Sigma OS 50-500 vs 150-500 vs 80-400 vs 120-400

Started May 28, 2012 | Discussions thread
Holmes375 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,798
Re: Nikon 80-400mm

I like the Nikon 80-400 VR a lot but I wouldn't choose it over the Sigma 50-500 OS unless I needed the slightly smaller size of the Nikkor. I've owned and used both extensively.

The big Sigma surpasses the Nikon in stabilisation, AF efficacy (the HSM won't hunt as long and far as the screw-driven lens when acquiring or re-acquiring a subject), and close range focus ability. Don't underestimate the last attribute - its an important one and the reason I now no longer have an AF-S 300/f4. The Sigma replaced both Nikon lenses for me.

Don't shoot any of the super tele-zooms wide open unless necessary. They all show a noticeable improvement stopped down 2/3-1 stop.

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