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Birding with the 85/1.4…

by on Mar.11, 2013, under Life, Photography

I know it’s not your typical birding lens but I just received my first of my new Sigma lenses that I won. I unboxed the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 lens and since there was this very accommodating Kookaburra in our back yard (and he needed to be since I was right up in the birds face) I figured I’d try some bird portraiture 🙂

I havn’t AF calibrated this lens yet (with Reikan Focal) so these results are straight out of the box – that said looking at the images at 100% I got a very good hit rate of in critical focus captures and the AF looks to be pretty close to spot on.

This first is shot at a depth of field frightening f/2.0 up close (at 100% pretty much only the surface of the eye and feathers in the same plane are in focus and it falls off to blur very quickly either side – e.g. the chest and beak and the back feathers)

NIKON D600 + 85.0 mm f/1.4 @ 85 mm, 1/800 sec at f/2, ISO 100

A little further away at f/2.8 and we have a little more dof to play with

NIKON D600 + 85.0 mm f/1.4 @ 85 mm, 1/320 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100

I’m just checkin’ you out…

NIKON D600 + 85.0 mm f/1.4 @ 85 mm, 1/200 sec at f/4, ISO 200

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