Showcase Sigma 300mm f/4 APO Tele Macro

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f/8. 100% crop, likely as close as the lens can focus (1.2m).
The flower is about 2cm across, ladybug is a few millimeters, bee is somewhere in between.

Wasn't the sharpest of the bunch (it was never going to be without downsampling) however the ladybug made me smile as I didn't even know it was there.
 
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I use this lens with a metabones Smart Adapter. Focus is slow. No C-AF. But it is sharp and contrast is excellent. Bokeh is marvelous. For a 20 year old lens, it comes darn close to the Olympus 300mm f4 Pro.
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I did a firmware update to my metabones adapter and it seems to have made AF faster on the Sigma. I took it to Nickerson Beach to photograph the terns, oystercatchers, and skimmers and their chicks. I took over 1800 frames and got 170 keepers. Some were just bad composition. Some had no subject. Some were out of focus. I used S-AF and as long as the bird moved in a horizontal plane from me, it worked. With all the limitations of a 20 year old lens, it is still a very fine lens on the Olympus E-M1 Mark II.


Here are some of the keepers.
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Every so often, I dream about getting the Olympus 300mm f4 Pro. It focuses fast. You can add 1.4x and 2x teleconverters. It has IS built into the lens.

The sigma is 20 years old. The focus is slow. No teleconverters. No IS.

Then I look at the photos I can take with it. And I'm always happy with what I have.

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