Thanks, ordered the coat.
Nice. How far away would you say you were in this shot, and the first pic you posted on the last page? Are they cropped at all?
This shot was 6 meters as just measured it LOL and was with the 1DX and is a slight crop,would say thats about 80% of the original image.
Other shot was i guess about 5 meters with the 7D MKII with no crop but resized in Lightroom to 4000px longest edge at 300ppi.
Didnt make it to the bikes so more stuff with fur and feathers.
Was easy to carry around for a few hours on a Black Rapid but did find it hunted a bit under darker tree canopies even at 400mm but not by a massive amount.
A few recent snaps with the 150-600 C
Any chance you can post some images taken with your D700 and the Sigma lens. I'm thinking about changing my set up to this combination.
First practice with the lens.
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These look quite soft, are they hand held? Also, have you checked for front/back focussing?
Yes hand held and they are soft.
Playing with the dock and am very impressed with the difference it can make,dynamic OS and Focus A/F.
ISO800 600mm and 1/200th@F8 handheld
What have you changed?
Thanks a cracking shot, lovely detail. As above, what changes did you make?
This lens is definitely on my lenses to buy - was looking at 70-200 but this looks so much more fun!
Have set C1 and C2 both up as Dynamic IS and C1 with A/F bias towards speed and C2 with A/F bias towards focus.
Been out again today for a play but had a problem with heat haze at 960mm and then had a bit of a grab shot as when i changed over bodies to the 1DX the sparrowhawk just appeared in the field next to me and i just switched it on and grabbed some shots!
Think this lens may take a little bit of tweaking and a very slight learning curve to get the best out of it but value for money wise its a cracker.
Does look a great lens, although I am leaning towards the Tammy as I can get it for £670 compared with £899 for the Sigma C. Sigma C looks a better lens though to me.
I got mine from eBay for about £750, thought it was worth the little extra over the tamron
I'd be happy with those shots for just messing about
Definitely, if I could get the Sigma for that price outside of eBay I'd definitely have it.
The D700 is an excellent performer, that's why I treat it like an heirloom. From every review I've read, there's no reason why the Contemporary won't work fine with the D700 full frame. The only thing is, there may be some softness in the corners , but with some cropping, no one will ever notice it.
I will not be taking out my D700 from storage. But to justify the potential of the Contemporary, a thorough micro adjustment is in order for each camera it mounts on, yes an usb dock is a must.
Right now I'm in the mist of doing a micro adjustment calbration of my Contemporary lens and D3300 camera, this will be my 5th time doing this. I find each time I recalibrate, I learn something new and learn to do it better.
So far with my limited experience using the Sigma TC-1401 (1.4x tele converter), the results are not impressive, and I do not recommend it.
Here is a couple more taken with a 1.4x converter which makes it a 210-840mm lens. Both of these are shot at the full 840mm and cropped heavily. Nothing special but for such a slow lens (f9 with a converter) it takes it very well IMO.
Great images Roy, my images a are bit soft but its my weak upper body strength. I am going to have to use a monopod at all times.
ALL the pictures I've seen you take and post are SUPER shots! ..don't let anyone tell you otherwise! ..excellent results with your 1.4x tc, but this one must be from Canon, and not from Sigma
@ Glen (Gadget) .... you've got the the 150-600 ??? Interesting to have your opinion on it, I've seen some very favourable reviews but wondered how it would cope with motorsport and especially bikes. Did you put it through it's paces? How does it compare to the 400 5.6 prime? AF speed good? 1DX should help etc. Appreciate your thoughts.
Hi buddy and yes i have got one now.
Still not been out with it trackside yet in all honesty but will give you an update as soon as i do my friend as missed Snetterton as my Dad passed away the other week.
Initial thoughts are that its still not as sharp as my 400mm f5.6 and A/F athough quick still lags behind aswell unless you use custom settings via the dock and limit minimum focus distance,although the speed difference is minimal it may show up with bikes as sometimes the 400 f5.6 is also slow compared to a 300 f2.8 or 400 f2.8 as you know.
Great thing in favour of it for motorsport are weight and range of focal lengths but for serious trackside use i would more than likely get the Sport for the improved weather sealing.
Wanted one more for family outings with my two little boys than weekend work as am after investing some of my inheritance into a newer 400 f2.8 to remember my Dad when shooting.
Catch up soon buddy.
Yes, it was with a Canon 1.4x tc John - for some reason a Canon converter seem to work better than the sigma ones which is very strange.
Thanks Keith. Although I often hand hold the lens I think that when shooting at 600mm (especially on a crop camera) a good tripod will always give more consistent results. When using a 1.4x tc a tripod is a must IMO.
Looked back to my Swallow site yesterday and took a few more snaps. Taken at the full 600mm on a 7D2 Camera.
Roy I also have the 7D2, great shot of the Swallow, is it hand held and at what distance.
Yes, it is handheld Keith. This is just under a 40% crop of the full frame and I would estimate the birds was around 30 feet away.
nice shots roy ,better not tell isaac
A juvenile Dunnock taken at the so called soft end of the zoom range - 600mm hand held
I'm liking this lens.
Kingfisher by Steve Rix, on Flickr
Kingfisher by Steve Rix, on Flickr
Swallow by Steve Rix, on Flickr
Swallow - Fluffed by Steve Rix, on Flickr
Swallow - Poised by Steve Rix, on Flickr
Swallow - Scoping by Steve Rix, on Flickr
Taken last night on a very gloomy evening with the 150-600C
Super shots everyone!
@ Rixy & Dougie.. did you micro adjust the focus of your lens?
No John I have not adjusted the micro focus
No micro adjust, mine seems to be spot on out the box. Very happy with the IQ and sharpness, its surpassed my expectations. AF speed is also great.
I have set the OS setting to dynamic using the dock. It definitely makes a huge difference to the way that the OS kicks in and locks.
@ Dougie & Rixy.. Thanks you both! ..I've been experimenting micro adjusting the focus of the Contemporary on my D3300 camera. When I set the D3300 as 24mp (large image setting), the images are soft and blurry, like in portrait "glamour" shots. I find that if I set the camera to medium image setting (13mp), the images are nice and sharp. But I feel there still may be potential use of the micro adjusting the focus to tweak the lens further, will need more people experimenting with this. I'm still testing the Dynamic OS and Focus settings. Cheers, John
1DX and Sigma 150-600 C
@ Glen.. super shot!
Everyone, I think I figured out how to use the Sigma TC-1401 (1.4x tc) with my Contemporary. Remember on my previous post, I found out the Contemporary works best when I set my D3300 from using image size "L" (large 24mp) down to size "M" (medium 13.5mp). Now I found out if I set my D3300 image size to "S" (small 6mp), then the TC-1401 will work fine with the Contemporary on my camera.
I took a test picture using Contemporary lens at 500mm + TC-1401 (1.4x) = 700mm + DX (1.5x crop factor) = 1,050mm FOV. The image below is cropped at 50% width, then reduced down to 1800x1200 size, with basic post processings.
Hope this helps everyone