Sigma 150-500, Sigma 50-500 or Tamron 200-500 ?

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Brian Griffin, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. Hi,

    I'm trying to decide between the Sigma 150-500, the Sigma 50-500 (Bigma) and
    Tamron 200-500. Any ideas about which I should go for. I have a Nikon D300,
    a Sigma 10-20, Nikon 18-200 and Sigma 600 Mirror/Reflex already.

    Cheers,
    Brian
     
    Brian Griffin, Aug 28, 2008
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  2. On Thu, 28 Aug 2008, Brian Griffin wrote:

    BG> Hi,
    BG>
    BG> I'm trying to decide between the Sigma 150-500, the Sigma 50-500 (Bigma) and
    BG> Tamron 200-500. Any ideas about which I should go for. I have a Nikon D300,
    BG> a Sigma 10-20, Nikon 18-200 and Sigma 600 Mirror/Reflex already.
    BG>
    BG> Cheers,
    BG> Brian
    BG>

    The 150-500 is stabilized. I tried to get a look at one of these before I
    went on holiday in July but was unsuccessful - I don't think there were
    any Nikon-flavoured ones in the country. And all the shops in central
    London that I visited had sold all their Canon ones so I couldn't even try
    it on a Canon.

    I was able to try the Nikon 80-400, which was probably really the one on
    the top of my list but I was a little worried about the lack of motor in
    the lens and the stories of slow autofocus using the "slow" motor in the
    camera. It is not a problem and makes the lens lighter. The 80 at the
    lower end is nice too but I guess it depends what you want the lens for.
    The Nikon is several years old and I guess the electronics have moved on
    so that is to be considered too.

    I did tend to overestimate the effectiveness of the stabization on the
    Nikon but here is a handheld taken at 400mm @ 1/200th
    http://rp.clifford.org.uk/Kenya.July/Safari.Selection/tn/dsc_0939.jpg.index.html

    Have I made you add another possibility to your list?

    --
    Alan

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    Alan Clifford, Aug 30, 2008
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  3. Hi Alan,
    For 400mm hand held, that image is quite impressive! To keep things simple
    though, which I now need to do after thirty three years as a teacher, I'd
    better keep to my original choice of three. The lens would be used for the
    usual variety of thinks apart from portraits, which I've never got into.
    Cheers,
    Brian
     
    Brian Griffin, Aug 31, 2008
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