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Sigma 150 - 500mm Telephoto lens

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tripodted
tripodted e2 Member 930 forum poststripodted vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2008 - 5:10 PM

Has anyone one used the Sigma 150 - 500mm lens? What are the pros and cons? I would consider this if the feed back is good as my budget wouldn't stretch to a prime lens. My main use for this lens would be for photographing wild birds and animals.

Last Modified By tripodted at 10 Oct 2008 - 5:11 PM
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Ian Hunter
Ian Hunter e2 Member 11103 forum postsIan Hunter vcard United Kingdom
10 Oct 2008 - 5:29 PM

There is a review here which is worth a read

Overread
Overread  63746 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2008 - 5:33 PM

I have not used any of the lenses, but also consider the following options:

Sigma 50-500mm
Canon 100-400 (add a 1.4teleconverter for a similar focal length as the 150-500mm with only a very small drop in overall quality)

Squirrel
Squirrel  7377 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2008 - 6:16 PM

I have the Sigma 50-500. I like this lens very much. It is a bit weighty so I tend to use it with a tripod most of the time.

tripodted
tripodted e2 Member 930 forum poststripodted vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2008 - 6:38 PM

Thanks to those of you who have commented. I forgot to mention I intended using it with my Nikon D80 and my wife might use it with her D70. I read the review that EPZ gave but I read a couple of other less favourable ones on the web and it left me uncertain.

csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2008 - 7:09 PM

Played with one briefly at the weekend and it is lighter and less trombone like than the 50-500.

Not had a chance to ask what the results were, so can't help on that aspect yet. If I find out before you make a decision I will update the thread.

tripodted
tripodted e2 Member 930 forum poststripodted vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2008 - 7:11 PM

Thanks Cheryl.

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110243 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2008 - 7:13 PM

A friend of mine has this on his Nikon D300.

Its a heavy old lump which he is slowly getting used to. I played with it for a short time and it feels well engineered, smooth in use and the OS system seems to work well.

We both found the closest focal distance a bit difficult to spot, both ending up trying to shoot too close and getting out of focus images

At long range its seems a bit short on resolving power (compared to my canon 400 f56.L anyway).

He has taken to shooting off a monopd at high shutter speeds (1/800th - 1/1600th sec) and is beginning to get shots he is satisfied with (birds in flight in the main)
(I don't know if you have spotted this site yet it has some 150-500 images)

Last Modified By brian1208 at 10 Oct 2008 - 7:20 PM Helpful Post! This post was flagged as helpful
tripodted
tripodted e2 Member 930 forum poststripodted vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2008 - 7:20 PM

Thanks Brian for the post. Can you give me a link to the site you refer to and I'll take a look.

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110243 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2008 - 7:21 PM

sorry about that - finger troubles - corrected now

tripodted
tripodted e2 Member 930 forum poststripodted vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2008 - 7:21 PM

Sorry I need a pair of new specs. I didn't drag down far enough.

Last Modified By tripodted at 10 Oct 2008 - 7:53 PM
tripodted
tripodted e2 Member 930 forum poststripodted vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2008 - 7:54 PM

Thanks Brian for the link. It looks like a good site.

Brom
Brom  9804 forum posts United Kingdom
10 Oct 2008 - 9:25 PM

i have one and find it a cracking lens. The os is very good if a little noisy though i find i use it with a monopod more often than not

tripodted
tripodted e2 Member 930 forum poststripodted vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2008 - 8:22 AM

Thanks Anthony for your feedback. I am very grateful.

tripodted
tripodted e2 Member 930 forum poststripodted vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2008 - 9:27 AM

I would like to just add, I had looked at the Nikkor 70-300mm VR but wasn't sure if it would be much of an improvement on my Sigma 70 - 300mm APO to make the change. Then I saw the EPZ review on the Sigma 150 - 500mm and I know it would give me extra reach but that's no good if it wouldn't be a reasonably good all rounder.

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