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05-08-2015, 09:14 AM   #31
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Thanks for providing these. The DA*300+1.4 is a bit disappointing here, seems like I've seen it do better in your hands?

The DFA zoom doesn't seem to play well with the 1.4, but on it's own it is very good from your samples.

The Sig 500 4.5 is excellent as usual.

So do you feel the DFA150-450 is easier to hand hold than the Sig 500 4.5 ?

05-08-2015, 09:53 AM   #32
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QuoteOriginally posted by crewl1 Quote
Thanks for providing these. The DA*300+1.4 is a bit disappointing here, seems like I've seen it do better in your hands?

So do you feel the DFA150-450 is easier to hand hold than the Sig 500 4.5 ?


Given the Sigma is 50% heavier and more front heavy, yes I find the Sigma requires a monopod whereas I can snap off a few shots with the D FA zoom no problem. Just me to some extent. Stronger folks might not have the same result. But weaker ones wont either.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jpzk Quote
Thanks for the info.
I was expecting, or at least hoping for, that!


According to the latest posts with sample shots, I would believe that the 150-450 sits right there between the DA*300/4 and the Sigma 500/4.5
Is this what you would find?


Based on only a single day of comparing the combinations, right now I have to rate the D FA zoom below both the Sigma 500 and da*300 but above the da*300+TC. No surprises there really. Quality zoom versus quality primes.

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QuoteOriginally posted by crewl1 Quote
Thanks for providing these. The DA*300+1.4 is a bit disappointing here, seems like I've seen it do better in your hands?

Sorry, missed the first question, even if its just rhetorical. Yes, I have posted better shots in the past but those were typically processed in post for clarity and sharpness. I will continue to compare the 300+tc combo to the zoom since I can carry only one on excursions around the lake and the prime is a good bit easier to carry.


I can only wonder how much smaller/lighter the D FA would be if were an AP-C instead.


Another note for those who hate zoom creep.....this one has a lock for good reason, my copy creeps with each footstep.

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QuoteOriginally posted by vcollerp Quote
Ok JP as requested, did not see this tread.(Cross posted from the news and rumors section)
Seeing as how you have both this lens, and the 560, which do you prefer to use as far as handling and image quality? How would you compare this at 450mm to the 560? (I know, primes vs zooms and different focal length, potato potateu)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Franc Quote
IMO it works better and cleaner then the da*300 + tc. AF buttons are wonderful !!!

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I wished you hadn't said that. The images coming out of this lens are really striking. I love the color, clarity and rendering. And from what I've seen it has a prime like quality. I am contemplating selling my 300, 50-135 and using the money I was going to replace my K5 with the K3II towards this. Arrrgh

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QuoteOriginally posted by imtheguy Quote
I do mostly birding so Tav is my normal tele mode. Today I hope to compare AFC mode and speed between the da*300 and the spiffy new FA150-450 @300mm. If anything jumps out I will update this thread tonight.

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Yes, all of the shots with a TC were obviously lower IQ than without. I have no doubt there. If the samples did not demonstrate that well enough that's the fault of the poster....me. I use a TC on my best primes with great results in the past (da*300, A*400/2.8 and Sigma 500/4.5) but never found a zoom that could keep up.

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Folks - a note about comparisons here;


Downsizing a 13MB pic to 140KB really takes a toll on the fine detail. I have no doubt that the Sigma 500 shoots sharper, better detail on a birds feathers than the DFA150-450 @450 on its best day. I can provide a dropbox link to fullsized samples to anyone who PMs me an email addy.


But the 150-450 is a keeper for me. I can lug it and shoot handheld; not something the Sigma 500 can do.
Agree the Sigma looks sharper,even with the jpegs,but no surprise really. The 5.6 one is not so sharp,maybe some more wide open could be good, another poster said 5.6 was not sharp as well?? but many factors involved..a boring test pattern on a wall will tell for sure
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balancing act


today we had a very strong wind. Made handheld a bit iffy

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QuoteOriginally posted by Franc Quote
today we had a very strong wind. Made handheld a bit iffy

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no exif? what lens..great shot!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Shanti Quote
no exif? what lens..great shot!!
I will take a wild guess and say DFA 150-450

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QuoteOriginally posted by crewl1 Quote
I will take a wild guess and say DFA 150-450
Ok I missed the small print still a great catch
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Ok I missed the small print still a great catch
And this thread is for pics from that lens. Just having fun with you
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Thanks for posting your photos guys!! Great photos the lens looks to be sharp!!!!
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Some taken with the HD 1.4 TC wide open.














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These pics are great! Congratulations!

I really like that the focus seems to be right on the birds' eyes. Do you find it easy to lock focus on specific small targets? Is the new lens better than others you have used in the past? Tell us a few things on that if you like...

Thanks!
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QuoteOriginally posted by r0ckstarr Quote
Seeing as how you have both this lens, and the 560, which do you prefer to use as far as handling and image quality? How would you compare this at 450mm to the 560? (I know, primes vs zooms and different focal length, potato potateu)



Hi r0ckstarr
Difficult to compare total different applications for me. IQ wise at 7m plus on small birds the 560 will take it every time also handles the TC better than the 150-450. I want to use the 150-500 for BIF and if you are lucky enough to get the small birds at closer distances.

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QuoteOriginally posted by redpit Quote
These pics are great! Congratulations!

I really like that the focus seems to be right on the birds' eyes. Do you find it easy to lock focus on specific small targets? Is the new lens better than others you have used in the past? Tell us a few things on that if you like...

Thanks!

Thanks redpit


As said before the focus is very snappy I will say faster than any of my other lenses. Comparing with other lenses not that easy I have the Sigma 50-500 os not fair to compare them if you look at price.
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