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Old 17-09-2010, 11:51   #1 (permalink)
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im currently using a sigma 150-500mm lens for wildlife mainly birds and im looking to upgrade ,what lens would be best to consider i have been told canon 500mm F4 or the canon F2.8 ,anybody got any ideas that may be cheaper and yet give better performance than im getting on the sigma lens (F 6.3)
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Old 17-09-2010, 12:21   #2 (permalink)
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...i have been told canon 500mm F4...
You do realise the 500mm f4 is about £4,800 and anything with that range at f2.8 will require that you sell the wife, kids, car in which ever order of preference

Even the Canon 100-400 is currently round the £1100 mark. I'd wait for Markulous to pop in and give you his views about other Sigma lenses.
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Old 17-09-2010, 12:55   #3 (permalink)
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Re: lens advice

I'd ensure that any issues with image quality are not down to your shooting technique (with all due respect) before you start marching down the higher lens quality route, presuming you mean IQ when you speak about better performance.

Using long lenses is very tricky. I'm useless, but if you have not already done so, I'd try using a tripod and/or monopod, and really concentrate on good focusing. Yes, I know they make for reduced mobility, but if you see an improvement in your shots you could get what you want and save a lot of cash.

Stabilized lenses are useful, but not foolproof.

If you are talking about focus speed etc, then I think the only route is to get a faster lens or a body with better focus abilities. You don't specify what gear you use currently, so it makes it difficult to assess.
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Old 17-09-2010, 14:47   #4 (permalink)
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Re: lens advice

Personally, I've found I've had some success with the Sigma 150-500mm OS - just check out my Gallery and most of my recent forum topics. That is, apart from http://www.pixalo.com/community/wild...aff-40857.html which is using my "new" 500mm!
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thanks i have tried tripod etc and my results are good i want to get better though however i think maybe i try to push the distance from the object too much so what distance from the subject is ideal and how far away is too far
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Re: lens advice

If you ever need to crop an image then as a broad rule of thumb you're too far away!

However, we all live in the real world where getting closer is not necessarily an option so I'd have to say that always avoid cropping if at all possible!

In the thread that I mentioned above, #1 has about 1/5 cropped off, #2 is just cropped to aspect ratio and #3 has lost approx 1/10 - all cropped to improve the composition rather than to get 'close'
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Have to say that I wondered if you were cropping excessively to get a 'close' shot.
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Re: lens advice

Shaver, have you considered a digiscoping setup with the DSLR as an option for birding and such if your shooting at a distance?
Just a thought
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Re: lens advice

If you're thinking of spending that sort of money, why not take a look at Sigma's 300-800mm F5.6?
You won't need any sort of tele-converter and the reach is quite amazing. It is expensive though, around £5,600 new. There may be some used ones around, though.
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You do realise the 500mm f4 is about £4,800 and anything with that range at f2.8 will require that you sell the wife, kids, car in which ever order of preference
LMAO Yes those lenses are serious money and unless you've got that money to spend, I'd reconsider and keep on using the 150-500mm
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hi i just started about 2 yrs ago i have a fuji s1000f fin pix good we camera but i just bought the nikon d200 and i was looking for a lens i got some tips off people in the chat room and im now waiting on my lens to be posted it a sigma 70-300f4- 5.6d apo macro n/af what do use think im mostly into wild life like buzzards and things,ps looking forward to your replys, ps handy man gave me some good advice , ora best ian..ps took some photos of mike tyson the boxer dont know how to up load them watch this space haha
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