First attempts with the 150-500

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Cliff-P
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Link Posted 15/02/2012 - 22:16
Well I finally convinced my better half that investment in a Sigma 150-500 was a good Idea, so the lens was ordered last Saturday from SRS and as promised it arrived yesterday.

I did have a play around with HowardJ`s lens (thank you Howard) some while ago but for the life of me I cant remember that is was so heavy! but I suppose I`ll get used to it.

Anyway here are a few of my first attempts that are keepers, I should have had more but guess who for got to turn the OS on!! C&C welcome.

Blue tit 1


Blue tit 2



Dunnock



Coal tit


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Link Posted 15/02/2012 - 22:26
They look pretty good to me Cliff.

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Link Posted 15/02/2012 - 22:50
Whoa! Nice photos! Congratulations on having a new "gun" to shoot with!

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Link Posted 16/02/2012 - 00:19
That's a good start to breaking in a new toy Cliff, now try using it in poor light and keeping it steady


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Link Posted 16/02/2012 - 05:46
[quote:3496ace15f="Cliff-P"]Well I finally convinced my better half that investment in a Sigma 150-500 was a good Idea:
Anyway here are a few of my first attempts that are keepers, I should have had more but guess who for got to turn the OS on!! C&C welcome.

Hello Cliff, congrats for being a proud owner of a brand new 150-500 Bigma. I have read varying reports on sharpness at the 500mm end. One particular variant has a good review on the Pentax US Forum.
I envy you as I too wanted this lens for my K20D and later a K-5. All I have for birding is an old Sigma 100-300mm DL - tack sharp at 100, sharp at 200mm, but soft at the 300mm end.
Great bird shots as a first attempt Cliff. Good composition, but a tad soft. You may need lots of practice - hand or monopod mounted.
Here is some advice from a Japanese Forum. Use Bright setting (Fn menu). Boost Saturation to +1, Contrast to +3 and Sharpness to +4 Fine. Turn off noise reduction. leave SR On when using a monopod. Use 100 to 400 ISO only. Shoot RAW + JPEG at the highest resolution. Put these settings on USER mode and give your new lens a try.
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Link Posted 16/02/2012 - 08:21
A very nice set Cliff, congratulations on the new lens.

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Link Posted 16/02/2012 - 08:29
Excellent start Cliff. Hope you have fun with it. Its my most used lens
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Link Posted 16/02/2012 - 09:06
fatspider wrote:
That's a good start to breaking in a new toy Cliff, now try using it in poor light and keeping it steady

Set me an easy challenge why don't you


Nanhi, Thanks for the info and advice I`ll certainly give it a try!.

Cheers everyone.
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Link Posted 16/02/2012 - 09:08
well well well you got it did you!
your in with the big boys at last , very nice set by the way cliff
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Link Posted 16/02/2012 - 09:18
Nice sharp pics. Good ones.

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Link Posted 16/02/2012 - 11:14
Great set of images, cliff, shows off the lens well.

Now where did the wife hide my credit card.

Take care.
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Link Posted 16/02/2012 - 11:35
To me, as viewed on my monitor, the Dunnock appears the sharpest - well taken and enjoy your new acquisition
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Link Posted 16/02/2012 - 12:30
Nice pics

Let's hope for some good light so you can practice again soon
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Link Posted 16/02/2012 - 14:25
ChrisR wrote:

Now where did the wife hide my credit card.
Take care.

Careful Chris mine came as part of a deal! I get a new lens, she gets laminate flooring in the lounge and dining room
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Last Edited by Cliff-P on 16/02/2012 - 14:27
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Link Posted 16/02/2012 - 14:33
Good set of images. I bought one late last year but I have not used it much I shall have to get out there and take some.
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