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nikon 80-400mm or sigma 120-400


robert5 13 81 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2013 7:14PM
looking for good lens for sport photography its between nikon 80-400 or sigma 120-400 has any one used these lens for sport

Regards
Bob

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StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
25 Feb 2013 8:15PM
I used the Nikon four several years, and the optics are excellent, however the focusing is an ancient auto system, very slow, and doesn't work unless your camera has a built in focusing motor.
Newdevonian 2 452 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2013 8:42PM
I have the same Nikon lens. Stray Cat has hit the nail on the head. However he did not mention that since the focus motor is in the camera body, it depends which body you are using. My lens focusses much quicker with my D7000 than my D100.
ianrobinson e2
5 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2013 9:05PM
Highly recommend the sigma 120-300mm f2.8 os hsp apo dg, absolute stunner of a lens and around £1800,00 is value for money and more so when adding a 1.4 and 2x converter.
I love mine.
johnmac 4 91
3 Mar 2013 3:48PM
I'm looking to do the same as Robert5 and I use D700. I want something with a longer reach but as for many I have a budget. I managed to borrow a Sigma 50-500 from a friend and went to a local Zoo to give it a good try out. I was surprised at the quality of some of the pics although at 500mm they were usable but not perfectly sharp, quite soft but I expected that. I tried it in A,S & M bumped the ISO up. It had no image stabiliser so I had to keep it on monopod, it felt heavy to start with then it felt like I was carrying an engine block after an hour. With to 80-400 or 120-400 which I was considering the Sigma Iím guessing for quality you wouldnít take it above 350mm. A friend offered me his nearly new Nikon 70-300 for £300 so now Iím undecided is it worth spending more money for an extra 100mm compared to the good quality pics at 250mm with the 70-300
robert5 13 81 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2013 5:55PM
Hi johnmac
Juat bought the sigma 120-400 will give it a good try out tomorrow and let you know will post picture.
johnmac 4 91
3 Mar 2013 6:55PM
Yes please that would be really helpful. Iím getting on now and struggle without VR or Tripod/Monopod I can just get away with VR. Iíve managed to save enough for a Sigma 120-400, going to Focus on Imaging on Wednesday at the NEC so I can have a look.
Many thanks
johnmac 4 91
3 Mar 2013 8:37PM
Thought I would upload some images from the Sigma 50-500 Nikon fit lens.
dudley-zoo-135mm.jpg


dudley-zoo-500mm.jpg


1-dudley-zoo-500mm.jpg

robert5 13 81 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2013 6:59PM
Hi johnmac
sorry can not seem to up loasd photos taken on the Sigma 120-300will load onto my site.I find the very good and its light but you would still need a monopod if shooting in low light i habd mine on monopod and iso was 1600 so have a look and see whta you think.
johnmac 4 91
4 Mar 2013 7:53PM
Just looked at your pics, I wish I was half as good as you. I'm just a novice. I particularly like the wedding photos. The bottom 2 pics I uploaded was at 500mm
6 Mar 2013 8:47AM
Nikon has just announced an upgrade for the 80-400
http://www.europe-nikon.com/en_GB/news_room/news_releases_main.page?Period=New&Quarter=0&SY=0&ID=templatedata\en_GB\news_article\data\GB-NR-0503131
With upgraded optics, upgraded VR, better MTF, and the ability to take Nikon converters it looks a very interesting lens. The autofocus speed should be faster.
There is no delivery date yet, or price - I anticipate late May delivery and around £1300 launch and no what street discounts for at least six months as I expected to be in great demand.
This lens is it definitely on my shopping list.
thewilliam 6 4.8k
6 Mar 2013 9:26AM
Grays quote an RRP of 2.5k. When Nikon reincarnate a lens, the price seems to rise by about 60%.

It does seem out of line with other lenses that take a 77mm filter.
6 Mar 2013 9:28AM
Why £1300, LenShepherd? The US price of the old 80-400 mm was about $1350, whereas the new one is $2700, a precise doubling of price. Since the UK price for the old 80-400 is in the region of £1000Ė£1100, the new one should be double that. Add in the serious risk of the pound weakening further, which is always taken into consideration by companies pricing new wares, and I predict a price of at least £2200 at the outset.

Edit: was typing while thewilliam responded. Okay, so the RRP is even worse than I expected. It might sell for around £2200, though, at least a short period after launch.
6 Mar 2013 10:29AM

Quote:Why £1300, LenShepherd?

I was suffering from a Focus show lag and 400 mile driving when I posted.
I assumed a launch price similar to the suggested current model, which is increased to £1500 on Nikon's Jan 2013 price list.
The USA price increase is $800 on recommended retail, as distinct from USA current model street price.
Allowing for taxes being included in UK prices, and a reasonable currency conversion rate, the equivalent UK price increase should be about £500 making around £2,000 on day 1 and maybe £1,600 by the end of the year.
Whether Nikon are trying to recoup the loss they took on Jessops with steep new lens prices is something only Nikon UK know.
If the suggested Nikon price increase is 66% compared to the current model it is a safe bet the new lens does not cost 66% more to manufacture.
johnmac 4 91
6 Mar 2013 8:39PM
This was announced in What Digital
Nikon's AF-S 80-400mmf/4.5-5.6G ED VR telephoto zoom lens is set to be available on 19th March 2013, with a launch price of £2,449.99.
Read more at http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/news/537209/nikon-announces-new-telephoto-zoom-lens.html#DbfsuQa2FWhZvyyr.99

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