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Old Jan 30, 2008, 7:47 AM   #11
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Sorry Tom I should have asked, do you do any motor sport pics, if so do you think it's suitable?

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This lens is big, although not any larger than the Nikon 500mm lens and it requires a sturdy tripod because of its weight and size. I have shot some flying birds with mine, but no motorsports since I rarely go to the track to take photos.

I would try to get some for you but it was -21F last night with a 30mph wind so I expect it will be a couple of months before any motor racing will happen around here. If I can find som snowmobile races locally and the weather gets a bit better I will try to get some of them for you with the Big 500.

This is all I have right now, the 500 4.5 with a Pentax 1.4L TC.



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Old Feb 1, 2008, 5:38 AM   #13
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Thanks Tom

Lovely moon shot

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Old Feb 3, 2008, 5:45 AM   #14
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I had the chance to take some shots with the 500 and I am disappointed with the results, I will try again a a week or so, maybe It's a bad one.




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It takes time and effort to get things right for the long lens to give good photos...This from someone that is still trying to master the Bigma. at 300mm most lens are very good right off the bat...Once you go to 400mm and beyond it takes time to learn how to get those sharp photos. I also have found that your in-camera settings make a differenc too. I set mine to Sharpness at +2, Contrast at +1 and Saturation at -1, image tone bright and Quality at the highest for JPEG. You will get sharp photos with this if you focus really carefully and use a tripod and 2 second timer with mirror lockup. You can get sharp photos with a wide angle lends by just pointing and shooting but the long lens take much more to get good sharp photos!



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Old Feb 5, 2008, 2:29 AM   #16
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Dawg,

Are you reading my mind ..... I emailed the guy that I've been talking to about the lens results referring him to this thread to which he replied that with, experience and practice..... yada, yada, yada ....... and being the trusting optimist I am I was just thinking maybe .... and there's your post!

I haven't discussed price with the guy yet but the thing thats worrying me most is the man focus thing, the whole failing eyesight thing's a worry Maybe I can get used to it, focus behind, in front or something.

What do ya think?
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Are you reading my mind ..... I emailed the guy that I've been talking to about the lens results referring him to this thread to which he replied that with, experience and practice..... yada, yada, yada ....... and being the trusting optimist I am I was just thinking maybe .... and there's your post!

I haven't discussed price with the guy yet but the thing thats worrying me most is the man focus thing, the whole failing eyesight thing's a worry Maybe I can get used to it, focus behind, in front or something.

What do ya think?
I think you can..I manual focus almost everything with the Bigma at 500mm. Auto focus just doesn't cut it on most long lens above 300mm. With that F/4 you should be fine if there is enough available light. The long lens are not easy and you will shoot more bad than good. But the extra reach will give you plenty of satisfaction...Your money though and your choice!

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Thanks for your advice.

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