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Old 22-10-2012, 21:19   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking at getting a new lens for my D300 in the next few weeks my plan was to get the Sigma 150-500 next month and then next year at some stage add the Nikon 70-200 2.8 and possibly a 2x converter. The issue is that a mate sujested last week that the Sigma 70-200 2.8 is not far off as goos as the Nikon and half the price and after looking at it i could run to that and a 2x converter next month so after all that i was wondering your thoughts and if anyone had experiance with any of these. I will be using them mainly for aviation but with the 2x converter i was thinking of the wildlife side of it as well.
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Old 22-10-2012, 21:42   #2 (permalink)
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I've had the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 non stabilised version and it was a cracking lens. I only got rid of it because when I put it on my D700 the camera would not recognise it as a full frame lens, so I bought a Nikkor AF-S 80-200 f2.8. Then I found that if I turned the auto lens recognition on the camera off, everything was OK If I had not have had this issue with the Sigma, I would have kept it. I used it with my D300 with no quality problems at all.

At that time I bought the Sigma I got it for 499 - a real bargain. That was Hong Kong price in the UK. It was normally around 700. The Nikkor is a great lens and I don't regret buying it. From what I remember of the research I did at the time, the Nikkor 80-200 f2.8D was considered to be a great lens but needed a focus motor in the camera which made it a little slower and more noisy that the later AF-S version which I think shares the same optics. The original 70-200 f2.8 Nikkor was considered a little inferior to the 80-200 with regard to the optics, particularly vignetting at certain settings, but the 70-200vr mkII is the one to go for if you can stretch to it.

Having said that the Sigma is probably going to give you everything you want with a considerable saving and if you get a UK model it comes with a three year warranty too.

The Nikkor 1.7x TC is highly rated in terms of image quality, but I don't know if it will work OK with the Sigma.
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Old 25-10-2012, 20:58   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for that i will check out the 1.7 although i was thinking of the 2x for the extra range.
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Just to throw in my 2 cents worth. It could be worth considering the capture angle of your intended lens with relation to the speed and size of the subject. Whereas sports cars and bikes are 'relatively' fairly slow and small, aircraft loom up from nothing to fairly sizable in a couple of seconds so an extra large zoom range can be handy, if for instance you are standing at the end of the runway. If on the side-lines you can afford to limit the zoom movement.

That said I was taking shots at an old timers meet, from about 80 to 100 metres abeam the upwind end of the runway zebra. Working with a 80-400 most of my shots were between 250 and 400. Occasionally I could have done with longer, and for the 2 largest (a DC3 and a Catalina) I pulled the zoom back to 130mm as they flew by. If you are looking to capture larger craft then you might need the 70mm end.

I am not running down any of the previous comments because the 80(70)-200 f/2.8 is a brilliant choice for flexibility and I believe that you can even successfully couple a x2 TC. However, you might find adding/removing a TC in the middle of some action can be frustrating.
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Yes very frustrating and 2.0 not always gives the best results. I've been very lucky to have the 70-200 version 2 with the 1.7 in the middle. That does give me a good result. I'd never go with the 2.0 as the image is just not good enough and doesn't give me clear enough result. It's just that one step too much. I've not got experience with the sigma however.

Reviews didn't tempt me to try it either though!
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Thanks for that i will check out the 1.7 although I was thinking of the 2x for the extra range.
The 2x Nikkor series II only ever gets mediocre results in tests and the 1.7x is always rated better. However the latest series III 2x is supposed the be very good if you have the 370 to get one.
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