Want a new wildlife lens?

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anupamkatkar
anupamkatkar Regular Member • Posts: 181
Want a new wildlife lens?

This one's going pretty cheap:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Used-Sigma-200-500mm-DG-F2-8-Lens-Nikon-1001112/114037253747?hash=item1a8d266673:g:HWcAAOSwOGZeB5QO

I'd buy it myself, but I already have a few copies in my collection. It's alright.

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JasonTheBirder
JasonTheBirder Contributing Member • Posts: 570
Re: Want a new wildlife lens?

I bought it last year, but returned it because it didn't take the 2x teleconverter very well.

EricK214 Regular Member • Posts: 398
Re: Want a new wildlife lens?

Well that's a good savings since a new one is $26,000 LoL

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Joel_wildlife New Member • Posts: 7
Re: Want a new wildlife lens?

haha, made me laugh

EricK214 Regular Member • Posts: 398
Re: Want a new wildlife lens?

JasonTheBirder wrote:

I bought it last year, but returned it because it didn't take the 2x teleconverter very well.

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larrywilson
larrywilson Veteran Member • Posts: 7,009
Re: Want a new wildlife lens?

I guess a person would have to use it on a tripod, hard to shoot this lens off hand.

Larry

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Hilifer
Hilifer Senior Member • Posts: 1,123
Re: Want a new wildlife lens?

Wrong color.

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fpapp
fpapp Contributing Member • Posts: 629
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I had to return it. I hurt myself taking pictures handheld!

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Parry Johnson
Parry Johnson Senior Member • Posts: 1,731
Re: Want a new wildlife lens?

Why, oh why?? Now I get it if one wants to stay in a hide all day, or if you otherwise park yourself in one spot AND you're shooting with an older camera with poor high-ISO capabilities AND the light is poor, but otherwise you're far better off with a crop-sensor camera like a Nikon 1 and 70-200 f2.8 lens.

For wildlife photos, you've really got two ways of shooting: get to the subject, or pray it will come to you. One way requires a big lens like this one, and the other requires portability. Since my pockets aren't deep and I can think of better ways to get a workout, I'll stick to the bigger-is-not-better routine.

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p5freak Senior Member • Posts: 2,854
Re: Want a new wildlife lens?

Parry Johnson wrote:

Why, oh why?? Now I get it if one wants to stay in a hide all day, or if you otherwise park yourself in one spot AND you're shooting with an older camera with poor high-ISO capabilities AND the light is poor, but otherwise you're far better off with a crop-sensor camera like a Nikon 1 and 70-200 f2.8 lens.

This lens was created for bragging rights, its the worlds first 500mm f2.8 lens. It has no real practical application.

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anupamkatkar
OP anupamkatkar Regular Member • Posts: 181
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Parry Johnson wrote:

Why, oh why?? Now I get it if one wants to stay in a hide all day, or if you otherwise park yourself in one spot AND you're shooting with an older camera with poor high-ISO capabilities AND the light is poor, but otherwise you're far better off with a crop-sensor camera like a Nikon 1 and 70-200 f2.8 lens.

For wildlife photos, you've really got two ways of shooting: get to the subject, or pray it will come to you. One way requires a big lens like this one, and the other requires portability. Since my pockets aren't deep and I can think of better ways to get a workout, I'll stick to the bigger-is-not-better routine.

You're saying that now ... but the next time you're wandering the streets of Damascus and suddenly, a T-90 main battle tank rumbles in and aims directly at you, you're going to wish you had the Sigma to fight back. Try fighting a tank with a 70-200 f2.8.

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ExpatSooner New Member • Posts: 23
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Everybody has seen the photos online of that beast shooting both anti tank rockets AND lasers. It’s the multi tool for personal and national defense.

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graemechapman
graemechapman Regular Member • Posts: 232
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Back to reality, I have been photographing birds around Australia for more than 60 years and my website has more than 5500 images as a result.

So I ask the question which is the aperture I have most used in all this time?

F/5.6.

To me that is the ideal aperture to achieve optimum depth of field, shutter speed and lowest ISO. I only resort to f/8 or 11 if I want to keep two or more subjects in focus.

Perhaps just as important is you don't have to spend a fortune.

That is why Nikon's 500 PF f/5.6 is one of the best long  lenses they have ever made and so popular that they have difficulty in keeping up the supply.

To each his own. This is Australia where light levels are good most of the time.

A well exposed blur is no good to anybody, so I appreciate the need of f/2.8 to keep shutter speeds high enough in places with low light levels.

chulster
chulster Contributing Member • Posts: 902
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fpapp wrote:

I had to return it. I hurt myself taking pictures handheld!

You were holding it wrong. Keep both hands on the camera.

fpapp
fpapp Contributing Member • Posts: 629
Re: Want a new wildlife lens?

chulster wrote:

fpapp wrote:

I had to return it. I hurt myself taking pictures handheld!

You were holding it wrong. Keep both hands on the camera.

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CptAmerica
CptAmerica Senior Member • Posts: 1,046
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One of the funniest things ever, is to go to amazon and read the reviews.  Hilaruous.

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patricksmith32
patricksmith32 Regular Member • Posts: 376
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You beat me to it, I was just about to say, go over to Amazon and read the reviews of the lens over there haha. Seriously though I got to try this crazy lens out and the AF was terrible, I mean really bad when compared to Nikon or Canon super-tele lenses. Guess all of that glass is slow to move around. Image quality was also so-so, not as good as my Nikon 400mm f2.8E VR FL, not even close. For that price there are so many better options out there! You could get a 500PF and an 800mm f5.6E FL!

ExpatSooner New Member • Posts: 23
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Personally I don’t trust the AF of a lens that requires its own battery. Besides, it’s like 16kg. That’s not a lot of glass, it’s a TON of glass to move to attain focus. I’ll stick with my 400 thanks.

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