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Old Mar 12, 2011, 7:20 AM   #1
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Default 70-300mm / Sigma 150mm + ec14 samples

I decided to take out the 70-300mm ZD lens out of moth balls, walk around the grounds at the complex we're staying at in Marco and take a few shots of the many flowers in bloom. It strikes me every time I take this lens out as to how versatile a performer it is. From a price to performance perspective, this lens really is difficult to beat. By way of comparison, I also took some photos using the Sigma 150mm f2.8 APO DG EX macro. This is a significantly more expensive combination. The photos follow. You be the judge















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Old Mar 12, 2011, 7:52 AM   #2
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YEP! you got the right combination worked out...... you may vote for me (HINT: I like the
70-300 best of these, very-very nice images & the Sigma does work well on its own).
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70-300mm images get my vote, as well, Zig. I, regretfully, sold mine to offset the cost of the 50-200mm (should arrive Monday). I really like that lens but, can't afford both right now. You can bet that if the situation arises that I get a shot at another one, I won't hesitate to snag another one!
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Excellent again zig. You have really been on a roll with this year's Florida photos. Those shots are great. You really have mastered the use your E-30. (I think that that will be the next addition to my camera collection.)

I recently acquired the 70-300 and have been using it for wildlife shots, but you show that I need to try it out on flowers also. Well done Zig.
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Beautiful colors and very sharp pictures Zig.

I just bought a Sigma 150mm f/2.8 and I think it is a great lens.

Is the EC-14 create more magnification attached to the Sigma 150 ?

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Beautiful colors and very sharp pictures Zig.

I just bought a Sigma 150mm f/2.8 and I think it is a great lens.

Is the EC-14 create more magnification attached to the Sigma 150 ?

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The EC-14 will make your 150mm lens a 210mm lens. You will lose one f stop, though.
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Hi Bob,

Yes, I like the output of the 70-300mm lens. Perhaps, it's because I know the lens well- it's strengths and weaknesses. The Sigma, while being exceptionally sharp is an altogether different beast. With a 2.8 aperture, it takes some getting used to. I just have to use it more to get a better handle.

Hi Gary,

I know how you feel about the 70-300mm lens. I did the exact same thing, selling my first 70-300mm to help finance the purchase of the 50-200mmED.
This is my 3rd copy of the 70-300mm and this time, I'm not going to sell it as in certain situations, it is the ideal lens to use.

Hi Steven,

It is very easy to concentrate on just one type of photography, be it birds, flowers, landscapes, sunsets, you name it- it's here.

Trying to work on the "missus" regarding possibly buying a condo here on Marco. We'll see how that goes.

Hi Marcelo,
One of the main reasons I continue to stick with Olympus (beside the IQ of the lenses) is the quality of the out of camera jpegs. The colors are vibrant, almost always true to what I see when I snap the shutter closed and I hardly ever adjust the color in post processing.

Gary Toth already answered your question relative magnification of the Sigma.

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Great shots and color Zig. I think that combo with the 70 300 is pretty amazing for a lens you can get under 300 dollars.
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Great shots and color Zig. I think that combo with the 70 300 is pretty amazing for a lens you can get under 300 dollars.
Hi Eric,

Couldn't say it any better than that.

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Trying to work on the "missus" regarding possibly buying a condo here on Marco. We'll see how that goes.
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I think that is a very, very, good idea. And, of course, after you get it, if is near the beach, I will be glad to run down there on weekends and "keep an eye on it." LOL. It's such a sacrifice, but that's what friends are for.
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