manzoori
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D30 User Group Update

Sat Jan 24, 2004 6:31 pm

The original topic has been archived so I can't add to that but I wanted to share with you the latest addition to my lens family.

Gary Watt - 28-105 and 75-300 IS, Sigma 170-500 f5.0-6.3
Ben Pritchard - Sigma EX 100-300mm f4, Canon 28-105mm f3.5-4.5
Rez Manzoori - Canon 28-80 f3.5-5.6, Canon 75-300 USM III f4.0-5.6, Sigma 170-500 f5.0-6.3
Dan Hamer - Canon 28-105 USM F3.5/4.5 & Canon EF 75-300 USM f4.0-5.6
Henry Lidster - Canon 28-105 USM F3.5/4.5 & Canon EF 75-300 USM f4.0-5.6
Joakim Ewenson - Canon 70-200mm f4, Canon 50mm f1.8, Canon 20mm f2.8
Bruce Leibowitz - Vivitar 19-35mm, Canon 28-90, and Canon 75-300mm
Paul Langfermann - Canon 75-300mm III USM, Sigma 28-105mm
Jorgos Tsambikakis - Sigma 28-70/2.8, Canon 75-300mm
Justin Cederholm - Canon 75-300mm IS f4-5.6, Canon 28-105mm f3.5-4.5, Sigma 17-35mm f2.8
Chris Nester - 35-135usm and 100-300usm
MELFlyer - Canon 75-300mm
Matthew Willmott-Sharp - (Canon) 28-80/80-200/75-300, (Sigma) 28-200, 170-500
Andy Vanderheyden - Canon75-300mm USM II f4.0-5.6, Canon 50mm f1.8, Canon 28-80mm, Vivitar 19-35 f3.5-4.5
Paul Paulsen - 28-105 and a EF100-400 4.5-5.6 L IS
Cory Crabtree - Canon 75-300, Canon 35-80
Justin Wood - Canon 75-300mm f1:4-5.6 USM, Canon 24-85mm USM
Jay Piboontum - Sigma AS/IF 28-300mm
Ryan Gaddis -
Brian Stevenson -

Wow!  Wow! What a beast of a lens! Can't wait to get it out on the airshow circuit this year!

Any more updates to the list then please let me know and I'll be happy tp make the changes.

Cheers!

Rez
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sat Jan 24, 2004 6:54 pm

Hi All,

Quite an impressive list we have here!!!

Rez how much overtime did you have to do for that beast Smile

Now im jealous Sad

Chris
 
manzoori
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sat Jan 24, 2004 8:12 pm

Hi Chris,

A fair bit mate... a fair bit! But when I saw it advertised on Ebay for an all in cost of £364 (new!) I felt the time was right to drop the coinage and get myself the Bigma!

My next priority is to get a skylight filter to suit and get down to an aerodrome for some photography!

EDIT: WOW!!!  Wow!  Wow!  Wow!  Wow!
£59 to £95 for an 86mm Skylight filter!!! OUCH!

Cheers!

Rez
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 12:49 am

Rez, looking forward to hear more comments about the 170-500mm after you've tried it a couple of times, been peeking a bit on that one myself lately, would fit nicely in above my 70-200mm f/4 lens for those longer shots!  Smile
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 1:50 am

Rez

You blooming copycat  Wink/being sarcastic

Hope your shots are crap with it!

Cheers

Gary
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 1:51 am

Joakim

Ask me, ask me!!

Cheers

Gary
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 1:55 am

Hey All,

Go on then Gary, i'll ask you  Smile

Chris
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 2:04 am

Chris

I try to avoid plugging my pics for as long as possible.... Wink/being sarcastic

Quite a few of my images on the site with the Sigma. Some mention it and some don't........but if you want:

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And most of my trail shots.

Cheers

Gary Watt
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 2:32 am

Copycat? Moi? Big grin

What can I say mate? Shots like that? Yes Please! Now roll on the sunny weather!

Cheers!

Rez
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 2:39 am

Gary, I've seen your fantastic shots already ( Big grin), I wanna hear from someone who just got the lens and hear what they have to say, first impression kinda thing you know  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 2:40 am

Hey Rez,

Congrats on the new addition! Which airshows you going to this year then?

Henry
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 2:42 am

Joakim

Well if the weather forecast comes true for the UK, expect plently of snowy shots!!

Rez needs to get his thermals looked out. The lens works great in the cold...for me anyway as it's always cold up here.

Cheers

Gary
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 3:07 am

"Now roll on the sunny weather!"

Rez, did you look out the window today? Big grin

Ben Pritchard
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 3:10 am

Gary,

I don't expect much/any snow down here, we never get much so no chance for some snowy photos for me.

Although I am happy to sacrifice a little snow and get benefit from summer temperatures with exceed 20 degrees  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Ben Pritchard
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 3:23 am

Ben

The whole of the UK will be affected according to the reports.

If not, get a cheap flight up here and I will let you sleep in the car  Wink/being sarcastic

Anyway, it was sunny and clear here today. A couple of shots in the queue to prove it......but only KLM and BA  Sad

Cheers

Gary
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 3:35 am

Gary,

Sunny here too today but westerly winds so 26L ops  Sad although better no moan as I seem to remember you said you would come and kick me in the butt for moaning about LGW  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

I will come to ABZ at somepoint appears you have some nice spots and some nice snow in winter. Just hope there is a book shop in the terminal.

Ben Pritchard
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 5:22 am

Ben

Bookshop?........you trying to say that air traffic is boring and slow up here??

Agree.....but then I have sheep as company at the perimeter fence at ABZ:

http://www.pbase.com/image/9596073

Turn around and you have the aircraft. Honestly, they are good listeners  Wink/being sarcastic
If you shout loud enough, you can hear them banging their heads against the feeding trough trying to run away!

Cheers

Gary
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 5:39 am

Gary,

Nice picture, only company we get at LGW are the boys in blue...some company  Yeah sure

Ben Pritchard
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 5:49 am

Ben,
I met the boys in Blue at LGW, though they asked my how I was doing.

Ooops shouldn't be posting here as I don't have a D30 or a so-called "sowing machine" as it is called by one of Ben's friends.  Big grin

Tim



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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 6:01 am

Tim

Leave the thread to the D30 owners please. If you can match the quality of Ben's latest stuff, very well...please say it.

Thanks

Gary

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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 6:25 am

Gary,

Sorry but I was trying to add some lightheartedness to this thread, if you can't understand this well then tough luck. If you have personal issues deal with them by email privately.

Tim
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 6:34 am

Ben

Do you not see Paul D any longer.....or do you run away from him  Wink/being sarcastic

Cheers

Gary
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 6:51 am

Gary,

Paul who?

Is that the guy who used to shoot at Gatwick?  Wink/being sarcastic

I havent seen him for a long time, from what I understand he saw me "lurking" around the approach lights last month but no more than that.

I am too old to run away from anyone anymore  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Ben Pritchard
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 6:57 am

I guess the Dabson Shuttle service from the South Terminal to the Crash Gate is keeping him busy lol.  Wink/being sarcastic

Oops did I post again on a forbidden post  Acting devilish

Tim
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 8:11 am

Hi Folks,

Sorry for the delay in responding...

Weather wise... yep it was sunny today though sadly the wife had the car today so no quick trips to EMA...Sadly!

First impressions... solid, well built, big, not too heavy, surprisingly stiff zoom action!

As soon as I have actual experience first impressions I'll be right back.

Oops did I post again on a forbidden post Looks like...

Henry,

Airshow wise, I'll almost certainly be at Waddington, Fairford and Farnborough. I'd also like to try one of the Duxford shows this year...been a while since I was there!

Cheers!

Rez
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Granite
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 8:33 am

Rez

While it's a twist zoom........I prefer pulling  Wink/being sarcastic
My one has loosened with age!

Cheers

Gary
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 6:05 pm

Pulling on the Bigma eh? I'll have to give that a go!

Cheers!

Rez
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 7:16 pm

Hi All,

Now that im back in the working community, do you think ill get away with putting some overtime money in the F U fund? Would the wife notice a nice new big lens!!! Would the wife be bothered me bringing in something that big and long Wow!

Your thoughts  Innocent

Chris
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 8:24 pm

Hi Chris

Up to you but you cannot hide the big beast.

She will see it sooner or later once you get it. You could always say it was a flask of coffee  Wink/being sarcastic

Cheers

Gary
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 8:30 pm

Gary,
Are these shots taken with your Sigma 170-500mm? They are incredible.


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Which of your other photos (besides the ones that specifically state "Sigma 170-500MM" in the remarks section, are taken with the Sigma 170-500mm?

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maiznblu_757
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 8:35 pm

I am seriously considering buying the Sigma 170-500mm within the next few weeks... (As if you couldnt tell, I know I have been a pest, just want to make a smart choice, thats all).

Chad
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 10:05 pm

Chad

Your are not a pest.

If it were me, I would want to ask lot's of questions too before I decided.

Cannot remember offhand which others used the Sigma. Will get back to you on this later today.

Cheers

Gary
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 10:41 pm

Chad

A few more examples:

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(The above shot is now a TV star!)

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Just a few.

Cheers

Gary
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Sun Jan 25, 2004 11:47 pm

Nice shots Gary.. as always mate!

Do you suppose Johan might consider adding optional upload fields where the photographer can enter technical data about the shot? Basic EXIF data really, but I'm thinking:

Camera Type
Lens type
Lens focal length
ISO rating
shutter speed
Aperture

This might be a real boon for the newbie photgraphers like me who can then do a search by lens type for example

Just a thought... Big grin

Cheers!

Rez
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Mon Jan 26, 2004 12:10 am

Hey All,

That would be a good idea Rez. I must admit I always look for the additional data that photographers supply. That's the good thing about the OTHER site, you can upload the exif data with your picture.

It would certainly benefit me and no doubt others.

Chris
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Mon Jan 26, 2004 1:47 am

Hi Rez

Think that was talkd about a while back but cannot remember what was said.

Cheers

Gary
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Mon Jan 26, 2004 3:19 am

Righto... thanks Gary!

Chris,

Like Gary says... you could try hiding this beast but better to get her on side mate! You'll never find a way to hide it... in fact I'm not even sure it'll fit into the Hama rucksack (I'm still awaiting a replacement).

Good Luck!

Rez
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Mon Jan 26, 2004 4:02 am

I suggested that a long time ago... No reply...Obviously now I see it would be really nice to have lens used too...
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/site_related/read.main/16464/6/

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RE: D30 User Group Update

Mon Jan 26, 2004 4:03 am

And thanks Gary... Much appreciated.
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Mon Jan 26, 2004 4:39 am

Hi All,

Rez, I suggested it to the wife, and told her that my mate Rez said Big thumbs up........And after a swift smack round the chops, she came round to the idea, but she said I will have to do the overtime for it Innocent.

So in a few months maybe!!!

Chris
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Mon Jan 26, 2004 4:55 am

There ya go Chris! Work hard now, ferret the money away as hard as you can and soon you too could be the proud owner of a Bigma!

Of course you do realise I will now be doing everything I can to make sure I never meet your wife!!! It seems it's all my fault now!!!  Wink/being sarcastic

Cheers!

Rez
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Mon Jan 26, 2004 4:59 am

Rez

I take it you got a green nylon case for the lens?

Cheers

Gary
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Mon Jan 26, 2004 5:39 am

Gary,

I did indeed mate!  Big thumbs up


I must confess to being impressed with both the speedy service from the vendor (bought on Monday, arrived from HK on Friday) and the quality of the lens and case etc.

Go on... I've not handled much in the way of new kit so this may well be seen by some as cheap rubbish but for me it was quite a thrill to open up the box and to behold the behemoth that is the BIGMA!

Cheers!

Rez
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PS: All - Please accept my apologies for not having tidied my desk before I took the photo... it's rather embarrasing! Embarrassment Embarrassment
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Mon Jan 26, 2004 5:50 am

Why is it we all have to go thru the "explaining to the wife" ordeal.. lol.


My goal is to have this lens by the El Centro Airshow in early March... The earlier the better.



 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Mon Jan 26, 2004 8:19 am

Hey All,

Why is it we all have to go thru the "explaining to the wife" ordeal.. lol

that's life my friend Confused

Yes Rez you may have to be careful, cause the missus usually joins me at the airport. If you see someone with a hama rucksack STAY CLEAR Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Chris
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Mon Jan 26, 2004 1:22 pm

Hi

I have a few quick questions for y'all D30 users.I'm thinking about getting a D30 very soon.Found one on Ebay that I can "buy it now" for US $625.00.
1st question...is this a good price?
2nd question...The guy says the camera is 3 years old but in very good to excellent condition,do you think it still has a few years left in it?
Final question,regarding the Bigma....how difficult is it to get sharp photos without the IS?I'm moving up from a point and shoot with built in IS and i'm really nervous about getting anything that does not have IS.Am I getting all worked up over nothing?Or is a non IS lens of that size best left for pros?

Thanks
Scott
 
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Mon Jan 26, 2004 1:27 pm

Scott-

I had the 50-500 and did not have any problems without the IS. I never once used a tripod/monopod and found the weight was not a problem. Don't let the fact the it doesn't have IS discourage you to not go for this great lens.

Ryan Kaskel - MIA
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Mon Jan 26, 2004 3:42 pm

Does the Bigma need a Monopod?

 
manzoori
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Mon Jan 26, 2004 3:48 pm

Don't know about 'need' but I know I won't be using one! Big grin

I tried to use a monopod at RIAT 2002 and kept hitting people with it! Embarrassment

I tried the lens out last night shooting the moon. Tripod mounted and using mirror lockup and timer function I was able to get a reasonable looking shot at 500mm. I then hooked up my buddies lens doubler and nothing I could do would keep the camera steady! I might try the manual black card shutter next time...

Cheers!

Rez
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RE: D30 User Group Update

Mon Jan 26, 2004 4:02 pm

Ok, another quick qustion.. Did you buy a UV Filter to protect your lens? What is the difference between an 86MM C and an 86MM? I take it both will not work?

Specifications
Construction 11 groups /13 elements
Angle of view 14.5°-5.0°
F stop range 32-38
Closest Focusing Distance 300-320cm / 118.1-126"
Maximum Magnification 1:6.6
Filter Size 86mm C
Dimensions (Length x Diameter) 92.5 x 229.5mm / 3.6 x 9.0"
Full Extended Length 315.0mm / 12.4"
Weight 1,320g / 46.6oz.




Tiffen 86c UV Protector
http://www.digitalfotoclub.com/products2/Tiffen_Tiffen_86c_UV_Protector_86cuvp.html


Hoya 86mm (NOT 86c) UV
http://www.digitalfotoclub.com/products2/Hoya_Hoya_86mm__NOT_86c__UV__0__b86uvgb.html

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