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Request Opinion On Sigma AF 70-300mm F2.8  
User currently offlineAirMalta From Malta, joined Mar 2006, 394 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 13019 times:

Hi guys
i am planning to buy an auto focus lens 70-300mm F2.8 for my Nikon.Can u tell me if the Sigma lenses is ideal ?
Thks
Malcolm

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User currently offlineCodeshare From Poland, joined Sep 2002, 1854 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 13019 times:

Isin't that 70-200 ?
I've read a few good opinions on this lens. An alternative to the more expensive Nikon lens.

KS/codeshare



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User currently offlineAirbusA346 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 7437 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 13019 times:

Quoting Codeshare (Reply 1):
Isin't that 70-200 ?

Nope it's the 70-300mm, becuase I have one, but for my Canon 350D.

If you are looking to save a bit of money, do go for the Sigma, that's what I did.

Tom.



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User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 13011 times:

Quoting AirbusA346 (Reply 2):
Nope it's the 70-300mm, becuase I have one, but for my Canon 350D.

Wow. You have a one of a kind lens! As Sigma doesn't manufacture a 70-300 F2.8 lens, they must have made one just for you! Lucky guy....

Quoting AirMalta (Thread starter):
Hi guys
i am planning to buy an auto focus lens 70-300mm F2.8 for my Nikon.

Let us know where you find one, I'd be real interested in getting one.


User currently offlineAirbusA346 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 7437 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 13006 times:

Quoting JeffM (Reply 3):
F2.8

Alright not the F2.8, but I have a Sigma 70-300mm.

Tom.



Tom Walker '086' First Officer of a A318/A319 for Air Lambert - Hours Flown: 17 hour 05 minutes (last updated 24/12/05).
User currently offlineAirMalta From Malta, joined Mar 2006, 394 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 13000 times:

I never searched for it to be honest I just spoke with a friend of mine and he told me try Sigma lens!!thats why I said 70-300mm F2.8 because thats what I want to buy...very sad they dont do it!!
thks anyway


User currently offlineEdoca From Belgium, joined Mar 2005, 688 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 12995 times:

If 200mm is sufficient, just go for the Nikon 80-200 f/2.8. Others may be cheaper but this Nikon is arguably one of the best lenses ever produced...

If you need 300, I have an old Nikkor 75-300 (f/4-5.6), quite heavy because of its metal housing, tripod collar etc, but as I am told, optically superior to many modern-day 70-300 zooms. You might be able to find the one I have in second-hand stores (or drop me a line, I might sell  Wink)


User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 12981 times:

Quoting JeffM (Reply 3):
You have a one of a kind lens! As Sigma doesn't manufacture a 70-300 F2.8 lens, they must have made one just for you! Lucky guy....

Good to JeffM still has that great sense of humor.  sarcastic 

Quoting AirMalta (Thread starter):
i am planning to buy an auto focus lens 70-300mm F2.8 for my Nikon.Can u tell me if the Sigma lenses is ideal

Get the Nikkor 80-200 2.8, it is much better. If you want more zoom throw a Kenko TC on it.


User currently offlineCodeshare From Poland, joined Sep 2002, 1854 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 12975 times:

Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 7):
Get the Nikkor 80-200 2.8, it is much better. If you want more zoom throw a Kenko TC on it.

Actually, I'm thinking about that myself.

KS/codeshare



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User currently offlineAviopic From Netherlands, joined Mar 2004, 2681 posts, RR: 42
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 12965 times:

You might give the Sigma 70-200/2.8 or 100-300/4 a try.
Both excellent glass and probably cheaper then the Nikkor.

Willem



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User currently offlineAirMalta From Malta, joined Mar 2006, 394 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 12956 times:

The airport here in Malta the 300mm zoom is the proper one ok if I had to choose the 200mm then u can still fix the X2 converter but then you start loosing some of the quality !!What do you think?
malcolm


User currently offlineEdoca From Belgium, joined Mar 2005, 688 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 12944 times:

Quoting AirMalta (Reply 10):
The airport here in Malta the 300mm zoom is the proper one ok if I had to choose the 200mm then u can still fix the X2 converter but then you start loosing some of the quality !!What do you think?

you wouldn't lose quality as such, you would just make your lens slower: if its maximum aperture was 2.8, your TC X2 will give you 2X the distance, but will also lower the maximum aperture to 5.6. Which is still not bad, but you wouldn't want anything less now unless when you have really good light.


User currently offlineAviopic From Netherlands, joined Mar 2004, 2681 posts, RR: 42
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 12931 times:

Quoting AirMalta (Reply 10):
The airport here in Malta the 300mm zoom is the proper one

If it is really 300mm you need I would probably go for an 70-200/2.8(of whatever brand) combined with a 1.4tc giving you 280/4.
Excellent quality and still fast enough for any situation, also more versatile then just a 100-300.

Willem



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User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3906 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 12926 times:

I have a (secondhand) Nikkor 80-200 f2.8 as my primary lens. It is great, but bulky and heavy.

For traveling purposes I bought a Sigma 70-300 f4-5.6 APO. I was advised (by a salesman who didn't have it in store himself) to go for the APO (coated lens elements) version. I'm not saying it's the best solution, but I just wanted to say I'm quite pleased with it. I think it performs fairly well even at 300mm:

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Photo © Peter de Jong



Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 7):
Get the Nikkor 80-200 2.8, it is much better. If you want more zoom throw a Kenko TC on it.

I know little about TCs. Do you recommend a Kenko TC over a Nikkor one? Which type do you recommend, a 1.4? Do you reckon this is a fairly good solution for good weather long focal lenght shooting with my 80-200?

Thanks,

Peter



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User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 12917 times:

Quoting Ptrjong (Reply 13):
I know little about TCs. Do you recommend a Kenko TC over a Nikkor one? Which type do you recommend, a 1.4? Do you reckon this is a fairly good solution for good weather long focal lenght shooting with my 80-200?

I feel Kenko to be the best though a Nikkor will probably suffice. 1.4x is better the 2x. If you are shooting in good sunlight I would think that would be fine. I used that combo for a little while before I bought my 80-400VR and got good results.


User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3906 posts, RR: 19
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 12910 times:

Thanks for that Nicholas.


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User currently offlineAirMalta From Malta, joined Mar 2006, 394 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 12891 times:

Any idea pls how much roughly a 70-300mm AF Nikor F2.8 cost pls?Especially from USA?I always bought my photographic equipment from USA!!They have good prices over there!!
 Smile


User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 12885 times:

Quoting AirMalta (Reply 16):
Any idea pls how much roughly a 70-300mm AF Nikor F2.8 cost pls?Especially from USA?

It will cost a ton. There is no such Nikon lens.
Only the 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED AF Zoom-Nikkor and the 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF Zoom-Nikkor.


User currently offlineEdoca From Belgium, joined Mar 2005, 688 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 12879 times:

Quoting JeffM (Reply 17):
Only the 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED AF Zoom-Nikkor and the 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF Zoom-Nikkor.

Correct, those are the current models. Like I said, there's also a good but old 75-300 f/4-5.6D - I'm selling, anyone interested?


User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9603 posts, RR: 69
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 12870 times:
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Did someone just write that a Tenko TC is better than a Nikon one?

User currently offlineMagic48 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 12869 times:

Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 14):
I feel Kenko to be the best though a Nikkor will probably suffice.

Obviously yes...


User currently offlineAirMalta From Malta, joined Mar 2006, 394 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 12869 times:

I dont think there are other brands that can beat Nikon lenses altough I think that a Carl Zeiss can be compared too..as a magnificent lenses
Malcolm


User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3906 posts, RR: 19
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 12859 times:

Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 19):
Did someone just write that a Tenko TC is better than a Nikon one?

If Kelko=Tenco, yes, Nicholas said that. You disagree?



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User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 12849 times:

Quoting Ptrjong (Reply 15):
Thanks for that Nicholas

No problem  biggrin 

Quoting JeffM (Reply 17):
It will cost a ton. There is no such Nikon lens.
Only the 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED AF Zoom-Nikkor and the 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF Zoom-Nikkor.

Thanks for the anecdote Jeff!  psst 

Both the 70-300 lenses are good but the 80-200 2.8 is much better, focuses lightning fast and sharp too. It costs $800US, very fair I think for the quality lens you are getting.

Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 19):
Did someone just write that a Tenko TC is better than a Nikon one?

I wrote this.

Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 14):
I feel Kenko to be the best though a Nikkor will probably suffice


User currently offlineOlegShv From Sweden, joined Mar 2006, 683 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 12842 times:

I'm using Nikkor 70-300D f4-5.6 ED AF and I'm actually quite happy with it. There are rumors that Nikon will announce 70-300 VR some time this year, pictures of it were circulating on the web. I'm not sure what apertures it will have. However, I think it will be a consumer grade lense with relatively small aperture, definitely less than f2.8, more like f4-5.6. Nikon already has a great pro-quality 70-200 f2.8 VR (goes for around $1600) lense, there is no sense for them to make it obsolete so soon.

25 JeffM : Yea, I had to laugh when I read it too Royal....
26 Post contains images Staffan : Yes, because Kenko makes converters with an EF mount
27 Ptrjong : So, please, what TC do I want for my 80-200 f2.8? Nikkor TC-14E/E II/17 E II?
28 Post contains links Clickhappy : Any one suggesting that a Kenko, Tenko, or Crapko Tele Converter is better than a Nikon should A) Put down the crack pipe, and B) read this: http://fo
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