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PeterD
15th April 2009, 03:51 PM
Hi all, the lens arrived today and I thought I would give it a try.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/505/thumbs/Spider2_E3.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=14353)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/505/thumbs/Spider4_E500.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=14354)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/505/thumbs/Fly_E500.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=14352)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/505/thumbs/Bee_E3.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=14351)

All the above, and more at full size can be seen at my gallery http://peterd-2009.smugmug.com/

When I first started out I was disappointed at the AF speed. This was quickly addressed when I found the focus range switch. It allows you to focus the full range, 0.52M to infinity and 0.38M to 0.52M. This improved Af times considerably. I also have started to use the technique of a rough manual focus then AF. It just snaps in:). Using the latter method, I did not find that the focus hunted which is a great boon. It seems to snap in from either direction. I shall have more of a play with it later but suffice to say, I shall be happy to use the MACRO with the E500 in good light. This frees me up to use the Bigma (when it returns) with the E3. Oh, another great boon is that the focusing takes place internally so no external lens movement to disturb the subject:D.

Peter

tlove
15th April 2009, 04:57 PM
Hi Peter

It sure is a cracker of a lens, and those are really good photos *yes. I got one just before Christmas, and I've only really started using it now the days are longer and the weather nicer (:rolleyes:).

I got mine mainly to take photographs where the subject tends to 'run away' if I get too close (as well as other general macro work etc.), so I'm looking forward to doing butterflies etc. with it. I've still got the 50mm macro, and that comes into it's own with the real mini beasts :).

Here's a couple of examples of what I took over the bank holiday weekend with the 150mm:

Field Woodrush - stands just a few inches tall:
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P4139315.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/14357)

A sheild bug I found soaking up some sun on my conservatory wall:
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P4139311.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/14356)

(It was because of image quality like this that I was able to confirm to Sigma that it was the Bigma itself that had the problem, and not my E-3!).

The only 'down side' - if you can call it that - is that it doesn't get on well with my E-1. The camera tends to lock up if I use the 150mm macro with it :(.

I look forward to seeing lots more from you!
*chr

PeterD
15th April 2009, 05:06 PM
Thanks for viewing and replying Thea. You have some great images there. The colours/contrast of the Field Woodrush have come out really well and so too for the shield bug.
What amazes me is the sharpness and colour produced with this lens. This has been greatly commented on and was a major reason for purchasing the lens.
It seems an expensive way of proving your Bigma though - to buy the 150 Macro:D.

I have just learned a few tricks with the lens as I mention in this thread. Do you have anything to add? It could save me learning bad habits;).

Cheers for now.

Peter

Nick Temple-Fry
15th April 2009, 05:15 PM
Without looking at the lens instructions, which are not too hand, I think you'll find that Sigma (on all lenses) recommend not using mf unless the switch is to mf and the camera is set to mf. There is 'supposedly' a risk of lens damage
otherwise.

But yes it is a nice lens - with one great drawback. My experience suggests that you'll get compliments on how good the lens must be, never on how good the photographer is. Ah well....

Nick

tlove
15th April 2009, 05:17 PM
Hi Peter

I think you've learned the main trick i.e. set the switch first so that the lens can't go 'hunting' too much.

I'm still pretty much finding my way with mine, but if I come up with any more tricks I'll let you know.

Don't forget of course that it also makes a pretty good short telephoto (and probably a pretty decent 300mm if you are lucky enough to have the EC20 - which I'm not ;)).

One thing I was told by another Olympus owner who has one of these is that he always uses his with either a tripod or monopod. I've tried it with a monopod, and it does work very well - helps you maintain the focus (although it probably says more about my ability as a photographer!)

Good luck, and keep posting!
*chr

tlove
15th April 2009, 05:20 PM
But yes it is a nice lens - with one great drawback. My experience suggests that you'll get compliments on how good the lens must be, never on how good the photographer is. Ah well....

Nick

That's called 'life' Nick ;):D
*chr

Nick Temple-Fry
15th April 2009, 05:24 PM
That's called 'life' Nick ;):D
*chr

Thea

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Nick

Barrie Norman
15th April 2009, 06:29 PM
Peter

The results look Good, I hope you are pleased with it all we need now is some good weather.

PeterD
15th April 2009, 06:43 PM
Peter

The results look Good, I hope you are pleased with it all we need now is some good weather.

Thanks Barrie. I was quite pleased with the 'out of the box' performance. When you get to use the screw-on Macro lens (soon:D) you will find that you only get one focusing range for each focal length of the zoom lens. You should find however that you will get very good results.

Peter

PeterD
15th April 2009, 06:50 PM
Without looking at the lens instructions, which are not too hand, I think you'll find that Sigma (on all lenses) recommend not using mf unless the switch is to mf and the camera is set to mf. There is 'supposedly' a risk of lens damage
otherwise.

But yes it is a nice lens - with one great drawback. My experience suggests that you'll get compliments on how good the lens must be, never on how good the photographer is. Ah well....

Nick

You know what they say - if all else fails READ THE INSTRUCTION;)

Well I have now:o and find that I am not breaking any rules with this lens:D. The instructions say ' This lens also permits manual focusing even in the autofocus mode. It goes on to give an example following autofocus. This should not be any different to bringing it almost into range before going AF to speed up focusing times.
You got me worried then Nick:eek: but I learned an important lesson about Instructions - READ THEM;)

Peter

Nick Temple-Fry
15th April 2009, 09:33 PM
You know what they say - if all else fails READ THE INSTRUCTION;)

Well I have now:o and find that I am not breaking any rules with this lens:D. The instructions say ' This lens also permits manual focusing even in the autofocus mode. It goes on to give an example following autofocus. This should not be any different to bringing it almost into range before going AF to speed up focusing times.
You got me worried then Nick:eek: but I learned an important lesson about Instructions - READ THEM;)

Peter

Sorry Peter

Though I had the lens to hand I didn't have the box/instructions - they are in 'high storage'. I wonder if I really read them before I stored them:o

Nick:o

PeterD
27th April 2009, 02:05 PM
Thought I would share some more images taken with this lens.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/506/thumbs/Hoverfly_in_flight-4204808.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=14484)
This was quite a challenge. The hoverfly is far too small to use AF - despite trying for about 30 minutes. Resorted to MF and was more successful.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/506/thumbs/Green-veined_White.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=14372)
Green veined White

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/506/thumbs/Brimstone_Gonepteryx_rhamni_-4208002.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=14495)
Brimstone

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/506/thumbs/Orange_Tip_Anthocharis_cardamines_-4254935.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=14587)
Male Orange tip.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/506/thumbs/Bluebell_bud-4268137.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=14672)
Bluebell Bud

I am really enjoying using this lens. More images are available on my Smugmug site for those interested.

Peter

tlove
27th April 2009, 05:27 PM
A lovely set of images once again Peter *yes

I particularly like the Green Veined White - i've never (knowingly) seen one of those, but then again I don't very often get the time to go out with the camera unfortunately :(!

Thanks for sharing :)

PeterD
28th April 2009, 07:31 AM
A lovely set of images once again Peter *yes

I particularly like the Green Veined White - i've never (knowingly) seen one of those, but then again I don't very often get the time to go out with the camera unfortunately :(!

Thanks for sharing :)

Thank you Thea.
Butterflies are similar to birds in respect to recognising differences. In the case of birds there are too many 'Brown' birds, with butterflies too many 'White' ones. The fun is getting an image and identifying the subject.
At first, I was very cautious about using the E500 with this lens but the more I have used it the more I think they make a very good combination. I am also pleased with the lens as a 150mm prime and will post some eamples here later.
Peter