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My new (used) Sigma 500mm f/4.5 HSM arrived!

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Guest-002, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. Guest-002

    Guest-002 Guest

    Jan 14, 2006
    Worcester, MA
    The Sigma 500mm f/4.5 HSM that I purchased from DNAsiRNA arrived at work and I could hardly wait for the workday to end so that I could play with it. We live on a lake, so the first thing after I set it up was to take it out on the deck, but there was no activity to be seen. So, I went to the front yard to take pictures of the sparrows that always congregate there.

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    No sooner had I started shooting that Katey came out of the house and called me over. As I started to walk toward her she said "No, no, bring the camera". I knew then that she had spotted a target of opportunity. Sure enough, there was this cormorant hanging on the neighbor's dock.

    Took lots of pictures though, unfortunately, he (she?) was in the shade.

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    And then, after a while, he left.
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    I can tell this is going to be a fun summer exploring this lens.

    The one thing I'll have to address is that it does not focus using the AF ON button. I think I've read that Sigma has a fix for that and I'll have to send it in as some point, but it won't be for a bit yet.

    These pictures were shot using a Sidekick. I also just received a used Wimberley II head that I tried afterwards, and I couldn't really notice an improvement. I'll post separately on that in the Tripod forum.

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  2. Hi Radu, congrats on an excellent lens!
    A quick tip on posting images on the cafe, try to keep them down to the suggested width. Otherwise, the site will compress them and you will get a lot of jaggies that detract from the images.
  3. slappomatt


    May 13, 2006
    San Diego CA
    Radu, My sigma 70-200 2.8 DG didnt work with the AF-ON on my D200 when i ferst got it. I sent and email to sigma and they said to ship it to them so they could have a look and most likely install the new firmware.

    I then installed the latest firmware in my D200 and low and behold the AF-ON button now works. what version of firmware is in your D200? the current version is 2.0 i beleive
  4. Looks good! Good luck with your new/used toy!

  5. Guest-002

    Guest-002 Guest

    Jan 14, 2006
    Worcester, MA
    I was still running the original 1.00/1.01 firmware. Per your suggestion, I updated to 2.0 and AF-ON now works.

    Thank You!
  6. two slow

    two slow

    Apr 22, 2006
    Talladega, Al
    Don't you just love simple fixes like that.
    Looks like a great lens, congrats.
  7. Pesto126


    Apr 13, 2006
    Northeast USA
    Radu.. congrats on the lens - seems like you will have a great time with it. Those are some real nice shots!

    If anyone gets any leads on another one - please remember Pesto126. :) 
  8. Radu, congratulations, looks sharp even wide open!
  9. Sigma 500mm

    Just like to add I have had my Sigma 500mm for about a year and love using it with my Wimberly Sidekick/Gitzo Tripod and my D2Xs. Tried a couple teleconverters including the Kenko which allows AF, but find it searches too much and reduces light thru the lens.

    I stick too just using the lens and capturing marine bird life RAW and cropping as necessary. I think this lens stands out for it's great optics, light weight and economics. I also have the Nikon 300 VR which allows me to handhold more so than the Sigma 500. Basically all shots with the Sigma on a tripod.
    Would love to try the Sigma 3-800mm.

    FYI, I tried the 300VR with a 1.7 Teleconverter, works similar to the Sigma but with VR----in practice finding more use with just the Sigma.

    Would post some pics but unsure how to do that as I don't use any website as my stuff is on my computers

    Sigma makes great lenses for sure, enjoy yours.
  10. Congratulations, Radu. It's a very nice lens and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

    I use it a lot with the Jobu Light Weight which acts similar to the Sidekick and there is no problem.
  11. Great lens, I was quite happy with mine. You can modify the Nikon TC-14E to work with this lens, it works very well. Here is the Link to Nikon TC Mod page.

    You should be very happy with this lens, I sure was.
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