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47johnnyj
14th June 2013, 09:46 PM
I'm looking for a lens for nature shots and was wondering if anyone has taken good pictures with the sigma 50-500, it seems a reasonable price for such a focal length, regards John

Swordfish
15th June 2013, 09:28 PM
I had a 'Bigma', which I used with an E620 and E5. It's not a bad lens at all - the attached photo was taken at 500mm on the E5, cropped slightly (by about 15%) and is pretty sharp.

The only downsides are what you would expect - it performs best in good light as f6.3 is obviously not very fast. Also auto focus can be a bit slow to lock onto what you want compared to SWD Zuiko lenses. But overall I think it gives good bang for buck.

The only reason I sold mine was that I was able to pick up a used 300mm f2.8 Oly lens.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P6196078.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/61674)

Martin

Chevvyf1
16th June 2013, 03:03 AM
Martin, THAT is EXCELLENT with BIGMA :D

For BIGMA images take a look at PeterD's Gallery on here or his website

http://www.imageinuk.com/ - all his Peregrine Falcons are BIGMA

For me, the BIGMA was too heavy :( and the 300 2.8

So now I am going to try the 90-250 BUT I do lurve my 50-200 :D

crimbo
16th June 2013, 10:02 AM
Heavy
these on an E620 hand held

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P6163779_13-06-16.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/61682)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P6163781_13-06-16_1_.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/61684)

100% crop
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P6163781_13-06-16.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/61683)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P6163784_13-06-16.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/61685)

So if you cannot afford the 300mm f2.8, its a good option

andym
16th June 2013, 10:21 AM
Works well for me, as said it is heavy but can still be used handheld in good light.Not as heavy as the 300 f2.8 or 90-250.

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P7074561.jpg (http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=36500)

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P7160034.jpg (http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=16480)

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P1299171.jpg (http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=12291)

Works really well with manual focus on the OM-D with the 5 axis stab.

Falk
16th June 2013, 10:44 AM
Hi John,

you might want to go to the Gallery (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/index.php) and use the Search function with 'Bigma'. You will get tons of photos coming up, which have been taken with it - and even some of mine ;)

The Bigma is heavy, it is soft wide open, it is prone to CA's (chromatic aberrations; at least mine is), needs a bigger hood IMO (I use a 86mm screw on type) - but, it is the only lens I can afford, which gives me the reach I want/need.
Since I finally found one for a decent amount of cash, I have taken 90% of all my photos with it. I only own a E-30 and I know your E-5 will press definately more detail out of the Bigma. If you can find one, go for it!

Falk

Chevvyf1
16th June 2013, 11:00 AM
Chris, Andy and Falk - I did not mean to offend re BIGMA owners/users - its just that I know PeterD - been out with him and he was first to come to mind :)

David M
16th June 2013, 11:45 AM
Given Sigmas reputation for sample variation and quality control maybe you could try a trick used by some Canon shooters.
Buy 3 copies of the lens, test them, keep the best and resell the other two.

47johnnyj
16th June 2013, 01:06 PM
Hi there, thank you everyone who posted a reply for my 'Bigma' help post, really useful has certainly helped, regards John

ringneck
16th June 2013, 02:09 PM
Given Sigmas reputation for sample variation and quality control maybe you could try a trick used by some Canon shooters.
Buy 3 copies of the lens, test them, keep the best and resell the other two.

Ouch.......;)

I loved the one I had for a short time and got some good pics.....all the shortcomings have already been listed and I only giot rid when I moved on to Canon for my long range/wildlife pics.

Love all the Siggy Bigma shots.....
Keith
http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Comma_4.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8051/8087273241_fa16b1c94a_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/68459774@N05/8087273241/)
King with Fish (http://www.flickr.com/photos/68459774@N05/8087273241/) by noisybugger (http://www.flickr.com/people/68459774@N05/), on Flickr

David Brown
2nd April 2017, 05:02 PM
I haven't used the Bigma with the E-5, yet, as I only got that body (used) this week. I have used it with a monopod and an E-3, to take such low light images as this:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/chichesterplayers/21039880521/in/dateposted-public/
Yes, very noisy (I had typed "grainy", which shows my age!), but it was shot at 3200 ISO.

I am very impressed with the wildlife shots above.

Hemlockwood
2nd August 2017, 04:47 PM
I am aware this is a very old thread and the Bigma may be completely out of favour now but I was wondering if anyone has used it with the EM1 Mark ii. I note the negative aspects of the lens but would be helpful to know if anyone is having any success with the new technology.*chr

David Brown
2nd August 2017, 05:08 PM
I forgot to post this, but I have now used the Bigma with the E-5, and was not wildly impressed:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/102701925@N07/34048394905/in/dateposted-public/

Mdb2
2nd August 2017, 06:27 PM
Try the sigma 500f4.5 which is super sharp via a metabones no zoom it's a prime. Don't know if that's to expensive for you. I have also used the siggy150-500 f6.3 Canon version. Which is lighter? using the zoom lenses it helps if you wind it in a bit to 480ish and use f7.1? I have used them both with my em1 and em1 mk2 via the metabones you will still have 950mm walkabout lens. I only recently stopped using them both because I purchased the OLY 300f4. I hope this helps?
Kind regards Mike

David Brown
2nd August 2017, 08:13 PM
Try the sigma 500f4.5 which is super sharp via a metabones no zoom it's a prime. Don't know if that's to expensive for you. I have also used the siggy150-500 f6.3 Canon version. Which is lighter? using the zoom lenses it helps if you wind it in a bit to 480ish and use f7.1? I have used them both with my em1 and em1 mk2 via the metabones you will still have 950mm walkabout lens. I only recently stopped using them both because I purchased the OLY 300f4. I hope this helps?
Kind regards Mike
Q. What is the right number of lenses to own?
A. Either, a. One more than you already have, or, b. One fewer than will result in divorce.
I think if I announced that I'd bought a lens costing 1,648.45, second hand, and that it was going to need an adapter that doesn't seem to be available used or new (the Metabones website only mentions Micro Four Thirds adapters, now), I'd be contravening answer b!

Hemlockwood
2nd August 2017, 09:40 PM
I think I should clarify. I already have a Bigma and have taken a number of images that were acceptable having used it with the EM10 and the EM1 Mark 1. It is a heavy lens and you have to have good light to get any sort of quality images. I was just wondering whether anyone had tried it with EM1 Mark2.*chr

Mdb2
2nd August 2017, 10:20 PM
Hi again,vjohnnyj the siggy 150-500 in Canon fit is light on both weight and price possibly cheaper than the bigma. The metabones is OLY to Canon. Get a deal where you can get a refund if it's a soft copy.
Kind regards mike

Mdb2
2nd August 2017, 10:44 PM
Q. What is the right number of lenses to own?
A. Either, a. One more than you already have, or, b. One fewer than will result in divorce.
I think if I announced that I'd bought a lens costing 1,648.45, second hand, and that it was going to need an adapter that doesn't seem to be available used or new (the Metabones website only mentions Micro Four Thirds adapters, now), I'd be contravening answer b!

Sorry David I was advising the original author of the thread. Advising him of two other alternatives to his dilemma.
Kind regards mike.

DavyG
3rd August 2017, 08:45 AM
I think I should clarify. I already have a Bigma and have taken a number of images that were acceptable having used it with the EM10 and the EM1 Mark 1. It is a heavy lens and you have to have good light to get any sort of quality images. I was just wondering whether anyone had tried it with EM1 Mark2.*chr

I tried my Bigma on my E-M1 II when I first got the new camera.

If my memory serves me correctly, the lens operated much as it did on my
E-510, it may have focussed marginally faster.

I didn't experiment with the Bigma for long as I already had the 300mm Pro, this lens leaves the Bigma standing and with the MC-14 has almost the same reach.

Dave