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Old Feb 18, 2010, 10:31 AM   #1
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Good morning everyone, I really like this combination for birding. I'll wait until I get a good deal on a 50 500 but for the present this is a good lens for the price range and quite sharp. Still playing with settings in low light which isn't a friend with this lens but if you can get them to sit still for 2 seconds then 1/40th works just fine.
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Old Feb 18, 2010, 12:33 PM   #2
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Good morning everyone, I really like this combination for birding. I'll wait until I get a good deal on a 50 500 but for the present this is a good lens for the price range and quite sharp. Still playing with settings in low light which isn't a friend with this lens but if you can get them to sit still for 2 seconds then 1/40th works just fine.
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This looks like a good shot. Unfortunately, the image size you posted is a little too small to appreciate the quality. Maybe, you can edit and repost a larger image.

You hit it right on the head when you said that if you can have the bird sit still for a second or two. I've had a love hate relationship with that particular lens for some ***e now. I'm on my 3rd copy and I didn't replace the first 2 for any quality or defect reason. It was simply a matter of getting frustrated in shooting a bird in flight in anything but the brightest conditions. It was ex-hasperating to have the lens rack back and forth throughout the entire focal range when I attempted to shoot BIF. By the ***e it's done the bird was gone. I tend to use the 50-200 ED with a EC-14 and find I have a lot more success with that combo.

I've accepted the warts of the 70-300mm since, it has a really super focal range, renders exceptionally sharp images and is small and light-making it an easy lens to travel with.
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Sorry, I didn't pay attention to what I posted since afterwards I had a ton of stuff to do. This should be better and I tossed in another one. A little cloudy had to go to ISO 200 and Ap at 5.6 with around 1/40 or 50 on the shutter. I love the 510 but I think before the years out I'll upgrade to the 620, I don't know how many shutter activations this thing can take but seems like I've shot quite a few thousand already and I'm planning a trip out west in the fall and don't want it to die right in the middle of Bryce Canyon : )
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Hi Eric,

Aside from the Osprey, the Cardinal is my favorite bird to photograph. Both the male and female are just beautiful(IMHO).

Your shots reinforce that. well done.

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Thanks Zig, you're right about the 70 300 and BIFs, it can be done but if you sway off a little in your panning then it goes through the entire focus cycle which is a pain to say the least. I use CAF and I've got a few good ones although I don't spend a ton of time on BIFs. I would imagine the 50 200 would work much better. I thought about buying a used one but I'm a zoom freak so my next guy will be the 50 500 and maybe a replacement for the 14 42
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Thanks Zig, you're right about the 70 300 and BIFs, it can be done but if you sway off a little in your panning then it goes through the entire focus cycle which is a pain to say the least. I use CAF and I've got a few good ones although I don't spend a ton of time on BIFs. I would imagine the 50 200 would work much better. I thought about buying a used one but I'm a zoom freak so my next guy will be the 50 500 and maybe a replacement for the 14 42
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I was going to bring this up in the other post but since you've mentioned it here, you just may want to look into getting a used 50-200mm lens ED version. One can usually be found for around 600 dollars. If that's not enough reach, then I'd look for a used EC-20 telecon, which would then give you 50-400 capability. That combo would be very close to what you'd pay for a 12-60mm.

Not trying to dissuade you from getting what you want, but, I've read quite a few reviews on the Sigma 50-500mm and most all of them say that the image quality gets quite soft beyond 350mm.

I had plans on getting the 50-500mm and then decided that my best option was to pick up an EC-20 telecon and add it to the 50-200mm. So far, I haven't done too much testing as I just got it yesterday. I do plan on putting the combo thru a vigorous test while on Florida.

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