The Sigma 150-500mm lens just arrived!

After lusting after this lens for over a year, I finally broke down and bought it. The reviews seem pretty favorable and most people seem very pleased with the image quality and usability of it. So, with much trepidation I ordered it from Amazon and had them express ship it to me. The economy is poop, so buying big lenses may not be the best use of my money, but I’ve inching toward this day for months now, so it should all work out for me.

I ordered the lens on Friday and it just showed up a few minutes ago. I’m extremely excited to try it out, but the sun is starting to set so I really can’t get any good pictures with it tonight. However, I did do the next best thing which is to take pictures of me taking it out of the box and putting it on the tripod!

Just as a size comparison, here it is next to a bottle of Mt. Dew. No, that’s a 2-liter, not some 20oz shot of Dew! I’m not sure which one I like more! :) When fully extended it surpasses the 2 liter bottle. And with lens hood, it’s ridiculously long!

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First off, this thing is huge! It uses and 86mm filter and seems to be nearly a foot long. It has great balance though. It doesn’t feel like it wants to tip forward or backward. In fact with the camera on there, it balances perfectly.

I did take a couple of quick shots to show off the zoom. The first one is just a shot of the pond from my patio. You can see the picnic table in the distance. The second picture is zoomed in to 500mm and you can see a lot of the detail of the bench. I know, it’s not a riveting picture, but it does show the range of this thing. That bench is probably about 200 yards in the distance.

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And finally, here is the whole thing assembled and sitting on the tripod. Is it me or does this thing look like a small piece of munitions?

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And here are a few other random shots to show this thing off. I’ll try to take some more pictures tomorrow, but the forecast is calling for rain so I might not have the best of luck.

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