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    faulknerstv
    13 Sep 2007 - 10:23 PM

    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

    Last Modified By faulknerstv at 13 Sep 2007 - 10:24 PM
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    MikeRC
    MikeRC e2 Member 83464 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
    13 Sep 2007 - 10:42 PM


    Quote: sigma 50-500

    Alot swear by it but it's damn heavy.....Mike

    cameracat
    cameracat  108574 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
    13 Sep 2007 - 10:52 PM

    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.........Smile

    Looking at the focal ranges.....80 - 400 is pushing the boundaries.....But 50 - 500 is questionable..........Sad

    Last Modified By cameracat at 13 Sep 2007 - 10:55 PM
    scottishphototours

    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)

    Andy.

    cameracat
    cameracat  108574 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
    14 Sep 2007 - 12:29 AM


    Quote: How about the 200-400 f2.8 Nikkor

    Awesome Lens......Equally awesome price though...Sad

    KevinEllison
    KevinEllison e2 Member 72417 forum postsKevinEllison vcard England
    14 Sep 2007 - 12:44 AM

    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..!! Wink
    Kevin.

    Maddie
    Maddie  82714 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    14 Sep 2007 - 12:58 AM

    i use the D200 withthe 50-500 lens handheld it can get heavy but then i am only small.

    Coleslaw
    Coleslaw e2 Member 813402 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
    14 Sep 2007 - 8:17 AM

    Yes, 50-500 is heavy, but you will get used to it.
    Me, Geoff Baker, Andrew (proberts) can't live without it....Smile

    NikLG
    NikLG  81736 forum posts England
    14 Sep 2007 - 1:34 PM

    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 ).

    Nik

    Last Modified By NikLG at 14 Sep 2007 - 1:34 PM
    Chrism8
    Chrism8 e2 Member 7729 forum postsChrism8 vcard England13 Constructive Critique Points
    14 Sep 2007 - 2:06 PM

    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 !

    Chris

    chase
    chase Critique Team 81104 forum postschase vcard England231 Constructive Critique Points
    14 Sep 2007 - 2:55 PM

    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!

    peter shilton
    14 Sep 2007 - 3:51 PM

    Another 120-300 2.8 user here. A brilliant bit of kit, even with the 1.4.

    A big beast though.

    Last Modified By peter shilton at 14 Sep 2007 - 3:51 PM
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