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faulknerstv 13 421 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2007 10:23PM
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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MikeRC Plus
12 3.6k United Kingdom
13 Sep 2007 10:42PM

Quote:sigma 50-500

Alot swear by it but it's damn heavy.....Mike
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
13 Sep 2007 10:52PM
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
scottishphototours 13 2.6k 2
13 Sep 2007 11:13PM
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)

cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
14 Sep 2007 12:29AM

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

Awesome Lens......Equally awesome price though...Sad
14 Sep 2007 12:44AM
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
Maddie Plus
12 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2007 12:58AM
i use the D200 withthe 50-500 lens handheld it can get heavy but then i am only small.
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
14 Sep 2007 8:17AM
Yes, 50-500 is heavy, but you will get used to it.
Me, Geoff Baker, Andrew (proberts) can't live without it....Smile
NikLG 12 1.7k England
14 Sep 2007 1:34PM
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 ).

Chrism8 11 871 18 England
14 Sep 2007 2:06PM
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 !

chase 12 1.1k 246 England
14 Sep 2007 2:55PM
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 13 1.1k England
14 Sep 2007 3:51PM
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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