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Sigma 150-500mm first pictures
Lens: 500mm Camera: K20D Photo Location: Backyard ISO: 800 Shutter Speed: 1/200s Aperture: F9.5 
Posted By: fccwpe, 02-19-2010, 07:40 PM

These are the first pictures taken with a brand new Sigma 150-500mm. I took them in my back yard. They were all taken hand held. IMHO I am thoroughly impressed. What a lens!

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The House finch with the red head was shot at 1/200s, ISO 800, f9 at 500mm.

The Hummingbird was shot at 1/200s, ISO 500, f8 at 500mm.

The Sparrow was shot at 1/200s, ISO 400, f9 at 500mm.

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02-19-2010, 08:03 PM   #2
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Looks like you got a keeper. Good work, especially for shooting handheld. This lens is capable of producing some great shots from what I've seen. Practice makes perfect with long lenses, so keep it up!
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Thanks!!

I just love this lens. Before I got it all I had for extended range was a M42 Lentar 400mm f6.3 that had a minimum focus distance of about 25ft, a Tamron 70-300 kit lens that suffered from severe CA at 300mm and a 200mm Super Tak 200mm M42 that was awesome, but didn't have the focal length that I wanted.

Thanks again!!
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I'm not sure what I'm more impressed with...your new lens or the fact that you can just step out into your backyard and get a handheld hummingbird shot like that. OK, lets go with equally impressed. I never got to try the 150-500mm when I was renting lenses to figure out which one I wanted. I had the 50-500mm for 3 weeks and would not like to spend a day shooting that handheld. Is the 150 version lighter?

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These are pretty spectacular - I very impressed you could handhold a 500 mm lens and get pictures this sharp with a shutter speed of 1/200 sec. You must be steady as a rock.

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I'm not sure what I'm more impressed with...your new lens or the fact that you can just step out into your backyard and get a handheld hummingbird shot like that. OK, lets go with equally impressed. I never got to try the 150-500mm when I was renting lenses to figure out which one I wanted. I had the 50-500mm for 3 weeks and would not like to spend a day shooting that handheld. Is the 150 version lighter?
Thanks!

Actually the 150-500 is longer and 300 grams heavier, or so the specs on the sigma website say.
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These are pretty spectacular - I very impressed you could handhold a 500 mm lens and get pictures this sharp with a shutter speed of 1/200 sec. You must be steady as a rock.

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Thanks for the praise!! The principles shooting with a long lens and shooting a rifle at long range (which I have done for many years) are the same.

BRAS: breathe, relax aim, squeeze. Let your breath out half way, aim and try and shoot in between heartbeats.
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Wow...great shots with a heavy lens!

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I'm not sure what I'm more impressed with...your new lens or the fact that you can just step out into your backyard and get a handheld hummingbird shot like that. OK, lets go with equally impressed. I never got to try the 150-500mm when I was renting lenses to figure out which one I wanted. I had the 50-500mm for 3 weeks and would not like to spend a day shooting that handheld. Is the 150 version lighter?
All you have to do is get a hummingbird feeder and a bird feeder, some seed and sugar water.
I live in tract housing and my back yard isn't big enough for even a hot tub. All you have to do is attract them and they will get used to you enough to get close.
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QuoteOriginally posted by fccwpe Quote
Thanks!

Actually the 150-500 is longer and 300 grams heavier, or so the specs on the sigma website say.
I've been window shopping lately. The "new" HSM versions puts the 50-500 at 69.5 oz and the 150-500 at 67.4 oz. The older Bigma was 58 oz.
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