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nikkor 80-400 vr or sigma 120-400 os

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by scooptdoo, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. scooptdoo

    scooptdoo Guest

    is the nikkor that much as in price better?im really intrested in the sigma 150-500 5-6.3 .the tamron 200-500 5-6.3 looks intresting but do they have stabalization?
  2. I have the tamron 200-500 and do not like it. I have found that almost everything I shoot at the long end is soft.... and it takes a heck of a lot of light to use. It does not have VR.... You looking to buy one???? :biggrin:
  3. Brodman


    Aug 26, 2007
    Knoxville, TN
    Have one I would put on the block also. Just haven't done it yet. The 200-500 hasn't had any use since my purchase of the 80-400 VR. It's really not all that bad for what it is, an affordable option to get to 500.

    My $.02
  4. cotdt


    Jul 14, 2007
    Bay Area, USA
    There's the Sigma 200-500 f/2.8 that I heard is really good and does not need as much light.
  5. johnmh


    Nov 21, 2007
    Greater NYC
    IMO, I'd ait for the updated Nikon 80-400 AF-S.

    The Sigma 150-500 has OS (VR) but is f/5-6.3. Image quality is ok, not great. You get what you pay for - and it's a good deal for under $1000, better than the other third party 500 lenses out there now (except for the REALLY pricey options). Just wish they'd priced it at $1500 and made it better and faster.

    Will be taking a close look at the revised 80-400 as a long 'carry lens' when it comes out.
  6. But - when will it come out???

    Nikon has already released a ton of lenses this year, far more than they usually do... I wouldn't be holding my breath for that 80-400 VR AF-S...

    The current 80-400 VR can actually be had for under $1000 used in excellent condition. I consider that a better deal than a new Sigma 120-400!


  7. leifw


    Jul 25, 2007
    Bozeman, MT
    Which body are you shooting? The Nikkor took forever to find focus if it missed on my D80. I talked to a guy who shoots a higher end body and he has less trouble with that, as the AF motor stronger and the AF system is better.

    I wouldn't recommend the Sigma 150-500. I have it and am going to return it.
  8. Scooptdoo:

    I have the Nikkor 80-400, and to leifw's point, it really makes a difference what body you're using. I got the 80-400 when my primary camera was a D50. I've since picked up a D200, and the focus is much better. I've seen posts that its even faster with the D300. Also, if you use the limiting switch, it makes a big difference. And as mneary stated, excellent 80-400's can be had for about $1k - I paid a bit more 2 years ago, and mine is still in mint condition. Its a great carry lens for hiking. I still carry the 300 2.8 VR and monopod on hikes when I am specifically out for photos - but if I'm just going out for no purpose but to go out, the 80-400 makes the trip. It has really good build quality. Most camera stores rent the 80-400 - rent one first, and then decide.
  9. TheCommons


    Jul 2, 2008
    LA, CA ;)
  10. leifw


    Jul 25, 2007
    Bozeman, MT
    Holy cow. I knew it was big, but...
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