My New Sigma “Bigma”, Day 2
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, ISO 400 — map & image data — nearby photos Sigma Bigma Bokeh at f/6 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 210 mm — 1/500 sec, f/6, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Sigma Bigma Bokeh at f/6
, ISO 1800 — map & image data — nearby photos Sigma Bigma Bokeh at f/13 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 210 mm — 1/500 sec, f/13, ISO 1800 — map & image datanearby photos
Sigma Bigma Bokeh at f/13
, ISO 6400 — map & image data — nearby photos Sigma Bigma Bokeh at f/29 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 210 mm — 1/400 sec, f/29,, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Sigma Bigma Bokeh at f/29

The second day I had my new Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS super-zoom lens, I took a short stroll around town in the morning. The first thing I found were these pretty pink blossoms, and I thought to try multiple apertures to see the bokeh. I like it a lot.

I'm less sure how I like it in the next shot...

Main Gate of the Heian Shrine -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 240 mm — 1/640 sec, f/6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Main Gate of the Heian Shrine

Stepping onto the sidewalk, the first thing I see — way down the street — were some monks (or whatever... I'm not sure the proper term, sorry), so I thought to reach out with The Bigma's long arm to greet them...

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 500 mm — 1/500 sec, f/6.3, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos

They were plenty far away, so I had a few moments as they approached to think about a better framing, and tried to get them with some blossoms in the background, but it seems to fall flat....

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 290 mm — 1/500 sec, f/6.3, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos

I switch to “C” (continuous) focus mode... something I've learned I'm not very good at... and tried to get their feet, and got one that I think has some merit...

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 500 mm — 1/500 sec, f/6.3, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Jag -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 210 mm — 1/500 sec, f/6, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Jag

(Pseudo-) macro of the grill of a Jaguar. The grill is not flat, and I was not perfectly perpendicular, so the pattern of what's in focus and not in focus is very weird, and frankly somewhat disturbing, because it brings to mind the same kind of fuzzy-at-the-fringes results one might get from a really bad lens.

Here are two more pairs of 50 mm vs. 500 mm photos...

Creamy Rich Colors at 500 mm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 500 mm — 1/500 sec, f/6.3, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Creamy Rich Colors
at 500 mm
Same Scene at 50 mm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 50 mm — 1/500 sec, f/4.5, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos
Same Scene at 50 mm
Throwaway Shot of Urban-Jungle Japan at 50 mm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 50 mm — 1/1000 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Throwaway Shot of Urban-Jungle Japan
at 50 mm
Japan in a Nutshell koinobori , temple roof, utility poles, mountains, concrete buildings -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 460 mm — 1/640 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Japan in a Nutshell
koinobori, temple roof, utility poles, mountains, concrete buildings

And from the “okay, now you're just being silly” department, later that night...

— 0.3 sec , f/6.3, ISO 6400 — map & image data — nearby photos 500 mm, Handheld, 0.3 sec same river as the evening movie shoot -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 500 mm0.3 sec, f/6.3, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
500 mm, Handheld, 0.3 sec
same river as the evening movie shoot

Continued here...


All 7 comments so far, oldest first...

Wow, the photos of the “urban jungle” bring back such memories of my time living in Tokyo. I can almost feel the city around me!

— comment by Daniel Sroka on April 17th, 2010 at 11:14pm JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

I am delighted to see that the Redbuds are blooming in Japan at the same time as ours are here. (Those bright pink blooms) Lovely shot..would look nice framed.

— comment by Grandma Friedl, Ohio, USA on April 18th, 2010 at 12:49am JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

For some reason, looking at the photo of the Jag Grill actually makes me a bit dizzy – if I look at it for more then a few seconds, the picture swims and I have to look away. Disturbing is right, but interesting.

— comment by Marcina, USA on April 18th, 2010 at 9:48am JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for the photos. I very interest in this lens for a tip i am going on in July.

— comment by Kerry on April 18th, 2010 at 11:46am JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

These pictures are realy beautifull, i just wondering what are those things on the “japan in a nutshell” pic. on the top of that pole? they looks like fish?

I have never seen such a thing:) Endre Toth from Hungary

You’re correct, they are fish. Follow the “koinobori” link under the picture for a description.—Jeffrey

— comment by Endre Toth on April 18th, 2010 at 8:38pm JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey Peter from Melbourne, Australia The BIGMA will land here in a week (cant wait) great pics mate.
Is there anything about the lens you were not happy with or below your expectations ?

Yes, I’m keeping a list on my How Bigma is the Sigma? post. —Jeffrey

— comment by Peter on May 6th, 2010 at 4:45pm JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

What wins at full extension for quality and zoom
Your 70-200 with 2x tele or the bigma without

Peter

Obviously the Sigma wins on zoom reach, but for IQ, you’ll have to send me a Nikon 2x teleconverter for me to test with. —Jeffrey

— comment by Peter on May 6th, 2010 at 5:14pm JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink
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