Nikon 500mm or Sigma 500mm lens for safari?

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calson
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Re: Nikon 500mm or Sigma 500mm lens for safari?
In reply to systemguy, 7 months ago

Don't assume that the Nikon teleconverters will work with this Sigma lens. It may or it may not and that would result in two sets of teleconverters.

I don't know about the Sigma but I recently purchased the Nikon and it is incredible with all three Nikon teleconverters. The autofocus and image quality is good even with the 2x so it becomes a very usable 100mm f8 lens (and there are several cameras now with f8 AF sensors like the D800 and D7100).

With the Nikon lens I truly have a 500mm f4, 700mm f5.6, 850mm f6.3, and 1000mm f8 set of lenses and need only deal with the added weight of 3 teleconverters.

With the Sigma lenses I would be more inclined to buy or rent the 150-500mm f5.6~6.3 lens or take/rent the Nikon 80-400mm f4.5 or 200-400mm f4 zoom lenses. You don't want to be changing lenses while out shooting and zooms are an option over carrying two cameras (and even then I would have the 70-200mm on the backup camera).

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