I got my 500D yesterday so went out to play today. I decided to play with pretty much my longest option which is the Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 with a 2 x Teleconverter. I was thinking about adding a 1.4x TC as well for a bit of fun but didn't get around to this. I was using a Velbon DV-7000 fluid head tripod which worked well with my Canon SX1 but there is just too much wobble when using this heavy setup.
I was using exposure lock to try to assist in getting the aperture as wide as possible but it meant I didn’t quite get it right all of the time. You can hear the clicks of me making some adjustments as you go through, I’ve not done any editing apart from use WinFF to get the file size down.
Manual focus was used so I’m pleased the screen worked well allowing me to get pretty close most of the time.
For a first time out I’m pretty happy, I knew there would still be limitations of a CMOS sensor with jelly wobble and Canon not allowing aperture control but I already had a big investment in Canon lenses that wouldn’t allow me to justify a switch to another brand. I’m planning to get a selection of ND filters to allow me to reduce the light getting in so the camera will select wider apertures more readily.
Like many others I’m hoping that there will be a hack that will give some control, even being able to lock ISO at 100 would make a huge difference, but let’s see how it goes.