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Bigma 100-500 help !

I have "L" Plates on ! I LURVE what this lens may bring in results ... but I AM NOT capable yet ... I have decided to use a remote shutter release - as I am nervous using this and I feel "shake" - also as it is so heavy, I am using a MONOpod.

I have been practicing in the garden ... on Hover Flys and Collared Doves - my objective is to capture Peters Pergrine Falcons ... so size and distance of Collared Doves is more relevant ... and at the top of our Silver Birch trees ... is more relevnt height!
Any ideas please ...? Apologies if the quality offends your eyes ... sori





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Re: Bigma 100-500 help !

Hi

I have this lens and it is very capable for producing very good results.Using a monopod is a good idea but I tend to use mine handheld.
I think best results are with it stopped down a little ie f7.1 or f8 but also keep an eye on your shutter speed.If your using it with an E1 then you dont have the luxuary of IS so be careful.
I can't see the exif on you pictures so don't know your settings and would be interested to see them.It looks like a nice bright day so you should be ok.

Keep trying it can be a great lens but you have to be careful with it.

Ps don't expect to be able to produce results straight away.I know Peter took a long time to perfect his very good technique.
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Re: Bigma 100-500 help !

I too have this lens. It's a beast and I wasn't anywhere near good enough to get decent keepers handheld or on a monopod for that matter - so I've got used to lugging mine around on the tripod all the time.

That being said - the results from this lens once tamed, can be stonkingly good Keep at it, patience is the key on this one.
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Re: Bigma 100-500 help !

Hi AndyM, I tried "handheld" BUT I was size 8/10 woman (now 14 but its fat! not body frame!) Tripod hopeless; so resorted to monopod as I cannot hold this weight! MAYBE its too heavy for me

58 was Mode AP; Shutter 1/250; F8; Sharpness+1; MetMode ESP; ISO 200; Focus; Cont AF

61 was 1/200; rest same and I seem to have lost the exif for the other one

Peters images are AWESOME but I fear lots is due to E-5 ? I may have to buy one

Everything I read about this lens says "hardwork=results" so I am doing lots of exercises - Thanks for your comments Andy
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Re: Bigma 100-500 help !

Hi,

These results do seem a little soft but I can't see any evidence of front or back focus or indeed camera shake. Are these much cropped and are they all at max zoom? I don't know this lens but I have owned a 50-500 and I have had some spectacular results with it handheld. I rarely use a monopod as I always take subjects such as this handheld in good light with high shutter speeds. I think this is a wood pigeon.

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Re: Bigma 100-500 help !

David your RIGHT its a wood pidgeon! They are SOFT, these are crops and zoom full out ! I am wondering its a better lens pulled back a bit (as the 70-300?) so I shall try this tomorrow with the same birds who are always about here

I shall up the shutter speeds too !
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