Nikon 500mm or Sigma 500mm lens for safari?

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Alan Brown
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In reply to systemguy, 7 months ago

systemguy wrote:

Hello

I wish to know if anyone can comment on the performance of the above lenses at wide open aperture (f4 vs f4.5). The application would be for a safari. There is a saving of about $2000 in price and is it worth it?

this question is part and parcel of the compromise that is photography and more money available doesn't make the dilemma any less of a compromise. f2.8 zoom = more weight etc. Looking at your gear list you know this.

Some questions presuming the Nikon is probably better in all respects:

How often will I use it?

Can I get the most out of the Sigma, let alone the Nikkor?

Am I or other viewers going to be able to 'see' the difference that the price increase is going to cost?

you probably found this already.

http://www.thephoblographer.com/2013/09/01/review-sigma-500mm-f4-5-ex-dg-apo-nikon-f-mount/

my 2 cents

Or is the difference in performance of the Nikon significant with the D800?

Thanks

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