Tuesday, 15 January 2013

First Day With My New Lens

I recently raided my savings and bought the Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS.  I got it from Panamoz last week and it turned up yesterday!  When I got it out I was surprised at how large it was, and heavy weighing just under 2kg!  But I suppose the OS -Optical Stabiliser- and the three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements weigh a fair bit!


 Most of today was spent trying it out on my perch, and I was quickly amazed by the results!  As advised by Alex Berryman I had the F-stop at f/8, which really brought out detail, and still left the background out of focus, actually, I'm amazed at just how smooth the background was on some of the shots.  The shutter-speed was relatively slow -around 1/80-1/100- as the garden was still in shade but I managed to get some decent results, compared to what I was getting before they were amazing!  I also had the OS on level 2, and ISO between 800-1600.

 I'm glad to say that besides my perch, I'm going to start a new project, this one on Jays!  It's a simple little setup; I made a small log pile with Birch at the front, and dug a small hole, about 1" deep and 1-1/2" deep, this I filled with Peanuts, which today the Jay has been taking!  I believe it is taking advantage of this food to cache for the colder months ahead.  I have already managed to get my best Jay shots yet!  Which I am very pleased with, hopefully we'll get some properly nice light soon!
 So, so far it's an amazing lens!  Glad I bought it!


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