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Old Sunday 29th March 2015, 21:58   #51
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A mentioned review of the Contemporary from Sigma Rumor's website..

http://sigma-rumors.com/2015/03/revi...round-the-web/

The German website that performed the review, used Google Translate..

https://translate.google.com/transla...emporary-test/

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Old Monday 30th March 2015, 09:24   #52
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Another recent review of the Contemporary, this one is dated 03/27/2015..

http://blog.sigmaphoto.com/2015/firs...-contemporary/
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Old Monday 30th March 2015, 10:04   #53
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I have seen examples from a few guys who have this lens on other sites - all looked pretty poor to me but I am fairly sure it was more to do with the photographer rather than the lens.
One of the guys has returned his lens as there was problems with close focusing with the 70D (but well within the MFD limits). Apparently the lens was fine on his other Camera and other lenses were OK on his 70D. He took it back to the shop and they tried another copy of the lens but with the same result - maybe it is a firmware issue ?
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Old Monday 30th March 2015, 10:42   #54
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I have seen examples from a few guys who have this lens on other sites - all looked pretty poor to me but I am fairly sure it was more to do with the photographer rather than the lens.
One of the guys has returned his lens as there was problems with close focusing with the 70D (but well within the MFD limits). Apparently the lens was fine on his other Camera and other lenses were OK on his 70D. He took it back to the shop and they tried another copy of the lens but with the same result - maybe it is a firmware issue ?
don't think so roy ,as i told him on there i tried one on my 70d at the show and there was no problem at all ,and the fact that the lens worked perfectly on his 100d to points to a problem with the camera not the lens .
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Old Monday 30th March 2015, 11:18   #55
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Should have a Canon fit one tomorrow.
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Old Monday 30th March 2015, 12:27   #56
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don't think so roy ,as i told him on there i tried one on my 70d at the show and there was no problem at all ,and the fact that the lens worked perfectly on his 100d to points to a problem with the camera not the lens .
You could be right, I did find it strange that it worked OK on the lower spec Camera (100D).
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Old Monday 30th March 2015, 12:35   #57
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More user samples HERE but I would not read too much into them as this was the first long lens that the poster had used so they are fairly poor quality.
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Old Monday 30th March 2015, 13:21   #58
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i think whats happening is the same as what happened to the tamron ,new and inexperienced users looking for more than is possible ,and not realising theres a learning curve .the comments " i got it yesterday did a quick MFA set up and then went out to use it " fill me with dread ,if it aint broke don't fix it ,one guy had the sense to comment it could be atmospherics over long distance causing a problem ,one which i now know full well IS most definitely a problem ,and or also camera shake as these shots are probably hand held at nearly 1000mm focal taking crop into the equation .i'm still learning with mine even after a month or more with it .but would i sell it the answer is no its a versatile all rounder thats worth taking time with
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That's exactly what I will do, MFA and then go out to use it, is that a problem? :)
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Old Monday 30th March 2015, 15:31   #60
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That's exactly what I will do, MFA and then go out to use it, is that a problem? :)
No mic in your case not as you know what your doing ,in the other case it was someone that was a new to the DSLR and the lens .
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That's exactly what I will do, MFA and then go out to use it, is that a problem? :)
As long as you do the MFA correctly there is nothing whatsoever wrong with doing it first. You may as well do it to begin with as doing it later - if the combo do not require any MF adjustments then that will show up when you do it anyway.
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i think whats happening is the same as what happened to the tamron ,new and inexperienced users looking for more than is possible ,and not realising theres a learning curve .the comments " i got it yesterday did a quick MFA set up and then went out to use it " fill me with dread ,if it aint broke don't fix it ,one guy had the sense to comment it could be atmospherics over long distance causing a problem ,one which i now know full well IS most definitely a problem ,and or also camera shake as these shots are probably hand held at nearly 1000mm focal taking crop into the equation .i'm still learning with mine even after a month or more with it .but would i sell it the answer is no its a versatile all rounder thats worth taking time with
Another thing I noticed with that guys pics is that he used spot focus for all of them except the flyer. You have to be careful with spot focus, because of the smaller AF area you have to make sure that there is adequate contrast within the AF area. While spot focus is good at times, using as a default is very poor practice IMHO.
I agree about the Tamron - the first batch of pics all came out of Japan and were all very poor quality due to inexperience users and very poor light. The lens turned out far better than those early samples indicated - should be the same for the Siggy 150-600 C.
BTW his shutter speeds varied between 1/500 and 1/1250 sec (although several of the shots were not at the long end of the zoom). If anyone wants to show what a 600mm lens can do then the least they can do is use a tripod for the samples even if you do not intend to use one normally - that way you are eliminating camera shake.

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i think whats happening is the same as what happened to the tamron ,new and inexperienced users looking for more than is possible ,and not realising theres a learning curve .the comments " i got it yesterday did a quick MFA set up and then went out to use it " fill me with dread ,if it aint broke don't fix it ,one guy had the sense to comment it could be atmospherics over long distance causing a problem ,one which i now know full well IS most definitely a problem ,and or also camera shake as these shots are probably hand held at nearly 1000mm focal taking crop into the equation .i'm still learning with mine even after a month or more with it .but would i sell it the answer is no its a versatile all rounder thats worth taking time with
I read a comment once from Canon that the majority of cameras sent back to them with focus issues weren't faulty.They'd had MFA adjustments done on them by inexperienced users.

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Here's a mystery from Juza. Five shots purportedly taken with the Contemporary but all pre-date the release and one, at least, was taken before Christmas. Any thoughts?

http://www.juzaphoto.com/recensione....sigma_150-600c
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I agree, those sample pictures are poor. Some are nt even in focus and the mfa seems way out.
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The review is quite a good appraisal of the lens so it will be interesting to see some more images.
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Old Tuesday 31st March 2015, 03:29   #67
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Imaging Resource: Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary Lens Review.
Posted on March 30, 2015..
http://www.imaging-resource.com/news...ry-lens-review

Also, SLRgear..
http://slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=1736

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/974704...7651665318955/

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That will teach me jinxing it... Received it and it is clearly back focusing on the 550D which, of course, does not offer micro adjustment. So now I need to get a USB dock and calibrate it before I use it.
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Or take a trip up here ,two cameras to try it on and a usb dock LOL
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Or take a trip up here ,two cameras to try it on and a usb dock LOL
Or you come and visit me with the dock :)
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Or you come and visit me with the dock :)
I,m on a pension your rolling in money ,so you come here
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Calibrated it using the dock and took my usual shot of my testing target. The copu I got seems to be very sharp, open wide as sharp as the sport I had before and sharper than the Tamron I still have.
Very impressed. Also biuld quality is better than the Tamron, would say between the Tamron and the Sport.

All in all a bargain IMHO
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Calibrated it using the dock and took my usual shot of my testing target. The copu I got seems to be very sharp, open wide as sharp as the sport I had before and sharper than the Tamron I still have.
Very impressed. Also biuld quality is better than the Tamron, would say between the Tamron and the Sport.

All in all a bargain IMHO
That's great news! Thanks for the update and comparisons! :)
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Calibrated it using the dock and took my usual shot of my testing target. The copu I got seems to be very sharp, open wide as sharp as the sport I had before and sharper than the Tamron I still have.
Very impressed. Also biuld quality is better than the Tamron, would say between the Tamron and the Sport.

All in all a bargain IMHO
That's good news, thanks for the feedback
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