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Unread postPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2005 9:21 pm 
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I just bought this lens today for R4300. Going to try it tomorrow with my Nikon SLR camera.

Can't wait to see the results. Then we are off to the Kruger early March.

Will let you guys know what the results are like.


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Unread postPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2005 9:23 pm 
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Sorry for the wrong posting, this was meant for Wildlife photography forum

My PC is playing tricks on me.


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Awesome! (hopefully Danie can move the thread :) )

Out of interest, what made you choose the 170-500 over the 50-500? As I've only really looked into the latter and am pretty ignorant about the 170-500, so would be very interested to hear about your investigations.

The 500mm will be awesome in Kruger! You shooting Velvia?

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Bought some ISO 200 Fuji (don't think it is Velvia) also some Kodak ISO200 Gold.

Once I got the hang of the lens, I will look at the better film.

Although the Fuji is 4 x colour layers. I have good results with it on 70-300mm lens.

Regarding the lens, they only had the 170-500. I tried it on a Canon in the shop. Looked pretty awsome, only thing is not much of an angle.

My next lens is going to be the 70-300mmm Sigma.

I might look at getting a 2x converter with it.

The guy in the shop was telling me, when I convert to digital, the 170-500 will actually have the effect of 272-800mm because of the sensors on digital being much stronger (1.6 x)

I sound like a professional here (and I have only just started)


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Meg wrote:
Awesome! (hopefully Danie can move the thread :) )

Out of interest, what made you choose the 170-500 over the 50-500? As I've only really looked into the latter and am pretty ignorant about the 170-500, so would be very interested to hear about your investigations.

The 500mm will be awesome in Kruger! You shooting Velvia?


Priced the 50-500 at Cameraland in Cape Town for R13000 on Thursday:shock: I had a look at both while another couple were also deciding between the two lenses. I dont know if the 50-500 is internally stabilised or not. The 175-500 was very nice. You can see a pimple on a buffalo's bum from a mile away. Forget about using it without a tripod though. I was all over the place when I looked at it and I would need to shoot
wide open and at the speed of light to neutralise the shakes.
The focusing was reasonably quick and it was a bit lighter than I expected. I was very tempted to buy it there and then but I am going to hold out for a fishbowl lens. But an impulse buy was only narrowly averted - had I had a bit more time to browse I'm sure I would have bought! :shock:

Enjoy the lens and I'm sure you'll get some stunning results. You better post some here please dvanzyl100, I'm sure you'll convince me to go out and get it! :lol:

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dvanzyl100 wrote:
The guy in the shop was telling me, when I convert to digital, the 170-500 will actually have the effect of 272-800mm because of the sensors on digital being much stronger (1.6 x)

I sound like a professional here (and I have only just started)


That is correct. The sensor size of digital cameras (except the top models!) is slightly smaller than the conventional 35mm film, thereby giving you a 1.6 magnification over their film burning cousins. This is nice when needing the zoom, but a horrid feature for when you need wide angles.
I have the 70-300 Sigma and its great, f4, and with the magnification it is like shooting with a 450mm lens.

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bwana

Please look at camera wharehouse in strandsteet (at bottom of pinacle building).'

They are running excellent specials at the moment. That's where I bought mine.

Regarding the stabalising, I went to Tothills further down the road and got a bean bag to put over the window of the car.

I also believe you can get a car window pod for stabalising - approx R400


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Please look at camera wharehouse in strandsteet (at bottom of pinacle building).'

They are running excellent specials at the moment. That's where I bought mine.

Regarding the stabalising, I went to Tothills further down the road and got a bean bag to put over the window of the car.

I also believe you can get a car window pod for stabalising - approx R400


More importantly how did you manage to move the thread here? :?:


Thanks for the tip, I'll give them a visit this week. :D
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HI

I have got a 170 - 500mm Sigma lens and to be really honest i was disappointed with the results.. And remember its only 10X magnification.. So you think you gonna get close ups but you dont really unless its sitting next to...

Meg as far as i know the 50-500mm is priced higher because of the zoom range, one does not have to buy a smaller lens.. I am pretty sure it does not have a stabiliser, but i might be wrong...

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[quote="bwana
More importantly how did you manage to move the thread here? :?:


bwana[/quote]


:?: :?: :?: :?: :?:

I had nothing to do with it.

maybe the fairies.

Or Danie or KNP?

Please let us know who moved this thread


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More importantly how did you manage to move the thread here?


:lol: If I may butt in ...... Danie was online for a while and this thread ended up here after he'd left!


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I have got a 170 - 500mm Sigma lens and to be really honest i was disappointed with the results.. And remember its only 10X magnification.. So you think you gonna get close ups but you dont really unless its sitting next to...

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Thanks for th info Craigsa. I am inquisitive to see the results. Have used my brothers 70-300 lens in Kruger before and was pretty impressed.

Will let you know what I think of it.

Tell me have you tried using a coverter with any of our lenses?


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Crumbs Bwana, that really is an unbelievable price! If one were to shop around here the 50-500 could be found for between £600-£700. The main reason I like it is the affordability of the 500mm with HSM (like AF-S or USM) focussing. Damn cool - but of course, with a baby on the way, I'll have to wait a while :wink: . I must have a look at the 170-500mm. I take it it's also HSM?

DVZ, I'm sure you're going to have a ball with that lens. I'll be very interested to hear how you find it handles - when will you get the film you shoot tomorrow developed?

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:lol: If I may butt in ...... Danie was online for a while and this thread ended up here after he'd left!


Thanks GP - thought he might of done it.

Looks like cam is down, I am calling it a night. Got to get up bright and early to go and try my new lens out.


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Meg wrote:
DVZ, I'm sure you're going to have a ball with that lens. I'll be very interested to hear how you find it handles - when will you get the film you shoot tomorrow developed?


If I am early enough hopefully tomorrow still (one of our shopping centres are open till 9pm at night. If not, Monday night.

Will PM you when I have posted some pics.

My husband reminded me that where we got married on wine estate, they have some wild animal (zebra,s Springbuck, wildebeest, cows, etc) Going to try our luck there and maybe some nature scenes and some sea side photo's


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