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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Anyone using an M4/3 body with an adapter & a 150-600?


I'm considering adding a M4/3 body, probably the Oly E-M1 II, to get some longer range for wildlife with my Canon glass. I have a 500 prime but actually considering investing in a Tamron G2 150-600 for more portability. Has anyone used any of the Sigma or Tamron 150-600's with an adapter for M4/3?


Jan 18, 2017 at 12:55 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Anyone using an M4/3 body with an adapter & a 150-600?


I used the Sigma 150-600 C on my EM-1 via the metabones smart T and it did a first rate job (I did try the Sport version and that was remarkable, focus speed was up there with the best I have used)

Unfortunately I had finally to admit that old age and decrepitude had taken a toll and it was just too darned heavy for me to use hand-held so I sold it

Its sharp at all distances although drops of a little at full range, very front heavy at full extension even with the battery grip, even the contemporary model focuses rapidly and accurately and the ability to use the lens mount to tune focus speed / range is a real benefit

don't use it without supporting it by the lens though, I suspect it could rip the lens mount off the body if you were not careful!

I have a few pics on my flikr site, from which this one will give you access to the others (I don't seem to be able to link directly for some reason )
oyster catcher trio 002 by Brian Wadie Photographer, on Flickr

I also used it for windsurfing work off my local beach but in this case I used my tripod and gimbal head

600mm f6.3 across the run by Brian Wadie Photographer, on Flickr

This shot was approximately 3/4 mile distant down the length of our beach toward the harbour



Jan 18, 2017 at 02:07 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Anyone using an M4/3 body with an adapter & a 150-600?


Wow, Brian, those are exceptional!! Crisp, clear and tack sharp! So, just be be clear, 600mm in the M4/3 format is the equivalent FF focal length of 1200mm?

FYI, I believe you can set a link to Flickr on your profiles page... I have and the link works fine.



Jan 18, 2017 at 02:31 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Anyone using an M4/3 body with an adapter & a 150-600?


Thanks Chris, yes in 35mm field of view terms 600mm = 1200mm reach (shakes and atmospheric pollution / heat haze becomes a real problem)

Thanks for that, I will check to see if I have it set on my profile

(I hadn't set that, its done now, thanks again)



Jan 18, 2017 at 02:53 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Anyone using an M4/3 body with an adapter & a 150-600?


I've just done some reading on the Metabones site and they indicate that while Canon and Sigma lenses work fine, there are issues with the Tamron 150-600s. Suffice to say, based on that info, I'll likely get a Sigma 150-600 C. No reason to make a lens investment not to be able to use it on multiple systems...


Jan 18, 2017 at 03:11 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Anyone using an M4/3 body with an adapter & a 150-600?


it is superb value for money Chris and the dock is worth every penny for its use in tuning the lens response / performance


Jan 18, 2017 at 03:40 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Anyone using an M4/3 body with an adapter & a 150-600?


With the Olympus E-M1 and E-M5 with 5-axis image stabilization in the camera and the IS 300mm f/4 lens combines you get 6.5 stops of image stabilization. I saw shots at 1/8s with this lens and the 1.4x teleconverter that were perfectly sharp with zero motion blur. At $2500 it is a steal compared to any full frame or APS-C telephoto for the AF performance and image quality.

No sense to buying a state of the art pro level camera and then sticking a consumer level lens on it.



Jan 23, 2017 at 01:11 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Anyone using an M4/3 body with an adapter & a 150-600?


I'd get a Sigma C over the Tammy G2 anyways even if there weren't potential Tammy/EF adapter issues....


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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Anyone using an M4/3 body with an adapter & a 150-600?


Agree with Brian. The S is tops among the 150-600s in terms of sharpness and build quality, but it is a beast. At 400 mm it is sharper, has better contrast and less CA than my Canon 400/5.6 prime, and that says a lot. But... at three times the weight...;-)
Here are some test shots:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/42162009@N04/albums/72157673225203114
Better still is the Canon 100-400 II. Even with a 1.4x Extender III (560mm) it is sharper than the Sigma at 600(actually only 560)mm. But, it costs three times what a used C costs.



Jan 23, 2017 at 08:10 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Anyone using an M4/3 body with an adapter & a 150-600?


I looked up the weight of the 150-600, it was about the same as my alt 300/2.8. So I'm not as interested, but would like to pick one up someday. The 500 is heavier, though, I believe


Jan 30, 2017 at 04:36 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Anyone using an M4/3 body with an adapter & a 150-600?


AmbientMike wrote:
I looked up the weight of the 150-600, it was about the same as my alt 300/2.8. So I'm not as interested, but would like to pick one up someday. The 500 is heavier, though, I believe


That is the S model though and the C model gets you just as good centre sharpness, equal OS and a way lighter lens. It does lose some sharpness out to the edges and corners and isn't as weather sealed compared to the S. But its size and weight and great centre IQ makes it a good choice on a smaller camera. Sticking the S version on a M43 would be a little stupid IMHO. The C version would make some sense but I'd make sure you have the grip for the camera if you want to handhold that rig. It would balance terribly with a non-gripped M43 body.



Jan 30, 2017 at 02:52 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Anyone using an M4/3 body with an adapter & a 150-600?


arbitrage wrote:
That is the S model though and the C model gets you just as good centre sharpness, equal OS and a way lighter lens. It does lose some sharpness out to the edges and corners and isn't as weather sealed compared to the S. But its size and weight and great centre IQ makes it a good choice on a smaller camera. Sticking the S version on a M43 would be a little stupid IMHO. The C version would make some sense but I'd make sure you have the grip for the camera if you want to handhold that rig.
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No, it was the Contemporary. 4.3 lbs vs. 4.5 lbs for my 300/2.8 Tamron. Haven't used the S, but I mostly hold the 300 by the lens.





Jan 31, 2017 at 06:14 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Anyone using an M4/3 body with an adapter & a 150-600?


The S is sharper on the long end thn the C, even in the center. See here;
http://www.lenstip.com/417.4-Lens_review-Sigma_S_150-600_mm_f_5-6.3_DG_OS_HSM_Image_resolution.html

30 vs 35 lpmm wide open and 33 vs 38 lpmm at f/8, at 600mm.



Jan 31, 2017 at 06:49 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Anyone using an M4/3 body with an adapter & a 150-600?


I don't see a point sticking a humongous lens in front of me body. Might as well just pick up D500 which will give you better grip as well.


Jan 31, 2017 at 07:33 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Anyone using an M4/3 body with an adapter & a 150-600?


nobody here will try to make you do it

For me, it seemed like a good idea at the time and the results were excellent, with longer reach than I would have got on the D500 (and I didn't have to grow a beard and start wearing sandals, which in the UK is considered mandatory of a Nikon shooter I'm told )



Jan 31, 2017 at 07:50 PM







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