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Old 12th November 2007
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Comments on Sigma 135-400

I have this lens coming in the next few days and have seen a fair number of sample images but still requesting more.

I also need some tips on how to use this lens given it's size and weight and other minor limitations.

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Re: Comments on Sigma 135-400

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I have this lens coming in the next few days and have seen a fair number of sample images but still requesting more.

I also need some tips on how to use this lens given it's size and weight and other minor limitations.

Ron
Hi Ron, what are you aiming to use your new lens for?

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Re: Comments on Sigma 135-400

Thanks for the quick response.

I intend to shoot mostly wildlife, birds, small animals etc. I live in a wooded area and wildlife is very active.

I have a tripod but expect to get a heavier, more stable one in the weeks to come. So, I am also looking for advice regarding tripods.

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Re: Comments on Sigma 135-400

The main thing to bear in mind with this lens is that its sharp until about 300mm but then starts to tail off unless you stop down. At 400mm you really need to be at f8-f10 to get a reasonably sharp image. The resultant effect on shutter speed means you'll need your tripod for the sort of light you'll get in woodland.

Other thing is, auto focus isn't super fast either and its a bit noisy. I once made a rat jump out of its skin and rush off before I got the pic.

Other than that its an excellent lens and I'm really happy with mine. 800mm equiv focal length for just ober 400? Not bad I reckon.
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Re: Comments on Sigma 135-400

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I can not comment on the Sigma lens but the picture on the Sigma web site shows it has a tripod bracket.

For the tripod I would recommend checking out various heads as well. A lens that size would need a good tripod head to support it. I started out with a Manfrotto basic pan and tilt head but very quickly had to upgrade to a more substantial one as the basic head would not support my E300 with 14-45 mm lens firmly let alone a more substantial lens.
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Re: Comments on Sigma 135-400

You might want to consider a monopod. I recently bought a 3-section Manfrotto 681B but now wish I'd bought the more compact (and cheaper) 680B 4-section version as the 681B doesn't fit inside my most used small suitcase

But I can recommend the Manfrotto 234RC quick release monopod head - ideal for long lenses where you only need up and down tilt adjustment to complement the rotating collar mount on the lens. Avoids having to use ball heads which go too loose when you need to find adjust the lens position.

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Re: Comments on Sigma 135-400

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You might want to consider a monopod. I recently bought a 3-section Manfrotto 681B but now wish I'd bought the more compact (and cheaper) 680B 4-section version as the 681B doesn't fit inside my most used small suitcase

But I can recommend the Manfrotto 234RC quick release monopod head - ideal for long lenses where you only need up and down tilt adjustment to complement the rotating collar mount on the lens. Avoids having to use ball heads which go too loose when you need to find adjust the lens position.

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I had not considered a monopod before. That is certainly something to think about particularly insofar as portability is concerned, Ian. I see it is 69.99CDN at Henry's here in Canada and the tilt head another 50 bucks! Hmm!

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Re: Comments on Sigma 135-400

If you want stability and ease of use look at the Slik Master Classic. The Pan tilt head is brilliant. The camera can be rotated once you have the thing level independently of the pan /tilt. Great for panorama. It is not the lightest tripod in the world but its a classic I bought mine in 1987 and its still fine. Whats more its still in production. You can use the head lock as a brake for panning too.
Look here http://www.abc-digital-cameras.co.uk...b1a35793794eaa
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