Moon Photography; Sigma 150-600mm or Sigma 50-500mm?

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John Adam New Member • Posts: 1
Moon Photography; Sigma 150-600mm or Sigma 50-500mm?

For Moon photography and some wild life and macro photography on the side, for a dx body (Nikon d7200) which lens has a better sharpness on the short end?

Thanks in advanced

Nikon D7200
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bakhtyar kurdi Contributing Member • Posts: 733
Re: Moon Photography; Sigma 150-600mm or Sigma 50-500mm?

Why you don't consider the Nikon 200-500?

Do you mean at the short end?

I don't have any of those you mentioned, but I like my Nikon 200-500, I don't see much difference at short end and long end, I believe it is sharpest at 400mm, and it has a very good minimum focus distance.

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D500 001 Contributing Member • Posts: 644
The Moon 02-17-2016

Handheld Sigma 150-600mm Sport w/1.4 extender last night. Do not have the 200-500mm for comparison. The Sigma is tunable at 4 focal lengths.

February 17, 2016

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Stusteelhead Senior Member • Posts: 1,138
Re: Moon Photography; Sigma 150-600mm or Sigma 50-500mm?

Nikon 200-500m takes the nikon tc's really well for moon shots

with the 1.7tc at 850mm

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Good Moon

Nice, just about the same phase but different dates. Thanks for the nudge to try more processing.

2016-02-17 The Moon

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fzrTom Senior Member • Posts: 2,302
Re: Good Moon

To shot the moon you should use this setting :

  • ISO 200
  • F7.1 to F8
  • Shutter speed 1/320s
  • Tripod
  • mirror up + delay

if no tripod :

  • ISO 400
  • shutter speed 1/640s

It seems that you have used a very high ISO and then a lot of denoising so the little details desapear.

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Re: Good Moon

Thanks for your input Tom. Can you answer this question? Why doesn't the image in my post have the data window with more info popping up?

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fzrTom Senior Member • Posts: 2,302
Re: Good Moon

D500 001 wrote:

Thanks for your input Tom. Can you answer this question? Why doesn't the image in my post have the data window with more info popping up?

Np, it is not a critisum, but I'm sure you can get a much better IQ with this fantastic lens.

You means the EXIF data ? I dont know maybe because of the software you have used to PP the photo ?

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Re: Moon Photography; Sigma 150-600mm or Sigma 50-500mm?

John,

I think this lens is definitely sharper. I have been nothing but impressed by it. I also have an old Kenko 1.5X converter that plays very nicely with it. The key, in the case of Astro photography is finding a really steady base and turning OS off. Here is a shot at ISO 500, 1/250 f/10 without converter taken last night in RAW.

Moon 2-20-2016

Be careful not to OVERprocess  the moon.  Too much contrast makes it look unnatural.  I could probably pull more detail out of this shot be using too much "levels", but I prefer this treatment.

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Re: Moon Photography; Sigma 150-600mm or Sigma 50-500mm?

This is a photo I took back in November.   It was taken handheld with Sigma 150-600 Sport.  I was shooting wildlife when I help the camera up to get a shot of the moonrise over a canyon wall.   I wasn't quite ready for what I saw and ended up overexposing.   This image is heavily cropped and exposure was brought down in post processing.  I shot the image at F7.1 with a shutter speed of 1/640th of a second with 1250ISO.   Not to bad for a moments notice.

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idtx2 Regular Member • Posts: 411
Re: Good Moon

D500 001 wrote:

Nice, just about the same phase but different dates. Thanks for the nudge to try more processing.

2016-02-17 The Moon

Single shot or multiples stacked? Very sharp, I'm jealous!

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Re: Good Moon

It is a single, hand held shot. Nikon D7200 with the Sigma 150-600 Sport lens at 600mm and a 1.4 extender. Resulting in a 1260mm field of view (FF equivalent).

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DavidAT Regular Member • Posts: 180
Re: Good Moon

FWIW this was taken using the sigma 150-600 C at 600mm, cropped, the night before the supermoon late last year, so it was a very large moon. Stacked, using a Nikon D5300. ISO 100, 1/100, F10, tripod, ETTR.

crescentmotor1 Forum Member • Posts: 82
The Moon 08_23_2015
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Taken with Nikon D7000 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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The Moon 08_27_2015

Photo taken with Nikon D7000 and Tamron 150-600mm

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Old Greenlander Senior Member • Posts: 4,219
Re: The Moon 08_27_2015

This is my take, nevertheless with none of the above lenses...

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Re: The Moon 08_27_2015

Well that is just a kick in the pants. Does it do macro?

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Old Greenlander Senior Member • Posts: 4,219
Re: The Moon 08_27_2015

D500

It may, never tried on that

I bought it for the moon shots mainly

that exif is misleading; in fact is 2000 mm optical

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fzrTom Senior Member • Posts: 2,302
Question about the TAMRON

Hello guys,

Yesterday I tryed to take some photos with my new toy (the Tamron 150-600).

I did them with my A58 on a tripod.

But only few were OK because after every photo the focus was no more OK, so I should have had to do it after every photo ... Why ??? Did you experience that with this lens ? I have not this issue with the little brother the Tamron 70-300 SP USD.

Sony A58 + Tamron 150-600

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earthbound_ca Senior Member • Posts: 2,234
Re: Question about the TAMRON

fzrTom wrote:

Hello guys,

Yesterday I tryed to take some photos with my new toy (the Tamron 150-600).

I did them with my A58 on a tripod.

But only few were OK because after every photo the focus was no more OK, so I should have had to do it after every photo ... Why ??? Did you experience that with this lens ? I have not this issue with the little brother the Tamron 70-300 SP USD.

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Franck

Nice capture, Franck. The lit portion of the moon offers relatively low contrast so your AF system may not be able to lock on to it even though it is well lit. If you focus for the first exposure and turn AF off between moon shots, you can avoid this problem.

The 70-300 may not experience this because the terminator (shadow line) will always be in your AF point's view due to the lens's substantially wider FOV whereas @600mm the AF point may only hit a uniformly lit (or dark) portion of the scene and miss an edge with sufficiently high contrast.

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