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Re: Do I need a Sigma 50-500 for bird photography?

Again nothing to do with birds, but showing you the distal end of the Bigma+EC-14 in a 100% crop from a single frame (+/- OOC):


Birds would go somewhere in between my two examples above

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Re: Do I need a Sigma 50-500 for bird photography?

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The macro picture looks good as much I can see: the resolution of the image is small.

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My advice for using Bigma at 350mm was ONLY for BIF, not for static birds.
I do the same with 70-300. Never use more than 200mm for BIF. If the bird is really fast, then I go to 150mm.

50-200 + EC-20 is sharper when the subject is static. My example was a BIF wich is very hard to handle with this combo because of the slow focus.
And the combo is a bit more sharp with the SWD version (I used first version of 50-200).
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Re: Do I need a Sigma 50-500 for bird photography?

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Around 70% crop, 500mm, f6.3, 1/1000th. You'll not get anything sharper from a Bigma.

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Really? I feel I have better results than that with lower shutter speeds after just two uses?
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Re: Do I need a Sigma 50-500 for bird photography?

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Only had the SWD but I think it is just a matter of AF speed. If I bought another one to go with the E-M1 it would probably be the non-SWD version.

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David, I use my old non SWD more it takes less time 'hunting'

BUT will the SWD be better for the EM-1 ???
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Re: Do I need a Sigma 50-500 for bird photography?

Having analysed all the information created by my original post the Bigma may not be right for me just yet. I think the 50-200 mm will be my next lens. I have just seen a really good shot by Graptolite of a Whimbrel using this lens. I am still a little unclear about the tech spec/quality of the SWD over non SWD. The Bigma will come later. I will now have to find one for sale.
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Re: Do I need a Sigma 50-500 for bird photography?

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Having analysed all the information created by my original post the Bigma may not be right for me just yet. I think the 50-200 mm will be my next lens. I have just seen a really good shot by Graptolite of a Whimbrel using this lens. I am still a little unclear about the tech spec/quality of the SWD over non SWD. The Bigma will come later. I will now have to find one for sale.
Personally, I would go for the SWD 50-200 lens for quick silent use on your DSLR now & it will also perform nicely on the new OM-D E-M1 too (but not the E-M5 for AF) or later bodies for the future.
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Re: Do I need a Sigma 50-500 for bird photography?

I know there's supposed to be no difference between the two 50-200 but I wasn't impressed with my copy of the original version and sold it.

My copy of the SWD is noticeably better. I didn't get an EC14 until I'd been shooting the SWD for 6 months and was happy it was good enough to support a TC.
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Re: Do I need a Sigma 50-500 for bird photography?

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Really? I feel I have better results than that with lower shutter speeds after just two uses?
Timmy, I'm pleased you are getting excellent results from day 1. I had upgraded from a 70-300mm and was pleasantly surprised at the improvement in IQ and AF performance. Since then I have owned the 300mm f2.8 which was a further improvement, as was the 50-200mm SWD plus EC14. I am hoping your Bigma is a better copy than mine ( they are variable) and it is not just down to my inferior skills!

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