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Old Jun 17, 2004, 7:05 PM   #11
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OK, had a few minutes tonight. Took this picture with my 10D, Sigma 120-300, 1.4x AND 2.0x TC's. Photo was handheld (that thing was a mother to handhold w/ both TC's) and not edited. Soo... 840mm. I'm going to mess around w/ the monopod and some different subjects.

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Old Jun 18, 2004, 12:58 AM   #12
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Thanks Andy, I'm turning into a confirmed Sigma lensfan. My 50-500 has sharpness and color that I love, moreso than the Canon 70-200 IS USM or any other Canon lens I have or have tried. I know this will probably bring on negative reactions but I'm only saying what I've personally experienced. I have the Canon 70-200 ISLand 1.4x Canon converter, have taken many many shots with the combination, both with and without the converter, and on the Rebel it just doesn't cut it like the Sigma. I'm not sure why, but the Sigma is sharper to meand the color saturation is more pleasing. I, as you, shoot at high shutter speeds anyway so that relegates the IS to a secondary position. With the 2.8 on the 120-300, or even the F4 with a 1.4 converter, I'll have a whole pile more light to increase shutter. With the way I shoot I have little use for IS anyway since I rarely, if ever, shoot under 1/500, and with a 2.8 you can be sure that I'll be hitting the 800 to 1000 range. And, if I do shoot at slower speeds, it's on a tripod, and a sturdy one at that. As for weight, well, I'm comfortable with the 4 pound 50-500 so I doubt that I'll be bugged by the 120-300. The extra light will give me extra strength.

I'm looking forward to throwing another Sigma on to my Rebel.

Cheers, and thanks for sharing your lens.
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Old Jun 18, 2004, 7:28 AM   #13
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Is there a place around you where you can try lenses out before buying? There's nothing around where I live unfortunately. Even though I did pretty good on pricing and then selling, you still take a hit with every lens purchase/sale. Like you said, I'm content using the Sigma lenses, not just for the cost, but especially for the results. When are you getting the 120-300?
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Old Jun 18, 2004, 8:38 AM   #14
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... My 50-500 has sharpness and color that I love,... I'm not sure why, but the Sigma is sharper to me and the color saturation is more pleasing...
There's an explanation for this: Sigma anti-glare coating has a warming effect, it's like having a built-in KR 1.5 filter. Some like it some don't... (easily tuned out in digital camera with WB).



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Try to reverse the stacking order of the 1.4x and 2x TC... I don't know if it'll improve thing, but it doesn't hurt to try.
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Old Jun 25, 2004, 9:54 PM   #15
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OK, life must$uck for this kid. I wouldn't stand next to him in a lightning storm. Check out the 2 photos above. Different game, same result. HBP. The "Bummer of a birthmark Hal" cartoon from The Far Side comes to mind. Just took this one tonight. Size/quality reduced. Shot wide openw/ my Sigma 120-300 and 10D.





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This is a keeper for his parents! IMO someone should stick this series in his yearbook when he'll graduate from high-school...



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Try to reverse the stacking order of the 1.4x and 1.6x TC... I don't know if it'll improve thing, but it doesn't hurt to try.
BTW this won't work with Sigma TC's... It only goes in 1-way: the 2x goes in front of the 1.4x!

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NHL, I like that pic too. By in front, you mean have the 2x attached to the body first then add the 1.4x?
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No, It the other ways:
Lens -> 2x -> 1.4x -> body !

You can't mount it the other way (i.e 1.4x <- 2x) since the front of the 2x will interfere with the 1.4x rear.
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Thanks. I'm thinking of maybe going to the Mid-Ohio Speedway tomorrow w/ my son. We only live an hour away and it would cool to shoot some racing. Never done it before. That's a road course, so I've posted some questions on another board to see whether a non-cred person can get a good vantage point.
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so when that happened, were the bases loaded with nobody out in the bottom of the 6th and the score (before he was nailed by the pitch) tied?
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