Sharpening does bring the worse out sometime!
Almost spotless as long as you don't zoom in
Too much sharpening brings the worse out .
Seriously thou looks loads better
For those that use one, what sort of tripod works well for this? I'd prefer something on the smaller/lighter end, for more occasional use than frequent.
I use mines mainly on a monopod with a gimbal head. Works a treat.
I also have a Manfrotto 190 which I use ok as long as I'm holding the camera/lens. If I want total stability I use my chunkier benro tripod .
Reading this thread has made up my mind. Time to start saving for a 150-600
Deer #1 by Michael Johnson, on Flickr
Deer #2 by Michael Johnson, on Flickr
Deer #3 by Michael Johnson, on Flickr
Were they shot handheld? I like the framing.
Definitely happy with this lens, I took it out again on monday for the first time this year.
It's great for wildlife
It's great for not so wildlife
And it's great for family portraiture!
Maybe i should try becaming a weeding photographer with it!
these were taken today on my Nikon D7000 with 150-600mm. All hand held in poor light, hence the high ISO.
Image 10-01-2017 at 16.18 by robert shearer, on Flickr
Another from today......
Why does it always rain on me? by robert shearer, on Flickr
And a Goldfinch......
Goldfinch by robert shearer, on Flickr
I do the same and it works for me as well.
Wow stunning! How close are you from the subject to get that kind of shot? I guess there's no much cropping done to the picture?
waxwing #1 by Michael Johnson, on Flickr
I was about 20ft away. A bit of a crop just to remove some unwanted background etc.
One from last summers trip to the Fane Islands.
Like that. Looks like a painting.
Was out shooting birds and thought I'd try something a bit different with the 150-600mm......just a quick grab shot.
Hazy day at the beach..... by robert shearer, on Flickr
I've posted more in the wild and free section (https://www.talkphotography.co.uk/threads/grey-seal-mating.645136/) but i like this one for the movement of the water.
Been following this thread almost since it was started. Finally decided to go for one of these lenses this year but they're that good no one seems to sell them used on here. If anyone's thinking of selling theirs I've got a for sale post in the classifieds to trade for my 100L Macro or cash.
My one came off just as winter kicked in, so it is now in it`s case till the sun comes back out and stays out.
That's my thought get set up ready for spring and the start of the airshows.
Agree as looking forward to Eastbourne this year, plus I don`t think Shoreham will have another one again.
I'm using mines most weeks at some point. It's rarely off my camera.
I keep reading this thread and I really shouldn't, as the urge to buy one of these is rising rather rapidly. Can't someone just tell me it's terrible so my wallet can feel safer?
I use my Sigma 150-600 on a Sony A7R2 body withe the Sigma Canon to E fit adapter - the images off it are so sharp you could shave with them
I did exactly the same with in the first few weeks of getting mine, I was fortunate to retrace where I'd walked and find it
What I did was put a couple of prices of sticky backed velcro on the hood, one either side, it grips the cover really well and stops it moving around
What a good idea, would the adhesive mark the hood?
I lost mine last week, didn't notice it until I saw the dog running along with the cover in his mouth!
Are you using their premium ones? I have a premium one for my 300 2.8 and its rubber backed so holds really well to lens the original style the neoprene seems to slide easily so wondered if this is the ones you have?
Not sure Laurence, its not something I've thought about. Suppose if I was to sell the lens the cover would go with it, once the velcros on I can't see a reason for taking it off
Must be a cheapie Adam, mine definitely isn't rubber back
Mine is on neoprene but it still slides off.
You make a good point Phil about the the lens and cover being considered as one unit, the velcro would not need to come off.
When I went to purchase one it was only £5 more so thought it was worth the gamble as remembered the one I had on my 500 when I had it used to move about, it was worth the extra
Trying to decide between this and the sport version. I'm sure everyone in this thread had to make the same decision. Other that price what was the reason for going for the contemporary? It seems like the sport is only better for weather sealing and the contemporary is then lighter,cheaper and not noticeably worse in iq either.
I believe the sport has slightly improved IQ, but I tried the contemporary and was pleased with the IQ, and didn't need weather sealing, or extra weight.
I studied the iq of both and for the price difference I didn't think it warranted the extra cost
Snob factor as well as the S looks nicer but once covered in neoprene it makes no difference.
The C is an excellent lens and I use mine a lot as it is my walkabout lens when out with my dogs during daylight walks. The weather sealing was my main concern but then I weighed up how often I go out in the rain to take photos for fun which is not a lot versus how often I would want to carry a close to 3kg lens around. I did buy a weather jacket for mine which has never been used yet. I also have a Sigma 120-300S which I use for football matches so I know what it is like too lug around a heavy lens (not much fun). It is also weather sealed as is my 1DMKiv but I still use a rain coat on them at rainy matches.
I got mine second hand but the £500 saving on new prices should help you decide.
I'll keep my 70-300L for a weather sealed tele. I've seen comparison images for iq and I really struggle to see very much difference at all. If anything some reviews seem to favour the contemporary saying it has less glass to move and focuses slightly faster.
I tried the c and didn't bother with the s as the c was heavy enough. I also tried the canon 100-400 mk2 both lenses were good but I went for the extra reach
How did you feel iq compared to the 100-400 out of interest?
The canon lens was very good it was also lighter than the sigma.
I was only looking at the back screen and to be honest the sigma held its own. If you look in the birds photos I have posted some flamingoes and I feel that shows how good this lens is
Most of my recent photos have been low light as in at dusk or past sunset. ISO12,800, f6.3 handheld 1/1000 and 1/640 at 600mm using a 7Dii so I guess this lens will work in tough conditions and will focus in poor light. Noise reduction in lightroom up to 70 and I usually only go to 30 so a lot of noise but not to bad a result if you want owl photos.
Hunting Barn Owl by Martin Billard, on Flickr
Barn Owl spotting prey by Martin Billard, on Flickr
Barn Owl Hunting by Martin Billard, on Flickr
Barn Owl Hunting by Martin Billard, on Flickr