Terrible First Shots - Sigma 50-500 Bigma

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These are just awful. The compositon is terrible. The focus is so-so. Camera shake is evident. Colors are blah. :cry:

These were all hand-held. Outside shots - it was raining. Inside shot was low light and back-lit. Thought I would give it a worst-case tryout after I took it out of the box. The good news is that I'm happy :p with the results, considering the above....... :x

Red Flower, From my front door, across the street, Hand-Held 50mm (75mm equivalent)

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Red Flower, From my front door, across the street, Hand-Held 500mm (750mm equivalent)

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Little-Bit, Hand-Held 500mm (750mm equivalent)

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Not a bad test at all Ken,

I can't hand hold a P&S :>)))

The kittys eyes are quite sharp. Curious about the CA..

Because of the high contrast against the white ??

Congratulations on the longggggggy....:>))
 
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Wow, not bad shots considering they're handheld. That's some difference in zoom with the flowers....that'd be amazing if you got a TC on there too....;)


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Wow, not bad shots considering they're handheld. That's some difference in zoom with the flowers....that'd be amazing if you got a TC on there too....;) Joel.
I hadn't realized until a few minutes ago that for the cat shot the shutter was at 1/30th. I got the 24-120VR because I have to work so hard at holding steady, so I am really quite pleasantly surprised that the hand-held shots were not too bad.
 
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Ken, you are your own toughest critic. The images weren't bad at all. The composition wasn't a masterpiece, but it was never meant to be. You were anxious to fire off a couple of shots to get a feel for the new lens and the results were fine. I think that you are going to have a ball with that new monster and we can't wait to see more images in the near future. Speaking of shake...any effects from the earthquake? :shock:
 
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I hadn't realized until a few minutes ago that for the cat shot the shutter was at 1/30th. I got the 24-120VR because I have to work so hard at holding steady, so I am really quite pleasantly surprised that the hand-held shots were not too bad.
500mm at 1/30th without VR is pretty darn impressive. I don't think I could do that with my 70-200VR, at least not reliably.

Keep us updated on your impressions with this lens. I must admit I've been tempted by what seems like an awfully cheap way to get to 500mm. The main thing holding me back is that I don't know how effectively I could use this lens without VR/OS because my hand-holding technique still has a fair amount of room for improvement.
 
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Wow Ken - You are on a lens acquistion run lately. 24-120 VR and now this beast. Very cool!

Ken - give us more pics when you can and a nice big report on what you think of it.

Congrats.
 

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Wau... That's one heack of a reach.... Don't even get me started on thinking of the possibilities!


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I've had my Bigma for about a month and half now. At first I was worried about hand-holding so I shot eveything from tripod. I have recently started hand-holding - and it does some take practice but sharp shots can be had.

I think it is a great lens for the money and you will love it. I seem to be using it more and more on each shoot.
 
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Chris: Doesn't look too bad Ken, congrats!
Thanks, Chris - I'm as surprised as you are....

Gale: Not a bad test at all Ken....Congratulations on the longggggggy....
Thanks, Gale - I liked the idea of a longgggggy also being able to handle close too...I'm a Zoomaholic.

Joel: Wow, not bad shots considering they're handheld. That's some difference in zoom with the flowers....
Thanks Joel, now I'm afraid to put it on a tripod; what if that's not as good?

Pa: Good going! Now how about a shot of the lens itself mounted on the camera?
Thanks Pa, that shot is coming - Uncle Frank had suggested an Avatar - I have to charge the battery on my backup camera to do it...

Frank: Ken, you are your own toughest critic. The images weren't bad at all. Speaking of shake...any effects from the earthquake?
Thanks Frank, I thought I would beat the critics to the punch...We did'n't feel the earthquake here....

Jeff: 500mm at 1/30th without VR is pretty darn impressive. I don't think I could do that with my 70-200VR, at least not reliably.
Thanks Jeff, I'll bet you could do that with your 70-200VR with only one hand, standing on one leg....

cwilt: Congrats and nice handheld images. I will keep my Bigma until I get a 500mm prime.
Thanks, I'll keep mine until I can't lift it any longer....
Mark: Wow Ken - You are on a lens acquistion run lately. 24-120 VR and now this beast. Very cool!
Thanks Mark, I will not read in Lens Lust again, IwillnotreadinLensLustagain, IwillnotreadinLensLustagain, IwillnotreadinLensLustagain....

Paul: Agree with the comments made - good shooting especially for a new lens under those conditions.
Thanks Paul, maybe I should quit while I'm ahead...

gho: Wau... That's one heck of a reach.... Don't even get me started on thinking of the possibilities!
Hmmmmm.....

TheKO: I have recently started hand-holding - and it does some take practice but sharp shots can be had.
I fell back on some pistol-shooting "techniques" too - I'm much better with a handgun than a rifle OR CAMERA!

Flew: See Ken, I told you that it was an excellent lens....
Yes you did Frank and I never doubted you, thanks....
 
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Bigma is a great lens. I have one and I will never get rid of it. It's not the sharpest at 500, but from 50-400 it's pretty good. Much better than the 80-400 VR, which is only sharp up to 300.
 
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I posted a comparison of hand-held vs tripod in the Technical Forum......
 
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