Long lens photography with Sigma 50-500mm
The telezoom I took along on my recent trip to Kruger, Pafuri Camp, Ndumo and Tembe, was the Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG HSM Lens. Once again it was a real treat.
Although the 50-500mm covers a huge range, it was really at the 500mm focal length that it proved its worth. It allowed me to get a number of close-ups that would otherwise have been beyond my range, even using my favourite 70-200mm f2.8 with a 2x extender.
Here are a few of my favourites taken with this amazing piece of equipment. The lens, being heavy, is best supported on a beanbag, although several of my more daring (and breathless!) handheld shots gave more than satisfactory results: Tree squirrel, Baboon mom & baby, Leopard in baobab, African Harrier-hawk and Red Duiker.
Kudu and Marabou, Hide at Punda Maria Restcamp 1/3200, f6.3, ISO 800, 500mm
Tree squirrel, Tsendze 1/60, f6,3, ISO 800, 500mm
Baboon mother and baby 1/600, f6.3, ISO 800, 500mm
Lappet-faced and white-backed vultures at kill 1/500, f10, ISO 250, 500mm
Lapet-faced vulture with impala carcass 1/500, f9, ISO 400, 500mm
Steenbokkie, Lebombo 4x4 Eco Trail 1/320, f.6.3, ISO 400, 500mm
Leopard in baobab, Pafuri Camp 1/640, f6.3, ISO 1600, 413mm
African Harrier-hawk in fever tree, Pafuri 1/200, f6,3, ISO 400, 500mm
Red duiker, Tembe 1/320, f63, ISO 800, 450mm
Waterbuck at Tembe – Bull's eye! 1/1250, f6.3, ISO 800, 500mm
Early morning at Nyamithi Pan, Ndumo 1/1250, f6.3, ISO 800, 500mm
Little egret, Ndumo 1/6400, f8, ISO 4000, 500mm