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Old Aug 22, 2009, 6:10 PM   #1
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Default Sigma 135-400mm APO & 50-200mm ED

I recently was able to pick up a Sigma 135-400mm, APO lens to use in conjunction with the E-30 and possibly with the EC-14 for a bit more focal length. Unfortunately, the weather has been less than cooperative since I've got it. I did manage to take a few shots of some lilys in the garden. But that's not the reason to have this lens.

I went to the Osprey nest to snap a few despite the weather today. Gray overcast, with rain spitting out of the sky. Not ideal conditions for this experiment.To be fair, this was a lousy day for shooting birds and expecting sharp clean noise free images. But I just had to use it as the wait was killin' me.

I did take about 40 images. Mostly of an adult preening itself while the fledgling and the other adult off somewhere. Here is one taken with the EC-14, Sigma 135-400mm, and the E-30. set to 1/500sec, ISO1000, manual mode,f11.



The bird didn't cooperate today and never really move enough to get a clear shot of his profile.

This is one I took the other day of a backyard Lily. much sunnier:




I still have lots of learning to do with this lens.Monday is looking like a better day once Tropical Storm Bill leaves us. Hope to have more to say, more to post and better images to share.

In the meantime, I still love the 50-200mm ED. Here is a flower close up using the 50-200mm with the EX-25:



and one without the EX-25tube:


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Old Aug 23, 2009, 12:42 AM   #2
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That EX25 really makes you have to pick the points you want in focus, doesn't it! Otherwise, it won't be.

Looks like the reach is what you want with the 135-400 Sigma. Promising start.
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Quite a difference in IQ without the EX on there. Nice ones.
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hey Zig,

I agree with Greg. As for the flower shots, I didn't know you had the EX25.

For me you kinda 'snook' that one in... Hope Bill just passes by and gets gone.
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I agree with Greg. As for the flower shots, I didn't know you had the EX25.

For me you kinda 'snook' that one in... Hope Bill just passes by and gets gone.
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Yes, I've actually had the EX-25 since last November sometime. I really haven't used it all that much. I've been concentrating on birds so much since the start of the year instead.

Each time somebody posts a series using the tube along with another lens, It reminds me to pull it out and give it another go. I'm not as comfortable using it as I should be by this time

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Hi Zig,
Nice shots. What is your opinion of this lens? I thought about the 135 400 a little more money, before I picked up the 70 300. Is the glass as sharp as the 70 300? I have been saving for the 50 500 which from what I see has a little edge over the 300 in sharpness as well as reach.
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What is your opinion of this lens? I thought about the 135 400 a little more money, before I picked up the 70 300. Is the glass as sharp as the 70 300? I have been saving for the 50 500 which from what I see has a little edge over the 300 in sharpness as well as reach.
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Hi Eric,

The 70-300mm is an excellent performer-for the money. Additionally, it's small size and light weight comes in handy when you want to take it to a sporting event, etc.

I found it to be rather slow when focusing birds in flight. To be fair, I had the E-510 when I owned the 70-300mm. On the E-30 it may be a little faster to snap into focus- since I don't own one, I can't test that.

The Sigma 135-400mm APO DG lens is quite another story. It's a beast. Built well, focus is pretty fast and it is heavy. Here is a shot of te lens mounted on the E-30 with an EC-14telecon.



Both the 70-300mm and the 135-400 need a lot of light to perform well. I was able to pick up the Sigma for 370 dollars on EBay. About the same price as the 70-300mm new. Since the pricing was about the same, I opted for the added focal length.

Image quality is okay. But, the weather hasn't exactly cooperated here since I've gotten the lens so I haven't much of an opportunity to really give it a workout in good lighting. That being said, I did go out this evening and took a bunch of shots at the Cape Cod Canal with this combo. I'm going to post some of the results. right now, I'm having trouble downloading the images into PBase.com.

Like you, I'm looking to pick up a 50-500mm Sigma when I find one at the right price. For now, I think this lens will do just fine.

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Quite a difference in IQ without the EX on there. Nice ones.
Sorry for not responding to you sooner. I just plain missed your post.

As for the IQ, my suspicion is that it has more to do with the guy holding the camera than the other way around.

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Default A few shots taken with the 135-400mm lens

Some images taken today with the 135-400mm with the EC-14 telecon mounted to the E-30:










For comparison, here is a shot I took with an E-510/70-300mm combo:



and another:



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Thanks for posting more pics Zig. How far away was the gull.
I think the 70 300 will have to do until I find the right buy on the 50 500. I don't see a lot of difference in IQ between the 135 400 and the 70 300. What are your thoughts, maybe it's just me but I think there is a noticeable difference with the 50 500 and of course a substancial difference with the 50 200. The only 4/3 lens I can afford that will get me to 500mm with good quality at present is the bigma.
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