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Mawkin



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:41 am    Post subject: Sigma 150-500 lens  Reply with quote

Sigma 150-500 lens

I'm thinking about treating myself to this lens & wondered if anybody has one & your opinion on it.

Thanks
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Jakey



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have a 150 - 500 lens, but I do have a Sigma 28 - 300.
I've had no problems with the quality of the lens, despite throwing it about a bit on my travels.
The only issue I have with the lens / camera combination (Nikon D50), is that to get the type of shot I am generally after (zoomed in, high speed action shots- see below) a heck of a lot of bright natural light is required.
I find that I get the best results shooting in shutter priority mode, and cranking the shutter speed up as high as possible.











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Mawkin



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Along with wildlife. like you high speed action shots are what I will be after, thanks for the tip.

Lovely looking dogs, is the 2nd photo a non ped ?


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rustyboy



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just too add to that,not sure what Camera Body you are mounting it on but heres a link if it helps,though looking at jakeys shots it dont look to bad...

http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/...-150-500mm-f-5-6-3-dg-os-hsm.html
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Sam L



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have not used that lens before but do own a sigma 70-300 4-5.6.

I don't like it very much, you need a LOT of light to get a good pic and even then, it's not very sharp.

I'm know this lens is a bit different but I would certainly advise trying it before buying.

It might be worth considering paying a more for a Canon 100 - 400 L with an extender. Costs more in the short term but the images will be much better and it will probably be much better focusing etc (another problem I had with my Sigma).
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Mawkin



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for you input    I took the plunge & treated myself to the lens.  I tried it out at a hunter trial on Sunday & I'm pleased with it. Light is something it needs, the best photos are the ones when the sun was breaking through on an overcast day. I guess thats true with most lenses    

I just need to get used to it now.
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Sam L



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

and post some results  
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Mawkin



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sam L wrote:
and post some results  


I'll get out there with it when/if it stops raining  
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Mawkin



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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As its a nice bright day & I had a bit of time to spare time I thought I would compare lenses.  All the photos are taken from the same spot with a Nikon D5000

Nikon 18-55mm at 18mm



Nikon 18-55mm at 55mm



Nikon 55 - 200mm at 200mm



Sigma 150 - 500mm at 150mm



Sigma 150 - 500mm at 500mm



Sigma 150 - 500mm at 500mm with Sigma x2 teleconverter



Sigma 150 - 500mm at 500mm cropped



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