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RCicala
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · It's so BIG!!


I got a new toy . . . (flanked by Canon 500 f/4 IS II and 800 f/5.6 for perspective).

even the internal filter is a huge 72mm.














Oct 15, 2012 at 02:45 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · It's so BIG!!


But I found that even at my age it was quite easy to shoot without a tripod.







Edited on Oct 15, 2012 at 02:50 PM · View previous versions



Oct 15, 2012 at 02:46 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · It's so BIG!!


Wow, you really have to hire a sherpa to just carry that beast . How is the optical quality though?


Oct 15, 2012 at 02:49 PM
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If you want some images, I've uploaded a few 100% jpgs here: http://www.pbase.com/rcicala/sigma500

The light's horrid and the subject worse, but I won't have the lens for long -- it's going to shoot the World Series.

Quick summary is it's really quite good at 500 and f/2.8, excellent at f/4. Softens up quite a bit with the 2X converter at closer shooting distances but does well further out even with the 2X. Which makes sense. Assuming that was the plan.



Oct 15, 2012 at 02:50 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · It's so BIG!!


OMG, Unreal lens, well at least in size and weight! Wow! The Bokeh is seems very very smooth! Nice!

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Oct 15, 2012 at 02:50 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · It's so BIG!!


I've heard of VALS (voice activated light stand) before but a VAM (voice activated monopod) is new to me. And forget what be rental price is going to be, how much is that going to cost just in shipping?


Oct 15, 2012 at 02:51 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · It's so BIG!!


*Sudden intake of breath*

That is a monster all right! How is the fancy motorized zoom?



Oct 15, 2012 at 02:53 PM
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jeraldcook wrote:
I've heard of VALS (voice activated light stand) before but a VAM (voice activated monopod) is new to me. And forget what be rental price is going to be, how much is that going to cost just in shipping?


I think it's one of those "if you have to ask . . . " questions. It's going to be used for video from center field at the World Series. They didn't ask about shipping costs



Oct 15, 2012 at 02:54 PM
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Also, have you taken it apart yet?


Oct 15, 2012 at 02:54 PM
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jeraldcook wrote:
I've heard of VALS (voice activated light stand) before but a VAM (voice activated monopod) is new to me.


Here's another example!

http://www.petapixel.com/2012/10/09/photos-of-kids-using-pricey-dslr-gear-going-viral-in-china/















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vsg28 wrote:
*Sudden intake of breath*

That is a monster all right! How is the fancy motorized zoom?


It's loud. Works quite well and is quick, but you wouldn't want to use it for wedding photography



Oct 15, 2012 at 03:03 PM
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jeraldcook wrote:
I've heard of VALS (voice activated light stand) before but a VAM (voice activated monopod) is new to me. And forget what be rental price is going to be, how much is that going to cost just in shipping?

And I assume that the VAD (Voice Activated Duopod) requires same day shipping and a food allowance, padded case and breather holes.



Oct 15, 2012 at 03:10 PM
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wow!


Oct 15, 2012 at 03:40 PM
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Roger, when is "Roger's Take" coming back on lenses?

Tim's take just ain't the same.



Oct 15, 2012 at 03:49 PM
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big country wrote:
Roger, when is "Roger's Take" coming back on lenses?

Tim's take just ain't the same.


I should go back to writing those after the busy season ends - early November. Tim's young - he hasn't developed the proper cynicism yet



Oct 15, 2012 at 03:52 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · It's so BIG!!


Yowza!

You should look into renting a skyhook. That way you won't need a VAB (voice activated bipod); no backtalk, no extra mouth to feed, etc. ...



Oct 15, 2012 at 04:05 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · It's so BIG!!


Roger, PM me when you get the F2.0 version


Oct 15, 2012 at 04:16 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · It's so BIG!!


I'm guessing this is beyond the 15 pound weight rating on my tripod?

Wow, looks like something the military would have to spy on terrorists.



Oct 15, 2012 at 05:24 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · It's so BIG!!


I think the proper term should be neither Voice Activated Monopod (VAM) or VAD (Voice Activated Duopod)

Rather . . . .

It's a Manopod







Oct 15, 2012 at 05:45 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · It's so BIG!!


Crazy!!


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