lewis
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How Much Do I Need This Focal Lengths?

Fri Apr 27, 2001 3:33 am

I have finally decided to buy Sigma's 170-500mm lens for 609$ to use it along with my Canon 28-135 USM IS. The problem is that i will have a gap between 135mm and 170mm. Is this gap big enough to cause me problems? Before I finish, I will add that my 2nd choice is Sigma's 135-400mm (499$). Should I go for that one? Is anyone using or has anyone seen these lenses?
 
brownphoto
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RE: How Much Do I Need This Focal Lengths?

Fri Apr 27, 2001 4:20 am

I would not worry about the gap.

I am a professional photographer, and I have a 35-70, and 100-300. I also have an 80-200 that I don't use much, so you could say I have a gap between 70-100.

You will learn to make due and make excellent shots with what you have in your camera bag.

Joe Brown

 
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RE: How Much Do I Need This Focal Lengths?

Fri Apr 27, 2001 6:20 am

I have the 170-500 along with a few others here and its an excellant lens you wont be disapointed with it at all.

Here are some shots I made earlier


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This one taken at 504mm, well thats what my camera says!


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Paul
 
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RE: How Much Do I Need This Focal Lengths?

Fri Apr 27, 2001 11:12 am

When it comes to aviation photography, the longer the lens you can get the better. I would go with the 170-500mm.

Allan Rossmore
 
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RE: How Much Do I Need This Focal Lengths?

Fri Apr 27, 2001 5:02 pm

It all depends on the locations you shoot. Where I usually end up, the range between 100mm and 200mm is my most often-used range, and would not want to have a gap in there, and would not even want to change lenses within that range.

I know it's a bit more expensive, but Sigma's 50-500mm would be ideal, and from what I've heard the quality is excellent for this kind of lens. I'm considering that one myself, as well as the Canon 35-350mm L lens.

Charles
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ckw
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RE: How Much Do I Need This Focal Lengths?

Fri Apr 27, 2001 5:16 pm

I've been through a range of lenses from 17mm to 600mm various zooms etc. etc. My "aircraft kit" is now an f/2.8 80-200 and f/2.8 300, (both used with 1.4 and 2x convertors for flexibility) a 35mm and sometimes 24mm. My experience with long zooms is poor - on the one hand you have a long telephoto which is perhaps 2 stops less bright, and of inferior optical quality to a normal tele, and at the other extreme, a very unweildy and slow 50 or 70mm lens.

In a typical spotting situation, I prefer to work with 2 camera bodies - one with the 80-200, the other with the 300, possibly plus convertor, depending on the situation. Of course this means carrying a fair bit of kit which can be a pain.

Cheers,

Colin
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lewis
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RE: How Much Do I Need This Focal Lengths?

Fri Apr 27, 2001 11:10 pm

Well, at the new Eleftherios Venizelos Airport in Athens, i need a range of 300-500mm, so as far as I can now see, I wont have any problems. The 50-500 lens is great but 999$ worth!!! I found the 170-500mm for 520$ at AAACAMERA, 90$ less than B&H! I think I will buy this one! BTW Paul, what film do you use?
 
ckw
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RE: How Much Do I Need This Focal Lengths?

Sat Apr 28, 2001 1:12 am

Lewis, if you know you need 300-500mm, why not get something that fits the bill more precisely? I'd suggest a fast-ish 400mm - for the same price you should be able to get something with very good optical characteristics plus the option of using a 1.4x or 2x convertor if you ever need to increase your reach.

Cheers,

Colin
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lewis
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RE: How Much Do I Need This Focal Lengths?

Sat Apr 28, 2001 1:52 am

Well, I dont want to move to single focal length as I wont have enough freedom. And a fast 400mm lens will be more expensive for what it will offer me!
 
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RE: How Much Do I Need This Focal Lengths?

Sat Apr 28, 2001 7:23 pm

I have finally decided to buy Sigma's 170-500mm

wow, i have ordered that and it will be delivered soon  Big thumbs up.

Sukhoi.... are you the same sukhoi that is in mirc? i thought you used the nickname PaulD?

if you are, no you can't be...

EGGD
 
lewis
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RE: How Much Do I Need This Focal Lengths?

Sat Apr 28, 2001 7:26 pm

Seems agood lens but very big. EGGD, when you get it,tell me how it is, ok? BTW, where did you order it from and how much did you pay for it?
 
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Eggd

Mon Apr 30, 2001 8:07 pm

EGGD,

Whats mirc? I think we may know each other from somewhere else now deceased  Wink/being sarcastic I was PaulD there were you EggDog ?

Regards

Paul
 
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RE: How Much Do I Need This Focal Lengths?

Tue May 01, 2001 3:57 am

Paul, I know where you are from. Its just there is this guy on IRC who is also under the name Sukhoi, but he is a crazy Eastern European.

EGGD

(Lewis i bought it second hand in a shop in Bristol (it had to be sent from a shop in Newcastle). It cost me £130.

Unfortunately it has not arrived yet so i can't tell you much.
 
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RE: How Much Do I Need This Focal Lengths?

Tue May 01, 2001 4:30 am

Paul,

did you ever get that 80-200 2.8?


Later,
Cullen
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Sukhoi
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RE: How Much Do I Need This Focal Lengths?

Tue May 01, 2001 6:07 am

Im working on a getting that 80-200, just got to find a way of paying for one after getting the S1!

Regards

Paul

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