visual does nothing for me either.
Thank you for the comments.


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Jul 04, 2009 21:38 |  #4

I think it's quite interesting. Most people will remember the name Toledo as being the most prominent name in that business.

I think that a well-done sepia toning might help create the atmosphere for such a shot.

Don't worry yourself about the lens - you can't get a meaningfull sharpness critique with 800 x 533 pixel downsampled image. If you want sharpness evaluated you need to post a full detail 100% crop of some selected portion of the image.

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Jul 04, 2009 21:46 as a reply to  @ Robert_Lay's post |  #5

The lens is an excellent lens for the price. I've gotten some absolutely stellar results from my copy.

Were you shooting with a tripod? I ask because shooting 1/250 at 300mm on a 1.6 crop body is a pretty slow shutter speed. You will have a hard time getting tack sharp images handheld at that speed.

Bump your ISO up a notch or two if you're handheld to get faster shutter speeds.


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Jul 06, 2009 12:47 |  #6

I was using a tripod. Since I was testing the Macro feature at 300mm my best bet was to use a tripod and I think considering, it did the job.
I agree that the forum posting limitations with jpg the image qualities suffer plenty.
I will try what Robert Lay suggested and maybe in the future I will avoid the quality degradation.


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