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Old Feb 1, 2011, 10:41 AM   #1
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Well, it continues to snow altogether all too often around here these days. About the only good thing that comes out of it is that I get ample opportunities to take photo of songbirds at the feeder.
Here are 4 photos taken this morning. The first 2 are taken with a Sigma 150mm f2.8 prime the 2nd pair are taken with the 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 ED lens.


I decided to get the Sigma (it's used) 150mm because it is slightly faster than the 50-200mm. The other reason is by adding the EC-20, I end up with a 300mm 5.6 lens. Which isn't entirely all bad as I've read the review of this lens on SLR Gear prior to getting it. SLRGear gave it a really fine review.

I have the Oly 70-300mm lens. and, while I like it for it's IQ at 300mm, it hunts like crazy at times- as we all know. This Sigma has a focus limiter on it that allows you to choose which distance the lens should be focusing. So far, I like this lens a lot just because of that feature alone.

Anyways, the photos were run thru ACR6.3. I adjusted the sharpness the same for each lens, did not do any noise reduction for any, nor cropping- these are full size as they came out of the camera.







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Old Feb 1, 2011, 12:34 PM   #2
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Really excellent shots Zig. Love the expression of the bird in #3. I can see that you are still being visited by old man winter. (Maybe you should start your journey to Florida early this year. )

All those shots looks equally sharp to me. Looks like you have a winner with your new lens. (? What price range is that Sigma 150 selling for in the current marketplace?)
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Really excellent shots Zig. Love the expression of the bird in #3. I can see that you are still being visited by old man winter. (Maybe you should start your journey to Florida early this year. )

All those shots looks equally sharp to me. Looks like you have a winner with your new lens. (? What price range is that Sigma 150 selling for in the current marketplace?)
Hi Steven,

Yes, I enjoy the expression of some of the birds that land on that branch only to see me sitting there in my chair about 3 ft way from them. This time of year, very few of them fly off as the urge to eat is stronger than their fear of me.

I thought that this lens would be a good choice for shooting the songbirds from my office window as the 50-200mm is normally set at a focal length of around 150mm. But, being just a tad slower, I have to adjust the ISO up in the morning when most of the activity takes place. The Sigma is just a little b it brighter-enough to make a difference. Especially since the birds just won't accept the flash.

I got the Sigma used at KEH.com for 599.00. But I have to say, I'm hard pressed to see any use given to this lens. It is in immaculate condition.
As far as I know, it is still being made in a fourthirds mount as B&H has it available for 729.00 new.

As for Florida, our current plan is to leave on the 26th of this month and that day can't come soon enough for me.


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