03-18-2023 03:31 PM - last edited on 03-21-2023 10:03 AM by ccanada
The zoo is a great place to test and practice with gear for going out into the wild. On this occasion, as part of my general downsizing of gear, I was shooting with the Sigma 150-600c, using the Canon R6 via the Canon EF-RF adapter - specifically to demonstrate its performance for a prospective buyer.
The issue of 3rd party lenses on Canon R-series bodies has been somewhat contentious, with some saying they don't work, and Canon should adapt their camera to make them work (which is silly - the onus is the other way round), and others demanding Canon allow 3rd parties build true RF lenses - which I think will happen eventually. The result was that when I was selling my Sigma, I wanted to assure myself and others that this lens has no issues - especially since a couple of videos emerged showing issues with that lens on the R7, something I think is specific to that combination.
So, to make sure I went hunting, and here are the results. I might add that apart from a couple of outrageously out of focus shots (which I admit were my fault) I had 100% keeper rate. All shots hand-held, available light.
My conclusion is that for the R6 and R5, which I have shot extensively with using this lens, there is no issue that I have encountered. I would keep this lens quite happily, but I already have the Sigma 60-600s lens, and it makes no sense to have the duplicate range.
03-18-2023 04:03 PM
Our man of the hour. Have missed you Sir!
The first flamingo reflection is stunning. Its truly a remarkable lens.
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03-18-2023 04:21 PM
Thanks so much for your kind comments. Yep, two heart attacks and a couple of strokes have slowed me down somewhat, but I am on the mend and determined to hang in there for another couple of decades!
One thing I learned from the recent death of a good friend was that when one leaves a lot of camera gear behind for relatives to dispose of, it is a big burden for them. I took on that responsibility on behalf of his widow, and it was a chore as I had quite a bit of gear to deal with. I decided to put it all to a local store to sell on consignment, but they wanted receipts for everything, which was a challenge as he had not kept them. I ended up contacting all the stores in the area and getting them to search their records, and finally got them all.
So, I have decided to massively downsize my own rather large collection of gear and am doing the same thing. Luckily, I kept both the boxes and the receipts, so that has been much easier. The hard part was deciding what to get rid of an what to keep, but I'm pretty well there now.
A couple of lenses (150-600c included) I have decided to sell on my own to avoid the 20% consignment fee. Thus, the exercise to assure buyers that the lens is a good match for R-series bodies, which I hope I have done.
I'm taking it slow in getting back to replying to all the posts that come up here, but I enjoy the community and I like helping folks, so I hope to continue for a long time.
03-19-2023 03:45 PM
I trust the health issues are in the past. A friend has a saying, "Life is like water skiing. You slow down, you go down."
My favorite photo is the reflection of the flamingo. I have some good photos of zoos, using my wife's camera, SX 530HS.
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