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Farewell, Sigma

Farewell, Sigma
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Marumi MC-UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-29 20:52
Viewed: 6943
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 162
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am compelled to inform you with regret, that my dear Sigma AF 70-300 APO DG Macro has died.

Version of this lens for Minolta and Sony cameras has constructive defect – unreliable gear of AF drive. Motor of Minolta/Sony cameras destroys it quickly. Especially it concerns new Sony cameras (A200, A300, A350 and A700) which have more powerful new motor and destroy the gear in a moment. I know numerous such incidents from owners of these lens and cameras. Even after repair the gear is failing again quickly.

This was one of the most my favorite lens. In my lens line I specialized it for butterfly shooting. This winter I have got a great pleasure from in-flight bird shooting with it. I think the lens has not stood lasting many hours' bird shootings in a continuous AF mode.

I could take only 3-5 thousands shots with this lens during one and half year. The lens lasted brilliant but too short life. It gifted me (and I hope you too) many nice pictures, shooting instants and a lot of pleasure.

The lens leaves me, the photos remain. I say to it – Thank you and Farewell, my dear friend, but at the same time I must say to Sigma corporation engineers – It is a shame, misters!

To Minolta/Sony camera owners: Do not buy this unreliable by mechanical design lens.

This vivid shot is dedicated to my dear lens.

Add. Shot info:
Exposure compensation: –0.3 eV
Support: monopod.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To wuta: Thank you.Alex99 1 04-15 11:55
To mogens-j: Thanks a lot.Alex99 1 04-04 22:19
To joey: Worthy replacement.Alex99 1 03-31 05:31
To izler: What does it mean?Alex99 1 03-31 05:10
To oscarromulus: I do not hurry :)))Alex99 1 03-31 05:07
To Islander_: Or Tamron 70-200 MacroAlex99 1 03-31 04:42
To ellis49: Sigma lenses.Alex99 1 03-31 04:09
To marhowie: Farewell ceremony.Alex99 1 03-30 08:18
To ramthakur: Only for Minolta/Sony lensAlex99 1 03-30 03:11
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Hi Alexei,
shame about your lens as it really did give you great looking results but then again shame on Sigma if all you get is 3-5 shots,not very good to say the least.My favorite lens has taken more than 40000 shots and shows no sign of giving up yet.The colour in this shot is gorgeous and the details rich with a great looking point of view.A fine photo to have uploaded to TN and thank you for sharing. Bob

Hi Alexei,
sad to hear that your Sigma died, I broke the auto focus of TWO
Sigma 400mm when I was using the Sony A100;-(
The picture is well composed with beautiful light and colours.
The DOF i great and so are the sharpness and details.
Well done, my friend.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2008-03-29 21:26]

Alexei, sad story also amazing and I never expect that would be done hence my brand is Nikon that I'm useing since 30 years but never faced such problem.
No doubt it was a brilliant instrument also you did well compose and I like this, please place few flowers on my behalf on the box of your dead lens.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-03-29 21:58]

Hi Alexei,

I do understand your feelings about loosing a lens. The photo you did looks great. The light you captured is very well suited with the subject as it brings out in a very nice way the pattern and texture of buterfly wings. Image is very sharp with the DOF well addapted to the subject. Last but not the least colors are excelent, very strong but looking absolutely natural.

Thank you for sharing,

Hi Alexei, This IS a vivid shot to say goodby to your lens!Sorry to hear it died but as you say, the photos live on.
This one is especially nice with the bright flowers and the sharp detailed butterfly. Lovely color and light. Beautiful composition. Tfs Richard

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-03-29 22:52]

Hello Alexei,

I'm sorry to hear about your loss, it was a great lens and you
took many wonderful pictures with it, like this butterfly so
beautiful and rich in colors.. You have done a job very well


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-03-29 23:12]

Hi Alex

Superb macro shot.

Beautiful colours, excellent DOF and details on the butterfly & flower, and lovely removed BG. I like the composition with the in focus insect and flower on the left and an OOF flower in the BG to the right.

Well done MF and TFS.

Hi Alexei,

I'm very sorry for you that your favorite lens died.
It indeed is not the best of advertisement for the Sony company that these lenses do held this short.
Hopefully they will do something about it and give the owners of such lens a good replacement.

To the image: It's a real beauty with great saturated colors and most wonderful details.
Composition is excellent and has perfect sharpness and exposure.
Very well done. TFS!!!

Best regards and have a nice Sunday,


Hello Alexei,
A beautiful image to remember your dear lens by..!
My deepest felt condolences...
Hopefully you'll find a good replacement soon!
Pablo -

Hi Alexei,

I know that and have been brought also an Minolta D7d with the Sigma 50-500 and i found this an heavy and bad lens.
I have alway Minolta or Tamron lenses been brougt.
But i could not fine work with it so now have i Nikon.
Shame about your lens, shame on you Sigma.

The photo is good of sharness with beautiful colors.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-03-30 0:48]

hi Alexei
waoo le printemps commence très fort chez toi :) quelle lumière et quelles couleurs intenses. Superbe composition.



Hola Alexei, muy bonita composición con buena nitidez, color natural y muy bien iluminada. Un saludo

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-30 1:45]

Hello Alexei, I can understand the feelings when the lens dies. I recently bought a 2.5x extender lens in singapore. it worked well in singaore but when i got them to India it didnt. i felt bad. But this shot is perfect and hope your new one works fine. Ganesh

Hi Alexei,
I feel very much sorry for the lens. Ofcourse it was producing some beautiful images. Hope you have some backup. A very good capture with excellent details and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

It is disheartening to know that your Sigma 70-300mm expired, Alexei. I too have one which I am using with my Nikon D200. Hopefully it does not conk out that early.
This shot from your expired lens is one step better than your previous one of this butterfly.
There is a bright and cheerful aspect to this picture. Maybe the other flower in the blurred BG accentuates that pleasant sensation.
Superb focus, great colours and thoughtful composition.
Thanks for sharing this lovely image and warm regards.

Hi Alexei, sorry about your Sigma!! but this picture is incredible for clarity, cleanliness and focus. Very good POV and a fine composition.

Both subjects have excellent details and colouration. regards h

Hi Alexei!
First reaction - another great, very colourful and sharp picture with fantastic light control. The second reaction - it is a pitty... It's a pitty that your lens were distoyed :( Especially now, at the beginning of new season...
But I really hope that you will not stop to take so great pictures! I really know that! :>

And once more - a come back to the picture. Looking for something to present on TN last days (as the weather in Lodz was not "perfect" last days, and no time for field photography), I found some photos of this species taken in Massandra, Crimea. I believe you know this beautiful place and you know delicious wines from this region ;)
So as you can see your Sigma lens brings good memories also for me :)

Many thanks for showing this fantastic picture and have a great Sunday!
Friendly yours,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-30 3:37]

Hello Alexei,
Another stunning image with amazing exposure and focus which is the hallmark of your images. The performance of this lens was great, the longevity just the opposite. Good luck with finding a replacement my friend.

A beautiful underwing/portrait capture of a feeding b.fly in perfect focus and good detail Alexei, the rich colors, fine BG and the side-tracked composition are all the work of an expert my friend, however I'm sorry for the passing away of your optically perfect but mechanically deficient macro lens...

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-03-30 6:40]

Hi Alexei , a wonderful composition you have here , the oof background makes the flower and butterfly look as though they are imposed on a beautiful painting , bravo. the details and color are splendid.

sorry to here about your lens , and hope you find a replacement that lasts much longer.



"Bowing my head in memory of your Sigma"
A wonderful vivid, clear, clean shot - perfect detail, excellent sharpness, amazing lighting - perfect!

Hello Alexi,
Well what can I say - I feel your pain.
Very pleasing and color-filled frame, a bright & sunny look to it.
Excellent DOF, POV, color, exposure, and sharp details..
So what happens to the lens now? Will you have a farewell ceremony? Or is this it? ;)

Hello Alexei,

Wonderful composition. Superb POV, DOF and sharpness. Excellent colours and light.

Hi Alexei,

excellent image, good details and stunning colors!

Well done!


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-30 8:36]

Hi Alexei,

My condolences upon the death of your beloved lens. A good warning to others. This is a beautiful dedication with wonderful colors and superb details. A lovely butterfly in a wonderful pose showing off both sides of his wings.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-30 8:39]

Hi Alexei,
Sorry to hear about your lens...
Focus, sharpness, light, details and colors are very good. TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-30 9:43]

Hello Alex,
A great capture taken when your Sigma was still in its prime. Pity the drive died, as this shows that the lenses were first class, but it takes more than good lenses to make a good tele-zoom lens!
The technical aspects are great and you used the optimum setting to achieve just the right DOF and excellent sharpness.
Thanks for shaing this fine image anf I hope you can get a replacement soon.
Best wishes, Ivan

Hi Alexei, superb colors in your great composition with splendid butterfly and beautiful flowers, great details and perfect focus, wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-30 9:49]

Hi Alexei. What a shame about your lens when you liked it so much. looking at the pictures you have taken with it as well . this one is spot on fine detail and good colours.This is as good as it gets. I had the same lens for 2 years but sol it on ebay when i changed my camera. well done TFS. Interesting notes.

Hello Alexei,
Thank you for the full information regarding the Lens, will keep in mind!
Sorry about the final end to your Sigma!
This is a perfect image of the butterfly with beautiful flowers, total sharpness, vivid colour and details
well done and TFS

Hi Alex,

Beautiful photo!
Sad to learn about your Sigma lens. By the way, I have already taken 3500 shots with my Tamron 200-500 and I bought it used (one year old). I hope it would withstand better. As far as I know, Sigma announced this year some HSM lenses with built-in motor (even for A-mount), including 70-200/2.8 Macro.

Thank you,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-30 12:36]

Hi Alex,it's a 10 points pic! Wonderfull under all corners of view,impressive butterfly,besutifulls flowers and excellent colours,my best compliments,this is a great artwork,have a nice day,Luciano

Splendida macro, eccellenti POV e DOF, spettacolare composizione, superbi dettagli e magnifici colori. Straordinaria nsotto ogni aspetto. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-03-30 15:06]

Hi Alex,
Lovely colorful shot!
Excellent composition!

Inspite of your "situation" you have done well upto now; your images have been OUTSTANDNGLY IMRESSIVE. Congratulations for all your detailed work.
Your notes has now brought the "situation" to the fore.
I thank you.
May buy an expensive Canon this Summer; have not made a final choice. What's your opinion????
Warm regards,
P.S. -6*C right now & full of snow all over Calgary.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-03-31 1:19]
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hello my friend
wonderful macro photo again
composition, POV, BG, DOF, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
i know the problem of this lens :(

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-31 1:54]
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Hi Alexei,
I'm very sorry to hear your lens has died!
I've had things that are very precious to me break and it's like losing a pet dog or something.
You have taken some magnificent shots with it just like this one!
What will happen now? Will you buy another one?
This is a superb image.
The colours are just amazing!
Very sharp with great clarity and detail.
Superb BG and DOF.
Well done my friend.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-31 2:11]

Gran macro amigo,
colores finos y estupendo pov.
nitidez y bella composición.
muchos saludos Alexei.

poor sigma 70/300 :(
t :)

Back from tanzania and while looking threw your profile I saw a lot of new very good pictures my
this is also fantastic
great sharpness very good colours and nice contrast
best regarDS Toba

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-31 10:23]

Hello Alexei, how colourful and bright is this picture. I love the summer freshness and joy found in it, you couldn't do it better than this. I am appalled to hear about the death of your good lens, I din't know a lens could break like that. I have one but it's not a DG one I thik, it's not written on it. I bought it used and I like it a lot for the pictures in the garden. Your dedication is well thought and you will find a better one I am sure. Thank you for this great picture though, this lens is amazing but the photographer even more!


hello Alexei

WOW, this is a piece of ART that you did,
everything is perfect on your image, fine POV and framing,
excellent DOF, excellent and lovely luminosity of the image,
i love the density of the colours, sharpness and details are GREAT,
and finally lovely flowers wit a beautiful subject, TFS


Vaya explosión de luz y color !! Una auténtica Maravilla Alexei. Buen dominio del espacio como lo demuestra esa flor posterior tan bien captada. El encuadre es muy bueno así como el enfoque al motivo principal.
Un excelente trabajo.
Un abrazo:
Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2008-03-31 17:13]

Hi Alexei,
Beautiful capture! Great colours, sharp detail and nicely framed.

Hello Alexei. I am touched reading your note as I am using Sigma 70-300 APO DG Macro for my insects and bird shots. My only discomfort is the lens turns during focusing which otherwise keeping me rather happy especially because of the price :-). This is a superb example of the lens sharpness especially when captured at around 200mm. Vivid sharpness and details keeping the depth shallow making this a superb composition. A sad ending to the lens and I'm sure a much better replacement is queuing for more stunning images from you here in TN. Regards. Jusni

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-31 20:30]

Hello Alexei

A beautiful composition.
The flowers are striking and the colours are just amazing.
Excellent POV and DOF.
The focus on the butterfly is razor sharp,the BG looks like a beautiful painting.
Great camera work.

Hi dear Alexei my friend,
What a nice shot.It has amazing colours.
Colors are vivid and wonderful.
Great composition and nice sharpness.
BG is excellent too.

Thanks for sharing

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-01 2:13]

i am sorry to here about the demise of your lesn - i have the same one! At least you can console yourself with this great shot - amazingf colour, perfect POV and framing. The DOF has giving you a perfect OOF flower in the background. A very beauitful and 'happy' photograph - thanks you!

Hi Alexei,
This is a wonderful image. The butterfly is sharp and rich in colors. Background is blurred nicely. So sorry to hear that the good lens was broken.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-01 4:32]

Hello Alexei,
this is such a wonderful shot, the colors, light and subject, scream SUMMER. I miss my garden and the flowers, hopefully we'll get some Spring going here soon. (today it is raining and melting some of the left over snow).
Fabulous close up, POV, sharpness and details look fabulous.

Very vivid colours of the flowers and the nice butterfly is an eyecatcher. Well presented.
Best wishes,

Hello Alexei, superb fine focusing and really sharp detail of the butterfly and flower with good dof and excellent colours. It looks like a painting. V.nicely composed. tfs rgds Necip

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-01 14:59]

Hola Alexei.
Una pena la pedidad de tu fino lente, pues pude ver exelentes fotos logradas con el, y en veces es dificil volver a conseguir uno igual.
Tiempos mejores vendran.
Saludos Alexei.

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-04-01 17:25]

Hi Alexei,
Je suis désolé pour ta lentille Sigma. J'espère que tu vas trouver autre chose pour nous faire de belles photos.
Belle composition et belle couleurs.

Maravilha de foto muito bem focada e qualidade exelente com nitides e cores agradaveis parabéns.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-02 7:00]

Hello Alexei,
I'm sorry to hear that your favourite lens has broken. You've certainly taken some fantastic shots using it. This one is excellent of the Painted Lady in a fine pose on a pretty flower. Impressive sharpness and wonderful colours. I like the composition very much.
Many thanks and all the best wishes, Ulla

Ciao Alexei,
le tue foto si riconoscono subito per l'eccezionale nitidezza e la grande luminosità.
Questa immagine è particolarmente bella per i magnifici colori che sei riuscito a riprodurre.
Saluti dalla Sicilia,

Hello my friend

I am very sorry to hear about your favorite lens going down. After all I have seen a lot of very nice shots from that lens. I really hope you will find a replacement soon - and a good one for long lasting this time.

Very nice butterfly picture with excellent focus and lots of details in the butterfly. The colours look very nice and naturalon my monitor. the background is well blurred and the bg-flower is not disturbing the main object but more like contributing with nice colours. Very clever handling of the light/contrast with a nice glow in the yellow and red colours.

Personally I would crop out about half of the top above the bf-wing and about the sam in the left to get the butterfly more in the 1/3 composition - but that is of course a personal matter.

All over a very nice picture to look at and you did a great job - again:-).


You have made the cross between science and photography. It is both "correct" and inescapably beautiful!

Hello Alexei,
I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your lens!
But the photo itself is beautiful, awesome dof and love the colors and the great close up of the butterfly and the flowers! TFS

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-02 22:01]

Hi Alexei,
So sorry to hear about your broken lens particularly when it was serving you well. This is a wonderful shot and your lens will be dearly remembered for this one. Immaculate sharpness and bright colours. Superb lighting and exposure with a fine DOF. Beautiful pose you have captured here with a well chosen POV and with your skilfull hands. Very nice composition. Kudos.

Hi Alex
Simply beautiful Nothing to critique. Great sharpness compo vivid colors OOF flower in background

Yet another awesome shot...I love the colours and the composition!
Very well done!

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-04-03 10:48]

Hello Alexei,
I see excellent sharpness of details, very good light and great colours.
Best regards, Pawel

Hello Alexeii,

It is always very disturbing to lose something that you have relied upon and trusted! I wish you well in finding a suitable replacement!

This photograph is just wonderful!
I really like your view of the flower with its vibrant colours and droopy petals but, on top of this, we have an immaculate image of a butterfly! Its sharp details are a credit to you!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-04-03 13:32]

Hi Alexei,
your advertisement is touching, the shot in memory of our (horribly expensive ) lens also. But I'm quite sure you will find a way around the problem! A good picture it is, anyway, full of summer and sun.
Best regards

Hello Alexei,
sorry. I am late for visiting. This is really perfect macro of beautiful flowers and butterfly. Excellent sharpness and details. It is also wonderful with lighting, splendid coloration, POV and composition. Top class work. the comments shows already. interesting and useful notes about equipments. Thanks for all thing. best wishes my friend

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-04-03 23:39]

Belle juxtaposition et bon contraste de couleurs.
Bonne journée.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-04-04 5:52]

Hello Alex,
Sorry to what happened to your lens and it was indeed a good one, if I look at your picture. Fabulous light and colours. A very artistic shot. Just beautiful.
Best regards

Marvellous shot Alexei. Excellent coloured presentation. Harmony of atmosphere, colours, lightning. Very well done. TFS. Steve

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-04-05 14:03]

Hi Alexei

I sorry to hear about the sad death of your lens especially when you are capable of producing such beautiful shots with it. I hope your next lens is more reliable for you.

This is a wonderful shot. Bright, vibrant, sharp, excellent DOF, spot on POV and well composed. Wonderful



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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-04-06 11:02]

Hi Alexei,
Altough every photo from you is almost a masterpiece, I find this one really brilliant for the sharpness in the butterfly, the light all over the frame and the wondonderful colours.
TFS and best regards, José M.
PS. Additionally, the notes about the lens are very practical.

Dear Alexei,
brilliant light touching the Painted Lady's wings from a flat angle, showing its structures and shapes in a wonderful way.
Powerful juicy colours of sommer, and a splendid composition.
Very nice picture - thank you, my dear friend. And thank you also for franky sharing your experiences with your equipment.
With all my best wishes,

Wonderfull capture, perfectly composed with vivid colours and great lighting,
this is just a great shot,

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-04-07 14:13]

Hi Alexei

Superb macro of the pretty Butterfly, I really like your composition with the Butterfly resting on the flower in the foreground whilst the other Flowers becomes part of the BG, lovely pose of the Butterfly feeding on the Flower with is proboscis, very good details with beautiful light and spot on colours.


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-04-08 11:48]

Hello Alexei !
I'm so sorry to hear about this poor lens... Really a shame, as you say. Even more a shame when a see how wonderful pitres you managed to take with this lens. This ons is particularly beautiful. Sharpness, details, vivid colors, everything is excellent. I also like the composition, the POV and the DOF, with one blurred flower in the BG. Very well done !

Hi Alexei, This is a perfect butterfly photograph. The clarity is very good as are the colours and crop. You have many beautiful insect photos. TFS. Murray.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-04-14 7:56]
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Hello Alex , This one is great ,fantastic colours a beauty flowers and butterfly ,I like this , thanks ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-05-06 12:27]

Hello Alexei
What a pity that you lost your Sigma! Being so expensive stuff they should last longer. How indignant to loose it by the simple use of it.
I understand perfectly your anger specially when I see the marvellous pictures that you took with it.
These marvells will last at least to your pride and our enjoyment. Little big jewels like this one, so perfectly focused and with so beautiful colors and composition.
I hope that the new macro lens will be as good and will last much longer.
Best wishes

Hi Alexei,
A very nice close up of this butterfly, looks like similar to Vanessa braziliensis we have here. Thanks for the information about lens defects on these camera marks

Witaj Alexei,
Already almost year passed how you lost one's lens sigma. The same has, I will convince how it will to live some time long :).
Butterfly is beautiful, clear in details. On very pretty background. Beautiful scene!
Pozdrawiam - Roma

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-04-13 6:37]

Hi alex,
indeed it is a very beauty shot. the butterfly is so beautiful and you have presented it very well. Very sharp and very vivid. Brilliantly done. Such a difficult situation when we talk about very precise mechanism.
thanks for telling about the lenses.


Hi Alexei. Glorious! The DOF keeps the background flower from being too far out of focus. A beautiful mesh for the background. It's all about colours in this with spectacular focus. A splash of red in any photo like this is it's own reward. Well done! TFS Trevor

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