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Old Nov 1, 2013, 10:31 AM   #1
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I was looking for a long lens for my Nikon D600 and I found a few options that deliver great IQ and fast focus but really expensive, the following are the lenses and the prices (for used lenses):

- Nikon 300mm f/2.8 AFS 1 $2800 - $3000

- Nikon 300mm f/2.8 AFS 2 $3200 - $3500

- Nikon 300mm f/2.8 AFS VR 1 $ 3800 - $4500

Doing my research I found some pictures of the Sigma 120-300mm 2.8 OS and what is interesting about the lens is it takes the 1.4 and 2.0 TC's very well with out too much degradation of image and maintaining auto focus capabilities and all this for only $2400.

I found a almost new from a photographer that never used the lens and I paid for it and the two teleconverters only $2000.

I received the lens but didn't have the chance to test just some pictures in my backyard hand held and in a very dark day. I'm very impressed of the IQ with the TC 2.0.

1.


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
550mm

Aperture
f/5.6

Exposure
1/800s

ISO
1000





2. 100% crop


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
550mm

Aperture
f/5.6

Exposure
1/800s

ISO
1000





3.


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
600mm

Aperture
f/7.1

Exposure
1/640s

ISO
1250





4. 60% crop


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
600mm

Aperture
f/7.1

Exposure
1/640s

ISO
1250





5.


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
600mm

Aperture
f/7.1

Exposure
1/640s

ISO
280





6. 70% crop


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
600mm

Aperture
f/7.1

Exposure
1/640s

ISO
280





7.


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
600mm

Aperture
f/7.1

Exposure
1/640s

ISO
250





8. 100% crop


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
600mm

Aperture
f/7.1

Exposure
1/640s

ISO
250






The exif is attached to the pictures, all hand held at 600mm

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Old Nov 1, 2013, 10:47 AM   #2
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1. The AF if this combo (with the 2.0 TC) was fast enough to capture this leave falling from the tree.


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
600mm

Aperture
f/5.6

Exposure
1/1250s

ISO
250





Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
600mm

Aperture
f/5.6

Exposure
1/1250s

ISO
250





2. 100% crop


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
600mm

Aperture
f/5.6

Exposure
1/1250s

ISO
250





3.


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
600mm

Aperture
f/5.6

Exposure
1/640s

ISO
2200





4.


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
600mm

Aperture
f/5.6

Exposure
1/640s

ISO
2200





5.



6.


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
600mm

Aperture
f/8

Exposure
1/640s

ISO
400





7.


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
600mm

Aperture
f/8

Exposure
1/640s

ISO
450





8.




I will be shooting some actions shots tomorrow and Sunday to test the tracking capabilities and I'll post some pictures here. It is a heavy lens almost 7 lbs so a tripod is mandatory with it.

Regards.

Marcelo




Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
600mm

Aperture
f/8

Exposure
1/640s

ISO
400

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Very impressive MarceloLI - it appears that Sigma is really moving ahead as their latest offerings have been receiving stellar reviews. I just purchased a D800 - I have the 17-35 and 70-200 and will need a "normal" zoom. After looking at Nikon's 24-70, 24-120 and Tamron's 24-70, I heard of Sigma's yet unreleased 24-105 f4 and will be waiting for a review of this lens. Fingers crossed!!
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G'day mate

Thanks for sharing - and 'exposing' a great lens
I'm guessing that you won't be on-selling it for a long, long time

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Very sharp results there marcelo...
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Old Nov 4, 2013, 9:49 AM   #6
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Very impressive MarceloLI - it appears that Sigma is really moving ahead as their latest offerings have been receiving stellar reviews. I just purchased a D800 - I have the 17-35 and 70-200 and will need a "normal" zoom. After looking at Nikon's 24-70, 24-120 and Tamron's 24-70, I heard of Sigma's yet unreleased 24-105 f4 and will be waiting for a review of this lens. Fingers crossed!!
Sigma is doing a great job with the new lenses, I have the 35mm 1.4 and it is the sharper lens in my collection. The 24-105mm is a very interesting lens and I think it will be another hit liker the Sigma 35mm 1.4.

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G'day mate

Thanks for sharing - and 'exposing' a great lens
I'm guessing that you won't be on-selling it for a long, long time

Phil
Hi Phil,

It is a great lens but heavy and I don't think I'' be selling it.
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Last Saturday I went to a school soccer game to test the tracking of this lens and I'm very impressed of it, very sharp pictures even wide open and also with the 1.4 and 2.0 TC's., after that I went to a pond to test it with BIF but the activity in Long Island is very slow this days, I found some mallards and cormorants.

1. Soccer game


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
300mm

Aperture
f/4

Exposure
1/640s

ISO
100





2.


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
140mm

Aperture
f/2.8

Exposure
1/1250s

ISO
100





3.


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
300mm

Aperture
f/2.8

Exposure
1/1250s

ISO
100





4.


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
300mm

Aperture
f/4

Exposure
1/800s

ISO
100





5.


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
300mm

Aperture
f/4

Exposure
1/640s

ISO
100





6. At the pond


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
460mm

Aperture
f/6.3

Exposure
1/400s

ISO
640





7. 100% crop


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
460mm

Aperture
f/6.3

Exposure
1/400s

ISO
640





8.


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
460mm

Aperture
f/6.3

Exposure
1/250s

ISO
640





9. 100% crop


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
460mm

Aperture
f/6.3

Exposure
1/250s

ISO
640





10.


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
600mm

Aperture
f/6.3

Exposure
1/250s

ISO
1250





The soccer game pictures some are with the 1.4 TC but all the pictures wide open and the mallards are with the 2.0 TC wide open also.
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Hi Marcelo,

The most impressive aspect of your soccer images is the advantage that a 2.8 lens offers in terms of bokeh. The pleasing out of-focus background is self evident and isolates the subject quite nicely.
Not to mention your abilities to capture & frame a very pleasing image.

Extremely well done & good fortune with your new toy.
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Hi Marcelo,

The most impressive aspect of your soccer images is the advantage that a 2.8 lens offers in terms of bokeh. The pleasing out of-focus background is self evident and isolates the subject quite nicely.
Not to mention your abilities to capture & frame a very pleasing image.

Extremely well done & good fortune with your new toy.
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Hi Zig,

Thank you for the feedback, the 2.8 aperture is a great advantage to obtain subject isolation and lower the ISO for fast action shots but it is a very heavy lens (7lbs with the TC) and using tripod is mandatory with it.

I am using a gimbal head and it is just OK, I need to polish my technique and practice more.

Some pictures from this weekend, just testing the combo.

Nikon D600 + Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 + Sigma 2.0 TC wide open

1.


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
600mm

Aperture
f/7.1

Exposure
1/3200s

ISO
640





2.


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
600mm

Aperture
f/7.1

Exposure
1/1600s

ISO
500





3.


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
600mm

Aperture
f/6.3

Exposure
1/250s

ISO
640





4.


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
600mm

Aperture
f/7.1

Exposure
1/4000s

ISO
640





5.


Camera
NIKON D600

Focal Length
600mm

Aperture
f/5.6

Exposure
1/320s

ISO
640





And you are right when you call it a "toy" because it is... it is only my hobby and I can't justify spending 5 or 6 grands in a big lens.

Have a great day.
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They look pretty impressive Marcelo. Like the sharpness, that shallow DOF and the bokeh. I'll echo Zig's comments. Nice lens, nice shots, all of them. Well done.

I borrowed my mates D600 W/17-35 lens for the last 2 houses I shot for real estate. Shooting at 3200 ISO at F9 and hand held in a low light situation...Hand held! I couldn't have done it with my Oly set up.

Has me thinking hard thoughts now I'm getting ready to upgrade. Slinking off and siding with you and Zig..

Edit: Just looked on line and found a new one for $979. Seriously thinking of this and a D600 (Body at $1219.99 New!) just to get me going.
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