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Sigma 135-400mm?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by N_Addy, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. N_Addy

    N_Addy

    Dec 16, 2007
    DFW, Texas
    Any opinions about the Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG RF APO?

    I've already got a 70-300VR but I'm looking for more reach without breaking the bank. Does the Sigma take a TC 1.4 or 1.7?

    What other recommendations would you make for a wildlife lens? I'd love to have a Nikkor 300mm f/4 or Nikkor 80-400 f/4.5-5.6 but even used those are a stretch at the moment. Would I be better off waiting for one of them over the Sigma?
     
  2. N_Addy

    N_Addy

    Dec 16, 2007
    DFW, Texas
    No one has this lens? Maybe that tells me something.
     
  3. I had a very decent copy of this lens but the AF speed and lack of stabilization were the reasons I sold it and got me a Nikon 80-400VR. Quality at 400 wide open was about the same between the Nikon and Sigma.

    But when you want the 135-400 range I would now pick the new Sigma 120-400. The main advantage points are the HSM (focus speed) and OS (image stabilization). Search the forum for some threads about this lens or the new Sigma 150-500.
     
  4. N_Addy

    N_Addy

    Dec 16, 2007
    DFW, Texas
    Thanks Kees. 150 to 500, huh? That's definitely got my mouth watering. Appreciate the info!
     
  5. Commodorefirst

    Commodorefirst Admin/Moderator Administrator

    May 1, 2005
    Missouri
    another long lens that is cheaper is the tamron 200-500 that is pretty nice for the price, and I have several friends that use that lens. You can always consider a nikon 300 f4 Prime lens with converters for similar reach, good AF speed with good image quality.
     
  6. Wade, I'm using the 300/4 AF-S and 1.7TC and I'm pleased with the results but sometimes I do miss the zoom the 80-400VR gave me. I do have the 70-200VR for the lower end but this gives a more heavy 2-lens solution instead of a single lens.

    So I hope Nikon will come with the 80-400VR upgrade with AF-S. I would buy one without any doubt.
     
  7. Commodorefirst

    Commodorefirst Admin/Moderator Administrator

    May 1, 2005
    Missouri
    zooms are nice I agree, why I shoot with a 200-400 for the past 4 years.
     
  8. Hmm, nice lens Wade but a bit out of my (price)league :smile:
     
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