What the hell did I just buy? Sigma 100-500?

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bugglz
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What the hell did I just buy? Sigma 100-500?
Aug 29, 2012

I just purchased a Sigma 100-500 f/5.6-8 lens off of KEH for around $125 while looking for the 170-500. I was wondering if anybody here has even heard of this lens. Is there any information at all about it? I can't find anything anywhere..

I know KEH has a good return policy, so I decided to order this lens and try it out, and if it stinks, I'll return it. It intrigued me though, so I went ahead and purchased it. It should arrive in a couple days, and I'll take some pictures and hopefully maybe put together some sort of review or verdict for everybody.

There was no picture on KEH, and I have no idea what it looks like or what the specifications are other than it's 100-500 and f/5.6-8.

This should be interesting.

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Re: What the hell did I just buy? Sigma 100-500?
In reply to bugglz, Aug 29, 2012

Look up Vivitar series 1, made by Siggy

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Re: What the hell did I just buy? Sigma 100-500?
In reply to Fresch, Aug 29, 2012

It's not the same lens. The Vivitar takes a 67mm filter, and this lens takes a 72.

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In reply to Fresch, Aug 31, 2012

So the box came in today.

And inside was another box. Holy crap. What did I buy?

Then I opened the box.

And the rest of the pictures are kind of self explanatory.

I had no idea Sigma even MADE a 100-500mm lens, and surely it would just be a rebrand, if anything. But I'm impressed so far. I haven't had a chance to take some test pictures yet, but tomorrow I'll see what I can do. I still can't find any information about this lens on Google though..

So yep!

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In reply to bugglz, Aug 31, 2012

I would be interested in seeing some test shots done with it.
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Re: What the hell did I just buy? Sigma 100-500?
In reply to happysnapper64, Aug 31, 2012

Well, I did a few of those. But they're nothing but test shots, so don't judge me. D:

Overall, I'm more than impressed. I'm actually surprised, too. The lens seemed to perform substantially better at the long end than it did at the short end. Even wide open at 500mm I got sharp images with barely any CA. At 100mm though, plenty of RG CA. Stopping down helped a bunch. All these photos are 100% or 100% crops.

Wide open (if you can call f/8 wide open) at 500mm

Corner of 100mm wide open (f/5.6)

Corner 100mm stopped down to f/9.5

Corner 500mm wide open

A wall, 100mm open

Same wall, 500mm open

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In reply to bugglz, Sep 2, 2012

Sorry for spamming up my own thread, but I figured I'd show one test picture I really like.

I took this picture from my D3100 and turned up the contrast a bit in Photoshop, and here's the result:

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In reply to bugglz, Sep 2, 2012

Nice. What is it?? hehehe
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The moon

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In reply to bugglz, Sep 2, 2012

Sorry, never been there. Big isn't it?? lol
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In reply to happysnapper64, Sep 2, 2012

Very big. I do like this lens.

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Time to get or use your monopod
In reply to bugglz, Sep 2, 2012

If you have a monopod sitting gathering dust in your closet, time to get it out and clean it up. The lens you got, which looks like it will be a hoot to learn, is old school, I have a Tamron 200 - 400 f5.6 (no longer in production) that most people don't know exists and I definitely need to use a monopod with it to get those sharp images.

What I have said above is even more true if you aren't shooting with a full frame camera. I know you'll ignore this advise and shoot hand held but when you realize defeat, head to the trust old monopod.

Also shoot using really fast speeds, like 1/1000 or faster, don't hesitate to bump up the ISO to get these speeds.

I own the Canon 75 - 300 IS lens, the first lens Canon released with IS. Everyone and their dog told me this lens was a dud. I shot deer at slower speeds and agreed, the images were crap. I then experimented and up my shutter speed considerably and turned of IS, the following was my result shot through a family room window into my back yard:

Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO: 1600
Exposure: 1/3200 sec
Aperture: 8.0
Focal Length: 300mm

You can see the faster shutter speed sharpened up the image and I was quite happy with it.
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Re: Time to get or use your monopod
In reply to rsn48, Sep 2, 2012

Thanks a lot! I already went and bought a monopod because I tried handheld. Couldn't get a sharp picture even at 1/640 second. Monopods help me get the shutter down to even 1/120 with a sharp picture.

It is old school, and I'm excited to get out and try some wildlife shots. I don't know much technique for that style though..

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Re: Time to get or use your monopod
In reply to bugglz, Sep 2, 2012

The sharpness and color rendition in the image of the deer looks great. I use a lot of larger lenses and I would highly recommend you use a tripod...always. If you had intended to buy a lens without image stabilization and autofocus, you got a great deal on perhaps what could be a collectible lens.

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