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    Posted: 28 November 2012 at 22:48
I picked up a cheap Sigma 70-300 DG OS from Amazon ($165) to use with my NEX 6 and LEA-2 adpater. I took a quick stroll around the block and snapped off a few test shots. The reults are not that bad. The subjects aren't that great, but this was only a test. I think I will like this as a walk-around combo when I don't want to bring the A700.
All JPEGs straight from the camera, hand-held with OS on.




indoors 1/30 sec f5.6 at ISO 1600 (no flash) 180mm
soft, but useable



1/80 sec f8 at ISO 200 300mm



1/50 f8 at ISO 200 300mm


1/160 f5.6 ISO 800 300mm


100% crop
a little purple fringing, but not too bad at all


1/80 f8 at ISO 200 300mm


1/160 f8 at ISO 800 300mm
no hood, bright sun from the left.


1/60 f8 at ISO 400 300mm
nice bokeh for being stopped down. I wonder if the adpater narrows the depth of field. It seems pretty shallow for f8




Edited by Basil - 30 November 2012 at 03:34
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Here are a couple of them after a little PP



I'll take this for ISO 1600.
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Yes, indeed not bad results and the PP improve them a lot!
I am always afraid to use long alpha lenses with my NEX, because the lack of stabilization, but Sigma OS lens is a nice solution.
How big is the combo? With the lens and adapter, is it still significantly smaller than having the A700?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Basil Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 November 2012 at 13:39
I'm not sure it is SIGNIFICANTLY smaller, but it is smaller (a lot lighter) than my A700w/grip. It's a lens/adapter that I can toss in a small bag (or large pocket) and have with me when I am out with the NEX.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Basil Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 November 2012 at 00:40
rovhazman,

Here is a quick overhead shot of the NEX 6 with the Sigma and my A700 (without grip) and a Tamron 70-300 USD. They are about the same height, but the NEX/Sigma combo is a bit shorter and a LOT lighter. When you add the grip to the A700, there is a huge difference in height and weight.

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I'm interested in that exact setup, so thanks for the pics! What focal lengths were those shots? The Sigma is supposed to be very soft at the long end.
 



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santiclaws,

All were at 300mm except the dog (180mm). They are a little soft right out of the camera, but doing a little PP work on them sharpens them right up. I always take reviews that say lenses are "soft" at the long end with some caution. People often blame the lens when their own poor long-lens technique is actually to blame.

I will wait to post a full review until I have had more time to use this combo. I want to use a tripod and remote release to get a feel for how sharp it really is. However, for a walk-around hand held combo, I am pleased with what I have seen so far. It's a fairly light lens that pairs nicely with the NEX. The OS system works very well. Plus, it's hard to beat the price!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote justchuck Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 November 2012 at 04:42
You've captured some nice images with the Nex 6. I've just received mine and so far am impressed with the results but I'm not yet ready to give up on my a700. By posting these images you are going to give me lens lust as so far I only have the 16-50 lens and no adapter.
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