300/4 +1.4tc VS 80-400vr

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by cwilt, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. cwilt

    cwilt

    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    Someone may find this interesting

    D2x
    Tripod mounted
    Used MLU with wireless remote
    Manual exposure (ISO100 1/160@f8)
    White balance preset of direct sunlight
    Default RPP settings for conversion
    800x800 crops
    converted to sRGB
    Saved as jpeg's with exact same settings

    300/4 + 1.4TC
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    80-400vr
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  2. cwilt

    cwilt

    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    Just for fun....

    Here is the Sigma 50-500 with a Sigma 1.4TC but with different exposure settings. Same 800x800 crop.

    [​IMG]
     
  3. Thanks Charles, it looks as if the 300+TC is the sharpest. The 50-500's top right corner however makes me wonder if there's motion blur in that shot.
     
  4. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Nice moon shots

    hummmmmm
     
  5. cwilt

    cwilt

    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    The shutter speed was 1/100 for the 50-500 shot. Close to the danger zone for moon shots.

    Thanks Gale. I thought it made a good test subject.

    I think the 80-400 resolved just as well as the 300, but doesn't have the micro contrast to make it visible. Something that can be improved in post.


    If time permits tonight I will do some more shots with the 50-500. I have a 1.4 and a 2x TC for it. 1000mm telescope.:wink:
     
  6. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    omg 1000

    I have an old , and I do mean okd:>) Kalimar 800-1200. Had to get a mount for Nikon.

    really a (POS) lens.

    I played with it a couple times. Have not produced anything good with it.
    Have never shot all manual , so takes some practice. (lots of practice.) Just a fun thing.
    Soooo I will not be out comparing notes with you...lol

    The 80-400 with the 1.4 tc get me to 600. Which I do alot of.

    Don't think I will be out shooting the moon for a couple months either.

    Packing to move in my spare time...lol
     
  7. cwilt

    cwilt

    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    Takes a solid tripod for 1000mm, and it moves quick through the frame. The moon should be easy to shoot manually. I use the sunny 16 rule and adjust from there. :wink:

    Moving?
     
  8. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Yes good tripod is a must.
    Guess what.
    I have an ok tripod, but nothing great for sure
    Sure would not recommend it to anyone:>))))
     
  9. catspj

    catspj

    17
    May 16, 2007
    New England

    I also agree that the 300 looks to be the sharpest. I use a tripod 95% of the time but I'm still torn between the 300 and 1.4 and the 800-400 because of the VR for those times when I cannot drag a tripod around. I definately need at least 600mm if not more. (of course there are other lens for a lot more $$)
     
  10. cwilt

    cwilt

    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    Sandra,
    In my opinion they are lenses for different purposes. I carry the 80-400vr with me when the tripod stays at home. Which is most of the time.
     
  11. cwilt

    cwilt

    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    For that setup I use a surveyors tripod with another arm that holds the body. Not something you would want to carry. :wink:

     
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