I shall be at the British Superbikes at Thruxton over the Bank Holiday Week End, I shall actually be there for the practice day and the main race day (Sunday and the Monday) from early doors, so I shall no doubt bump into a few fellow togs on the day. I hope that the weather is either very good or very wet, I have been very lucky for the few years and the weather has been very warm. However I am reviewing the Sigma 500mm F4.5 EX DG over that weekend, and it will be interesting to see how it holds up in the wet (as well as the Sigma 120-300 F2.8).
Talking of Sigma, I have say I was very impressed with the level of service that Sigma have offered Professional Photographers recently. I had a problem with the Sigma 120-300 F2.8 last week, it simply failed to autofocus, it needed the focus ring to be jogged to start the AF motor. So a trip on Monday to Welwyn Garden City to drop the lens off and collect a loaner. The loan lens was a little rough, but it did something that my one didnt, which is AF.
A phone call 7 days later and the lens is ready for collection, or do I want it couriered? The lens has had a brand new AF motor fitted, it also looks as though they gave it a clean!
So I have had the lens back for a few days now, and I have to say that there has been a substantial improvement in the AF speed. I am sure that it must have degraded over a period of time, as I wouldn’t have given it anything like the review I did on the http://www.press-photos.com website, if it had been as sluggish as was just before repair.
It will get a good work out at the week-end photographing some lunatics on powerful motorcycles, doing their best to break lap records at Thruxton. I shall be double handing it this week-end, with a colleague, but if anyone wishes to say hello, or something more abusive by all means feel free. I am easily identified, as I look a lot like my picture….