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My holl's with a few pic's boy was it hot in the 90's & 100's + day after day.

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that is an incredible series, don't see many post on here using that lens, I sure appreciate you sharing, do you have any experience with the 300-800 also?
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that is an incredible series, don't see many post on here using that lens, I sure appreciate you sharing, do you have any experience with the 300-800 also?
Kevin P.

Hi Kevin thank you, I have used the 300-800 quite a few times it is a very versatile lens but I actually prefer my prime the 300-800 is actually a smidgen sharper wide open but by f7.1 I can't see any difference the real drawback with the 300-800 for me is that it doesn't have a focus limiter.

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Phil,
thank you, I've been dreaming of getting the sigma 500 for the handheld stuff and use it along with the 120-300 2.8 but the 300-800 would give a nice reach on the FX sensor without having to use a tc. I look forward to more of your excellent work. Is the 500 you shoot a sigma also?
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Phil,
thank you, I've been dreaming of getting the sigma 500 for the handheld stuff and use it along with the 120-300 2.8 but the 300-800 would give a nice reach on the FX sensor without having to use a tc. I look forward to more of your excellent work. Is the 500 you shoot a sigma also?
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Hi kevin the sigma 500 HSM EX is an absolutely mint lens, just to really wind you up I have one of those as well it's probably my most favourite lens I use it all the time handheld if you're lucky enough to find one second-hand grab it with both hands.

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Nice series. Hot? In UK? :wink:

The 500 handheld? :eek: That's definately too heavy for me to get those tack sharp pictures it is capable of. But maybe you're far better trained than me if you drag a 300-800 around. :wink:

That first common tern shot is great!
 
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Nice series. Hot? In UK? :wink:

The 500 handheld? :eek: That's definately too heavy for me to get those tack sharp pictures it is capable of. But maybe you're far better trained than me if you drag a 300-800 around. :wink:

That first common tern shot is great!

Hi Daniel the 500 is not that heavy in fact it's lighter than my 300 f2.8 AF-I nikkor and very easy to use handheld, getting reliable sharp images handheld is all about technique and balance.

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Hi Daniel the 500 is not that heavy in fact it's lighter than my 300 f2.8 AF-I nikkor and very easy to use handheld, getting reliable sharp images handheld is all about technique and balance.

Phil.

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No doubt there are heavier lenses. It's just that I found out that I have diffuculties to hold it stable without a monopod. Maybe it's not such an issue on a bright sunny day (on which I haven't used mine at lot yet), but at least I become exhausted rather quickly without any lens support. (Supporting it on my knee might work if shooting from a low angle.)

Mh. Ok, maybe aside from going to the gym there may be room for improvement regarding my technique and maybe it'll get better the more often I shoot with it. Until then I'm happy with the pictures I got using a monopod. What a fine lens...:smile:
 
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