alasdair1982
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Sigma 150-500 Nikon Fit - Worth It?

Wed Aug 19, 2009 5:27 pm

I have the D90 + the 18-105 and 70-300mm VR lenses. I was thinking of the Nikon AF-S 300mm f4 + x1.4 teleconverter for 'super telephoto'

But I wonder how the Sigma 150-500 at 420mm compares with the 300mm + teleconverter? and in the 150-300mm range, is it superior to the Nikon 70-300 model?

Thanks

[Edited 2009-08-19 10:29:24]
 
ruudb
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RE: Sigma 150-500 Nikon Fit - Worth It?

Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:17 pm

I cannot really tell you anything about the Sigma, but the Nikon 300 is a great lens and it works well with a tc, the 70-300mm lens isn't too bad either at least in the range from 70-200 and a bit plus mm's. The only thing you got to think about is do you need a zoom or would a prime be ok for you, it isn't possible normally to take side on shots. So if that is your goal, don't buy a prime.
 
Alberto Riva
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RE: Sigma 150-500 Nikon Fit - Worth It?

Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:12 pm

I've said it before and am saying it again -- the 300/4 is a phenomenally good lens for its price.

Ruud is right about the TC. I've even put a TC-20 on it to achieve a 900mm equivalent and to my amazement it autofocused (using the center AF sensor, wide area, on a D200.) Of course the autofocus is sloooow with a 2x and you need a decent tripod. If you don't need to zoom, and if you ask me most people don't, get the 300.

I don't know the Bigma at all, but I've had Sigmas and either loved them or found evident quality flaws. With a Nikkor prime you won't have to wonder if you got a good copy or not.

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aviopic
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RE: Sigma 150-500 Nikon Fit - Worth It?

Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:53 pm

I've no expirience with the 150-500 but from what I've read it's ok upto about 400mm and getting a bit soft at the long end, stopping down will improve the result though.
http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=358

Quoting Alberto Riva (Reply 2):
If you don't need to zoom, and if you ask me most people don't, get the 300.

Or get one of the best zooms ever created  Wink
In terms of Resolution, Vignetting and Aberrations the Sigma 100-300/4 easily matches the Nikkor 300/4 prime.

Sigma 100-300/4
http://www.photozone.de/nikon--nikko...ts/369-sigma-af-100-300mm-f4-nikon

Nikkor 300/4
http://www.photozone.de/nikon--nikko...00mm-f4d-if-ed-review--test-report

and even the price is about the same.
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