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andym
12th April 2008, 11:40 AM
After much thought over the last couple of weeks and with nice pictures by Peter(Art Frames) and Nick I finally cracked and went out and got the Sigma 50-500.Had a look at the 135-400 but could not resist the Bigma.

First picture

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P4120391.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=4584)

Jpeg out of the camera just a little Levels and resized.

This was hand held and may be where IS comes into it own.

Got to find a good but not to expensive 82mm filter now.

theMusicMan
12th April 2008, 11:48 AM
Oooh, you luck devil Andy... I sooo want one of these lenses. Please do let us know how you get on with it yeah. Good luck experimenting.

andym
12th April 2008, 12:51 PM
So far am very impressed.Probably better than I thought.Focus locks very well and is very quite.

Just couple more samples.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P4120398.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=4587)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P4120396.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=4586)

theMusicMan
12th April 2008, 01:20 PM
You're just plain cruel aren't you... go on, admit it... :):)

Phah! I bet you live under a runway...:)

andym
12th April 2008, 03:53 PM
You're just plain cruel aren't you... go on, admit it... :):)

Phah! I bet you live under a runway...:)


It was at 29000 feet.Believe that you'll believe anything.

Ijay37
12th April 2008, 04:21 PM
Got to find a good but not to expensive 82mm filter now.[/QUOTE]

How does 45 sound seen one on ebay shops do you want me to search for it.
John

andym
12th April 2008, 04:24 PM
Got to find a good but not to expensive 82mm filter now.

How does 45 sound seen one on ebay shops do you want me to search for it.
John[/QUOTE]

Sounds about the right price.On my other lenses I use Hoya Pro1 digital which seem ok to me.Any idea what brand???

Thanks

Ijay37
12th April 2008, 04:38 PM
How does 45 sound seen one on ebay shops do you want me to search for it.
John

Sounds about the right price.On my other lenses I use Hoya Pro1 digital which seem ok to me.Any idea what brand???

Thanks[/QUOTE]

the Ebay shop is called Crooked Imaging item number 350046499101
its a Hoya 82mm digital Pro 1 DMC lens protector filter.
Hope this helps, John

andym
12th April 2008, 04:43 PM
Sounds about the right price.On my other lenses I use Hoya Pro1 digital which seem ok to me.Any idea what brand???

Thanks

the Ebay shop is called Crooked Imaging item number 350046499101
its a Hoya 82mm digital Pro 1 DMC lens protector filter.
Hope this helps, John[/QUOTE]

Cheers,I'll have a look.

Thanks

j.baker
17th April 2008, 09:33 AM
My Bigma arrived. Its big.....very big.

Check out this image of the Bigma + EC20 + E510

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/bigma_ec20_e510.jpg

I will post some sample later on. :D:D

andym
17th April 2008, 10:04 AM
My Bigma arrived. Its big.....very big.

Check out this image of the Bigma + EC20 + E510

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/bigma_ec20_e510.jpg

I will post some sample later on. :D:D

John

It is big and heavy but I find I can hand hold it as long as I keep to about 1/250 or faster with I/s on.Wide open at 500mm is f6.3,I have been stopping down by 1 stop to f 7.1 and using 400iso.
With the EC14 its F8.9 wide open,Ive had a dabble with this but yet to decide if I want to use it.
What is the F stop with the EC20???

Good luck using it I really think its what IS is for when hand holding.

Looking forward to seeing some pictures.

theMusicMan
17th April 2008, 10:11 AM
Wehey John she is a Big One eh! I too am looking forward to seeing some photos from you taken with this and with the EC-20 combo. You can try my EC-14 with it on the weekend by all means.

j.baker
17th April 2008, 10:33 AM
I have not had change to take many images worth ppsting yet.

The Bigma and EC-20 at 500mm givems me a reading of F12. This suprised me, as my calcualtion indicate is should be F13ish.

You cannot use the combo without a support.

I ahve also found that you need a lot of light to focus.....this is not suprising. However when using the combo, you cannot focus on anything that it close. I found that 6M was optimal for min focusing.

I hope the weather is OK tonight, as I want to take some moon shots.

I also had the 50mm macro arrive. First impressions.......damm sharp.

Both lenses are going to take time to learn, but it should be fun.

Next the EC-14, 25mm Pancake and maybe the 50-200mm SWD.

TTFN

Chillimonster
17th April 2008, 10:52 AM
WANT ONE! :D


Looking forward to some shots from this lens.

Instead of the EC-20 some people are using two stacked EC-14's - gived the same F loss and magnification, but some people report it as being slightly sharper.

However its an expesive option :eek: I got my EC from chinaarts on ebay - very competitive price, and 2 days from HK!

Chris

theMusicMan
17th April 2008, 11:19 AM
Anyone want to swap the Oly 11-22mm for a Sigma Bigma... :):)

j.baker
17th April 2008, 11:20 AM
not me......well not yet anyway :p

HughofBardfield
17th April 2008, 12:37 PM
My God! That's enormous!:eek: I thought the 135-400mm was bad enough... You can guarantee people will start asking for your advice on photography when you're out shooting now! So long as the police don't think it's some sort of rocket launcher...

Deep envy. I tried to get one of those several times on eBay and got pipped (and from a Canadian Flickr chum, who decided to sell to someone who wanted his 7-14mm as well!), so settled for the 135-400.

Look forward to seeing the results.