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self | Mar. 03, 2012 | swampsniper

Posted on 03/03/2012 11:32:39 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER

It's a given in bird and critter photography that closer is always better but a big lens will work too.

This is a Sigma 400mm f5.6 in Minolta A mount. In this pic it's on my Minolta Maxxum XTsi but it also fits my Sony. On the Sony it is equivalent to 600mm.

This lens was made in the mid 80s but can pass for new, not a blemish on it anywhere.

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1 posted on 03/03/2012 11:32:42 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER
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2 posted on 03/03/2012 11:34:38 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Looks brandy-new! Good luck with it...get out there and get some pictures of hummingbird tongues!


3 posted on 03/03/2012 11:43:03 AM PST by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition
It is pristine, just perfect. It's obviously been stored carefully for a long time. It turned up at KEH and I ordered it, they are 100% reliable with their descriptions.

I've been unloading some stuff on Ebay so I can get some more stuff, LOL.

If I don't keep things moving this room would fill up and I'd have to sleep in the yard!

4 posted on 03/03/2012 12:01:04 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I have a couple of those old Sigma lenses. The APO version is even a bit better.

Also Tokina made a very fine 400mm f5.6 in all the popular mounts.

I also have a Tamron 200-400mm in Nikon mount and like it very much despite it usually being considered mediocre.

One thing to be careful about on these older lenses is they often have a bit of haze, sometimes not very noticeable until you view it just right.

Also a few scratches on the front or objective lens usually does very little harm and even that can be eliminated by running a fine black sharpie over the scratch. On the other hand, scratches on the rear element will harm the sharpness a lot.


5 posted on 03/03/2012 12:12:54 PM PST by yarddog
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To: yarddog
This one doesn't even have the normal wear marks on the contacts, it's like it never was installed.

Some of these Sigmas, the early ones, had to be rechipped to work on the later Maxxums, and the Minolta digitals and Sonys.. Sigma was doing it for free. This one seems to be out of a later batch.

Sigma made them in black, gray, white and green. The green ones are sort of putrid looking, really a horrible color, the white ones are known for flaking paint, so I was glad to find one of the gray ones. It's a nice dark charcoal.

6 posted on 03/03/2012 12:28:47 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Well, that’s nice but I expected a couple of bird pictures.

I saw a turkey the other day in an industrial section of Silicon Valley. If I had your camera, it would have made a snazzy picture. Instead all I had was a cell phone.


7 posted on 03/03/2012 12:34:56 PM PST by Kevmo (If you can define a man by the depravity of his enemies, Rick Santorum must be a noble soul indeed.)
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To: Kevmo

We got a flock that lives nearby, they cover a lot of ground too, we got mooing cows too in the hills.


8 posted on 03/03/2012 12:40:47 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: Kevmo

The Great egrets are pairing off and starting to build nests and the other birds will follow soon. My Sony will be back from the shop next Tuesday, hopefully ready to go.


9 posted on 03/03/2012 12:41:26 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
You keep on doin' what you're doin'! And share your talent! I love it!


10 posted on 03/03/2012 12:43:15 PM PST by Daffynition
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

How wonderful!!!


11 posted on 03/03/2012 12:55:02 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: Daffynition
It isn't possible to have too many toys!

I don't ever want to be reduced to watching TV.

12 posted on 03/03/2012 12:57:54 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Reach out and touch them critters!!


13 posted on 03/03/2012 12:58:07 PM PST by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: Daffynition

That’s just not right!!!


14 posted on 03/03/2012 1:08:33 PM PST by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: Daffynition
QUANTARAY 70 210

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MINOLTA XTSI, MINOLTA 3200 I

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15 posted on 03/03/2012 1:19:06 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER; tubebender
That's the gear of Vincent Lafôret who is a French photographer that went to cover the Olympics. In an interview to Newsweek he explains all planning and preparations he should do for such event. He says that he begins all the preparations a year in advance and that it’s finished when the Games start. But what struck me the most is the weight of his equipment – 200 lbs!! Can you imagine?! It’s huge.

I wouldn't be able to afford the insurance he must have to carry for his livelihood. :)

7/30/08 - This is my prized case - it has all of my "prime" lenses (meaning non-zoom.) These are the sharpest lenses out there - and open up to f2 all the way down to f1.2 - you can shoot in incredibly low light and get images no one else gets. I'll try to bring this when I can - for special uses. I packed it in the waterproof case because I can stand on it if necc. and also lock it and leave it - with a chain of course. As I won't be using these lenses as much as my other lenses - but when I do, I hope to get images that stand appart from the rest. These are "my babies." Photo ©Vincent Laforet

16 posted on 03/03/2012 2:04:17 PM PST by Daffynition
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thank you for the education!


17 posted on 03/03/2012 2:21:39 PM PST by Silentgypsy
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To: Daffynition
Every year at the alligator farm rookery there are photographers using garden carts to haul their gear. I have to get everything on my mobility scooter and my budget limits what I use anyway.

I have a ball head rigged to fit the handlebar on the scooter so I don't have to carry a tripod.

18 posted on 03/03/2012 2:47:00 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Awesome!!!! Cannot wait to see even more great pics that are yet to come :)

Have a wonderful time seeing what it will do my FRiend, and you can be sure we will enjoy you enjoying it ; }

Tatt


19 posted on 03/03/2012 2:55:51 PM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: Daffynition
These are the go to work lenses, all made in the mid 80s. I've got some newer plastic stuff but these never fail me. The two on the right are known as the beercan and big beercan. You could probably drive tent pegs with them, they are built like tanks.

The 35-70 f4 was a Maxxum kit lens, lots of plastic but really good optics.

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20 posted on 03/03/2012 3:00:37 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

My goodness gracious! Lens envy...


21 posted on 03/03/2012 6:04:35 PM PST by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: brytlea
KEH Camera, Ebay and the local thrift shops. Lenses seldom wear out if they aren't abused a lot.

KEH has a 6 month warranty now, almost as good as new.

Check out KEH at reseller ratings, there aren't many companies with so many happy customers.

I've bought a couple of point and shoots new, for the major stuff I look for good used or refurbed items.

22 posted on 03/03/2012 7:09:30 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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Photobucket This was taken a couple of months ago with an inexpensive Tokina 75-300 on a Sony Alpha 200. I heard the helicopter coming and thought it was low because of the noise. I grabbed my camera and walked out on the porch just in time to snap a quick shot of it. Even cropped a whole lot, it still holds up pretty well for sharpness.
23 posted on 03/04/2012 8:51:53 AM PST by yarddog
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

More like beacon and big beacon!

I have a lovely old Nikon - I think it is an e 200mm - a huge lens which captures almost as much light as a 50mm. Wish I could remember exactly the type, but it has an integral ‘pod mount and it’s in a big leather Nikon case...

Love your posts, Sniper!


24 posted on 03/04/2012 10:25:22 AM PST by golux
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Better check it, that leather case is a good place for fungus to flourish and contaminate the lens coatings.


25 posted on 03/04/2012 11:20:04 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thank you for the info. I just bought a new camera, so no new toys for me for awhile.


26 posted on 03/04/2012 1:06:09 PM PST by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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