Lack of VR in Nikon 300mm f4 - big deal or not?

Started Apr 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
Lin Evans
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Beta test of Sigma 50-500 OS

hwg wrote:

just to be clear are we talking about the

Nikon 300mm f4 D AF-S IF ED Lens?


i was considering the bigma 50-500 but as it appears it is not too sharp at teh 500 mm end then i don't see the point.

it sounds like the nikon 300mm + 1.4x or 1.7x converter would give the better IQ but obviusly not at convieient as a zoom.

but if the IQ is not there in the bigma then there is no point.

Am i correcting in saying the 300mm f4 has better IQ than the Nikon 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 VR II ?

Hi Harry,

The Sigma 50-500 OS is very sharp even at 500mm. I'm not certain if the OP used OS or not, but if you are shooting from a tripod, you must turn OS off or you will not get good results. OS in the Sigma (and most stabilized lenses) is for hand holding.

Proper technique and proper shutter speeds are very important. I beta tested the 50-500 OS before it was released and found it to be excellent throughout the range. Here's a link to my results for anyone interested.

Click on the thumbnails for larger image and on the larger image for full resolution - these made with Sigma SD10 dSLR... All shots are hand-held.

Link to beta test of Sigma 50-500 OS

Best regards,


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