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#44806 Sigma 500mm F/4.5 APO DG EX HSM Lens

Posted by Kenafein on 06 January 2017 - 05:31 PM

Here are some user reviews off Fred Miranda.  It's a pro lens, it should be good.  I think the AF is slower than the Nikon.  I've seen some wonderful pictures from this lens over the years.  




#44717 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 1 January 2017

Posted by Kenafein on 03 January 2017 - 09:25 AM

D610 Tamron 70-200/2.8 85mm f9 1/320@ISO100

Love that one, Jerry. 

#44694 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 1 January 2017

Posted by Kenafein on 02 January 2017 - 10:53 AM


Kenafein: Sigh...you and PebblzNnutz are convincing me that I am doing something very wrong with my Tamron lenses. This is a wonderful capture--so detailed and beautiful. I have the 150-600 and have used it on my D600 as you did, but I didn't get nearly the same sharp results.  

I have the Sigma Contemporary, but they are very similar.  I was just lucky to get close, far shots don't look sharp.  This Kestrel was already too far for really good detail, and he was likely closer than I'll ever get. 


This sparrow was really close, and if I look at this at 1:1 in Lightroom you can see so much detail in the feathers, because the light was good and I was close(almost at the minimum focus).  
31871425742_72bb592af6_c.jpgDSC_7146 by kenafein, on Flickr


This Grebe was too far away, if you zoom in the detail is lost and it's all muddied and blurry. 
31871429462_75c01dd74f_c.jpgDSC_6983 by kenafein, on Flickr


Fantastic reception shot, by the way. 


#44683 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 1 January 2017

Posted by Kenafein on 02 January 2017 - 12:00 AM



31871427602_58d0b5be9b_c.jpgDSC_7072 by kenafein, on Flickr

#44673 American Kestrel and Others

Posted by Kenafein on 01 January 2017 - 02:06 PM

American Kestrel - My daughter and I were fortunate to have this little guy land pretty close to us along the path.

31871427602_58d0b5be9b_c.jpgDSC_7072 by kenafein, on Flickr


31871427462_f870a478cf_z.jpgDSC_7097 by kenafein, on Flickr


Black Phoebe

31871428362_134fd3d07a_c.jpgDSC_7015 by kenafein, on Flickr


Belding's Savannah Sparrow

31871425742_72bb592af6_c.jpgDSC_7146 by kenafein, on Flickr

#44228 Sigma 85mm Art

Posted by Kenafein on 19 December 2016 - 12:59 PM

Check out the charts on the Digital picture vs the Canon and Nikon offerings and the Otus.  The Otus is the clear winner, but the Sigma is right behind it.  

#44120 Sigma 85mm Art

Posted by Kenafein on 16 December 2016 - 12:05 PM

Seems like a great lens, maybe only beat by the Otus and the Sony 85mm GM lens.  

#44119 A good walk around lens for the D810?

Posted by Kenafein on 16 December 2016 - 11:49 AM

I have the Tamron 24-70/2.8.  I haven't found I needed the extra reach in a walk around lens, and the 2.8 is nice.  If I want more reach, it's usually more than 105-120 that I'd want.  That difference can be made up in a couple of steps, usually.  Wider would be nice, but that's not really an option.  This is just my opinion and follows from the way that I shoot.  The lenses that the others have recommended are certainly great choices.  

#41583 D750 - Help Needed - what glass for street photography, video and flat-lays

Posted by Kenafein on 19 August 2016 - 05:11 PM

With how ubiquitous photography has become with cell phones, etc, everyone is a photographer, but you can't just buy a tool and become a craftsman.  I am an intermediate hobby photographer, with years of experience, but I wouldn't feel qualified to turn out professional photoshoots.  Flatlays are one thing, you can buy a tent and some lights for those, but fashion/model shoots are another.  Understanding lighting and composition is key.  I agree with Merco and Bear.  If you are asking us which lenses to buy, you should include several private lessons focusing on the areas of photography you're interested in, at the very least, but you probably should find a professional photographer.  As for the 24-70, I haven't taken it off my camera, very often, since I bought it. 

#41165 d7200 instaes of d750 vs d500

Posted by Kenafein on 02 August 2016 - 05:38 PM

Thanks for the feedback I'll b doing more research and look foward to your help and feedback tom

No problem, if I can suggest, look at the lenses you want first and make the camera your secondary concern.  Then buy what you can afford.

#41140 d7200 instaes of d750 vs d500

Posted by Kenafein on 01 August 2016 - 05:02 PM

I know it's a big purchase, but I think you're overthinking it.  Any Nikon camera will be able to do what you've listed here.  White balance is easily adjusted in post processing if you get it wrong.  Your first image is very warm, it would be easy to adjust with a D3200 or a D7200.  The D7200 will give you a higher quality raw image than the D3200, with 14bit, but the difference is marginal.  Getting a D500 or a D750 will nab you a better camera, with a better interface and better AF, a larger buffer, but they aren't necessary to take a good picture.  Saving money for lenses and a good tripod isn't a bad idea, if you aren't shooting fast action and dynamic settings.  

For the second picture, all you need is a tripod and a longer exposure.  

#41134 d750 vs d500

Posted by Kenafein on 01 August 2016 - 01:59 PM

looking at d 7200 now any suggestions ? thanks for feedback

The D7200 is a good mid range crop camera.  It has a decent sized buffer, about the same as a D750 or D600.  It won't be an amazing sporting camera, but you can make it work for just about anything you want to do.  With a good wide angle, those train shots won't be a problem. 

#41050 d750 vs d500

Posted by Kenafein on 29 July 2016 - 05:24 PM

The D800 has bulb mode.  You set it to manual and then change the shutter setting to bulb.  Also, the D810 is the best, reasonably priced, birding camera Nikon made until the D500.  It shoots 5 frames per second and has a much bigger buffer than the D750.  I'd say it's a much better sport camera than the D750(because of the buffer), but the D810 is going to cost you at least 2200 dollars.  Another plus, when you shoot in cropped mode, the D800 series cameras still have high pixel density, 16mpx vs 10mpx.  Whatever you end up with will be a great camera, but don't discount the D800 series if they'll work for you.  

#41039 d750 vs d500

Posted by Kenafein on 29 July 2016 - 12:28 PM

And KEH has a 6 month warranty on cameras. You may even consider the bargain 800e.  It is cheap, and if it's all working who cares if it has blemishes?

#41036 d750 vs d500

Posted by Kenafein on 29 July 2016 - 10:42 AM

It sounds like you're going to want to shoot wide angle, for the trains and scapes.  I'd definitely go full frame.  Why don't you look into getting a D800 or D800e?  You'll get a lot more detail on those trains.