Sigma 300-800 EX DG Unboxing from Scott Bourne on Vimeo.

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  1. Sweet Mother of Pearl, that’s a bazooka! 300-800 at 5.6? Wow. I can only imagine the possibilities. Have fun!

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  2. Sweet Mother of Pearl, that’s a bazooka! 300-800 at 5.6? Wow. I can only imagine the possibilities. Have fun!

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  3. WOW…..is there an optional sherpa that you can get to carry that thing around for you?

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  4. @Andre that’s why God created assistants!
    :)

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  5. @Andre that’s why God created assistants!
    :)

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  6. Ahh… didn’t opt for the optional thermal-seeking mount since it’s the only thing in the world strong enough to pan that!

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  7. Ahh… didn’t opt for the optional thermal-seeking mount since it’s the only thing in the world strong enough to pan that!

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  8. OMG – makes my Canon 100-400 look like a toy

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  9. OMG – makes my Canon 100-400 look like a toy

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  10. Wow – that’s quite a lens. I’m looking forward to seeing the shots you take with it!

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  11. Wow – that’s quite a lens. I’m looking forward to seeing the shots you take with it!

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  12. I agree, the thing is a bazooka that looks like a parking cone, those big orange ones. Have fun. Just remember it’s not the lens that makes the photographer.

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  13. I agree, the thing is a bazooka that looks like a parking cone, those big orange ones. Have fun. Just remember it’s not the lens that makes the photographer.

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  14. @Cameron I totally agree that it’s not just the lens that makes the photographer.

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  15. @Cameron I totally agree that it’s not just the lens that makes the photographer.

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  16. @Cameron: But when you’re taking photos of things in low-earth orbit, that kind of zoom comes in handy.

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  17. @Cameron: But when you’re taking photos of things in low-earth orbit, that kind of zoom comes in handy.

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  18. I just bought a 50mm f1.8. I worry about losing it…. I guess you don’t have to worry about that.

    I cannot take anything that is more than 20 feet away….. I guess you don’t have to worry about that either. :)

    Great vid.

    Thanks,

    Ian.

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  19. I just bought a 50mm f1.8. I worry about losing it…. I guess you don’t have to worry about that.

    I cannot take anything that is more than 20 feet away….. I guess you don’t have to worry about that either. :)

    Great vid.

    Thanks,

    Ian.

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  20. This is one more reason not to hang out at popular wildlife locations. This spring I was at a Nature preserve with my little Sigma 135-400 and ran across a bunch big glass photographers and got major lens envy and went out and bought a big Nikkor 600mm f5.6. Just when I was feeling adequate again Scott gets this. It may be all about the photographer, but there are a lot of pictures that are out of reach without the right gear.

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  21. This is one more reason not to hang out at popular wildlife locations. This spring I was at a Nature preserve with my little Sigma 135-400 and ran across a bunch big glass photographers and got major lens envy and went out and bought a big Nikkor 600mm f5.6. Just when I was feeling adequate again Scott gets this. It may be all about the photographer, but there are a lot of pictures that are out of reach without the right gear.

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  22. This is already on my wildlife lens wish list for 2009. I can tell you there will be many a night of Ramen Noodle meals between now and then :–D

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  23. Holy cow, Scott! I guess your next big purchase will be that little Hubble lens NASA has. You should be able to get in tight with that. I hear it comes with both Nikon and Canon adapters.
    BTW, are you going to use this on the D3?
    Thanks for the video.

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  24. Holy cow, Scott! I guess your next big purchase will be that little Hubble lens NASA has. You should be able to get in tight with that. I hear it comes with both Nikon and Canon adapters.
    BTW, are you going to use this on the D3?
    Thanks for the video.

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  25. It’s still small enough for Alex to leave on a plane.

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  26. It’s still small enough for Alex to leave on a plane.

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  27. Mr Bourne, you do like to tease. I hope we see home field tests very soon. And, here I am trying to piece together the funds for a nice fast 200mm lens with a decent tripod.

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  28. Mr Bourne, you do like to tease. I hope we see home field tests very soon. And, here I am trying to piece together the funds for a nice fast 200mm lens with a decent tripod.

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  29. I saw a great moon photo made the other day with that lens (Sigmonster) and a Canon 2x teleconverter on a 40D. Here it is for any interested -> http://www.pbase.com/liquidstone/image/104729025/original. The fellow who made that photo has put that lens to excellent use photographing birds in the Philippine.

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  30. I saw a great moon photo made the other day with that lens (Sigmonster) and a Canon 2x teleconverter on a 40D. Here it is for any interested -> http://www.pbase.com/liquidstone/image/104729025/original. The fellow who made that photo has put that lens to excellent use photographing birds in the Philippine.

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  31. Did you shoot this vid with the LX3? I thought that you mentioned you might.

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  32. Did you shoot this vid with the LX3? I thought that you mentioned you might.

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  33. Scott, have you looked at the Sigma 200-500mm 2.8?

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  34. Scott, have you looked at the Sigma 200-500mm 2.8?

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  35. @Scott Any reason why the video from the LX3 is so small? (Bandwidth?)

    I don’t think I’ll ever get such a lens… it looks solid enough that it would hurt like hell when the wife hit me in the head with it !! :)

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  36. @Scott Any reason why the video from the LX3 is so small? (Bandwidth?)

    I don’t think I’ll ever get such a lens… it looks solid enough that it would hurt like hell when the wife hit me in the head with it !! :)

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  37. @Luis just click on the Vimeo link below the video to see it full size.

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  38. Daaaamn Scott,
    I’m not sure what makes me more jealous; the fact that this lens has a longer range than everything I own combined, or that fact that it probably weighs less than my 80-200L ;)

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  39. Daaaamn Scott,
    I’m not sure what makes me more jealous; the fact that this lens has a longer range than everything I own combined, or that fact that it probably weighs less than my 80-200L ;)

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  40. […] NOTE: You can watch the unboxing video for this lens if you missed it when originally posted. […]

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  41. […] NOTE: You can watch the unboxing video for this lens if you missed it when originally posted. […]

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