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Old May 5, 2009, 12:08 PM   #1
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Finally got some shots with the bird feeder I put up a few weeks ago. These where the firstbirds that stayed when I stepped outside to try for some shots.

Taken from just over 35 ft away. Handheld with IS on.

E-30 w/ Sigma 50-500mm @ 500mm f8 1/400s ISO 400.










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Old May 5, 2009, 2:32 PM   #2
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Nice shots....Looks like they definitely took note your presence but not enough to fly away. And good catch of the bird's wings in motion in the first frame. Having tried to do that many many many times- did I say many times?, I know how hard that is to do.:?

It's good to see someone with an Olympus dslr using a Sigma50-500mm lens. I haven't seen many samples at long focal lengths using that particular lens. It has been on my short list of lenses for some time now and couldn't decide if it just made more sense to add an EC-14 TC to my 50-200mm vs buying the 50-500mm. I realize that even with the ec-14 TC, I'm still far short of what the 50-500 offers in FL, but I've been spoiled by the IQ of the 50-200 and didn't know how the IQ of the 50-500 compared.

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I picked up the Sigma 50-500mm just for the long reach beyond what the ZD 50-200mm + EC14 could provide.

The IQ of the Sigma is not as good as the ZD, but its definitely not bad. The only drawback is its small aperture, f6.3 at the long end and then stopping down a littlefor sharpness. I usually shoot it f8-11.


I often add the EC14 to the Sigma for a 700mm FL (1400mm EFL).



Some examples of the Sigma 50-500mm with the EC14, all photos are uncropped.

E-510 @ 708mm ISO 400 f9 1/500s






E-510 @ 348mm ISO400 f8.8 1/800s





E-510 @ 708mm ISO400 f8.9 1/800s





E-510 @ 708mm ISO400 f8.9 1/160s




E-510 @ 383mm ISO400 f8.7 1/100s






E-510 @708mm ISO100 f11 1/80s


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Looks pretty darn sharp to me!

I love those back-lit monkeys. Great shot, but all the otherslook very good to me as well.
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Nicely done.

I don't think I'd do well at 500 of 700mm at f8 and up. Just not that steady anymore. You show that it CAN be done.

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