AI-S NIKKOR 500mm vs SIGMA 500mm f/4.5D HSM

Started May 23, 2010 | Discussions thread
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Re: Sigma/Nikon 500mm vs Nikon 300mm f2.8 + TCs
In reply to Sam.SHC, May 24, 2010

Sam.SHC wrote:

I would appreciate advice from anyone of you for my choice of a long telephoto lens 500mm or more.

The old version of Nikon 300mm f2.8 VR1 alone is about 15% more expensive than Sigma 500mm f4.5. I am thinking of using the 300mm + Nikon TCs 1.4, 1.7 and 2.0 to give me the range from 300mm to 600mm. The combo will be about 50% dearer than Sigma. Should I go for the Sigma instead ?

I am planning for my trip to North America next year to shoot the bald eagles. I have a Sigma 100-300mm f4 + TC1.4, which has worked very well on my D300 for shooting airshow and BIF.

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If I had even the older 300mmf/2.8 VR plus the 1.4&1.7&new 2.0, I would stick with that combo..I bought my 500mm f/4.5 EX HSM used and wouldn't buy a new one at the new price..it's good but you would loose value very fast. If the 300mm f/2.8 is as good as my AFS 300mm f4 with the 1.4&1.7 on it, no question stick with the 300mm f/2.8 VR and work with it..the 500mm Sigma doesn't take too well with any TC even tapping the pins like with the Tamron or Kenko's. I've heard about modifying the Nikon TC's, but I'm not messing around clipping off some tab or something with any $4-450.00 TC,s...I shoot the 300mm f4+1.7 all the time for Eagles and birds giving me 420mm full frame on my D700 which is more then adequate most of the time..in lower light I crank up the ISO on the D700 which makes it my go too combo quite often....

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