Buying 70-300mm lens for Nikon D5100. Which brand?

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Buying 70-300mm lens for Nikon D5100. Which brand?
9 months ago

Hello dear counselors,

I want to buy a new lens for my Nikon 5100, and i want it to be the 70-300mm one, and with VR. I have read a lot to get my mind clear, but I still really dont know if there is a considerable difference between mounting a Nikkor lens or mounting a Sigma or Tamron one (always 70-300mm focal length). I have read that a Nikkor one wont offer AF compatibility, I will have to focus manually. Although I would rather to have the AF option, it is still not a great deal for me having to focus manually. What really is a great deal for me is 1) contrast in the pic, 2) sharpness and 3) image quality in general, specially in the long focal lenghts.

This is my question: concerning these 3 factors just mentioned, would there be a considerable difference between mounting a lens from Nikon, Sigma or Tamron?

Second question (less important): would Sigma or Tamron offer the AF option?

Thank you so so much in advance!

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