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03-16-2013, 02:09 PM - 1 Like   #1
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500mm lens comparison

i did a comparison of the sigma 500 to the sigma 50-500 at 500 and the da300 with the 1.7x adapter (510equiv)...all shots were handheld...took pictures of whatever critters were in the same range...7.1 apeture since that was the limitation of the da300 with the 1.7 adapter...iso 400..shutter speed 250/200 (at some point i inadvertenty changed to 200)...not a rock solid teat but hopefully will give you a fell for how the lens handled...i threw out quite a few bad because i didn't want to flood the comparison...obviously the 500 had less bad, the 50-500 and the 300 may have been comparable with bad...the 500 was faster at autofocus, debabtable on the other 2

500mm lens comparison test - a set on Flickr

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Thanks ... I think that the 30017 was acceptable ... better than I would have thought at first ... J

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Thanks Amy - I will be studying these later tonight and tomorrow.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pearsaab Quote
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So what was your verdict then.

Probably difficult to come with anything really conclusive with all the variables you had going on there, like handhold, adaptors etc.

At the end of the day, what worked for you and which images are you most pleased with, cos that's what counts.

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The 500mm lens shows a better Bokeh, but that is my personal taste.

As for the DA*300/4 with the 1.7X adapter, the background sometimes seem "busy" and less "buttery" vs. that of the 500mm.

I own a DA*300/4 and also this 1.7X "TC" (giving 510mm) and have similar results as yours.

My first choice: Sigma 500 (4.5?)

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Edit: the 50-500 shots are quite good as well. Surprising even.
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So what was your verdict then.

Probably difficult to come with anything really conclusive with all the variables you had going on there, like handhold, adaptors etc.

At the end of the day, what worked for you and which images are you most pleased with, cos that's what counts.
well at the end of the day i still love my 500 but it was nice to see that i could get comparable quality under the right circumstances...the 500 has 4.5 which will make a big difference in lower light conditions...if you have plenty of light i think you will get quality shots from all..i still feel the 500 will give you more in the end but if you want to spend significanly less $ i think you can feel comfortable that you have have a good outcome...yes i could have done it on a tripod and shot trees but since my interest is for animals and birds i needed the flexability that i had doing handheld...it wasn't a controlled experiment but would be nice to see if others can do similar tests...and i didn't spend alot of time doing it
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The 500mm lens shows a better Bokeh, but that is my personal taste.

As for the DA*300/4 with the 1.7X adapter, the background sometimes seem "busy" and less "buttery" vs. that of the 500mm.

I own a DA*300/4 and also this 1.7X "TC" (giving 510mm) and have similar results as yours.

My first choice: Sigma 500 (4.5?)

JP

Edit: the 50-500 shots are quite good as well. Surprising even.
jp i have to admit i was surprised as well
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Thanks for this. Hard to beat the Sigma 500 f4.5 for sharpness and bokeh. What did you notice for focus speed and accuracy among the lenses?

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Nice comparison, thanks for posting. I also like the 500mm best.

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Great comparison. The 500mm is sharp and clear, the others less so. The 50-500 is very nice, but needs light, as would the 330+tc.

Out of curiosity, these are obviously the best shots. How many did you throw away from each lens? Ratio of duds to keepers?
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Nice comparison, thanks for posting. I also like the 500mm best.

QuoteOriginally posted by derekkite Quote
Great comparison. The 500mm is sharp and clear, the others less so. The 50-500 is very nice, but needs light, as would the 330+tc.

Out of curiosity, these are obviously the best shots. How many did you throw away from each lens? Ratio of duds to keepers?
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Thanks for this. Hard to beat the Sigma 500 f4.5 for sharpness and bokeh. What did you notice for focus speed and accuracy among the lenses?
i would like to repeat this on a date that i have better light...running with a 400iso and shutter speed at 200/250 is not ideal...tomorrow is supposed to be worse than today so may have to wait until next weekend but i do plan to do it again and i will pay attention to number of keeper, ect...under these circumstances the 500 was the best but with better light conditions i would like to get the shutter speed up to at least 400, preferably 500 or higher and do it again...if i can get the shutter speed up i can try with and without stabilization as well..thanks for the feedback...i look forward to checking it again and if you have anything in particular you want looked at add it to my list...thanks all
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QuoteOriginally posted by pearsaab Quote
i did a comparison of the sigma 500 to the sigma 50-500 at 500 and the da300 with the 1.7x adapter (510equiv)...all shots were handheld...took pictures of whatever critters were in the same range...7.1 apeture since that was the limitation of the da300 with the 1.7 adapter
Wouldn't the DA*300 aperture with 1.7X be f/6.8?

Thanks for posting these. I don't have time to look in detail right now but I definitely will later. I believe you've tested the Q with DA*300 too? Are these images available on Flikr?
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Wouldn't the DA*300 aperture with 1.7X be f/6.8?

Thanks for posting these. I don't have time to look in detail right now but I definitely will later. I believe you've tested the Q with DA*300 too? Are these images available on Flikr?
thanks dan...goess my multiplication needs some refresher...
here's the link to the da300 with q Pentax Q with DA 300mm and pentax adapter - a set on Flickr

and here's the q with the 500mm Pentax Q with Q-k adapter and sigma 500mm - a set on Flickr
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thanks dan...goess my multiplication needs some refresher...
here's the link to the da300 with q Pentax Q with DA 300mm and pentax adapter - a set on Flickr

and here's the q with the 500mm Pentax Q with Q-k adapter and sigma 500mm - a set on Flickr
Thanks Amy. Much appreciated.
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