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Jan 17, 2013 09:02:16   #
davids999
 
Just got a new Sigma 150-500. Wow, I see why it's called a Bigma. First shots were rubbish. I played with the settings and started to improve, a bit. Comes with very little in the way of user information. Going to have to do some weight training to able to hold this thing steady.



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Jan 17, 2013 09:22:03   #
JR1 (banned)
 
You still have a way to go, use a tripod, monopod at the very least.

I use the 120-400 for all my sports shots see my site, I have just bought two D7000s and the 150-500, Sigma are the leaders now

Don't try hand holding, not advised.

There are some here especially me who use this setup

Lensmaster gimbal, one of the best you will find and £120

http://www.lensmaster.co.uk/rh1.htm

I have BOTH versions and would never be without





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Jan 17, 2013 09:33:33   #
davids999
 
JR1 wrote

"You still have a way to go, ...."

Oh yeh, I know that. :)

I'll practice with a tripod as suggested.

Thanks for the link.

david

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Jan 17, 2013 09:36:55   #
JR1 (banned)
 
You will LOOOOOOOVE the lens

I use the other version of the lensmaster on a manfrotto monopod

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Jan 17, 2013 09:45:02   #
Evie
 
These were my first pix with my Bigma and it was hand held on a 7D. I'm really enoying this lens


Bush tit
Bush tit...
Black Phoebe
Black Phoebe...

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Jan 17, 2013 10:30:34   #
davids999
 
Hi Elvie

Nice images. I did not put any detail on that picture because I was not sure what the bird was. Turns out it's a Fieldfare. A member of the Thrush family and a winter visitor from Scandinavia. I only spotted it this morning and grabbed that lens. Never had them here before. It is a very aggressive little bird chasing the local resident birds away from the trees that still have berries.

Anyway practice, practice.

David

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Jan 17, 2013 10:48:56   #
MtnMan
 
JR1 wrote:


Don't try hand holding, not advised.



I find the OS on the 150-500 quite good for handholding. Example below taken while on a whale watching boat.


OK, so here's a whale too...also handheld
OK, so here's a whale too...also handheld...

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Jan 17, 2013 11:45:16   #
davids999
 
MtnMan wrote:
JR1 wrote:


Don't try hand holding, not advised.



I find the OS on the 150-500 quite good for handholding. Example below taken while on a whale watching boat.


Thanks MtnMan

Lovely shots. Only day one, I'll keep at it.

Just for interest I have put a link to a whale related story. I am sure that the picture will make you smile.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2242188/Gormless-whale-watchers-look-wrong-way-huge-creature-breaches-waves.html

Regards

david

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Jan 17, 2013 12:51:23   #
MtnMan
 
davids999 wrote:
MtnMan wrote:
JR1 wrote:


Don't try hand holding, not advised.



I find the OS on the 150-500 quite good for handholding. Example below taken while on a whale watching boat.


Thanks MtnMan

Lovely shots. Only day one, I'll keep at it.

Just for interest I have put a link to a whale related story. I am sure that the picture will make you smile.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2242188/Gormless-whale-watchers-look-wrong-way-huge-creature-breaches-waves.html

Regards

david
quote=MtnMan quote=JR1 br br Don't try hand ho... (show quote)


Great shots! Thanks.

Mine were in Alaska last May. Apparantly the breeching behavior is more often there later in the year...August through September.

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Jan 17, 2013 13:19:45   #
Bram boy
 
MtnMan wrote:
JR1 wrote:


Don't try hand holding, not advised.



I find the OS on the 150-500 quite good for handholding. Example below taken while on a whale watching boat.


Nothing wrong with those , for a hand held with that monster, considering your subjects are moving , as you and the boat are also moving . Keep it up.

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Jan 18, 2013 01:04:58   #
ftpecktim
 
MtnMan wrote:
JR1 wrote:


Don't try hand holding, not advised.



I find the OS on the 150-500 quite good for handholding. Example below taken while on a whale watching boat.


Excellent shots MtnMan.

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Jan 18, 2013 20:07:08   #
GH2man
 
I found out in Alaska that it is hard to get quality pictures from a bobbing boat of a moving whale. These are great.
Larry

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Jan 18, 2013 20:42:14   #
MtnMan
 
GH2man wrote:
I found out in Alaska that it is hard to get quality pictures from a bobbing boat of a moving whale. These are great.
Larry


Two "secrets":

1. High shutter speed (1/1000)
2. Lot's of tries (shoot continuous with the shutter set to focus priority so it only fires when in focus).

The other Larry

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Jan 18, 2013 20:49:51   #
saycheese
 
davids999 wrote:
Just got a new Sigma 150-500. Wow, I see why it's called a Bigma. First shots were rubbish. I played with the settings and started to improve, a bit. Comes with very little in the way of user information. Going to have to do some weight training to able to hold this thing steady.


Congrats on the new lens.I am saving towards one and I know I 'll love it too. The thing about the people who populate the Hog...we are as excited for our fellow members when they get new gear..almost as excited and happy when we get something new for ourselves.Great people here!!
Have fun and keep posting photos with your new Bigma!!
Annie

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Jan 18, 2013 22:44:53   #
Brian in Whitby
 
I recently got one too and quickly discovered I cannot hand hold it I am currently using s monopod with it.

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