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Old Monday 23rd March 2015, 03:42   #26
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Someone's test pictures..

1. 150mm.
https://translate.googleusercontent....fHhMp55nM2nWZg

2. 388mm & 600mm.
https://translate.googleusercontent....IiuYAIIdRpfFSA

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Old Monday 23rd March 2015, 08:18   #27
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below a sample shot taken in the show with the new C lens ,hand held ,indoor arena ,artificial light ,f8 ,600mm,1/500th sec,2500iso .focus point is on the metal v between the two lights ,full frame out of camera just basic editing with noise reduction done .

my general impression was its a well made lightweight lens that will hold its own against the sport model and in time will come to be the more popular lens due to its weight and portability and price .

the a/f appeared to be as fast as the sport model with no hunting at all ,if i was in the market for one of these i would definetly hang on till there available
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Old Monday 23rd March 2015, 08:26   #28
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Wow, beautiful shot, Jeff! :) ..I'm counting the days until my pre-order comes in! :P

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P.S. I forgot to say, "Thanks, Jeff!"

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Old Monday 23rd March 2015, 09:05   #29
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I remember buying a sigma mirror lens in 1986 trying to get around the price,s of telephoto lense,s was not a Good move but that was more down to not knowing what I was dealing with only used it once or twice got about 60 back for it, taught me a lesson never to jump in with both feet at the same time and afterwards I never went That route again and the following year I bought a spotting scope and for over twenty years I,ve never looked Back but there are always those times when I,ve wished I had a good camera and lense but at the end of the day I know which is the easiest route for me to follow in what I do but I still admire the photo,s on this site.

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Old Monday 23rd March 2015, 16:19   #30
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I think next, I would be curious to see how well the Contemporary + 1.4x teleconverter(s) would work. :)

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Old Wednesday 25th March 2015, 20:39   #31
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I just saw on B&H, the Canon version of the Contemporary is now "in stock". Below link is the website page..

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...6_3_dg_os.html

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Old Wednesday 25th March 2015, 21:31   #32
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Any news on your copy yet John?
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Old Wednesday 25th March 2015, 21:35   #33
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Any news on your copy yet John?
Hi Paul,

My version is for Nikon, it is still listed as "coming soon". But I know many here uses Canon, and this is good news. :)

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Old Wednesday 25th March 2015, 21:55   #34
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It's such a drag that they don't release them at the same time! Wonder why Canon always come first?
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It's such a drag that they don't release them at the same time! Wonder why Canon always come first?
Paul,

Yes, it would be nice for them to be released at the same time. I have a feeling Canon users are more popular, and therefore to be released first. Even the Sigma version of the Contemporary is also listed as "coming soon".

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Old Wednesday 25th March 2015, 22:08   #36
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Here is a youtube video showing the Contemporary. Even though it's in Deutsch (not English), it shows nicely how heavy and how the focus and zoom works.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=W8O7HGqjBmo

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Old Thursday 26th March 2015, 00:52   #37
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Imaging-resource had an interview with the CEO of Sigma, this article was released on November 26, 2014, which included talks about the Sigma 150-600mm Sport and Contemporary lenses.

http://www.imaging-resource.com/news...oveon-feasible

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It's such a drag that they don't release them at the same time! Wonder why Canon always come first?
Because Canon are the biggest market for them so its natural to release Canon fit first.
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Old Thursday 26th March 2015, 20:07   #39
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From another thread, someone posted this today..

"I'm going to try to shoot some this weekend (Canon version). It's supposed to be here tomorrow."

Someone from that thread got some information on the Nikon version..

"How did you get the Sigma 150-600 lens from B&H (Canon version)? I just checked on it from them and they said it wouldn't be available till 5-15-15 (Nikon version)."

So that's wonderful news for Canon's! :) ..For the Nikon's, will need to wait some more. :P

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Contemporary Shots

Went to the Photography Show and tried both the Sport and Contemporary versions of the Sigma lens. Light is so poor there that it is impossible to correctly judge each lens on optical performance. The MTF charts however on the Sigma site indicate that they are very similar and I would concur with this based on my shots taken at high ISO and slow shutter speed. Build quality of the Contemporary seemed very good and its lighter weight made it much easier to handhold. The light in the NEC is very poor so it was a miracle I managed to get any shots at all showing how effective the Optical Stabilisation is. Focusing speed of the Contemporary was good with little hunting in such low light conditions but not as fast as the Canon 100-400 mkiii. All in all I can see that Sigma definitely has a winner here especially at 899 which is the pre-order price advertised at Wex and Park Cameras.

I have loaded the pictures of both lenses onto my Flickr site so you can have a look but please do not be to harsh on me as they were not intended for a side by side comparison of sharpness etc because as previously stated they were taken in less than ideal conditions with camera shake being a real issue.

Because of the indoor lighting I have had to correct colour cast and exposure but have not applied sharpening to any.

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Super shots, Peter! Thanks for sharing these! :)

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Old Sunday 29th March 2015, 09:35   #42
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Peter,

Just a thought came to mind. Can you please comment, when you were testing both the Sport and Contemporary lenses at The Photography Show, the AF responses and speeds between them. Thanks!

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Just a thought came to mind. Can you please comment, when you were testing both the Sport and Contemorary leneses at The Photography Show, the AF responses and speeds between them. Thanks!

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john as probably one of the few that have tried both lenses and used the sport in the field ,my appraisal last sunday of the C was that with the focus range set from 10mtrs to infinity which is the fastest focussing range there was absolutely nothing between them ,its lightning fast .
however i have to add this from my own experience again i use a 1d3 and a 70d and my lens focuses noticeably faster on the 1d probably down to more power available from the larger battery .
not sure on the C but certainly on the sport you can set the focus speed up for faster but less accuraccy yourself via the usb dock ,i have yet to play with that side of it
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not sure on the C but certainly on the sport you can set the focus speed up for faster but less accuraccy yourself via the usb dock ,i have yet to play with that side of it
You can also set this up on any of the modern Camera's Jeff where you can change the 1st and 2nd image priority in AI servo mode between 'speed' 'focus' or in between the two. (in one shot mode you just have 'AF release priority').
IMHO these settings are one of the main reason's why some folk are reporting AF issues with the 7D2 - they have the setting at 'speed' instead of 'Focus'.
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Went to the Photography Show and tried both the Sport and Contemporary versions of the Sigma lens. Light is so poor there that it is impossible to correctly judge each lens on optical performance. The MTF charts however on the Sigma site indicate that they are very similar and I would concur with this based on my shots taken at high ISO and slow shutter speed. Build quality of the Contemporary seemed very good and its lighter weight made it much easier to handhold. The light in the NEC is very poor so it was a miracle I managed to get any shots at all showing how effective the Optical Stabilisation is. Focusing speed of the Contemporary was good with little hunting in such low light conditions but not as fast as the Canon 100-400 mkiii. All in all I can see that Sigma definitely has a winner here especially at 899 which is the pre-order price advertised at Wex and Park Cameras.

I have loaded the pictures of both lenses onto my Flickr site so you can have a look but please do not be to harsh on me as they were not intended for a side by side comparison of sharpness etc because as previously stated they were taken in less than ideal conditions with camera shake being a real issue.

Because of the indoor lighting I have had to correct colour cast and exposure but have not applied sharpening to any.

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Thanks Peter - this little light weight walk about is something I could be interested in. I had a Tamron 150-600 which was very good IQ for the money but the AF was questionable at times - hoping the 'C' will turn out better in that department.
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You can also set this up on any of the modern Camera's Jeff where you can change the 1st and 2nd image priority in AI servo mode between 'speed' 'focus' or in between the two. (in one shot mode you just have 'AF release priority').
IMHO these settings are one of the main reason's why some folk are reporting AF issues with the 7D2 - they have the setting at 'speed' instead of 'Focus'.
Yep I know that Roy ,but this is another setting built into the lens itself ,just not sure if it's applicable to the C model and it's for all shots in that burst .
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Thanks for sharing your experiences with both lenses!

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Yep I know that Roy ,but this is another setting built into the lens itself ,just not sure if it's applicable to the C model and it's for all shots in that burst .
Yes I realise it is built into the Lenses settings via the dock but I wonder what would happen if you had, say, 'accuracy' set for the lens and 'speed' set on the Camera (or visa versa). Would one take priority or would they cancel each other out
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That's an interesting conundrum.

From what I have read about the dock, there are less adjustments for the Contemporary range than for the Sports range, AF speed being only adjustable on the Sports version. Can't remember what the other ones were.

There are a few shots on Flickr taken with a 100D and the Contemporary but they don't say much for lens
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Yes I realise it is built into the Lenses settings via the dock but I wonder what would happen if you had, say, 'accuracy' set for the lens and 'speed' set on the Camera (or visa versa). Would one take priority or would they cancel each other out
yes that was at the back of my mind to roy ,time will tell ,while mines performing o.k i'll leave well alone .

BTW there are some for sale in the u.k right now ,i believe SRS .microsystems in watford have some C models spare
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