I got a new lens last week. I had read quite a while back about the Sigma Contemporary 150 – 600 mm lens. 600 mm is a good length for taking pictures of critters and birds that don’t necessarily want their pictures taken. And the lens looked like it would be a good choice, so I ordered one. It finally came last week. I got the first one shipped west of the Mississippi, according to the dealer. I was going to wait until the weekend to test the lens, but once I got home and read through the instructions, I thought I’d better make sure it worked. It did.

My first image was a portrait of Sparky, my furry, fat cat. I used flash on this one, and it worked out just fine, I think (click to see full size and proper color).

 

Sparky

Sparky

 

Sparky is a handsome fellow, but a rather small subject. I bought the lens in hopes of catching a little bigger wildlife. With that in mind, I went to Zoo Montana, Billings’ own small zoo. They’ve got a few cats there, too. This one seemed to be pretty photogenic and willing to give me a nice profile as well as an environmental portrait.

 

Tiger profile

Tiger profile

 

A little while later he seemed to be looking for something. I thought this got a rather nice view of his environment:

 

Tiger portrait

Tiger portrait

 

Lots of pretty kitties in town.

More to follow

Bob