Nikon 120-300

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I love my Sigma 120-300 - the Nikon would have to be a serious improvement for me to justify buying it.

As for the weight, I generally handhold my 120-300 for the games I shoot. Ive found that a lot of the weight is in the lens collar, and removing it makes a huge difference
How much of the 7+ lbs is the collar
 
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they won't be able to ignore the Sigma so hopefully the price will be around $4k
Randy, I tried the Sigma 120-300 and it was OK. I also shot the Nikon 200-400 and really liked it and bought a used one (second version). Then GAS struck and the desire for the 180-400 was just too strong. I sold the 200-400 to a friend and bought the 180-400. This is the lens with the 1X extender built-in. I love the lens and use it with a monopod. The focus seems, to me, to be very fast. The VR is a shot saver. The lens is not a light-weight but I rarely shoot hand-held. My friend tried it on a Z7 and was very please with his test shots. I will be trekking around the Everglades this winter in cooler weather so I will see if the size and weight wear me down.
I am quite sure the Nikon 120-300 will be of similar quality and with a D6 on the horizon, yes 2020 will be a new experience. Although, I would have to be BLOWN away by the features of the D6 to even consider selling or trading my D5. Keep shooting, Dale
 
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Randy, I tried the Sigma 120-300 and it was OK. I also shot the Nikon 200-400 and really liked it and bought a used one (second version). Then GAS struck and the desire for the 180-400 was just too strong. I sold the 200-400 to a friend and bought the 180-400. This is the lens with the 1X extender built-in. I love the lens and use it with a monopod. The focus seems, to me, to be very fast. The VR is a shot saver. The lens is not a light-weight but I rarely shoot hand-held. My friend tried it on a Z7 and was very please with his test shots. I will be trekking around the Everglades this winter in cooler weather so I will see if the size and weight wear me down.
I am quite sure the Nikon 120-300 will be of similar quality and with a D6 on the horizon, yes 2020 will be a new experience. Although, I would have to be BLOWN away by the features of the D6 to even consider selling or trading my D5. Keep shooting, Dale
Let me know about The glades, I’ve been thinking about a trip down there
 

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Nikon is experiencing rapidly declining sales and is way behind its competitors' lens lineups for mirrorless cameras. When taking that into account, am I the only person who thinks it's absolutely crazy that they're investing R&D and marketing in a $10,000 lens?
The decision to offer a 120-300 was probably made years ago. R&D money is spent. Now they need to produce it and recoup some of that investment.
 
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The decision to offer a 120-300 was probably made years ago. R&D money is spent.
If it takes years to develop the product, that in itself is a problem. It's not as if they're making the first camera lens and have to start everything from scratch. The company knew years ago about the expected trend of declining DSLR sales, or at least should have. The development of this lens seems to me to be the kind of bad judgement that got them so far behind their competitors in the mirrorless space.
 
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it could also be some deal with the Olympic committee. I bet it is a spectacular lens, my fiends with the 180-400 say it's outrageously good.....
it's not even the money for both lenses it's the usefulness....300mm is useless for wildlife but 2.8 and that range is made for soccer, even more than fb unless you shoot for the nfl and can't move your feet. Otherwise the 400e is made for fb.....
 
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