The Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport - sample images

Started Oct 29, 2018 | Discussions thread
Doug Greenberg Contributing Member • Posts: 784
Re: With TC-2001 teleconverter - sample images

Very good work! I have the same lens and both teleconverters, also. I have gotten similarly great results, but I must add that getting optimal sharpness from the 500 plus the 2x teleconverter is not easy. I usually have to shoot several photos of a subject to be sure of getting a good one. I think this is because of a combination of more difficult and slow autofocus on my Nikon bodies (D850, D500) and also the difficulty of eliminating all vibration, even at reasonably high shutter speeds. Maybe I cannot explain it at all. But with diligence and good technique, the 1000 mm combo is optically quite good. The problem comes in circumstances where a bird appears, I grab some shots, and the bird takes off. If I don’t get a keeper right away I might not get one at all.

I am lucky enough to own several different Nikon-compatible telephotos, so I have the 
“burden” of having to decide which to bring for various types of photo excursions. I will be traveling to southern Ecuador in February. In the past, for intensive photo workshops like this one I have brought my 600mm f4G plus the Nikon 1.4x and 1.7x teleconverters. Optically, this is a wonderful ensemble. But the lens (NOT the most recent, lighter version) is pretty heavy. For shooting around the eco-lodges it is fine, but when I have to tote the rig through the jungle to a lek or distant feeder setup, it gets to be a burden. Bringing the larger lens also limits what other gear I can get in my rolling camera carry-on. For this upcoming trip I am considering bring the Sigma sport 500 plus teleconverters, and hence shedding a few pounds. But losing just a bit of reach is the negative. I have a few months to think about it. First world problems.

Doug Greenberg, Berkeley, CA

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Nikon Coolpix P7800 Nikon 1 V2 Nikon D500 Nikon D850 Nikon Z7 +12 more
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