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05-31-2009, 07:29 AM   #1
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Sigma 100-300mm f/4 EX DG IF: Post your favorites taken with this lens.

I think this is an amazing lens. It has fared well in all reviews even when compared to primes in all systems. This range is covered with various primes at 135mm, 200mm and 300mm. It is a difficult decision to pick a lens in this range.

Now, the Pentax 60-250 is also competing with this lens. IMO, the Pentax has the advantage over the color rendering (Pentax coating I believe), but the sigma has better sharpness even wide open. Bokeh and contrast is even, but overall rendering may get a slight nudge towards the Pentax 60-250. (This is my opinion, yours might vary...).

Anyhow, I don't see many images from this lens. I am posting some of my best examples as voted by my peers (PPG) . All of these images were PP in CS2. Please post some of your favorites taken with this lens....If I am looking for a lens in this range today, I will still choose the same.....






Now, one with the bower 2X TC at 600mm




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05-31-2009, 11:04 AM   #2
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Wow! Incredible shots. How did you manage to get that close to an eagle?
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QuoteOriginally posted by pcarfan Quote
Anyhow, I don't see many images from this lens. I am posting some of my best examples as voted by my peers (PPG) . All of these images were PP in CS2. Please post some of your favorites taken with this lens....If I am looking for a lens in this range today, I will still choose the same.....
great shots
This lens is part of my kit in all my trips for last four years. I use it always with TC1.4.

Pentax PENTAX K20D,Sigma 100-300mm f4 EX
1/500s f/5.6 at 300.0mm iso400


Pentax K20D ,Sigma 100-300mm f4 EX
1/320s f/4.0 at 300.0mm iso320


Pentax K20D ,Sigma 100-300mm f4 EX
1/800s f/4.5 at 300.0mm iso200


Pentax K20D ,Sigma 100-300mm f4 EX
1/160s f/5.0 at 300.0mm iso400


Pentax K10D ,Sigma 100-300mm f4 EX
1/400s f/5.0 at 250.0mm iso400


Pentax *ist DS ,Sigma 100-300mm f4 EX
1/20s f/4.0 at 300.0mm iso200


Pentax *ist DS ,Sigma 100-300mm f4 EX
+TC1.4 1/60s f/4.5 at 300.0mm iso400
05-31-2009, 12:20 PM   #4
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Wow! Incredible shots. How did you manage to get that close to an eagle?
Bought a ticket to the ZOO and significant cropping.

I am not a real nature photographer yet, only the zoo so far, and my backyard.

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Piotr,

Ther are some incredible shots there, wow!
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All at 300mm, f/4, f/4.5 or f/5:

















An exceptional lens.



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can I play too?


from a Recent trip to Ki.


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Some fantastic shots guys. I have not shot with this lens, but want to now.

Jay, what is up with the Canon shooter? His flash is up in good light

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QuoteOriginally posted by Jewelltrail Quote

Jay, what is up with the Canon shooter? His flash is up in good light



Well, I think we all know the Canon people are challenged in many ways. It's
often best to just lead them by the hand to a helpful authority figure and let them
be.


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Something a bit different (although it loses out somewhat in lowering the resolution for the web, and being displayed on a white ground, rather than a black one...)... From the Burren in Ireland
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You giez are making me wish I bought this lens for its zoom instead of the Sigma 300mm I got. <rant on> Fact is, when I was rushing in the summer of 2007 to get a good long lens for an epic trip (see my sig lol) I would have this if Cameta Camera here on LI wouldn't have screwed me by sitting on my special order, delaying in talking to Sigma just figuratively down the street from them, attempting to order it 5 days after I gave them the $500 down payment; this after Sigma told me to go to them and expedite the order from Cameta to Sigma. By the time Cameta ordered the one lens Sigma said they had available, it was gone and there were no more to be had in the US. Geez, never dealing with them again. <rant off >

Anyhoo, finally realizing I won't get great photos from a 300/2.8 at or near wide open except for bright light when the subject is far enough away to give me the DOF needed, otherwise using it stopped down is a must, so I wish I had this zoom as the extra glass of the f/2.8 goes unused most of the time (well, I really wish I had the 100-300/2.8 zoom for the flexibility it would give me allowing me to use it many X more than I do my prime, but Sigma just refuses to release that in Pentax mount, so the little brother is the only choice.)

Thanx for the pix. Great to look at.
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All these shots are stunning, although that monkey's butt shot is something that I could have lived without

More of my favorites (small size to make the loading easier...even though they really should be larger)













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A very nice lens
I haven't had mine long. Here are a couple from last week. The first one is with the 1.7x afa and I use the aperture ring because with the afa the f-stop isn't right if I let the body close down the lens. The kenko 1.5x I usually use works great though. (very little IQ loss).



no TC



This Heron decided that this Shad he found was too big to swallow (or was too old) and found a big crappie instead



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Seems to focus fast too

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Wonderful images, absolutely flawless.

I've had my eye on this lens for a while, my dad and I are talking about paying half each and investing in this lens.

Everything I read about the 100-300 has been positive and the images speak for themselves - even the Canon and Nikon owners are falling over themselves about how good it is. I agree with the OP, it's not easy to pick a lens in this range because I feel that there are some that are great in some areas and not others.

Correct me if i'm wrong, but the image circle of this lens would cover a full frame? That future proofs it for any Pentax FF body down the line, where as if I go for the DA* 60-250 or the DA* 300's smaller image circle then you somewhat limit yourself unless you've got plenty of money.

I need this lens!
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