Thank You, Mr. Fitzgerald


Sigma 170-500mm

I would like to recognize and give my sincere thanks to Mr. Jon Fitzgerald. My father met Mr. Fitzgerald while on a business trip; Mr. Fitzgerald heard my growing passion for photography and generously gave me several studio strobes and monolights, as well as this Sigma 170-500mm lens. Out of these, I was able to get one strobe and a monolight working immediately; the others need simple fixes, such as new bulbs. The Sigma lens works rather well; I am having to use it as a manual focus lens as although it has autofocus, it doesn’t have an autofocus motor. Today’s autofocus lenses have the focus motor built in; older ones relied on a motor in the camera body. Is it super-sharp Nikkor glass? No. Is it super-fast? No. But, all the same, it works well. It’s pretty sharp, autofocus speed isn’t a problem, and it’s pretty lightweight, even with that massive chunk of glass at the front (filter size is an incredible 86mm). Below are a few shots from the lens. (By the way, for those curious, 500mm is 750mm with the DX crop factor)

Canadian Geese, Sigma 170-500mm

Canadian Geese, Sigma 170-500mm


Canadian Geese, Sigma 170-500mm


Canadian Geese, Sigma 170-500mm


Crescent Moon 10/17/12 Sigma 170-500mm

Crescent Moon 10/17/12


3 thoughts on “Thank You, Mr. Fitzgerald

  1. Jacob, thanks for your kind words. Also, thanks for sharing the pictures as they are wonderful. I especially like the shot of the moon. I often look at the moon and think of God’s AWESOME Creation. Your pictures capture that. Remember, we only see what we are looking for………so keep looking (and listening) to what Gods want you to see. Keep up the great photography. Lastly, I look forward to meeting you one day.

    1. Amen!

      I actually thought @750mm equivalent lens the moon would be bigger (this is uncropped), but that’s probably because my telescope is 750mms. But I photograph the moon using a 2.5x PowerMate (does the same thing as a tele extender, but for scopes) so it’s actually 1,875mm, with crop factor it’s a whopping 2812.5mm equivalent lens. I took this image at about the same phase this way.

      I look forward to photographing close lunar conjunctions and the lunar eclipse in 2014 with it, the comparatively wide field of view should be killer for such events!

      Look forward to meeting you one day, also. 🙂

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