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I do a lot of nature shots, plants birds etc,am torn between the AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 ED VR D and the sigma 50-500, any guidance much appreciated, i use a D200
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Alot swear by it but it's damn heavy.....Mike
AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 ED VR D, The VR on this lens would make it usefull for hand held & low light shots.......Although the VR is not much use on a Tripod.........
Looking at the focal ranges.....80 - 400 is pushing the boundaries.....But 50 - 500 is questionable..........
Do a search on www.dpreview.com - lots of info on there about both lenses.
In summary - the 80-400 is not regarded as being "tack" sharp (some even think its on the soft side..) and the 50-500 is nicknamed "the beast" because of its size and weight and the fact that it needs a tripod to tame it.
Bjorn Rosellett has a good site that rates the 80-400 and various other lenses (www.naturefotograf.com - I think - Google him) but I know he doesn't rate the Nikkor.
How about the 200-400 f2.8 Nikkor ? (wipes puddle of drool from chin and keyboard)
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Awesome Lens......Equally awesome price though...
Justification.... a smoker on 20 a day would pay for it in under two years if they quit the habit..I'm giving serious thought to both..!!
i use the D200 withthe 50-500 lens handheld it can get heavy but then i am only small.
Yes, 50-500 is heavy, but you will get used to it.
Me, Geoff Baker, Andrew (proberts) can't live without it....
Sigma do a 100-300 2.8 as well ( or is it a 120-300... ), which would work with a doubler ( and the 1.4 ).
I have a Sigma 100-300 F4, excellent bit of kit and have used with a 1.4 & 2x TC. image quality very good.
It's a bit heavy on it's own and gets some 3" longer with the TC, but it's manageable, or you can always use it with a monopod !
I use the Sigma 120-300,lovely lens.It copes with the 1.4xTC,takes a bit of getting used to.I was told the 2xTC does not work quite so well.
Now what a bout a 300mm Nikkor prime..oooooo yummy!
Another 120-300 2.8 user here. A brilliant bit of kit, even with the 1.4.
A big beast though.
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