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09-06-2008, 11:31 PM   #1
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Sigma 100-300mm APO f/4

I've been agonizing over whether or not to get the Pentax DA* 300mm f/4, but always felt that the fixed 300mm would limit its usefulness a lot of the time. Particularly in situations where I'd be using it, where I wouldn't really be able to move ME, and would need some zoom capability for composition, framing, etc.

So, yesterday, I bought the Sigma 100-300mm f/4 zoom, having read nothing but glowing reports and reviews.

Boy - it is one BIG mother of a lens, especially with the hood attached.

Only had a chance to pop off a few shots today, but all handheld on the K20D, at f/4 in Aperture priority. And all reduced considerably in Irfanview for posting here.

Black stump is from about 40 metres away

Macintosh, one of our Clydesdales, is at about 50 metres

The petunias are from about 15 metres.

Quality not the best on the reduced versions, compared to the originals. If someone could tell me how to post those "in-line" pics that most others seem to post, in good quality, I'd appreciate it

So far, I like this lens.

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09-06-2008, 11:47 PM   #2
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hi

Congrats on the lens purchase, i was in the same agonizing state waiting for the 60-250 or da300 but decided on sigma 100-300 but could not find a copy for sale, did you buy it brand new in Brisbane? even the distributor told me they are not available i pentax mount and here you are just bought one yesterday.
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I got one of these this week and got out to test it out for the first time today. I took it to a state park nearby, and I must say I'm impressed. Even 100% crops at ISO 400 look pretty great.

I'm sure this will be one of my favorite lenses in no time. Even though I've only taken a hundred or so pictures with it I can already tell what a great value it is.

I'll post some pictures on flickr in a bit and link them here for anyone that's interested.
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I got mine from PhotoContinental here in Brisbane.

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Here are some (about) 100% crops of photos taken with this lens at f/4:



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Cmon Pete no fair all these lenses are killing me with envy but fair's fair it is a great lenses and we will be seeing more from it


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I have seen some phenomenal shots from the Sigma 100-300mm lens ... it is worth the $$$$ I reckon .... it's just $$$$ that I don't have at the moment to drop on this sort of lens.

Although I am eagerly awaiting the Tamron 70-200 though ... looking forward to seeing more shots with your lens Peter.
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Here's another (cropped) shot from this beast:



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QuoteOriginally posted by Derridale Quote
Quality not the best on the reduced versions, compared to the originals. If someone could tell me how to post those "in-line" pics that most others seem to post, in good quality, I'd appreciate it
upload your image somewhere - imageshack for example
and then click the icon



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Best lens this side of the black stump?
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I concur with Deejjjaaaar, uploading from another source, (Flickr, etc) gives a much better image.
I found using image attachment was down grading some of my shots terribly. I now use Flickr all the time.
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Thanks team, for the tips about using Flickr as the source for photos.

I'll try that once I've got some more (and better) shots with this lens.
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Derridale


there are a few options out there as well mate... look beyond the black stump


I use smugmug and am now in the paid mode... very happy indeed.


SmugMug Photo Sharing. Your photos look better here.



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QuoteOriginally posted by Derridale Quote
...Only had a chance to pop off a few shots today, but all handheld on the K20D, at f/4 in Aperture priority. And all reduced considerably in Irfanview for posting here.
Reducing size let us judge your photographic composition skills but not the actual IQ of the lens. For that we need 1:1 crops :ugh:

EDIT: Ooops! Sorry! Already posted above!
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I use image shack. It is a little slow, but does not kill image quality to badly...
Here are some with this lens....


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