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Showcase Sigma 300mm f/4 APO Tele Macro

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by datagov, Jan 2, 2016.

  1. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    Some notable specs:

    Length: 195mm / 7.67 inches long

    Weight: 1190 grams / 2.62 pounds

    Takes a 77mm filter

    1.2m / 3.93 feet minimum focus

    1:3 reproduction ratio

    Compared to all the other 300mm lenses I have used in the past:

    Panasonic 100-300
    Olympus 75-300 II
    Tamron 70-300 SP VC
    Canon FDn 80-200 F4 L + 2XB Teleconverter

    This lens is sharper than all the above @ 300mm. And with focus peaking on the E-M1 it is a breeze to use. Build quality is outstanding.

    Only downside is weight.

    Here is one I shot today. Processed in Darktable, Gimp, and Darktable.

    P1020076.
     
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  2. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    Hi,

    Canon mount?
    Are you using MF, or an AF adapter?

    Barry
     
  3. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    Nikon Mount, which has an aperture control ring. MF is very sensitive on this lens. You are either in focus or not.
     
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  4. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    A little PP going on here but still not a bad image

    P1030624.
     
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  5. pellicle

    pellicle Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 10, 2010
    Southport, OzTrailEYa
    pellicle
    thanks for posting. I've had a Sigma APO some years back on Canon EOS film and liked it. I did find that while the optics were great that build issues (like manual focus ring) were inferior in comparison to EF (although the price was hard to say no to).

    I had some "shuffle" issues with it locking focus on EF and ended up moving over to USM lenses from Canon after a while.

    Thanks for posting :)
     
  6. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    The main thing which scares me with a Sigma lens of this era is the rubber coating turning to a thick gummy liquid, something might have been spilled on the lens (no idea on history, sample size of 1) however it was pretty horrific to hold and may have scarred me for life.

    Lovely images though, can't argue with the results at all.
     
  7. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    There was one on eBay, ended last night, which mentioned the rubber not being sticky; I guess it may be a common issue.

    Barry
     
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  8. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    I got mine for $200. The rubber isn't sticky. Optics are excellent.

    No processing on this one at all, not even a crop

    P1030166.
     
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  9. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    Rob
    Show off!

    Seriously...good stuff. I admire your focusing skills.
     
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  10. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
  11. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    Another Image from the Zoo @ f4

    P1030604.
     
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  12. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    Taken with the Sigma and a Kenko 1.4x TC = 420mm @ f5.6

    P3220068.
     
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  13. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    It is a fine macro lens too

    P3240195.
     
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  14. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
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  15. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    I found a 300mm f4 HSM in Canon mount, it's brand new in box and as far as I can tell had never been used to this point. The optics on it are fantastic however it doesn't autofocus on a Metabones adapter (or function on digital Canon bodies) as it was a film lens, works flawlessly on my EOS 10 body.

    I've been looking around for a solution however the updated board to allow it to work on digital bodies has been out of production for a good 15 years, not sure there's any solution. If I find a board I'll update this however for the moment I think it's worth noting that this lens will not autofocus in it's standard trim.
     
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  16. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    I've rechipped the lens and it now works on digital and film Canon bodies, it still does not autofocus on a Metabones adapter (aperture works, manual focus naturally works).

    No idea where the problem lies, I now have a paperweight?
    wauptlam.
    Probably one of the sharpest paperweights I own... shame.
    (1/40th, f4, 3200. Slightly forward focused as the eyes are only just on the edge of focus, it's surprisingly hard to take pictures of dogs indoors handheld and manual focusing with a 300mm lens)
     
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  17. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    @eteless@eteless, have you tried contacting Metabones?

    How much did it cost to upgrade the lens?


    Sent from my iPad using Mu-43 mobile app
     
  18. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    I haven't talked to them yet, however I'll do it later today. There's a limited amount they can do as it's not a current lens and the issue likely lies with it (it's 20 years old).

    Sigma no longer has parts for it so I used a third party solution (www.butterflybikers.cz/index.php/cz/elektronika/item/1), I soldered it in myself and it took around 5 minutes. While the error it fixes is what prevents it working on a digital canon body, this error did not prevent the aperture from working on a metabones. I was hoping it was the same error which prevented autofocus, however it was not.
     
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  19. ivoire

    ivoire Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2011
    Naperville, IL
    mike
    did the aperture work with the metabones prior to the modification?
     
  20. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    Yes, but it didn't work on a Canon digital camera.
     
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