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Old 30-08-2010, 17:39   #1 (permalink)
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Alternative of nikkor long telephoto zoom

I love to shoot birds and wildlife... and seriously considering to go beyond 300 (presently I own 70-300 nikkor ed vr, its a fascinating glass), but for other long nikkor lenses its really out of the reach of my pocket... So I'm considering Sigma 150-500 or Tamron 200-500. I would love to hear from you if u r using any of the two and maybe ur experience with it... it would really help me
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Old 30-08-2010, 18:09   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Alternative of nikkor long telephoto zoom

Mark speaks highly of the Sigma 150-500.

you might find this thread of interest

http://www.pixalo.com/community/came...tml#post305349
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Old 30-08-2010, 22:54   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Alternative of nikkor long telephoto zoom

I have the sigma 150 - 500...its fabulous, very pleased with my lens.
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Old 31-08-2010, 13:10   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Alternative of nikkor long telephoto zoom

There are two reviews on the Sigma 150-500 in our Equipment Reviews section.
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Re: Alternative of nikkor long telephoto zoom

Whatever lens you have will never be big enough Suffice to say most often I use 300mm on my 400mm zoom
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Re: Alternative of nikkor long telephoto zoom

Another option might be a 300mm f4 prime lens and a 1.4x TC.

New Nikkor 300mm f4 is £856 from One-Stop, but would be cheaper used.
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Re: Alternative of nikkor long telephoto zoom

I use the Sigma 120-400 lens and must say i am pleased with it, so i would say the 150-500 will be just as good or better.
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Re: Alternative of nikkor long telephoto zoom

The second option is a good one as well but doesn't actually add that much zoom onto the 300mm.

If anything, I would go for the sigma 150-500mm as it does seem to be a very good lens following the reviews. It's definitely going to be my next lens for whenever i've got the cash.
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Re: Alternative of nikkor long telephoto zoom

Sigma 150-500 I would recommend as well........but in my opinion STAY AWAY from the 170-500. Slow Slow Slow lens.....the AF is very slow and the color is not very good.....very washed out.....but if you are a MF guy and you don't mind doing post processing to bring the colours back then go for it..it is reasonably priced. The 150-500 OS allows you to use a teleconverter as well...while the 170-500 will not.
OR get a Nikkor 80-200 and a Nikkor teleconverter......money will work out to be roughly the same.
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Re: Alternative of nikkor long telephoto zoom

I'd vote for the Sigma 150-500mm OS as being great value that'll give some very good results - most of my wildlife shots in the last 18 months has been with that lens - I've found you really need to max the aperture at f/8 to get the most from it. My very recent shots are with my "new" acquisition, a Sigma 500mm f/4.5
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