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 Post subject: Sigma 150-500
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:11 am 
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I have a nikon 3100, 18-55mm VR, and 55-200mm VR kit.

I would like to know if the sigma 150-500mm lens would be any good for Kruger or should I be looking at something else.

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 Post subject: Re: Sigma 150-500
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:31 am 
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Hi figjam, the Sigma 150-500 is a super telephoto lens for the price. I mean that it is ideal for Kruger. I can only recommend it. You can see some pictures on my homepage. The very most portrait images are shot with the Sigma. http://www.deifuss.dk :cam:

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 Post subject: Re: Sigma 150-500
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:31 pm 
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Depending on your budget, also consider the Tamron 150-600.

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 Post subject: Re: Sigma 150-500
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:21 pm 
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@ert, wow really enjoyed viewing your pics, fantastic sightings and great quality pics.

@badprop_za, I saw the tamron is on pre-order for about R14k, a tad much what I'm willing to spend.


I saw a couple of used siggies for around R8-9K, my major concern is buying used glass, is possibility of buying a damaged lens, could one do all the checks, such as testing on ones own body, checking all button/switches, checking focus and so on, could one still buying a faulty lens? Has anyone bought a used lens and sent it in and got it checked out, but could costs involved to do such checks be costly.

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 Post subject: Re: Sigma 150-500
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:24 am 
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Hi Figjam,

I normally ask sellers to meet me at Kameraz or ODP for them to have a look as well. Not once have a seller refused to do this. So far I have had no issues with secondhand lenses.
Should a seller refuse for you to see the lens first, WALK AWAY.

For additional comfort, you can also buy used gear at shops like Kameraz and ODP who would have done checks on them as well.

I recently bought a Nikon 70-300VR secondhand via bidorbuy for R3k.

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 Post subject: Re: Sigma 150-500
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:53 am 
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Hi FigJam,

I bought a Sigma 150 - 500mm second hand a few years ago. I "knew" the person from another forum, so we met up and I could test the lens before hand. I love this lens - for the price. It gives you great reach and you can still get some decent shots with it. Is it the HSM OS one?

It's IQ is just not quite up to scratch, and it's not that fast. Of course one can't compare a R10k odd lens with a R80k odd lens, hence I say for the price it's excellent. So don't expect miracles with it, but if used properly, you can end up with above average shots.

One tip with it, IF you have decent light and you don't require a shallow depth of field, try using it on F8 - I find the images' IQ to be best at this apperture setting. Also, when using this lens with a bean bag on your car window / door, please ensure you switch off the OS - otherwise you will end up with disappointing shots.

Enjoy! :thumbs_up: :cam:

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 Post subject: Re: Sigma 150-500
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:23 am 
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I must just add: For the past two years, I've been renting a Nikon 200 - 400mm F4 VRII lens every time I go to KNP, KTP or other wildlife parks. The IQ and speed of this lens is just superb!! :dance: Unfortunately I can't justify bying such a lens just yet... :doh:

Point being: Renting a professional lens for special occasions is also an option! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Sigma 150-500
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:04 pm 
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Switchback wrote:
I must just add: For the past two years, I've been renting a Nikon 200 - 400mm F4 VRII lens every time I go to KNP, KTP or other wildlife parks. The IQ and speed of this lens is just superb!! :dance: Unfortunately I can't justify bying such a lens just yet... :doh:

Point being: Renting a professional lens for special occasions is also an option! :thumbs_up:


+100000000 on renting.

Renting the same lens for my trips to KNP.

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 Post subject: Re: Sigma 150-500
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:49 am 
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Figjam,
I have used a Sigma 150-500 with my Nikon D7000 for quite a few trips to Kruger, and have always been satisfied with the results. I'd recommend the use of a beanbag to help with stability during use, and I have a "POD" beanbag that screws into the lens mount so that you can respond quickly to any photo op.

I took our family of 10 the KNP in 2012 and we saw a male Leopard walk quickly past our vehicle, and I was the only person that was able to take a series of shots (unfortunately our son said that it explained a lot about my driving!!!)


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 Post subject: Re: Sigma 150-500
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 5:07 pm 
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Guys, thanks for all the advice, looks like I'll be picking up the lens early next week - on my to kruger by the way.

I can't see myself investing 40K for something which gets used twice a year, I must agree on renting though, a good idea if you want to test a lens before buying one.

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 Post subject: Re: Sigma 150-500
Unread postPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 5:18 pm 
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Would you put a circular polarizing filter on this lens? I've just purchased it for my Nikon D5300 and have received conflicting opinions? One says the filter would make it too dark, the other says I'm foolish not to have it. :? :?

Does anyone have any experience with the filter? I have a UV filter on it so far. My first opportunity to use it will be in KTP in November.


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 Post subject: Re: Sigma 150-500
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Timbits wrote:
Would you put a circular polarizing filter on this lens? I've just purchased it for my Nikon D5300 and have received conflicting opinions? One says the filter would make it too dark, the other says I'm foolish not to have it. :? :?

Does anyone have any experience with the filter? I have a UV filter on it so far. My first opportunity to use it will be in KTP in November.


A polarising filter that fits this lense is going to be expensive.


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 Post subject: Re: Sigma 150-500
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 4:59 pm 
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I know.

That's why I don't want to buy one if it's a waste of money. There are so many other things to buy :twisted:


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 Post subject: Re: Sigma 150-500
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Timbits wrote:
I know.

That's why I don't want to buy one if it's a waste of money. There are so many other things to buy :twisted:


I don't use any filters on my 50-500
The way I see it, is that under less than ideal light conditions, I find the lense difficult to use. A filter will just complicate things further.

I would rather use a polariser on wide angle, more landscape type shots.

Timbits, on the other hand, if you feel happy using it, and you will get something from it, then go for one.


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 Post subject: Re: Sigma 150-500
Unread postPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:27 am 
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Thanks for the response yoda.

I think I will hold off on buying the filter and see how things turn out in November.


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