Three different critter shot opportunities were lost today because the Sigma 150-600mm reversed its hunt before it got anywhere near MFD, or anywhere near the critters, which were anywhere from four to seven meters away. Even on farther shots, it sometimes seems as though single-point AF is more like multiple points.
And while the lens grabbed an amazing amount of detail on the hard-to-capture feathers of a Black-Naped Oriole the other day, it was not as good with an Asian Brown Flycatcher today (1st shot below). Nikon’s plastic-mount kit zoom lens did a better job on one a couple of years ago. And the 280mm f/2.8 APO was the gold standard with the feathers of this bird (and many others).
As I’ve probably mentioned more than a few times previously, it takes me about two weeks with a lens to learn its darkest secrets. The bright side for this Sigma is that its more obvious traits are really good. Maybe it’ll end up mostly as a “fair weather friend.”
Still reluctant to pony up for the overpriced 280mm f/4 APO, I opted instead for one I’ve not yet tried: 350mm f/4.8 Telyt-R. Some bird images I saw that were taken with it are close to those of the 280; and a reviewer’s test shots shows it takes the APO 2X well.
If I’m lucky, it’ll be in my grubby little hands by week’s end. If not I’ll . . . . . . . . . shoot macro this weekend!
What did you think I was gonna say? 😏