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Sigma 150 600mm Contemporary Review

Sigma 150 600mm Contemporary Review
well hello again everybody and welcome back to the channel about twelve months ago I'd bought this the

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150 to 600 contemporaries zoom lens I bought it for my aviation photography I didn't know if I was going to keep it so I'd bought it on naught percent financed with the idea of keeping it one year and if it didn't match up I was gonna sell it and recover the costs so keep watching to the end of the video find out what I decide to do you're part of photography community that gives me so much so it's time to give back to all of you it's my mission to inspire and pass on my knowledge passion and skills you can subscribe using the watermark button on the screen ring your bell to make you a subscription count please stay to the end and comment it's your feedback that keeps the channel going ok so let's give you some of the back story to start with about 12 months ago I decided that it was time for me to upgrade from crop sensor and format to a full-frame camera so I've graded to the Canon 5d Mark for which I'm exceptionally pleased with but being an aviation photographer as well as a landscape photographer I needed that extra bit of reach I needed something that was actually gonna give me the same sort of field of view in the same zooming on some of these fast jet aircraft and prop aircraft as I was getting with my original Canon 300 millimetres no good glass is really really expensive and the best option at the market at the time...
sigma 150 600mm contemporary review
for me seemed to be the

Sigma

150 to 600 if you want to find out the full story about it why I bought that then you want to have a look at this video I'll put a link of it up at the end and you can find out my full reasons for upgrading but basically I did upgrade and I did in such a way that if it didn't work out for me then I could sell the lens a year on it will have cost me a few hundred pounds but basically I can recover most of the cost so I'm here today to tell you whether I'm going to keep it or whether I'm going to sell it and and I'll go through some of the points with that so the first thing we're going to look at is aviation photography and how that worked out for me okay so aviation photography one of the key things to think about when you're buying and using a lens this big and you're going to be hand potentially using at airshows or on safari or whatever if you're going to do a lot of hand-holding and following fast action where a monopod or tripod would be really quite prohibitive you need to think about the weight and if you're comfortable doing it now I just want to check my facts yes or make sure I get them right this lanes weighs one point nine five kilograms this is a

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version now

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do do a sports version of the lens but it's worth considering that the sports version is two point eight six kilograms now the lanes and camera combination as you see them here together as two point seven five...
sigma 150 600mm contemporary review
kilos so if you go for the sports version of this lens you're gonna be carrying near on three and a half kilos typical day at an airshow can be anything from four to seven hours and holding this lens most of the time so it really is something that you want to think about using a monopod or a gimbal head is another option and we're going to get onto those a little bit in a minute one of the things I did with this lanes to actually make it a bit easier for me to handhold it was I started using it with a hand strap so let me just take it off the tripod for you and show you what that is so there's a strap on the side of this camera and I can tighten this up around my wrist and that helps to take some of the weight off my fingers and straps it to the back of the hand it makes it much more stable and much better to use and I found that I could do that quite comfortably but when it's probably extended this lens is really quite long it's something that you really need to think about one of the other options that you can go for is a monopod and I'll show you the camera set up on a monopod later on in terms of autofocus system for this lens it's a bit difficult to judge autofocus because obviously it depends on the camera body that using it on and I'm well aware that you guys might be using on Sony's Nikon's and other other manufacturers as well but on the Canon it worked exceptionally well you can lock it you can lock it sort of adds infinity to...
sigma 150 600mm contemporary review
ten meters to put eight to ten meters to stop some of that that hunting you've got an autofocus mode manual focus and manual over right where you can use the manual focus at the same time and override it if it starts hunting for the subject now on the canon 5d mark 4 it's got a fantastic feature where you can modify in tune your auto focus system and that's what I do for my aviation photography I find it gives me much better performance it locks onto the subjects stays locked on and gives me great view so I was really quite pleased with the autofocus performance of this camera when you're hand-holding it's also got optical stabilization it's got two modes mode 1 mode 2 and of course off office could when you're mounting it on a tripod mode one is general use and 2 works well for aviation photography because it works when you're panning I actually left it in mode 1 quite a bit because you quite often find that you're you're moving in various dimensions at the same time so I think two would be you mode two would be you would have to know that you were a real good pan across the length for the runway or something in knew what you were doing but I found that really good as well there are a custom settings that you can set on this lens if you purchase the additional dock from

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and plug the lens in you can tune it that little bit more that's not something I did so let's have a look at the camera on the monopod ok so here we are...
with the camera mounted on the monopod I'll use this at aviation photography events sometimes the reason I used it was because although we have the optical stabilization I wanted to use some very very low shutter speeds when photographing some proper aircraft our helicopters actually the picture that I then crashed in which I'm going to put up on the screen for you was taken on the monopod but the camera mounted as it is now at a 50th of a second no I left the stabilization on just to give it a little bit of extra help because really 50th of a second is a 600 millimeter lens you know it is really quite extreme but I've got a really good result with this and I found that actually using the camera on the on the monopod with a really a good way of doing it and if I've got myself in the right position I could pan reen and quite smoothly and get some really good results using the using this as a support one of the things I did find was that the that using it on the tripod was far too restrictive and I'll tell you what you can see why when you consider the actual balance of this lens why photographers would use a gimbal with such a large lens and I'll come back to that later on when we look at another subject so in general aviation photography the lanes performed really really well it was great handheld using the strap or really do recommend that it was good on the monopod for some of the prop stuff and it performed it exactly as I wanted to so I've put...
a few images up already but let's have a look at a few more images before we go on to another subject so that was last year that was 2019 all those images were taken at airshows last year and really pleased with the result so by debt by November last year I bought my tickets and I'm ready to go really looking forward to this season getting this lens out again and seeing how it can really perform me using it in anger now I've got a bit of experience with it boom January 2020 well we all know what happened we're not going to dwell on it but basically I've not been able to get back out and use this lanes at an airshow since but that's not necessarily a bad thing because what it's done is it's meant that I've actually explored and looked at other subjects so I started looking at some wildlife photography in my garden at home you may have seen these videos already okay so back to the house again didn't the nuthatch Haven really really quick parts a few seconds grab some feed darted off and then came back in again now sailing do this on the other main feeder where they start in the night it's Darren take my eyes off the only problem is at this time of the morning the light levels are still quite low so completely different subject same lens completed an entirely different setup much calmer the lanes were set up on this tripod in a hide that I made up I'd found somewhere to sit down it was a really quite relaxing way of doing the...
photography but how would the lanes perform in in terms of actually handling a weight of the lens obviously I wasn't hand-holding it it was mounted on this tripod now if I just show you now that the discs on the difficulties that I had with this type of head you know it moves in all kinds of directions and if you want to move the lanes you've got to tilt it on here and it's really not that bad easy and the reason I say it's not that easy for those subjects because if you want to take a picture of a bird and you want to be able to move it in these various different planes and directions this isn't the best head for it so although it performed very very well I would recommend that actually you look at changing the system and and how you hold it maybe I could have used the monopod it would have been easier but you know I was sat there for three or four hours and I wanted to drink my cup of coffee and eat one chocolate digestives I didn't want to be hold and holding the camera all the time so I can really see now why a long lens such as this or any any long lens will work really well on a very well balanced gimbal but you could just leave it there free-floating and move the lens around as you need to to take the pictures so that would be an improvement an option for it but generally it worked exception well now as I said I can fine-tune and use the focus system on the Canon 5d Mark four differently to some other cameras I'm able to tune the focus...
system on it and I did the same for my for my borrowed photography as well Aviation photography I tend to use a wider area sort of focus not not the full screen but I'll use an expanded number of focus points or I'll use an area focus so that I've got a better chance of picking up those fast-moving aircrafts streaking through the sky or I found for the small bird photography and we're talking about you know small garden birds in the UK we're not talking about Eagles we're talking about sparrows and blue tits and and finches very small at birds what I found was that using an area focus it was too easy for the cameras on the lens combination to lock on to the branch to feed the background or something else so I had to use a single point of focus and using this single point of focus and back button focusing I was able to snap the focus onto the bird when I'd perfected doing this and I mean by perfected it not not the lens combination but me actually lining things up quickly enough it was remarkably fast this lanes focused really really quickly and snap straight into focus on the subjects the results were really quite pin sharp sure I was shooting at a slightly higher ISO I would have liked and I would like to have used but that was just down to the weather conditions but the actual performance of the lanes was fantastic I didn't use the any sort of focus limit or anything on it I did on full focus range and because the birds were close to me than...
they were further away bouncing forward so I was really exercising the focal range of the lens and also the focusing of the lens as well and it performed really really well so that's why I say really for evaluating this lens it wasn't a bad a bad thing at all that I tried a new subject and it's a subject I am gonna try again soon so if your phone to find out more about how the lens got on how it performed in detail on that then I'll put up links to those videos at the end as well so I guess it brings us down to one thing it brings me down to the verdict do I keep it or do I get rid of it okay so yeah this is the big question isn't it do I keep it or do I sell it okay so I upgraded to a full frame system from a crop sensor I already had the

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300 millimeter L Series lens and I was just looking for a little bit more reach when I went to full-frame and to be honest the 300 mil lens is fantastic it's bitingly sharp and the sensor on the 5d mark 4 is so good that I can zoom right in and get some fantastic detail without introducing a lot of noise so cropping in is an option but this is fantastic this is really really really good it's too heavy to take out with me everyday it'll never go in the camera back when I go out shooting landscape photographs but for aviation photography which I love doing and I'm gonna get to you're damn right I'm gonna keep it so if you want to buy one of these lenses you're gonna have to go and get it...
somewhere else because this lens is not for sale I've thoroughly enjoyed using it I'm gonna be using it again I'm going to continue with the with the bird photography as well and I hope to get out soon and and enjoy that so yep I'm gonna keep the lens it's fantastic if you want one of your own then I'll include a link in the description at the end and if you click on that then it is affiliate link it just helps support this channel and keeps keeps me going so to speak so by all means do it but I do thoroughly recommend it if you're into aviation photography if you're into wildlife photography or whatever go for this lens the only decision then I guess is whether you go for the

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version or whether you go for the sports version this is an 800-pound lens the sports version you're looking at a thirteen hundred pound fourteen hundred pound lens that all depends obviously on exchange rates and the current market conditions and everything but you're looking at a lanes which is two-thirds if not twice the price of this one and almost twice the weight what do you get with it you'd get a few more extra features you get some weather sealing and although I can't prove it because I haven't got both lenses some people have quoted that basically the

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lens because it's got less weight to it actually focuses a little bit faster than the sports lens I've got no way of proving that take it as you find it when I...
go for the sports lens I suppose maybe if I was out in all weathers every single day and it was my prime lens that I was using continuously I probably would but I'm an occasional wildlife photographer an occasional aviation photographer so for me this is absolutely perfect I can take that other eight hundred-pound that I've saved and I could go out and buy a whole load of other gear which would help me with my landscape photography as well that's a position for you guys to make but in short if you're looking for a 150 to 600 lens I'd recommend this one I hope you're enjoying the video maybe you would like to carry on so try these suggestions next I want to share more knowledge more skills more passion and stories about photography with you so think about subscribing if you do ring the bell it will make your subscription count if you have time comment I will see you on the next video get out there and enjoy your photography