First pictures with new Sigma 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 APO DG


Link Posted 17/06/2009 - 20:34
Just tried out the new lens from Jon. Wanted to let him see if I was any good! It will take a bit of getting used to But don't think the results are too bad

Are they OK Jon?


Link Posted 17/06/2009 - 20:37
They all look a bit fuzzy to me sorry.


Link Posted 17/06/2009 - 20:43
Are you using it in macro mode handheld?
If so, you'll need to up the shutter speed to prevent blur.
#1 & #3 look to be in focus, just shallow DoF. Plus the colors are tough to keep from blowing out from over saturation.


Link Posted 17/06/2009 - 22:18
Nice set but as mentioned fuzzy/OOF,


Link Posted 18/06/2009 - 19:15
greyhoundman wrote:
Are you using it in macro mode handheld?
If so, you'll need to up the shutter speed to prevent blur.
#1 & #3 look to be in focus, just shallow DoF. Plus the colors are tough to keep from blowing out from over saturation.

I did both and I think I have mistakenly uploaded each! That said I was struggling to find the focusing point. Ah well must try harder


Link Posted 18/06/2009 - 22:13
Are you trying to use AF on Macro. I'm not a great exponenet of it, but generally find it's better to use MF and move the camera back and forth.
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Link Posted 18/06/2009 - 23:05
The sigma 70-300mm is quite a long lens and so at the 300mm end is initially quite hard to get to grips with.

If taking macro's at 300mm a tripod is needed most if not all the time especially if you want to blow the images up to a large size



Link Posted 21/06/2009 - 08:15
Second attempt with new lens! These are taken on normal mode I think! Using MF with a tripod. Hopefully they are better? If not I may need to find somebody round here to help!


Link Posted 21/06/2009 - 10:39
Hi pentaxbabe these look a little better but i've found purple and pinks the hardest to photograph.

I don't think it was the lens more the light in which you took the images.Ideal conditions for taking images of flowers would be an overcast day.Try taking pictures of purple flowers in bright sunlight and they look awful.

Hope this makes sense as i have got a bit of a hangover this morning


Link Posted 21/06/2009 - 11:29
Morning Martin,

Good night last night then!

Thanks for the feedback. They look awful then

Your not wrong though. I don't think it is the light or the lens I think its me! I seem to prefer working closer than this lens allows, or on super zoom. Just been out again to take some at 190mm and still don't like them. It is windy here though which doesn't help. May have to rethink this lens. I could do with seeing photos other people have taken to see just what it is capable of. Might forget photography for today my inability is making me depressed


Link Posted 21/06/2009 - 12:11
I very good night a bit queezy

I don't think these look awful i just meant in general.I used to have one of these lenses and am thinking of purchasing one in the future but they can be quite hard to use.If you want to see some results have a look at my site quite a few of the stamen and close ups are taken with this lens.

If you are unsure which ones just send me a PM .Going out now taking photos catch ya later


Link Posted 21/06/2009 - 12:20
Thanks Martin,

I have looked at your website. You have some amazing pictures. I think I know which ones you have taken with the lens. I didn't think you could use it that close though or are they zoomed in? I will have another go and see If I can improve avoiding yellow and purple flowers and sunlight


Link Posted 21/06/2009 - 13:21
Had another go!

Lance B

Link Posted 21/06/2009 - 13:36
PentaxBabe wrote:
Had another go!

This is quite nice.
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Link Posted 21/06/2009 - 14:43
This is a lot better pentaxbabe.But the foreground petals are out of focus.That's what you will find when doing macro that you can only do one or the other.Now that you've got it on a tripod practice with different apertures.

Try to get more over the top of the flower.The exposure and colours are excellent the composition is the only thing that lets it down but that's it.But composition is a thing takes an age to learn and even then after years of taking pictures what you think looks good in your head doesn't look that good in reality.

The last image is 100% better than the first few.

I wanna see some more
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