What SuperTelephoto lens for 750.00

sussexhifi

Active Member
i have around 750 ish to spend, just bought a Nikon D80 with 18-55 VR lens, and i got the Tamron 70-300 lens for half price,

find its still less powerfull than my bridge model camera,

looking for somehting around the 500 mark,

any suggestions,

2nd hand not a issue,

any advise welcome, as im a newbie
 

Yandros

Well-known Member
I'm still mulling over a wildlife lens myself.

Sigma 100-300mm f4+1.4 teleconverter
Nikon 80-400mm f4.5-f5.6 VR
Nikon 300mm f4 + 1.4 teleconverter
Sigma 150-500 f5.6-6.3 OS

I was speaking to a friend of mine yesterday who has both the Bigma (Sigma 50-500) and the Sigma 100-300 f4+TC , and is planning on selling the Bigma. He says the 100-300 is sharp enough to stand heavy cropping, so he doesn't use the bigma or the teleconverter.

The main problem with getting ultra long lenses like the Bigma is that they tend to be a bit soft at the long end, and you need bucket loads of light to use them.

Even though it's as old as the hills, I'm quite tempted by the Nikon 80-400VR (though I'm still holding out for an AFS update). Similarly, the Nikon 300mm f4 would be VERY tempting if they added VR, as at the moment it's a tripod only job really.
 

sussexhifi

Active Member
any idea when he might be selling?? or how much he is looking for?

or do you have first dibbs on it lol

also love to see some shots with the Bigma lens
 

dazza74

Distinguished Member
That sigma 120-400mm looks quite good for the money around £500
 

sussexhifi

Active Member
really looking for something around the 500 mark min, as i already have a 300 and find it not enough

thanks
 

lurcher

Well-known Member
Last week got the Sigma 100-300 F4 for £570 del and just got a Sigma 1.4TC for about £120 del , not had much chance to use it yet ( for wildlife ) , dont know how it compare to the others in terms of quality and cost.
Very nearly went for the Canon 100-400L IS or Canon 300 F4 IS but had the pay the car insurance so went for the cheaper options.
 

Pirate!!

Banned
i have around 750 ish to spend, just bought a Nikon D80 with 18-55 VR lens, and i got the Tamron 70-300 lens for half price,

find its still less powerfull than my bridge model camera,

looking for somehting around the 500 mark,

any suggestions,

2nd hand not a issue,

any advise welcome, as im a newbie
Sigma 100-300mm EX DG APO IF (or non DG version - just as good) . . and a 1.4x Sigma EX DG Teleconverter (if afforable).
 

lurcher

Well-known Member
Took this last night with the Sigma 100-300 , found it difficult to m/f , was using the live view on Canon 40D but moon was a very bright orb on the lcd screen , cropped and auto sharpen only.
Need more practice.

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sussexhifi

Active Member
not a bad picture, still feel id like something bigger though, i know i could get a better 70-300 lens and maybe use a 2x teleconvertor,

Hmmmm
 

lurcher

Well-known Member
Think you need to go and handle one first , the reviews certainly give it a thumbs up for the reach at that price but it"ll take some handling , maybe see whats available in a prime lens for your money.
 

lurcher

Well-known Member
If I had more money would prob have gone for the Sigma 120-300 F2.8 , which I believe gets good reviews , 1.4/2 tc still gives a/f and out to 420/600 .
 

sussexhifi

Active Member
wqay way too much, think im looking around 500-750 max either new or used

looks like its one of those 2 then,
 

Yandros

Well-known Member
Sigma 100-300mm EX DG APO IF (or non DG version - just as good) . . and a 1.4x Sigma EX DG Teleconverter (if afforable).

I was having a look at some A3ish prints from the Sigma 100-300 yesterday (airshow stuff) and it looks very very sharp :thumbsup:


If the OP needs to use the TC a lot, the Nikon 80-400VR would probably be a better option though (stabilised for a start)
 

sussexhifi

Active Member
i was going to try to avaid a tc to be honist, hence the interest in the 50-500, 170-500 and 200-500 simga lenses
 

Yandros

Well-known Member
i was going to try to avaid a tc to be honist, hence the interest in the 50-500, 170-500 and 200-500 simga lenses

The problem with all of these is the amount of light you need to use them, and the compromised image quality. As I said earlier, someone who has both a 50-500 and a 100-300 f4 reckons that cropping a sharp 100-300mm image at 300mm is better than an uncropped soft 500mm, particularly as the 100-300mm would be at f4, vs f6.3 on the Bigma.

just out of interest, the Nikon 300mm f4 takes a 1.4 teleconverter with no loss of sharpness, so that's a razor sharp 420mm f5.6 (but you'll need a tripod!)
 

lurcher

Well-known Member
The problem with all of these is the amount of light you need to use them, and the compromised image quality. As I said earlier, someone who has both a 50-500 and a 100-300 f4 reckons that cropping a sharp 100-300mm image at 300mm is better than an uncropped soft 500mm, particularly as the 100-300mm would be at f4, vs f6.3 on the Bigma.

just out of interest, the Nikon 300mm f4 takes a 1.4 teleconverter with no loss of sharpness, so that's a razor sharp 420mm f5.6 (but you'll need a tripod!)

Thats just about on his budget if he shops about , even though I went for the flexibility of a zoom ( 100-300 F4 ) , I may when funds allow go for a prime lens ie Canon 300L F4 or 400L 5.6 .
 

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