Bald Eagle close up portrait, Kachemak Bay Alaska.Nikon D4 with Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 EX OS APO HSM + Sigma 1.4X, 1/500 sec, f/8.0 ISO 400 in Manual mode, handheld.
Be sure to click on the image for the larger version and hit the expand button in the top right corner once the larger image window opens for an even larger view. The image above is a crop made in Photoshop CS5 at 60% magnification to show the level of detail the 120-300 is capable of. Image was converted in ACR 6.7 with light NR and 50-.8-1-0 sharpness settings, then after curves was applied it was cropped and PS CS5.
I am in the process of creating a review and field note post for my blog and the Sigma blog but I wanted to share one of the images. During my last eagle tour series in Alaska I was able to spent time in the field with the lens alone, with 1.4x and with a 2x and I was pleasantly surprised at the sharpness and speed of this lens. Of course this lens is not perfect (which lens is anyway?) but I will cover all the positives and negatives in my upcoming reviews.
What do you think of the above? Not bad at all for a large aperture telephoto Sigma zoom lens that retails for just over $3000!
Spaces are available for my November tour so contact me now if you would like to join me don't hesitate, you won't be disappointed. More info: http://www.robertotoole.com/workshop/bald-eagles/
2013 tour details should be available in a few days. If you are interested email me to be place on an interest list.
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