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Old Jan 23, 2004, 7:09 AM   #1
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A few bird photos using 10D and Sigma 50-500. I recently sold my Digital Rebel and stepped up to the 10D. While the Rebel did well, it was really lacking in some very useful features. I did not realize how much until I tried the 10D.





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Those are really nice shots of the Cardinal and Chickadee! I wish we had Cardinals out here in California. Maybe we do. I don't know, lol. All I know is that bird is a beautiful red! And Chickadees are so darn cute.

Thanks for sharing.

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Very beautiful! Cardinals here will never sit still long enough! At least not for me.
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WOW *awe* WOW
VERY VERY NICE SHOTS!
that 2nd cardinal is amazing!
BEAUTIFUL job!
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Very beautiful! Cardinals here will never sit still long enough! At least not for me.
Thanks to all for the comments.

pbnoj... I had the same problem as you, they would not sit still. So I stood in one location for about an hour, motionless as I possibly could. The second they landed I framed them slowly and they picked up every slight movement. Luckily I was able to frame and shoot before they took off.
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Old Jan 23, 2004, 7:28 PM   #7
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Awesome photos indeed

You're convincing me to buy a 50-500 instead of a 100-300 EX HSM, what aperture were you using and what focal lenght ?

I also wonder, at 400, is it F/6.3 or bigger ?

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Awesome photos indeed

You're convincing me to buy a 50-500 instead of a 100-300 EX HSM, what aperture were you using and what focal lenght ?

I also wonder, at 400, is it F/6.3 or bigger ?

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Sorry I took so long to respond. I don't know if I can really answer that question. The aperture reading on the camera stays at 5.6 even at 500 mm. I think Eric S explained this in one of his posts. Has something to do with the lens reporting 5.6 for focusing reasons I think. With this lens and my 10D , 5.6 starts right after 100mm and stays that way for the remainder of the focal length. Conclusion... I don't really know but I do like the lens. I have no problem shooting at 400 iso to pick up that shutter speed and with the rebel you would not either. Noise is super low.

On the portrait I used F/9.5 and on the full body shot of the cardinal I used F/11.
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Yes, the lens lies to the camera and reports f5.6 eventhough its f6.3 Since its so close, the AF system usually works well enough. But if you were shooting near sunset or in a dark environment, you'd notice that the AF isn't what it should be.

Wow, so f5.6 starts at 100mm? That is harsh. I would have hoped it started later.

Nice shots, BTW.
Great detail on the head shot.

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I took the plunge and also bought a 50-500, I'm quite happy with the little test I done so far. My problem right now is lack of time to go in the wild. Next Monday and Tuesday I'm off, so I'll try to bring some neat ones
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