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trenchmonkey
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · 'monkey tests Sigma 120-300 f2.8 OS


What better way to test a new lens, some BIF with Nikon's oft criticized D7K 39pt. AF
Handheld heavy crops (modded BushHawk) SOOC. To say I'm thrilled with my 1st grabs
might be an understatement. Did I get 100% in focus shots, no...more like 75. We'll get to
know each other a little better over the next few weeks hittin' the junior rodeo events. Gotta
say, having constant f2.8 in this range will be great. This replaces my 70-200 VR II/TC-14E II
as I found myself in the 230-280mm range 90% of the time. 2X the SS?? can't stop smilin'

added 4 more with D2Xs from Team Roping practice



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  NIKON D7000    300mm    f/2.8    1/2500s    100 ISO    -0.7 EV  





© riversbendphotography

  NIKON D7000    300mm    f/2.8    1/2500s    100 ISO    -0.7 EV  





© riversbendphotography

  NIKON D7000    300mm    f/2.8    1/2500s    100 ISO    -0.7 EV  





© riversbendphotography

  NIKON D7000    300mm    f/2.8    1/2500s    100 ISO    -0.7 EV  



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Jul 08, 2012 at 06:24 PM
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These looks great Will.. I am going to say #1 is my favorite with the back illuminated feathers. Pretty sweat looking. I am eager to see more of your work with this lens over the next few weeks.


Jul 08, 2012 at 06:36 PM
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Chris Ventura wrote:
These looks great Will.. I am going to say #1 is my favorite with the back illuminated feathers. Pretty sweat looking. I am eager to see more of your work with this lens over the next few weeks.

Thanks, Chris Tried a little TR practice with an oldie but goodie...




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  NIKON D2Xs    125mm    f/2.8    1/1600s    200 ISO    -0.7 EV  





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  NIKON D2Xs    140mm    f/3.2    1/2500s    200 ISO    -0.7 EV  





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  NIKON D2Xs    300mm    f/2.8    1/1500s    160 ISO    -0.3 EV  





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  NIKON D2Xs    195mm    f/3.5    1/3200s    160 ISO    -0.3 EV  




Jul 08, 2012 at 06:41 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · 'monkey tests Sigma 120-300 f2.8 OS


Looks great!

That lens seems like a beast. Is it pretty heavy?



Jul 08, 2012 at 06:50 PM
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davidnholtjr wrote:
Looks great!

That lens seems like a beast. Is it pretty heavy?

Appreciate it, David. Nah, feels just like the 300 f2.8 VR....only it zooms!



Jul 08, 2012 at 06:55 PM
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Will I shot with the previous version of this lens until it took a plunge into the San Francisco bay.  To say I love the lens is an understatement.  Best combination of focal length and aperature. It also takes a 1.4 and 2.0 tc vey well.

5 minutes before it went for a swim


586846 fg1503_1 by Bruce Sawle, on Flickr



Jul 08, 2012 at 06:56 PM
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Wiil,

I've been eyeing this lens for quite awhile. Glad to see you are enjoying the results. Looks good so far, any noticeable difference between speed of focusing? I constantly find myself needing that 250mm+ and the 70-300 as good as it is, ain't 2.8.

Good stuff, looking forward to hearing more.

Gerard



Jul 08, 2012 at 07:00 PM
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Hey Will,

#1 and #5 ....... Always awesome my friend .. Love the colors from the new lens !


Keep um' coming

Rich



Jul 08, 2012 at 07:20 PM
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A timely post, TM, thanks. I'm considering this lens for my new D800E and the only worry I've got is how hand holdable it'll be while on my boat (it'll be a whale-centric lens). Please keep us informed on how you're gettin' along with it.

Cheers & good shootin'!

PS: How's the OS working out out for you?



Jul 08, 2012 at 11:33 PM
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Bruce Sawle wrote:
Will I shot with the previous version of this lens until it took a plunge into the San Francisco bay.  To say I love the lens is an understatement.  Best combination of focal length and aperature. It also takes a 1.4 and 2.0 tc vey well.

5 minutes before it went for a swim



Holy crap, Bruce! So sorry to hear that...if that shot was any indication of it's IQ, that'd be really tough to take.
I'll pick up a 1.4 for Bosque BIF this Fall...as 420mm has been my M.O. last 4 years down there. Thanks, man.




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Taoguy wrote:
Wiil,

I've been eyeing this lens for quite awhile. Glad to see you are enjoying the results. Looks good so far, any noticeable difference between speed of focusing? I constantly find myself needing that 250mm+ and the 70-300 as good as it is, ain't 2.8.

Good stuff, looking forward to hearing more.

Gerard

Thanks, Gerard! I was using the AF-S 300 f4 but would run out of light the last event or so. AF's been great on the
D2Xs and D7k so far, I'll be using the D300s/D3 this week and will no doubt post some results. It feels good in hand.



Jul 08, 2012 at 11:39 PM
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nvrupnvrin wrote:
Hey Will,

#1 and #5 ....... Always awesome my friend .. Love the colors from the new lens !

Keep um' coming

Rich

Many thanks, Rich



Jul 08, 2012 at 11:41 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · 'monkey tests Sigma 120-300 f2.8 OS


Great shots.... as usual....

...and now if I could only find the plates to print the money



Jul 08, 2012 at 11:43 PM
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akclimber wrote:
A timely post, TM, thanks. I'm considering this lens for my new D800E and the only worry I've got is how hand holdable it'll be while on my boat (it'll be a whale-centric lens). Please keep us informed on how you're gettin' along with it.

Cheers & good shootin'!

PS: How's the OS working out out for you?

I think it has a "whale" mode....OS (position 2) I did some drive-by grabs from the rolling P/U
that came out sharp as a tack/steady in the viewfinder. I'd take it over the 200-400 any day, f2.8 and faster AF.



Jul 08, 2012 at 11:47 PM
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John Hanon wrote:
Great shots.... as usual....

...and now if I could only find the plates to print the money

Thanky, John. Bill me Later to the rescue (6 mo/zero interest) Print sales will pay it off it in a few months.



Jul 08, 2012 at 11:50 PM
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trenchmonkey wrote:
I think it has a "whale" mode....OS (position 2) I did some drive-by grabs from the rolling P/U
that came out sharp as a tack/steady in the viewfinder. I'd take it over the 200-400 any day, f2.8 and faster AF.


Thanks TM! Is there an optional (and of course, directional) Breach Now! button as well?



Jul 09, 2012 at 12:27 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · 'monkey tests Sigma 120-300 f2.8 OS


Thanks Will,

I'll pass it on to B&H that you have a commission coming, looking for mine this next week. My wife, kids and grand kids have a little different take on it. I chalked it up to my Birthday gift early, anniversary gift, and that Will told me it would improve my lifestyle, thereby helping them, somehow.

In case the comiision does not arrive I'll throw an "ATTA BOY" your way and buy a brew should I get out your way.

Gerard



Jul 09, 2012 at 01:22 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · 'monkey tests Sigma 120-300 f2.8 OS


John Hanon wrote:
Great shots.... as usual....

...and now if I could only find the plates to print the money

I've been hoping on the magical 6 numbers. Lottery just keeps drawing the wrong numbers.



Jul 09, 2012 at 02:32 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · 'monkey tests Sigma 120-300 f2.8 OS


Good stuff Will! Let me know when you'll be selling it


Jul 09, 2012 at 02:58 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · 'monkey tests Sigma 120-300 f2.8 OS


Looks seriously good - both the lens and the shooter. Nice to have a non $5K+ option.


Jul 09, 2012 at 03:19 AM
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