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User currently offlineegondo From Indonesia, joined Dec 2011, 37 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3630 times:


I am looking for a lens for aircraft photography, these are my choices:

Nikon AF-S VR zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 OS HSM

I need your opinion on which are better in terms of image quality and focal length.
Btw my body is Nikon D5000.


Edric Gondo

[Edited 2011-12-16 03:15:48]

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User currently offlinesoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3502 times:

I always feel the body and lens are best matched by the same manufacturer. The 70-300 was a lens I had and was very pleased with its performance. The VR operates exceptionally well and although I have heard from others about the 300 range going soft, mine never did. On the other hand when I purchased non Nikon gear I was always dissapointed and would subsequently sell the lens and go back to Nikon. Remember if the 500 has no VR capability your succes rate will be diminished unless you secure the lens with a monopod/ tripod, etc. You probably will not use the 500 option as much anyway unless you like shooting from far away, if your style of work allows you closer access to the action, 70-300 is fine. The 70-300 is very sharp and an excellent value. I had the first version of the 50-500 and found it recorded dark images. Hope this helps...g

User currently offlineegondo From Indonesia, joined Dec 2011, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3500 times:

I heard now the OS (optical stabilization) version of the 50-500 has been released by SIgma.

User currently offlinesoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3432 times:

Quoting egondo (Reply 2):

Heck, I might look into it!...Nikon needs to get smarter with lens tech. I have been waiting for Nikon to come out with a wider PC lens, but do they?...Nope...Canon did...Nikon has the 100-400 lug of a lens. With a few tweaks they could have a great selling lens. While all my gear is Nikon, I beleive Canon has better technology where the image is concerned but Nikon just builds a tougher machine. I also believe Canon offers better customer support, I may be wrong but it is my impression.

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