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Old Jan 11, 2004, 7:37 AM   #1
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Hi there , im thinkinking of buying the Sigma 50-500 f4-6.3 for action shots at motorcycle tracksides to go with my 10D is this a wise choice or is there a better combination.
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Old Jan 11, 2004, 8:21 AM   #2
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That is a good lens in general. Will you be shooting indoors or outdoors? f6.3 doesn't allow for much light.

And can you use a monopod in the stands? You'll need one!

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f/6.3 is only at 500mm... you won't be shooting indoor at this focal lenght! It's a more 'normal' f/4-5.6 in other focal range just like most others lenses...

I didn't have the chance to use my lens much since it just too cold outside
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So it doesn't go to 6.3 until the very end of the zoom range?

From what I've seen of race tracks (my brother races on the same tracks Nascar and Indy Car does) you'll use the 500mm end of it. Of course, there will be places that that will be too much zoom. But there will be other places where you'll want it.

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So it doesn't go to 6.3 until the very end of the zoom range?
Just like your 28-135 IS USM, but even then you can't tell from the camera: it reports to the camera by being closer to f/5.6 rather than a fraction higher! :lol:

FYI 1000mm @ f/11: Sigma 50-500 + Sigma 2x converter
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Old Jan 12, 2004, 6:31 AM   #7
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Gandi , to answer your question, the Sigma 50-500 has been a pleasure to me. It is extremely heavy and rather un wieldy ot full extention. I've used it at a zoo freehand and made use of natural braces in the park,fences ,trees,hand raila and even trash cans. Some people report it as soft at 500 but I have no other lens to compare it to. All I know is it has been a joy to me due to the convient zoom. Do I wish it was an f4? sure but then I would not own one! I'm posting an action pic shot at ISO800 at 500mm to show that the lens should do what you ask.
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This shot is noisy as it was ISO800, Very poor lighting. With the whites and contrast and heavy shadow you can judge for yourself if this is a lens that will meet your needs. Sure there are sharper lenses but none with this zoom range at this price point! It must work for someones needs cause they are still selling them.
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Old Jan 12, 2004, 7:37 AM   #9
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Nice pictures!

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I just wasn't sure when the lens switch over to 6.3. Some do it in the last 20mm (i.e. very close to the end) other lenses (I believe) do it much sooner. I wasn't sure which the 50-500 was more like. Sounds like you are suggesting that its at 5.6 all the way up to (almost) 500. If true, that is nice.

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Gandi, everyone wants info to help make decisions but seldom does anybody come back and tell what they chose and why. So tell us iwhat lens are you going to order? and don't forget to come back and show us how it works. If you don't share this info you only have half a forum!
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