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MikeRC 14 3.6k United Kingdom
6 Dec 2015 5:50PM
Hi...Looking to buy a long lens....a zoom not a prime.
I would like to keep it to about 1000 and I'm thinking of one of the Sigma's.
I'll mostly be using it on a tripod with a Nikon D7100 and I'd like to add a 1.4 TC.
....I have a 70-200 but this is not long enough for my needs.
I may be tempted by the Nikon 200-500 but this is a bit more than I'd like to pay especially if I were to add a Nikon TC....I already have Sigma TC's
....Anyone have any views on any of these ?
......many thanks.....Mike

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Philh04 Plus
14 2.1k United Kingdom
6 Dec 2015 6:28PM
Something like this?

http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-sigma-150-600mm-f5-6-3-c-dg-os-hsm-lens-nikon-fit/p1560209

But I would not use a TC with it...

Phil
User_Removed 4 1.0k United Kingdom
6 Dec 2015 7:08PM
I use the Sigma 150-600 Sport on an 810 and D4s and would not be without it, so I would sugegst the 150-600 Contemporary lens.

IF you are using a converter then you have to use the Sigma 1.4 which has been specially made for the lens and you also need the dock
User_Removed 4 1.0k United Kingdom
6 Dec 2015 7:15PM
MikeRC 14 3.6k United Kingdom
6 Dec 2015 8:53PM
Thanks people...what'd happen if I just used a standard 1.4 apo DG converter ?
....and what is a "dock" please ?

Phil, why would you not use a TC with that lens ?
...thanks....Mike
Philh04 Plus
14 2.1k United Kingdom
6 Dec 2015 8:53PM
The Sigma lens I pointed to will be fine and is within your budget... forget using a TC though, I am not a Nikon user but I believe you will lose Autofocus and there will be big impact on image quality...
Philh04 Plus
14 2.1k United Kingdom
7 Dec 2015 9:17AM
Like I said you will most likely lose AF, I am not too sure as I don't use Nikon and I do not know what the minimum aperture is that the camera can AF, A TC also amplifies any fault, aberrations and shortcoming in a lens, although zoom are improving thy are still a compromise when it come to optical design...

HTH

Phil
User_Removed 4 1.0k United Kingdom
7 Dec 2015 10:33AM
User_Removed 15 4.3k 2 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2015 8:48PM
I have the Sigma 150-600mm lens and have been blown away by it
I find it has much better definition that the Nikon 80-400mm.
I bought the 'Contemporary' model for my Nikon D7100 and even with my arthritic wrists I can, when occasion calls for it, hand hold.
The 1401 TC also works really well on the odd occasion I need that little bit extra reach and it does autofocus.
The big difference between the Sigma and the Nikon is in shots where the bird (I do BOS pics) is in a distant tree, the sigma gives me feather detail, the Nikon does not.
User_Removed 4 1.0k United Kingdom
8 Dec 2015 5:51PM
You say that the 80-400 Nikkor is not as sharp, remember they do "two" versions, I use the NANO version at almost twice the standard versions price and it is tack sharp
StrayCat 15 19.1k 3 Canada
8 Dec 2015 6:19PM
The older versions optics are some of the best produced by Nikon.
User_Removed 15 4.3k 2 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2015 8:00PM
I have owned both the old and new versions of the Nikon 80-400mm and the Sigma 150-600mm is sharper than either of them IMHO
User_Removed 4 1.0k United Kingdom
9 Dec 2015 10:49AM
I must have a good Nikkor then as I personally think my 80-400 Nikkor is great as is my Sigma Sports 150-600 which is better IMO than the C version and I spent a week with the C version.

However you are right that "reviews" often sate the Nikkor is not as good as expected but i doubt the majority would "see" any difference in real life situations

https://photographylife.com/reviews/nikon-80-400mm-vr/5
User_Removed 15 4.3k 2 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2015 5:15PM

Quote:I must have a good Nikkor then as I personally think my 80-400 Nikkor is great as is my Sigma Sports 150-600 which is better IMO than the C version and I spent a week with the C version.

However you are right that "reviews" often sate the Nikkor is not as good as expected but i doubt the majority would "see" any difference in real life situations



I got the Sigma C lens because it's a lighter weight and I have arthritis in my hands.

The nikon lens is a sharp as the Sigma when birds are close to the camera and isolated. At a distance with branches in the view the Nikon doesn't pick up feather detail in small birds, the Sigma does and obviously the extra reach is another plus.

I have a hide in the garden so I was able to go back through my pictures and do a direct comparison with an obliging Chaffinch chosing to sit on the same branch as one of his kin a year apart.


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