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What to do when your BIGMA dies.

I was very naughty today.

About a month ago, my old Sigma 50-500mm zoom lens (aka BIGMA) suffered an aperture failure. My favourite camera repair facility (Andersons) couldn’t repair it and sent it down to Melbourne for a quote. This morning it came back to Andersons with the note that spares are no longer available. - Can’t be repaired!

So...... At lunchtime today, I wandered down to CameraPro in Brisbane's Queen Street Mall and asked them if their 10% discount from last week was still on, even though it had supposedly ended. It was!

I walked away with a Panasonic/Leica 100-400mm f4.0-6.3 for micro 4/3.

Now to go out and play.
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Re: What to do when your BIGMA dies.

It's a very good lens Larry, not quite the reach of your Bigma…

I am sure you will be pleased with it. I leave the IS on both camera and lens.

Look forward to seeing some results...……...
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Re: What to do when your BIGMA dies.

I'm sure you will be very happy...

It's a pity that you are not closer to OLD South Wales as I have never really got on with the bigma I bought and would happily let it go.

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Re: What to do when your BIGMA dies.

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I'm sure you will be very happy...

It's a pity that you are not closer to OLD South Wales as I have never really got on with the bigma I bought and would happily let it go.

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My Bigma must be a particularly good copy. The photos which I get out of it are a lot sharper than I was expecting. The focus was a bit slow on the E-M1, but on the E-M1 Mk II, the lens appears to have been totally transformed. Pity about the aperture.

Thanks for the kind offer of your Bigma. I was last in South Wales almost exactly 2 years ago.
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Re: What to do when your BIGMA dies.

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I leave the IS on both camera and lens.
Aah! Thanks! I was wondering about that. I was going to fiddle around a bit to find out what combination works best. I'll do as you suggested for hand-held shots and switch off both IS systems for tripod work.
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Re: What to do when your BIGMA dies.

Nice choice. I've thought about going for that Panasonic 100-400mm lens (having tried a Bigma a few years ago & didn't like the results) but a little hesitant after reading about the service arrangement if that lens goes faulty, however, it should be a lot lighter & more fun to use. With I.S. I don't think it matters if both lens & camera are set to ON because I think it will only use one according to the Lens I.S. Priority setting in Menu C2.

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Re: What to do when your BIGMA dies.

I just came across this review of the (Pana-Leica) lens by Terry Lane & his opinion is very convincing about it.

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Re: What to do when your BIGMA dies.

Very good. Makes me very happy to have chosen the lens a year or two ago...
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Re: What to do when your BIGMA dies.

Thanks for that. Looks like I made a good choice. Now to put it to good use. I would never have gone for the 100-300 anyway as I already have an old 4/3 70-300, which works quite well, except for the lack of reach and a slightly unpleasant bouquet.
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Re: What to do when your BIGMA dies.

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Thanks for that. Looks like I made a good choice. Now to put it to good use. I would never have gone for the 100-300 anyway as I already have an old 4/3 70-300, which works quite well, except for the lack of reach and a slightly unpleasant bouquet.
I'm not sure about the 'bouquet', because I've never sniffed it that much. But the bokeh can get a bit odd, although the 40-150 Pro can exhibit some harsh bokeh at times too though. I also have the M.ZD75-300 which is pretty good for what it is, in good light, except it generally stays in the bag (at home) most of the time as I just take the 40-150 f2.8 lens with the MC14 (giving 210mm) instead.
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Re: What to do when your BIGMA dies.

Larry, please convey my condolence to the dearly departed Bigma.

Does the AF still work?
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Re: What to do when your BIGMA dies.

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I'm not sure about the 'bouquet', because I've never sniffed it that much. But the bokeh can get a bit odd, although the 40-150 Pro can exhibit some harsh bokeh at times too though.
Oops! That spelling mistake is unforgiveable. Just to make it worse, I am the local "Spelling Nazi".

At lunch time today, I went out for a walk around the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens to give the lens a bit of a work-out. I have only just got home and will download and edit the photos later this evening. I only take photos in raw format and post-process them in Capture One Pro.
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Re: What to do when your BIGMA dies.

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Does the AF still work?
Yes, the AF still works well. The lens is still useable, provided that you accept that the aperture is fully open all of the time.
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Re: What to do when your BIGMA dies.

Here are the results of my first attempt at using the Panasonic / Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4.0-6.3 ASPH lens on my Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II. The lighting was typical of mid-winter lighting in Brisbane: Hazy and contrasty. The ducks in the pond were in shadow. - Hence a little bit of noise.

I took all photos using the lens' OIS and with the camera's switched off.

I have left the EXIF information on the image.- If you click on the image, you will be taken through to Flickr, where you will be able o see the full details.







The Story Bridge




A CityCat passing by on the far side of the river




A little CityHopper cross-river ferry




A CityHopper on the far side of the river with the lens fully extended.




A parked yacht




A noisy miner in a very rare still moment




This flower was rather close and I had a bit of difficulty focusing on it. I tried out manual focus with focus peaking. I obviously need a bit more practice.

I can safely say that I prefer the bokeh of this lens over my 70-300mm 4/3 lens.
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Re: What to do when your BIGMA dies.

Looks though it's raining with that moorhen photo (#1)

The parked yacht is a lovely photo. I can see you in the Miner birds eye, very sharp...

I find that the lens DOF is very shallow at close range, as with most lenses I suppose. Not an ideal lens for macro type shots IMHO.

Anyway, you will get the measure of its capabilities with loads of practice. Just works so well as a birding lens...……….

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