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Eric CAN Feb 7, 2004 8:39 PM

Newest shots of birds w/ new Sigma 50-500 EX HSM
Very happy with this new lens, lot's of reach indeed. On the other hand, when the birds are really small, you still need to get quite close to them. Now I'm seriously thinking of buying a hunters blind, so I can get real close to them

Here's some new ones I took :

I'm still waiting to get this fellow hanging on a tree branch, so composition looks better :

A neat little Woodpecker :

A little Chikedee, I love these birds, so enjoyable

House Sparrow, I got real close to this one , about 14 feet

Larger images of these birds here :

and here :

These are not birds, but I love the way it's composed :

And a link that shows some quite nice sharpness from this lens, stopped down at F/8 @ 500mm

Cheers everyone !

ohenry Feb 7, 2004 11:37 PM

Eric, is this lens one that can be hand-held or is it such a beast that a tripod is a must?

Nice shots

NHL Feb 8, 2004 6:08 AM


Nice shots, but I think you're loosing some sharpness when resizing for theses posts... :wink:


This person @ BelgiumDigital shoot handheld with a 2xTC... I guess it all depens on your biceps, and of course with the weather we are having lately I can't either!

Here's without the TC. Also check on PBase there's lots of pictures of "handheld" Bigma. :P

ohenry Feb 8, 2004 10:17 AM

I should rephrase that NHL. I should have included "and get decent results for the normal person" :lol:

Personally, I tend to use a tripod or monopod in most cases, but occassionally will find a need to just take the picture quickly. I hear a lot of people bragging about how they can handhold their lens and get shots at slower shutter speeds but their pictures don't hold up to close scrutiny. There must be a reason that successful nature photographers always shoot from a pod :)

I was just curious as to how heavy that beast was.

flint350 Feb 8, 2004 11:52 AM

ehenry - I have taken shots with my Bigma on a pod and handheld. The main two factors are as you describe. Lighting and ability of the person (i.e. knowing how to hold it and the other moverment factors involved). IMO, you can get decent, even very good results hand-holding it in decent light with good technique.
I've done it, though I most surely would prefer having a tripod if possible. It IS a heavy beast.

Eric CAN Feb 8, 2004 9:25 PM

Hi all, I'm using a Manfrotto tripod and with a 3 way head, This combo is actually quite good, you can leave the horizontal axis swivel loose and same for the vertical one, you just aim at the subject and take your shots.

Got few more now :

Larger image here :

I'm still working on getting birds in a more natural way, like perched on branch and so on.

I'm now going out in Ottawa to attempt some night photos, cheers !

PeterP Feb 8, 2004 9:52 PM

Nice shots, the drebel and this lense are working well.
and it can help you build muscle. :)

Kevin G Feb 15, 2004 8:30 AM

Hi Eric, you might want to try using a gimbal type head such as the ones made by Clay Wimberly. I'd try the sidekick for that Sigma, you need to use it in conjunction with a ball type head but it makes acquisition and tracking a snap! here's a link to Wimberly's website

Eric CAN Feb 15, 2004 9:22 AM

Thanks Kevin, I'll give it a serious look :)

Happy shooting

checklg Feb 16, 2004 7:28 AM

Fine work, Eric. I particularly like the Woodpecker, it looks like a dificult exposure job against the light.


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