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First efforts at posting pics - from Sigma 180mm Macro
Posted By: Derridale, 05-04-2008, 01:44 AM

These were all taken handheld, first day with the lens, and this is my first effort at posting photos to this forum. Only PP is one click of sharpening in Picasa. All taken as JPGs ( I usually shoot in DNG Raw).

This lens is quite heavy, but as a tele-macro, it seems to be very good. The backlit garden sprinkler is one that I like in particular, and when seen at its original size, looks like fireworks going off in the garden. Nothing to speak of in the way of flare etc.

Looking forward to getting much more used to this lens

Nor sure how to add titles to each picture. In order, they are:

Backlit garden sprinkler
Backlit Mandevilla
Bushfires at sunset
Come on in....
Rosella taking off from persimmon tree

Any help on this picture posting lark would be much appreciated

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05-04-2008, 03:56 PM   #16
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Ivoire - thanks for the compliments. The Sigma 180 was bought primarily for use as a macro lens with long focal length. I'm a keen fly-fisher, and also like to try and take macros of many of the water bugs and insects we try to mimic with artificial 'flies'. They are very skittish, hence the long focal length. I already have the Tamron SP90 macro, but that needs to get too close. Used as a general purpose 180mm tele lens, it works just fine. It does have a focus limiter on it, so focus travel is not excessive, but as the lens is so big and heavy, I wouldn't recommend it as a prime tele just for the occasional macro. Perhaps the Tammy or Sigma 70-300 or the Pentax 55-300 would be a better bet for that?
Derridale, thanks for the input. I will probably wait for the sigma and tamron 70-200mm f2.8 macro lenses based on your comment. i keep missing those late evening shots. am also considering the DA*200mm and the 50-135mm.

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A few more: a grevillea, a bottle brush, a frangipanni, and a spider web in the sunset, about 30 feet away.
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Those pics are superb in color and sharpness. i will still keep this lens in mind as the color rendition, sharpness and working distance are excellent. were these shot handheld?

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All handheld with SR turned on, except for the spider web. That was on a tripod with SR turned off, and using a remote to fire the shutter. The web was at least 10 metres (over 30 feet) away from me, and swaying in the gentle breeze. I shot wide open and shutter speed of 1/160.

The surroundings were getting pretty dark, and the web was just catching the very last glimpses of the sunset before the sunlight faded out about a minute after I took the shot.

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Nice work. that lens has beautiful bokeh. i pulled in your banskia image and photoshopped it to see what the image looked like up close and colorized. excellent lens with great possibilities.
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Yes - the bokeh is particularly impressive, especially on the bottle brush shot.

And just to be pedantically correct, I'm informed by my wife - much more knowledgeable in these matters - that the banksia is in fact a grevillea. So I've edited the post to reflect the correct name! But then - that's why we marry them, right? To be corrected when necessary?...
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Some great shots Pete. The sprinkler (like fireworks) and frangipanni (colour, light, warmth and the bokeh) are my favs. Enjoy the new lens. Look forward to seeing some more shots.

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Very nice series. I think my favourites are the roses and the sunset with the layered hills. Nice lens and look forward to seeing more.
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I LOVE the bird! We just don't have things that colorful around here. Thanks for showing us and I look forward to seeing more of your part of the world.
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Looking good. If you get bored with the lens you can send it to me. I really like the sprinkler shot also.
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