Re: Lens for bird photograhy

Subject: Re: Lens for bird photograhy
From: Trevor Quested <>
Date: Wed, 23 Aug 1995 17:24:10 +1000 (EST)
On Wed, 23 Aug 1995, IAN MATTHEWS wrote:

> I am considering the purchase of a new lens for my Nikon 801s.At present I am 
> looking at either a Sigma 400mm APO 5.6 or a Sigma 500mm APO 7.2,both 
> automatic 
> focus.Has anyone had experience of these lenses and could comment on their 
> suitability for bird photography ?

I have had a Sigma 400 APO 5.6 lens for four years now and am very happy 
with it. In good light it is very easily hand held and the 400 puts birds 
right in the frame. It's restrictions are mostly with thornbill size 
birds which, if you could ever get the birds to be still, are at best 1/4 
frame because of the close focus limitations.
I have taken at least 1000 shots through it and I often fit a SB-24 
speedlight flash to my Nikon 801s for poor light conditions.

I have lugged it on my shoulder to the UK, Venezuela, Malaysia, Arizona, 
and outback and northern Australia. I damaged a locking ring part once 
and it was $120 to fix and took 2 weeks.

Trevor Quested

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