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#35558 - 06/21/11 01:19 PM Re: New Lens and Bag - Help. :P [Re: Jim Poor]
James Morrissey Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/11/05
Loc: Manhattan, New York, New York
Chanthee and I have been hiking with the bag fully loaded for the last 3 days. We have been doing 2-3 mile hikes around the park (we have a POTENTIAL 9 mile one scheduled in Glacier, if everyone feels like they can do it) and I have been preparing.

I really - really - like this bag. I took some shots of it the other night and I am going to post a mini review later.

James
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#35570 - 06/21/11 09:32 PM 120-300mm F2.8 Lens coming in tomorrow... [Re: James Morrissey]
James Morrissey Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/11/05
Loc: Manhattan, New York, New York
Hey Everyone,

My shiny new Sigma 120-300 OS lens comes in tomorrow. I am pretty excited and hope to give it a real run for its money this weekend....

James
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#35588 - 06/26/11 12:11 AM Sigh...lens going back. [Re: James Morrissey]
James Morrissey Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/11/05
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Well, i started to test the 120-300 f2.8 os yesterday. I was very disappointed to see that the HSM motor was absolutely crawling to focus. By crawling, I am talking about a half minute or more for the focus motor to lock (slowly). It is going back onMonday for anoer copy. Sigh. I am very disappointed.

James
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#36231 - 09/02/11 07:01 AM Re: Sigh...lens going back. [Re: James Morrissey]
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Registered: 02/19/06
Loc: Donner Summit, CA
Originally Posted By: James Morrissey
Well, i started to test the 120-300 f2.8 os yesterday. I was very disappointed to see that the HSM motor was absolutely crawling to focus. By crawling, I am talking about a half minute or more for the focus motor to lock (slowly). It is going back onMonday for anoer copy. Sigh. I am very disappointed.

James


Hey James, did you ever get another one of these? Can I assume that since we never heard any more about it that things did not go well? I've thought about getting this lens from time to time, so I was just wondering.

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#36235 - 09/02/11 02:20 PM Re: Sigh...lens going back. [Re: glamson]
Tony Bynum Offline
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Registered: 02/19/05
Loc: Montana
I can say this much about sigma. Their pro glass, is on the upper end for sure. I have owned a half dozen "pro" level sigma lenses and still have a couple of them including the 120-300 2.8 hsm. Here are my thoughts after many many tries to get sigma to work. . . 1. quality control is lacking, I've seen so many QC issues it's a wonder they can stay in business. 2. build quality is not nearly as good as nikon or canon. In other words, while they do have good glass, you'll notice the build quality - they DO NOT last under active and continued use. 3. color shift, sigma always gave me a green cast as compared to my nikon lenses. 4. customer service is a joke. They almost always gave me the run around and never did the job right. In one case i sent a lens back (100-300 f4 hsm) cuz it was not sharp at 4f (which is the only reason to own f4 lenses is so that you can shoot them wide open). Sigma told me they could "calibrate" the lens and the body - which as is turns out, they cant - but the issue was that I got the lens back from them - they said they repaired it when really all they did was take my serial number off my lens and put it on a different one and sent it back - it was so obvious. as it turned out, the 100-300 is not up to my standards at f4 so i sold it to a press photographer. . . In any event, the point is this, IQ is only one aspect of a lens . . .
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#36244 - 09/02/11 06:23 PM Re: Sigh...lens going back. [Re: Tony Bynum]
James Morrissey Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/11/05
Loc: Manhattan, New York, New York
Hey Everyone,

Yes, Sigma did sent a new model out to me. I took it to Montana to Glacier and plan on taking it to Yellowstone in October. The lens is super - and I mean super - sharp. Even with tele-extenders, it is razor sharp. The focus is also super fast.

I am not seeing a green color shift to the glass -but this is something that Sigma had said they had dealt with in the new unit.

I will be posting a review shortly.

James
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