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Offline amoghpatil32

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Sigma 150-600mm or upgrade camera body
« on: October 23, 2015, 02:49:53 AM »
I currently own a canon eos 1200D. I am interested in wildlife and Birds in flight. So should I biy the Sigma 150-600mm or upgrade my camera body. My budget is under 90000.

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Re: Sigma 150-600mm or upgrade camera body
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2015, 04:43:27 AM »
Well logic dictates to invest in lenses first. But your body will also let you down here, specially if photos are in motion or flight. Otherwise you will get reasonably good pictures.

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Re: Sigma 150-600mm or upgrade camera body
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2015, 07:11:52 AM »
As I know
good lens with not so good body delivers better results
than good body with not so good lens.

these vids might help
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk5IMmEDWH4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEpssQjhKOA
http://yndpics.blogspot.com

Best accessory of camera is 3" behind it,
And mine needs an upgrade. . . ;)


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Re: Sigma 150-600mm or upgrade camera body
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2015, 05:09:46 PM »
just try it on DXOmark

http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Sigma/Sigma-150-500mm-F5-63-APO-DG-OS-HSM-Canon-mounted-on-Canon-EOS-1200D__940

If you check same lens on 100D or 750D the results improves by only 10%. Its only when you move to full frame it improves by 50%.
http://yndpics.blogspot.com

Best accessory of camera is 3" behind it,
And mine needs an upgrade. . . ;)

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Re: Sigma 150-600mm or upgrade camera body
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2015, 09:44:34 AM »
I guess There are loads of rentals shop depending on what city you live in a good one is Toehold .. I recommend try the lense with your 1200D if satisfied just buy the lense then if not try the lense with a higher end camera body and decide ...
« Last Edit: October 30, 2015, 09:46:51 AM by husains »

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Re: Sigma 150-600mm or upgrade camera body
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2015, 12:29:41 PM »
Amogh, 1200D is a reasonably good camera. 150-600 will give you good results if you can handle the ISO & Aperture combination judiciously.

From the available reviews, 1200D appears to be good up to the ISO-800 range as most of birding shots need ISO-800 and above. If you limit the ISO to 800, you have to look at the aperture. From the review of the Sigma lense, it is understood that f/8.0 or more is going to get you a decent sharpness and clarity. However, with limiting conditions like f/8.0 and ISO-800, your shutter speed is going to get below the 1/f limit (multiply the actual focal length by FOVCX factor - 1.6 for Canon crop frames, i.e., at 600mm focal length, the actual focal length is 600x1.6=960mm and the 1/f value is 1/1000 sec) and here the OS is going to come to your rescue. Nevertheless, use a monopod. That's going to help you a lot. The only other factor that is going to limit you is the burst rate, which is low.

Please check the price of the Sigma lens. It may be a little more than your budget. In that case you can have a look at the Tamron lens of same specification.

Once you get the feel, think of migrating to a higher level body, like 7DMarkII or so.

« Last Edit: November 30, 2015, 12:38:56 PM by Prabir »
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Re: Sigma 150-600mm or upgrade camera body
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2015, 11:41:19 AM »
I use a 400 5.6 from Canon (~81k) on my 1100D. And I am happy :)

The autofocus on the camera body isn't much to write about but it gets the job done if you practice enough. Even bif isnt a problem if you know how to work with your camera's limitations.

Plus, when you finally upgrade to a body like 70D or 7D mk II you will probably in a better position to make use of the advanced autofocus systems :)


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Re: Sigma 150-600mm or upgrade camera body
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2016, 02:31:24 PM »
I guess There are loads of rentals shop depending on what city you live in a good one is Toehold .. I recommend try the lense with your 1200D if satisfied just buy the lense then if not try the lense with a higher end camera body and decide ...

Try renting lenses or cameras from the collection at Rentsher.com if you are not able to decide which one you want so you can try one before you buy

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Re: Sigma 150-600mm or upgrade camera body
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2017, 11:25:20 AM »
It is better to switch lens as per my concern.