Bigma opinions ?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by equetefue, Dec 30, 2005.

  1. equetefue

    equetefue

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    Sep 29, 2005
    Kissimmee, FL
    Been researching for super telephoto lens and came across the Sigma 50-500mm. Excellent reviews everywhere you look and well the price fits the bill.

    What are you guys' opinions on it ? any sample pics ?

    I will be keeping my 80-200 and we'll use the bigma for surfing and nature pics.
     
  2. Ken-L

    Ken-L Guest

    It's heavy. I got decent shots handheld at 500mm on a D70. Did I mention that it is heavy? Really needs a sturdy tripod.
     
  3. general

    general

    Apr 30, 2005
    Nebraska
    I have one

    I have one for sale. One of our members was going to buy but had some auto difficulties and had to back out. I also have the 1.4 extender; sold the 2.0 to another of our members. I haven't used it much since I bought the Nikkor 200-400. PM me if you are interested.
     
  4. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    I had one when I first got my D70. It was a very nice, sharp, fast focusing lens. I sold it because I thought that I needed a faster (larger aperture) lens for shooting flying birdies and to some extent, that is true. I kind of regret selling my copy though. It gave a lot of bang for the buck (I paid 7 times as much for my 300 2.8 as I did for the Bigma). I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
     
  5. If (just a very remote if :biggrin:) I want the reach of 500mm but doesn't really need to zoom down to 50mm, it's the 170-500mm a better choice than the Bigma?
     
  6. general

    general

    Apr 30, 2005
    Nebraska
    Optical quality

    I don't own the 170-500; I do own the 50-500. I have been told that the 50-500 is much sharper. But that is hearsay.
     
  7. mike17112

    mike17112 Guest

    I have one of the newer 50-500mm, I bought it last September. I'm quite pleased with although I have a lot to learn. Heres a picture I took recently with it.

    D70s, Sigma 50-500, SB-800, SB-600

    Feel free to offer advice on how to improve my pictures, thats what I'm here for .. to learn.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Excellent shot Mike. This is what I saw with the Bigma that I had. It ain't perfect, but it gives a whole lot of bang for the buck. :smile:
     
  9. I get decent results with mine. f/8.0 is about the limit on my lens.
     
  10. Idor

    Idor Guest

    Me too.... from what i heard, f8.0 sounds about correct....
     
  11. equetefue

    equetefue

    489
    Sep 29, 2005
    Kissimmee, FL
    how does the 80-400 OS compares to it ?

    really worried about 500mm without a tripod... the OS at 400mm sounds better..

    What you guys think ?
     
  12. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    It's possible to shoot the Bigma without a tripod, but I don't think that you would be consistently happy with the results, and it's pretty heavy to do for very long.

    Never shot with the 80-400 OS, so I can't give feedback on it.
     
  13. I don't believe the 80-400 has HSM. If fast focusing is a concern, it might be an additional consideration. I haven't shot with either but did research them quite a bit about a year ago. Now if Nikon could add AFS to their 80-400, that would make an interesting alternative.
     
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