Nikon lenses sharpness at 200-300mm

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Nikon lenses sharpness at 200-300mm
Feb 20, 2013

Thanks for reading!

I'm on a Nikon D5100 with a nice roundtable of lenses, but I've been looking at purchasing something longer - the Nikon 18-300, 28-300, or the Tamron 70-300. I've felt a real need for something longer than 200mm, which my kit lens 18-105mm just hasn't been able to provide.

But more recently I've discovered the 400-500mm range lenses. Specifically the Sigma 50-500 or  150-500, all of which can be had for around my price range used ($750 to $850-ish).

How do the above compare in terms of sharpness at 300mm? - i.e. when comparing the Sigma 50-500, 150-500, or Nikon 80-400mm f4 at 300mm versus the 18/28/70-300 at 300mm?

 midimid's gear list:midimid's gear list
Nikon D7100 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD Tamron SP AF 60mm F/2 Di II LD IF Macro +1 more
Nikon D5100
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