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Sydney Photographers - Lens Alert

Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:26 pm

Just a heads up for Sydney photographers who work in the CBD - have a look in the window of the Digidirect camera store in King Street, around the corner from the Apple store.

They have 16kg and $27,000 worth of the craziest lens you are ever likely to see on display!  
 
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Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:36 pm

could someone post a picture of it or something? sounds huge! I wish I could see it (and afford it) but somehow I can't justify flying to another continent just to go look at it   though I wish I could...

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Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:19 am

Sadly, I only managed to photograph reflections of cars on the window (iPhone camera) - but it's a Sigma 200-500mm F/2.8. The only one in Australia according to the store.

It's massive. I got a fisheye-Nikkor - and didn't notice the Sigma until I got inside the place. Amazing lens indeed. It's almost comical.
 
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Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:32 am

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Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:57 am

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 3):
Wow:

http://www.kenrockwell.com/sigma/200...m.htm

Whoa! that thing is huge! If only I could afford it.... I'd love to just be able to try it out to see what It's like, dunno what I'd ever use something that big for though!

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Sat Feb 19, 2011 4:04 am

That Dino lens makes the new Canon 400/2.8 at 3.8 KG seem like a bargain at $10.5K!!
What a beast...thnk i'll pass though..lol.
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RE: Sydney Photographers - Lens Alert

Sat Feb 19, 2011 4:28 am

You could hang a Nikon D3S off the back of the lens, and the whole camera will have plenty of clear-air under it.

I have no idea what mount the one in store is made for (Nikon or Canon) - I didn't ask, nor did I inspect it myself as I was in a hurry, but it's clearly an impressive bit of kit.

My reaction to seeing it was rather expletive laden!  
Quoting Dehowie (Reply 5):
That Dino lens makes the new Canon 400/2.8 at 3.8 KG seem like a bargain at $10.5K!!
What a beast..

I don't know what you could use a 200-500 F/2.8 for, it's too massive for anything.   But it's good for a laugh - and for bragging rights.  
 
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Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:49 am

Found this on google.

http://www.digitalpixels.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/sigma-200-500.jpg

Imagine doing that at an airport.
Come fly away!
 
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RE: Sydney Photographers - Lens Alert

Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:53 am

Quoting SIA6696 (Reply 7):
Found this on google.



Imagine doing that at an airport.

Well, that's one way to get some more attention from security!
 
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Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:54 am

Quoting cpd (Reply 6):
I don't know what you could use a 200-500 F/2.8 for, it's too massive for anything.   But it's good for a laugh - and for bragging rights.  

You bet you would...oh and also best chiropractor bill as well!!
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Sat Feb 19, 2011 6:16 am

Quoting SIA6696 (Reply 7):

Well, that's one way to get some more attention from security!

True! And a workout at the same time. I'd be too scared of the whole thing falling on the ground.  Wow!
Quoting Dehowie (Reply 9):

You bet you would...oh and also best chiropractor bill as well!!

Well, I wouldn't knock one back if it were given to me. More maximum aperture is always handy at night.   Fortunately I'm not bothered with heavy camera lenses.  Smile So no chiropractors for me.

[Edited 2011-02-18 22:17:33]
 
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Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:37 am

Quoting cpd (Reply 2):
Sadly, I only managed to photograph reflections of cars on the window (iPhone camera)

Dropped by on the way to work this morning and managed the same reflections.

Bit beyond my means.....
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Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:34 pm

Quoting flightkid9 (Reply 8):
Well, that's one way to get some more attention from security!

And another way to get more attention from the ladies!  
 
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Sat Feb 19, 2011 1:31 pm

Quoting flightkid9 (Reply 8):

Sad but that was my first thought when I saw that image also, I fail to see why it is quite so big but I am sure that there is a reason.

Matt
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Must think up a new one soon, slow moving brain trying to get into gear ;)
 
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RE: Sydney Photographers - Lens Alert

Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:06 pm

Matt: It's the F/2.8 aperture on a 200-500mm lens. A 400 F/2.8 is giant as well, but not as giant as this.

Quoting je89_w (Reply 12):
And another way to get more attention from the ladies!

That assumes the ones that don't take a dim view of people who photograph planes... And yes, there are a few of them about.
 
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Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:41 pm

Quoting cpd (Reply 14):
That assumes the ones that don't take a dim view of people who photograph planes... And yes, there are a few of them about.

I was actually getting at the benefits the weight of the lens will have on your muscles. I would think the lens itself would scare the ladies away more than anything else!
 
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Sun Feb 20, 2011 2:02 am

Quoting je89_w (Reply 15):

I was actually getting at the benefits the weight of the lens will have on your muscles.

Yeah I know.  
Quoting stealthz (Reply 11):
Bit beyond my means.....

Mine too. I'll tell you one thing, they are a pretty decent camera store, quite cheap for local market non-grey import merchandise. I stumbled across them while getting my iPhone 4 when it was released for the first time, the waiting queue snaked past the camera store.  
 
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RE: Sydney Photographers - Lens Alert

Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:23 pm

Quoting cpd (Reply 16):
I'll tell you one thing, they are a pretty decent camera store, quite cheap for local market non-grey import merchandise

I agree, one of the few "bricks &mortar stores"I would go to in Sydney
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