Breaking in the new lens!

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Breaking in the new lens!

Postby Ryan Hill » Sat Sep 15, 2012 7:52 pm

Just got my new lens in the mail yesterday that I've been thinking of buying for a little while now, and took it for it's maiden voyage today. Needless to say I'm pretty happy with how it ran, and can't wait to take it out for some hunt photos soon! :biggrin:

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Re: Breaking in the new lens!

Postby REM1100 » Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:07 am

Cool sharp pics. What lens is it?
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Re: Breaking in the new lens!

Postby Ryan Hill » Sun Sep 16, 2012 2:40 am

Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3. An unbelievable bang for your buck if you ask me. I still have a few more tests to put it through, but I don't think it will have a problem at all. I haven't even put this lens to use on the tripod yet. These shots were all handheld. The only thing I think I wished different, would be the AF being a touch faster. Don't get me wrong though it's still as fast as my other lenses, I just can't think of anything else to nitpick :thumbsup: The photo of the killdeer, and the one of the Gads were shot at 500mm.
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Re: Breaking in the new lens!

Postby Baymen Moe » Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:14 pm

Love the killdeer pic, nice detail around the eye.
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Re: Breaking in the new lens!

Postby REM1100 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:00 am

I bought a Sigma 400 f5.6 APO and it has served me well also.
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Re: Breaking in the new lens!

Postby Cdphotos82 » Wed Nov 28, 2012 1:34 pm

Great shots. This lens is awesome and used it for years. Like you said a great bang for your buck.. Keep up the awesome work!
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Re: Breaking in the new lens!

Postby Tinner4 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:18 pm

These pictures are great! I just got my Canon Rebel t3i last year and have been looking at getting a new lens for closer shots of birds while hunting etc. I currently have the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS lens and am a bit new to bird photography, would you have any suggestions for lenses compatible with my camera to get great shots like yours? I've been thinking about the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Autofocus Lens.
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Re: Breaking in the new lens!

Postby Ryan Hill » Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:16 pm

That 100-400L is a super popular lens, and from what I've always noticed, well worth the money! I've never personally shot with one though. I opted for the sigma 150-500mm because of how many awesome reviews I'd read about it and I liked the idea of the extra 100mm. From my understanding both lenses are pretty comparable with image quality. I imagine the Canon is gonna have a little bit more autofocus speed than the Sigma however. Sometimes I do wish the Sigma focused a little faster but it's speed is still very exceptable. I think I might buy the Canon 70-200mm F2.8 IS II for decoying birds. Here's a couple other images with the Sigma.
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Re: Breaking in the new lens!

Postby Tinner4 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:52 pm

I love that B&W photo of the pintails! If they are pretty comparable then I will probably go with the 100-400L . Right now I'm just getting into actually taking good quality shots (now that I have a decent camera :wink: ) but what I have now doesn't get me "close" enough and I don't want a lens so big that I need a tripod for taking shots.... I don't think it would be ideal to try and hunt and take pictures at the same time with one lol. Thanks for your input on the lenses!
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Re: Breaking in the new lens!

Postby Ryan Hill » Thu Jan 03, 2013 7:25 pm

I currently use my 150-500mm Sigma for hunting shots too. It can be a little heavy sometimes, but it's nothing you can't get used to. I'm sure the 100-400 will do you great. I just find sometimes that even 150mm is too much length for more than one bird in the decoys, and when you want multiple objects in frame that close, (especially when you can't figure out which bird your buddies are gonna shoot)... :thumbsup:
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