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First trip to Great Bear with the lil'Bigma
Lens: Sigma 150-500 Camera: K-5 Photo Location: Great Bear Recreation Area 
Posted By: boriscleto, 06-14-2014, 07:24 AM

First trip to Great Bear to really test out the new lens. The lens has the same limitations as the 55-300, but with better reach. Given the same lighting conditions as the 55-300, the 150-500 will get the better picture with less cropping. That's enough for me. And not having to listen to the screw drive while the lens hunts...

Brown-headed Cowbirds

A lot of the shots this morning were at ISO 6400 (F8, 1/1250s). For some reason I had left it on Matrix metering, need to try Spot metering...

Yellow Warbler

The bird I was really after...Blue-winged Warbler

Best pics were of a Common Yellowthroat. He was about 17 feet away.

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06-14-2014, 08:34 PM   #2

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Some nice pics.

I also have a newer (got it May, 2013) Sigma 150-500. Use it with my K-5 and K-m. I usually use it during sunny days....with sun on subject.

Hand held invariably and my settings are aperture priority, F 10 usually, 800 to 1600 ISO, spot focus....try to get shutter speed over 1/1000th....but have got good, sharply focused pictures as low as 1/250th...but I don't recommend that low of a shutter speed.

I also have a 55-300 (early production, bought June 2008) and I'm happy with that also. I've taken 1000's of photos with the 55-300 and have been amazed at it's durability (touch wood) and some simply wonderful ...very I've got with that. IMO, the 55-300 is great lens and punches well over it's consumer class level.

Usually use it at F 8, AV , ISO of 400-800 and shutter speed of at least 1/500th ....mostly over 1/1000th. Use this lens with my K-5, K-m and oldie but a goldie...K10D.

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