Sigma 60 and owl

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Barry Stewart
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Sigma 60 and owl
Dec 11, 2013

If you're wondering how sharp the Sigma is, here's another example, slightly cropped.

This was a rescued barred owl, at a local display last Sunday. Hand-held and IS-1.

You won't get within ten paces of a live owl in the wild… but look at the feather detail, with 1:1 view.

Well worth the $200, I say.

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Thanks. That Sigma and my 14mm are my two favorite lenses.
In reply to Barry Stewart, Dec 11, 2013

And I've got a lot of lenses. Nice owl.

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In reply to Barry Stewart, Dec 11, 2013

Barry Stewart wrote:

If you're wondering how sharp the Sigma is, here's another example, slightly cropped.

This was a rescued barred owl, at a local display last Sunday. Hand-held and IS-1.

You won't get within ten paces of a live owl in the wild… but look at the feather detail, with 1:1 view.

Well worth the $200, I say.

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Thanks for sharing Barry

Lots of detail in the picture. Im sure the out of focus area will course discussion, but to me it looks really nice. Get the feeling its sitting in a forest environment.

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In reply to Barry Stewart, Dec 11, 2013

Barry Stewart wrote:

If you're wondering how sharp the Sigma is, here's another example, slightly cropped.

This was a rescued barred owl, at a local display last Sunday. Hand-held and IS-1.

You won't get within ten paces of a live owl in the wild… but look at the feather detail, with 1:1 view.

Well worth the $200, I say.

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Man if you can get that close to the subject, its pure magic in sharp details. Drop dead gorgeous details. Phew, that is good, superb in fact.

All the best Barry and congrats on a top shot !!

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Very yummy owl. Sima 60 is the best for portraiture.

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Nice stuff. I shot an owl at close range with the 75. Unfortunately I had to use it wide open, so the DOF is very shallow. Yours shows much more detail.

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Very impressive shot of the owl. When looking at 100% you really see a lot of details, among them the photographer mirrored in the owl's eye!.

The Sigma 60 mm must be a very sharp lens.

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Thanks for dropping by, Cork. I used to sniff at 3rd-party lenses — but this one has challenged my thinking.

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stinelise wrote:

Lots of detail in the picture. Im sure the out of focus area will course discussion, but to me it looks really nice.

None yet! I was in P-mode, as I was handing off the camera to my wife fairly often. F/5.6 was from the brain of the E-PL5 (another bargain). On my own, I likely would have chosen f/2.8… which may have had too fine a DOF for all the bird's details.

Get the feeling its sitting in a forest environment.

Yes, I could have lied about waiting in a hide for 8 hours for the shot, LOL! It was in a big garden center near our house. I cropped off a string of Christmas decorations.

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nzmacro wrote:

Man if you can get that close to the subject, its pure magic in sharp details. Drop dead gorgeous details. Phew, that is good, superb in fact.

All the best Barry and congrats on a top shot !!

Danny.

Thanks Danny. Happy to please a discerning bird man!

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s_grins wrote:

Very yummy owl. Sima 60 is the best for portraiture.

I agree. I use it a lot… even for hockey and basketball. It's a crazy-good lens.

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Martin.au wrote:

Nice stuff. I shot an owl at close range with the 75. Unfortunately I had to use it wide open, so the DOF is very shallow. Yours shows much more detail.

I hope we won't now go to 150 comments on DOF, LOL!

As I mentioned to Stine above, it was just luck that it was F/5.6. I had it in P-mode, as I was passing the camera over to my wife quite often (toddler grandson in tow.)

Here is an F/5 shot, where the background is obliterated by the thin DOF. My wife wasn't happy with the effect until I told her that was the "professional" look! (Not much good for Facebook, though…)

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MatsP wrote:

Very impressive shot of the owl. When looking at 100% you really see a lot of details, among them the photographer mirrored in the owl's eye!.

You got me there, Mats! You can also see the ribs of the greenhouse roof… so I guess I couldn't fool you and say it was taken in the wilderness?

The Sigma 60 mm must be a very sharp lens.

Agreed. Christmas gift ideas, anyone? In western Canada, London Drugs is a great source.

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In reply to Barry Stewart, Dec 11, 2013

Very nice capture. Looks very sharp: kudos to the lens AND the steady hand of the photographer! I too think the background adds a lot to the impact/"realism" of the image. Well done.

I really like owls. Here is a shot with the much maligned Panny 100-300 taken at over 200mm with a monopod. It is from a raptor rehab center in Sitka, Alaska.

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Lovely pose and complimentary colour in the background.

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Nice image Barry.

I work hard at it but often shoot wild ones within ten paces. It is fun! 

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In reply to Barry Stewart, Dec 12, 2013

wow!

Beautiful details !

you managed to be quite close

I guess my copy is about as sharp as yours. I'll have to check with some bird or fur animal.

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Kim R wrote:

Nice image Barry.

I work hard at it but often shoot wild ones within ten paces. It is fun!

Do you shoot them with a gun first? LOL! You must have a lot of time and patience... I envy that.

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jf_tea wrote:

wow!

Beautiful details !

you managed to be quite close

I guess my copy is about as sharp as yours. I'll have to check with some bird or fur animal.

Ah, so you've joined the Sigma 60 club too. If no available wildlife, a close-up of a child's face would be a fine test as well.

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