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  1. #1
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    Just bought a sigma 150-500mm with x2 tele

    Went to one of (if not THE) biggest camera stores in oslo, and lost my mind. Well, I'd already lost my mind before I went there because for some strange reason I had to have a 500mm lens. It just grew on me this week, the sensation that my life would not be complete without it.

    And seeing as my job doesn't pay that much, I could only afford a sigma 150-500mm and a sigma x2 teleconverter. And in no way shape or form am I trying to imply that it's a cheap lens. But compared to other lenses with a 500mm reach it's a steal And when I write "just bought", I mean JUST bought. I came home, ran up the nearest hill, slapped everything on my D300 and took a series of test shots that in no way reflect the potential of the lens (but does a great job of showing how crap things can be when you don't pay any attention to anything and just do things as fast as you can)

    And before you ask "what are you going to photograph with it?", let me assure you that I havn't got a clue. No idea, at all. It's a part of my "buy something and put it to good use" challenge. It's fun just to loose your mind sometimes.. Very expencive, but fun

    As I said, these are just some test shots, poorly put together and shot in a hurry because I was really looking forward to seeing the reach of this lens, so - yes - they're crap. The editing is crap aswell, so don't complain about the variation in color etc on the pictures because I threw these together from RAW files in a hurry. This is just to show the reach of this lens.

    16-85mm @ 16mm - this is the scene:


    Faaar away there's a farm. Lets take a look :


    16-85mm @ 85mm:


    150-500mm @ 150mm:


    150-500mm @ 250mm:


    150-500mm @ 500mm:


    150-500mm @ 500mm with x2 teleconverter:

    (I forgot to manually focus this shot, so it's a bit iffy...)

    I was a bit dissapointed by the results with the teleconverter, as I imagined 1000mm would give me a lot more reach compared to the 500mm shot. But other then that, I'm looking forward to testing this lens out more seriously.

    And the OS (vibration reduction) on this lens is loud, and it sounds horrible. It's like some small mechanical animal is dying inside of it. But it works.

  2. #2
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    Congrats.

    Mate of mine has one on his fairy camera so by definition it doesn't take very good photos. I'm sure that yours will be far better.

    I have a story about this particular mate.

    He is a volunteer fireman and spent days fighting our bush fires earlier this year (173 people killed, over 2000 houses destroyed in 24 hours). As a thank you the organisers of the Melbourne F1 GP offered free entry to all volunteer fire fighters. Phil turned up with his Canon and his then brand new 150-500 after driving 200 km to get there and they would not let him in because of the "pro" lens. Go figure!

  3. #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by photowerkz View Post
    And before you ask "what are you going to photograph with it?", let me assure you that I havn't got a clue. No idea, at all.
    lol i love this.
    congrats on the lens. its a solid performer.
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  4. #4
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    Thanks, both of you. I think it's going to be fun figuring out what I'm going to do with this lens For now, some shots of the gear itself...











    That's the nikkor 35mm f1.8 lying next to the sigma 150-500. There's just a hint more glass in the 150-500

  5. #5
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    Hahah that should be fun.
    I'd love to own one but I don't I have the time to enjoy it. Plus... I won't be able to justify buying it at this stage.
    Now you can be a paparazzi.
    Nikon D90, D80
    Nikkor 16-85mm AF-S DX F/3.5-5.6G ED VR, Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) macro, Nikkor 50mm F/1.4D, Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D, Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED, Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro ||| 2x SB800 | SB600 ||| Manfrotto 190XB

  6. #6
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    Wow I didn't realize 500mm (and x2) zoomed so much, thanks for the demonstration!

    Excellent pictures of the lens too!
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  7. #7
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    go find some vacationing celebrities suntanning naked :-)
    d90/nikkor 16-85 vr/nikkor 35mm f/1.8/hoya circular polarizer/ this is going to get expensive
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  8. #8
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    Excellent demonstration of reach! I loved it!
    John

    D90 with the 18-105 kit lens M-Rock Yellowstone bag, 35 mm F1.8 G, and a SB-600 Flash
    Wants: Too many and I need to become a better photographer first anyway!!


    http://www.flickr.com/photos/33718659@N04/

  9. #9
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    Congrats. it looks like a great lens. can't wait to see more pics

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    Congrats on the frivolous consumption. Glad I'm not the only one who buys gear for fun.

    Great demonstration shots.
    D800, D300, D90, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200VR f2.8, 300 F4, 105 micro, 16-85VR, 50mm 1.8, Tammy 90 macro, 70-300VR, SB900, 2xSB600, MB-D10, 055XPROB 322RC2. New computers to run photoshop faster. C&C always appreciated. PhotoGallery
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