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Sigma 80-400mm OS Vs. Nikkor 80-400mm VR  
User currently offlineYanqui67 From Puerto Rico, joined Jan 2005, 509 posts, RR: 4
Posted (10 years 7 months 14 hours ago) and read 5416 times:

Looking for opinions or examples of these lenses. I plan on using it on Nikon D70. The Sigma cost less but does the image quality suffer that much from the Nikkor. I have read that they are slow to focus. Is it that slow. I might also get the 70-200mm F2.8 VR if I dont get one of these. I have a teleconverter I could use. Thanks for the help.

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User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 14 hours ago) and read 5405 times:

Forget the TC. You can't get good pics with a teleconverter. I just bought the Nikkor 80-400VR and love it! I also own the 80-200 2.8 and it does focus faster but the 400 is so good. I need to learn to focus with it when I am shooting planes in motion but I think it's a great lens. Here is a shot I took with it at JFK the other day.


User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 13 hours ago) and read 5397 times:


May I ask you for the price of a Nikkor 80-400?


User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 10 hours ago) and read 5379 times:

The Nikkor 80-400 is slow to focus, but this is only a problem for sports photography. It gives great results in aviation photography. It is pin-sharp across the f-stop range and the IS is a great feature - sharp hand-held shots at 1/60th/400mm are feasible.

Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
User currently offlineAKau From France, joined Aug 2004, 50 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 8 hours ago) and read 5360 times:

Here is one photo from a D70+Nikkor 80-400 VR.

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Photo © Karine Fadini

Most of Karine's photos are made with this body-lens combination.

Most of my photos are made with D2x+Sigma 80-400 OS.

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Photo © Andreas Kauert

Sorry for the self plug.

Both lenses are good, AF is slow (on both) but fast enough for airplanes.
The Sigma lens is more heavy then the Nikkor, but it is cheaper.


User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 6 hours ago) and read 5345 times:

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 2):

May I ask you for the price of a Nikkor 80-400?

Be prepared to spend about $1200US. There is a $100 rebate but that may have just expired. Wort every penny though!

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