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    Playing with my new Sigma Macro lens

    Got a new lens for the camera the other week and have been playing about with it in the office. Not yet quite got to grips with it, but looking forward to taking it out on a trip and getting some good nature close-ups.

    The lens is a Sigma 50mm 1:2.8 DG EX Macro.

























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    nice clear shots there, As you will learn its not an easy subject at first trying to get the right settings, light, focus etc.

    what camera you using?

    I have a 90mm Sigma lens and I must admit its a great kit. Just waiting for the summer so I can catch some beasties in the garden.

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    I'm using a Nikon D90, it does take a bit of getting used to with such a shallow depth of field. Looking forward to experimenting outside with it.

    I've also just ordered one of these bad boys...



    150-500mm APO DG OS HSM stabilised

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    is that 150-500 im seeing?

    I found it hard enough to handle my 70-300 lens at 300mm unless I used a tripod. I also have a 2x converter so i tried that on my 70-300 and it give me 600mm which was great on the moon but hard to control

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    This has built in Image Stabilisation though - so much easier to control, there is also a 2x APO EX Tele-converter available taking it up 1000mm focal length!

    I've also got a 300mm Nikon lens, but it has no VR, so need to use the tripod same as you, although I also have some converters, I can't seem to get on with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottyboy View Post
    I'm using a Nikon D90, it does take a bit of getting used to with such a shallow depth of field. Looking forward to experimenting outside with it.

    I've also just ordered one of these bad boys...



    150-500mm APO DG OS HSM stabilised
    You have way to much spare cash...JELOUS!

    Very good photo's none the less, watch the DoF though...I can see it creeping in where its not wanted on some of those Macro shots

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    Nice shots there Scotty nice depth of field

    Heard mixed bags of opinions on Teleconvertors
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toms1989 View Post
    Heard mixed bags of opinions on Teleconvertors
    Same as, I am reading up on them at the moment to see if its worth boosting the range of my 70-300mm. Not sure if you lose VR while using them, as that would be pretty essential at 450mm+ with the smaller Arpeture that the TC creates.

    Nice macro shots. Doesn't really work on the video camera due to DOF and focusing on the rim rather than the text around the lens. Other than that some good photos for just an office mess about

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckle View Post
    Same as, I am reading up on them at the moment to see if its worth boosting the range of my 70-300mm. Not sure if you lose VR while using them, as that would be pretty essential at 450mm+ with the smaller Arpeture that the TC creates.

    Nice macro shots. Doesn't really work on the video camera due to DOF and focusing on the rim rather than the text around the lens. Other than that some good photos for just an office mess about
    Aye, I go on devianart, and asked on there a few months back, saying don't bother, for the losing VR. Get proper telescopic lens's, some people on there spend tens of thousands on lens's... unreal.

    Compared two photos of aircraft at high altitude, one with Teleconverters against a proper telescopic lens, the difference is astounding.
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    Thats the problem, lenses like that are either very cheap and crap, or exteremly expensive. You can get 1200mm lenses on ebay for about £100, but they are MF and would imagine the quality is utter dire. I was just thinking about getting a Nikon 1.4TC, but they are quite expensive for what they are. Pretty sure they sell for around the £200 mark.

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