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Yesterday I received this lens it was between it and the new Nikon 80-400mm.
This is my first Sigma lens so I can't compare it to any other from the company.
Out of the box it is a beautiful thing. Beautifully made and feels great, I hate to say it but the finish to me is better than any of my Nikon lenses, which include the f2.8 trinity and an 35 and 85 f1.4. I don't own any of the Nikon long glass but i'm guessing they'd be similar finish to the ones I have?.
The lens balances really well on my d800/E and grip.
Today I went out for a bit, first in the morning at around 10am but the weather was awful none of the birds we're even in the water lol, that's how cold it was.
Later in the afternoon the sun popped out for a while and it was a little warmer so I went out for about 45 minutes. We have a little park where I live and it has a little lake where some wildlife call home.
I'm the first to admit that I know very little about this type of photography, I'm normally in a studio shooting portraits but have been wanting to get into wildlife etc.
Below are a few images.
One thing I quickly learned is 300mm is not long enough, I have a 1.4 TC coming and I might at a 2x down the track.
A couple form the morning
The rest rest are from the afternoon around 3pm
I came across this guy and spent a bit of time following him/her around.
I went across to the other side of where he was and as he sensed me he took off.
This guy I saw in the morning as I got closer he flew across to the other side of the lake, again as I got closer to him in the afternoon he went for a dip, he was constantly stretching his wings.
Not sure if these help anyone looking at the lens but just wanted to share. I should add these were all shot in DX mode on the D800 and all hand held, I had a monopod with me but found it got in my way.
The AF was very fast and Locked on the subject quickly, albeit most were standing still or moving slowly, there really wasn't many doing anything bar some seagulls and small birds flying aorund.
Thanks for looking.