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Old Nov 26, 2008, 10:47 AM   #1
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I decided to do this shootout several weeks ago and am just now getting to it. Right after getting my Meyer 300 f/4, lots of folks wanted to know how it stacks up against the Sigma 50-500 "Bigma" lens so here we go..

All photos were taken at ISO 800, 300mm, Auto WB and F/8. Post processing was done exactly the same for each photo. Photos were taken at a very similar distanc e but they were not the exact same distance thus some appear closer than others.
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1. The Sigma DL 100-300mm f/4.5-6.7 lens. Very light weight compact (when collapsed) and a true bargain it lists for $109.95 new and can be gotten used for much less. Mine was less than $30 on ebay. In new condition I might add. For those looking for a good inexpensive lens in the 300mm range this could be itl. Auto focus and auto aperture. All plastic lens. Go here for a look at it from Popphoto...
http://www.popphoto.com/cameralenses...-dl-f45-67.htm

2. The Vivitar TX mount 300mm F/5.6 lens. All aluminum and glass lens made by Olympus for Vivitar in the 1970's. Fairly compact and light weight. It has the Viv TX interchangeable lens mount. Mine is in M42 screw thread but lens mounts for many cameras are available on the auctions. I'm looking for a K-mount one right now. The Sigma APO 1.4 Teleconverter fits this lens and makes it a great performer too.

3. The Sigma APO DG EX F/4-6.3 50-500mm "Bigma" lens. Mostly Aluminum and glass. One of the most versatile lens out there. It is sharp at all focal lengths and covers such a broad range that you only need it and the Pentax Kit lens to do most of the photography we all do. Not a light weight lens but not that heavy either. I shoot mostly hand held with this one and have shot one handed with it extended to 500mm. So far my favorite lens. Focus is not the fastest on my version but the newer ones with the ultrasonic focus motors are supposed to be fairly fast. Cost? Used on Ebay around $900.00. Go here for a look and the list price for one that will fit your camera.....http://www.sigma-photo.com/lenses/le...mp;navigator=3

4. The Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Orestegor 300mm f/4 lens. A very well made all aluminum and glass lens. Very big and heavy as well. Fine focus movment makes it a slow focusing lens but at the same time a very acurate focusing lens. Can be found as a Pentacon brand lens as well. They were made from 1971 up till 1990. Those sold on Ebay go from $200.00 up to $400.00. A lot of the out there too. Mine cost me $210.00 and shipping. The Aperture blades form a near perfect circle and are a truly beautiful sight to see moving.

Now we see the participants. Lots of photos here.

First the line-up.


The Sigma 100-300mm DL




The Vivitar TX 300mm f/5.6




The Sigma APO DG EX 50-500mm F/4-6.3 "Bigma"






The Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Orestegor 300mm F/4






In the following posts I'll present photos from each of these.

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Old Nov 26, 2008, 11:57 AM   #2
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Re #1, so you do have a truck to carry this big glass around eh? So do I...:-)
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Hi Dawg,

Nice job! I'm almost needing a nap just thinking about doing a test like that.

I just counted up and was a bit shocked to find that I have a baker's dozen of ways of getting around 300mm if I include using the F 1.7x AFA. Just as surprisingly, I've actually used almost all of these in the past 12 months.

In no particular order:

Tamron 70-300 f4-5.6
Pentax 80-320 f4-5.6
Pentax FA*300 f4.5
Tamron SP 300 f2.8 (MF)
Sigma EX 300 f2.8 APO
Tokina 100-300 f4 AT-X SD (MF)
Tokina 150-500 f5.6 AT-X SD (MF)
Tokina 80-400 AT-X AF2

. . .and with the 1.7x AFA. . .

Pentax A*200 f2.8 + 1.7x AFA (340mm f4.8 )
Tamron SP180 f2.5 + 1.7x AFA (306mm f4.3)
Tokina 80-200 f2.8 AT-X Pro AF2 + 1.7x AFA
Tamron SP 80-200 f2.8 + 1.7x AFA
Pentax A 70-210 f4 + 1.7x AFA

. . .I think I've just redefined LBA -- . . .:-)

Now I'm really tired! Definitely time for a nap. . .:O

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John I mainly need the truck to haul my big carcass around..LOL:G:G
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Hi Dawg,

Nice job! I'm almost needing a nap just thinking about doing a test like that.

I just counted up and was a bit shocked to find that I have a baker's dozen of ways of getting around 300mm if I include using the F 1.7x AFA. Just as surprisingly, I've actually used almost all of these in the past 12 months.

In no particular order:

Tamron 70-300 f4-5.6
Pentax 80-320 f4-5.6
Pentax FA*300 f4.5
Tamron SP 300 f2.8 (MF)
Sigma EX 300 f2.8 APO
Tokina 100-300 f4 AT-X SD (MF)
Tokina 150-500 f5.6 AT-X SD (MF)
Tokina 80-400 AT-X AF2

. . .and with the 1.7x AFA. . .

Pentax A*200 f2.8 + 1.7x AFA (340mm f4.8 )
Tamron SP180 f2.5 + 1.7x AFA (306mm f4.3)
Tokina 80-200 f2.8 AT-X Pro AF2 + 1.7x AFA
Tamron SP 80-200 f2.8 + 1.7x AFA
Pentax A 70-210 f4 + 1.7x AFA

. . .I think I've just redefined LBA -- . . .:-)

Now I'm really tired! Definitely time for a nap. . .:O

Scott
Geez Scott. That wore me out reading the list!!! You HAVE redefined LBA!!
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Dawg,

Look forward to the image of Part 2

You need something like this from Home Depot






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Look forward to the image of Part 2

You need something like this from Home Depot





Daniel I actually can carry all of these plus more for miles. The diesel helps...

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Daniel I actually can carry all of these plus more for miles.* The diesel helps...
I give it up. The type of pictures that I have been taking is definitely better for my back

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Daniel I actually can carry all of these plus more for miles. The diesel helps...
I give it up. The type of pictures that I have been taking is definitely better for my back

Daniel
And from the beauty of the young ladies you've been shooting easier on the eyes too. :G:G:G:G:G:G:G:G:G:G:G:G:G:G:G:G

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Hey Dawg,
a really impressive collection... and it really makes me think over my own lens collection. It's the size/weight vs. quality/price discussion with a bit of "how many times do you use it" thrown into what I am talking about. *sigh*
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