Finally got some nice weather this weekend, which made it a perfect opportunity to try out my new lens! After many months of indecision, I took the plunge and got the 150-500mm OS Sigma lens. Do I really need a 500mm lens? I don't know. Maybe. It was at least something that I really wanted to try!
Initial impressions on the lens is that it's well built, huge, and heavy. I've often joked that I work out lifting weights just so I can be a better photographer. That's not far from the truth - especially with regard to this lens! The lens by itself weighs over 4lbs. Together with the camera, that's over 6lbs hanging around my neck, or being hand held for a shot. After a couple of hours standing with it, my back was definitely complaining!
The real question is: How are the pictures, and is it worth all that extra aggravation toting the heavy artillery around? I'm probably going to be a bit biased since I just spent a reasonably large sum on the lens. But the picture came out pretty sharp (assuming I do my part), the auto focus fast and accurate, and the image quality quite nice. The only problem I have is that the zoom ring operation is reverse from that of the Nikon lenses. I'm constantly screwing up the shot zooming in instead of out, or out instead of it. It's all muscle memory, but it's wrong for the lens. I don't know how or when I'll be able to adjust.
The following are some of the birds I photographed at Fremont's Lake Elizabeth. Shutter priority, with auto ISO.
Nikon D300, w/ 150-500mm Sigma OS lens. - Bernard Zee