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Re: What do the experts here think of this lens?

"I have it on my wish list on Amazon, ..."

 

This is my personal opinion and not tied to any certain retailer.  But Amazon would be pretty far down the list as a source for gear.

The top places are B&H or Adorama, again IMHO.  I also use Canon's on-line store quite a bit.  They have outstanding sales from time to time.  You need to check it often.  I also have a local retail "true" camera store that I really like.  I can try before I buy there!  Yes it is more expensive but the service is worth it ot me.

Again this is just my opinion.

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"That shot was among the first two dozen shots that I took with it, ..."

 

I do not offer praise lightly as it can reinforce bad habits.  If you are taking that good of photos from the start, you are well above what most can do.  People often forget that besides magnifying the subject 10 times (100mm = 2 x) a 500mm lens magnifies all the problems associated with lenses the same amount.  That is vibration and camera movement, etc.  Not to mention more critical focus.

 

"The IS system on the Sigma 150-500 works fairly well ..."

 

IS or OS as Sigma calls it, is not an on or off tool.  It is variable.  It works best when things are best or in other words when you need it least.  It never stops working, persay, it just gets less effective.  It will be at its best at one stop below 'idea' settings.  A little less helpful at 2 stops and so on. However, some people can get good use at far below what others can. This, perhaps, is you!  You must have a pretty steady stance.

 

"... the AF system If you're trying to lock focus while moving the camera suddenly."

 

Now of course, focus.  A lens of this type is going to have more issues trying to get good focus.  This is not your 50mm f1.4. It is darker for one thing.  It has father to travel and consequently is going to be slower.  It has less contrast to work with, too.

 

Botton line is, don't be discouraged if all your photos don't come out as nice as the bird.  It is the way it is.  You give to get.

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Oh, one more tip.  You can, and most photographers who shoot big teles, pre-focus.  Learn to judge or estimate distance and set the focus ring close.  Say you are shooting something at infinity for instance,  why make the lens start at MFD?

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@ebiggs1 wrote:

 

This is my personal opinion and not tied to any certain retailer.  But Amazon would be pretty far down the list as a source for gear.

The top places are B&H or Adorama, again IMHO.  I also use Canon's on-line store quite a bit.  They have outstanding sales from time to time.  You need to check it often.  I also have a local retail "true" camera store that I really like.  I can try before I buy there!  Yes it is more expensive but the service is worth it ot me.

Again this is just my opinion.


You and I share the same identical opinions.  I only go to two places on line, Canon and B&H.  Their NYC superstore is a chaotic, kid in a candy store experience that every shutter bug should experience at least once in their lifetime.  I've never used Adorama, but I've heard nothing but praise about it. 

 

Thanks, again for the praise on the photos.  I didn't have a steady hand.  I shake, so I was using the tripod thing-a-ma-bob as a handle.  I believe that I was sitting on top of a large rock when I took that shoot, too.  I had elbow support.

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Oh, one more tip.  You can, and most photographers who shoot big teles, pre-focus.  Learn to judge or estimate distance and set the focus ring close.  Say you are shooting something at infinity for instance,  why make the lens start at MFD?


Oh, I already do that.  In fact, I pre-focus to a known distance and then turn off the AF.  I will have a higher success rate when I am caught by surprise by a bird soaring overhead doing that.  I put the camera into continuous shoot, and slowly turn the manual focus ring, and I almost always wind up with a keeper or two. 

 

So far, I only AF mostly on stationary  subjects with the big lens.  The AF and OS systems get into a tug-of-war, it seems at times.  I'll turn of OS, and use the AF to pre-focus before I turn it off, and then turn OS back on again....now I'm ready.

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The OS on this lens is the old style.  It isn't as sophisticated as the newer generations. It is also slow to operate. You must wait for it to settle down before the shot.  But than again it doesn't cost several thousand dollars so some concession must be made.

 

 

Elbows on rocks, is good. Smiley Happy  Whatever works.

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No shop in my area anymore. I mostly save on Amazon and shop with Ritz Camera. I do shop around, but I also read customer reviews on the businesses.
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No shop in my area anymore. I mostly save on Amazon and shop with Ritz Camera. I do shop around, but I also read customer reviews on the businesses.

I have no experience with Amazon.  I do not know what their return policy is, but the places that ebiggs cited have excellent return policies and customer support before, during, and AFTER the sale.  Their support people KNOW the products.  I'm not sure the if the same can be said about Amazon.

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Amazon's "return" policy is good.  But they aren't a "camera" store and wont have any product knowledge.  In other words... if you think you may end up phoning for support on how to use a product, you're better off buying from a true "camera" store.

 

You wouldn't be able to get any product support help from Amazon.

 

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Oh, don't get me wrong! I shop Amazon.com all the time, in fact, I'm a prime member. They don't only sell for themselves but other shops. I get ALL my electronic accessories and camera accessories there. Replacement batteries, accessories for my camera (OEM) at a greatly lower price and because I'm a prime member I get free 2 day shipping on almost everything I buy.

The Verizon car charger is $19.99 through Verizon, at Amazon the same one is $9.99. I save a lot and I ordered my lightning sensor there too. I can compare and I can choose which store I want to buy it from.


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@PhotosByNeva wrote:
No shop in my area anymore. I mostly save on Amazon and shop with Ritz Camera. I do shop around, but I also read customer reviews on the businesses.

I have no experience with Amazon.  I do not know what their return policy is, but the places that ebiggs cited have excellent return policies and customer support before, during, and AFTER the sale.  Their support people KNOW the products.  I'm not sure the if the same can be said about Amazon.


 

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