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Video: What it is like taking pictures Sigma’s $26K 200-500mm F2.8 ‘bazooka’ lens on a Sony a7 III: Digital Pictures Evaluation


Editor’s word: There could also be a couple of sections of the video which are thought-about NSFW, however there isn’t a nudity or swearing. Preserve this in thoughts earlier than watching the video (you may skip to the 42-second mark to bypass the questionable phase).


One of the crucial distinctive (and costly) lenses in existence is Sigma’s 200–500mm F2.8 APO EX DG ‘Bazooka’ lens. Whereas few have had the chance to shoot with this lens, photographer and YouTuber Tom Calton was capable of get one on mortgage from Sigma and has shared a video displaying what it’s like to make use of the $26K lens when hooked up to a Sony a7 III mirrorless digicam.

The cheeky five-minute video first goes over all the options of the lens earlier than diving into the real-world expertise of utilizing utilizing it on a contemporary mirrorless digicam. As Calton reveals in his pattern photographs, the ensuing photographs are extremely sharp at almost each focal size and blur out the background ‘in contrast to some other lens [Calton has] examined,’ on account of its lengthy focal size and quick most aperture. To contextualize what it’s prefer to shoot at 1000mm with the 2x converter hooked up, Calton reveals that he wanted to face 90m (295ft) away from his portrait topic to seize a full-body shot.

As Calton explains, the lens weighs 15.7kg (34.6lbs) and measures 72.6cm (28.6”) lengthy by 23.6cm (9.3”) in diameter and is the biggest high-speed ultra-telephoto zoom lens accessible to buy. It’s constructed of 17 parts in 13 teams, together with a super-low-dispersion parts in addition to three extra-low-dispersion parts and comes with its personal 2x converter, which successfully turns it right into a ridiculous 400–1000mm F5.6 zoom lens.

Except for the drop-in 72mm filter, which is situated simply in entrance of the rear lens mount, one other attention-grabbing component of the lens is its devoted BP-21 battery slot, which is used to drive the all-electronic focus and zoom motors (that are something however quiet).

All in all, it’s a enjoyable video that reveals what it’s prefer to shoot a really distinctive lens that the majority of us will probably by no means have the possibility to make use of.

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