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Old Nov 19, 2006, 11:09 PM   #1
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Just got my sigma 70-300 apo dg from ebay this week ($145 mint). Oh how I have been waiting for this day to come. I've tried soooo hard to shoot wildlife with my (until recently) only lens (18-55 kit), and it was an act in futility needless to say. With my k100d locked and loaded, I woke up early and headed out to a local lake to try my hand at "birding."

"Quack"
Focal length=300m, Tv=1/1500, Av=8, Ec=0, Iso=800, photo uncropped


"Swan lake'
Focal length= 190mm, Tv=1/2000, Av=8, Ec=0, Iso=800, photo cropped


"Ducks on a date"
Focal length=300mm, Tv=1/2000, Av=8, Ec=0, Iso=800, photo cropped


"No rearview mirror required"
Focal length=260mm, Tv=1/3000, Av=5.6, Ec=0, Iso=200, photo uncropped


"Mavrick, call the ball"
Focal length=210mm, Tv=1/3000, Av=5.6, Ec=0, Iso=200, photo cropped


"Tweet tweet"
Focal length=300mm, Tv=1/250, Av=8, Ec=0, Iso=200, photo cropped


"Spread your wings and fly"
Focal length=300mm, Tv=1/3000, Av=5.6, Ec=0, Iso=800, photo cropped


"I feel the need, the need for speed"
Focal length=240mm, Tv=1/750, Av=9.5, Ec=0, Iso=800, photo cropped


"All passengers please return your seats to the upright position"
Focal length=300mm, Tv=1/1500, Av=5.6, Ec=0, Iso=800, photo cropped


Overall, I was quite impressed with this "budget" 3rd party telephoto zoom lens. Combined with my k100d's shake reduction feature, it's gotta ALOT of bang, for very little buck.
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Old Nov 20, 2006, 3:24 AM   #2
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very nice and sharp, are they cropped in any way? did you use autofocus for birds in flight?

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Old Nov 20, 2006, 4:11 AM   #3
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Good one particularly the one (
"Spread your wings and fly") with lighting on the spreaded wing.

Are they all taken at the extreme end of the lens ( i e 300mm)? Or you stayed within 200mm? Practically lack of C A.

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i'm impressed.. you've taken to it like a fish to water.. way to go doc..

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Old Nov 20, 2006, 11:38 AM   #5
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All good, but the swan stands out even more. It's for National Geographic!

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Old Nov 20, 2006, 11:41 AM   #6
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Really nice shots.

I see it going for $220 new and it really itches me. I am curious about how well the APO feature works in keeping down the chromatic aberration.

Yesterday I tried to get some squirrels/geese shots with my Sigma 18-125mm to no avail. 125mm is way too short for that.

Can you post the max aperture through zoom range for it?

Thanks.
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Old Nov 20, 2006, 2:40 PM   #7
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Very nice, as usual. Looks like we've got another birder here - taking all those outstanding pictures. I like both the swan and the gull in flight (think it's a gull?). Very nice!
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Royce, Way to go!!!! While I'm such a newb at actually handling my camera I have lurked a lot in the wildlife forum and I have to say that thephotographer and that lens handles both the black (great detail) in the crow and the irredescence (didn't blow the green) in the mallard very well.

I'm pretty sure of what I'll be doing with my bonus next month .

Thanks for show and tell.



p.s. what distanceand settings on the mallard (pic #1)?
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Old Nov 20, 2006, 3:37 PM   #9
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i think we've created a monster!!!!!
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Congratulations - great shots.


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