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Re: Nikon vs. Sigma lenses?

Unread post by Phugwane » Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:49 pm

I think there are some confusing messages here

- The 80-400 and 70-300 Nikkor Lenses are consumer lenses and as such in the Nikon scheme of things they cant use teleconvertors. Only the far more expensive Pro Nikkors like the 300 f2.8 , 70-200 f2.8 and 200-400 F4 and the big primes take convertors
- The comment about Kameraz stating that the Sigma 50-500 is a newer technology lens is correct but they dont mention the superior image quality of the Nikkor 80-400 over the S 50-500

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Re: Nikon vs. Sigma lenses?

Unread post by BushNuts » Mon Dec 13, 2010 12:07 pm

Phugwane wrote:- The 80-400 and 70-300 Nikkor Lenses are consumer lenses and as such in the Nikon scheme of things they cant use teleconvertors. Only the far more expensive Pro Nikkors like the 300 f2.8 , 70-200 f2.8 and 200-400 F4 and the big primes take convertors


Looking at the manual provided with my 70-300mm VRII, it says that teleconverters (all models) are incompatible.

Personal opinion, want quality = go Nikkor, want reach = go Sigma, want both = empty wallet and a lot of debt.
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Re: Sigma 120-400 OS HSM lens

Unread post by big5spotter » Tue Dec 14, 2010 11:22 pm

Hi

Have you considered the Sigma 150-500mm?I have the 150-500mm and for the price I would not go any other way.The OS bit slow sometimes with birds in flight or moving objects but still ok.

So the 120-400 -R8 999

and the 150-500 -R12 999 on sacamera

so its a R4000 difference. If you have R12 999 I would take the 150-500 and sure somewhere you can get it cheaper or maybe second hand?Check outdoorphoto there is 1 for canon going for R8500.

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Big lense for Canon 450D

Unread post by harrys » Sat Jan 29, 2011 4:34 pm

Hi

What lense bigger than a 300mm will you use that is not going to bankrupt you.

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Re: Big lense for Canon 450D

Unread post by bert » Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:52 pm

Really quite happy with the 100-400L from Canon

In the same money area, bit cheaper
Sigma 150-500
Friend of mine owns one and we used both these lenses in Kruger last year
Sigma is a little slower but optics are great

Unless you want a prime lens
Which are way more expensive

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Re: Big lense for Canon 450D

Unread post by EOS_User » Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:30 am

Hello harrys;

Agree with Bert... For pure value-for-money the 100-400 takes a lot of beating. I have one and love it! It's a little 'slow' at the long end (f/5.6), but I compensate by ramping up the ISO. The 450D should be able to cope with ISO400 without too much noise, and ISO800 is acceptable with a little work in Neat Image or Noise Ninja etc.

It's the lens I expect to have surgically attached to my 40D in KNP in October :D

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Re: Big lense for Canon 450D

Unread post by DuQues » Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:54 am

Another 100-400 owner chiming in. :D

It's a perfect lens for Kruger, especially as you do get sightings closer by, like the mongooses or dungbeetles. Simply zoom out, and done.
At 1600 grams it's not too heavy which is a factor when flying, and during walks it's quite manageble while still giving you 400 mm.

Quality wise it's great (well, it is an L lens.), though slightly less sharp than a fixed focus lens.
The bokeh is great, way better than the Sigma lenses have, and at least as good as topquality Nikon lenses.
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Re: Big lense for Canon 450D

Unread post by oddesy » Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:46 pm

Harrys, the 100-400 is a brilliant lens! but the 400mm prime non IS is also a great option provided you can stay still. The sigma 150-500 also produces very nice results and is around the same price as the 400mm prime or maybe a bit less.

Maybe another option for you to look at could be the sigma 120-400mm. From what i have read the optics are fairly good and it also has optical stabilisation (same as the 150-500). Plus its the cheapest at around R9500. All the links are for SA based shops :thumbs_up:

Have a look here:
Canon 400mm F5.6
Canon 100-400 F4.5-5.6
Sigma 150-500mm
Sigma 120-400mm
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The new ultimate Kruger lens from Canon

Unread post by bert » Thu Feb 10, 2011 2:32 pm

If you have the money or want to replace your zoom for wildlife hang on
200-400 4.0 with 1.4 convertor

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Canon 70-200 F2.8 is II With 2X Converter Or 100-400 F4 Is

Unread post by Kalaharikind » Sun May 08, 2011 10:06 am

Canon 70-200 F2.8 is II With 2X Converter Or 100-400 F4 Is
Please advise on the above 2 lenses wich would you guys recomend. And if autofocus works with the Canon 70-200 F2.8 is II and 1.4 and 2 Converter.
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Re: Canon 70-200 F2.8 is II With 2X Converter Or 100-400 F4 Is

Unread post by RUMURUTI » Sun May 08, 2011 10:13 am

Hi Kalaharikind, I wouldn't have second thoughts and would go for the 100-400 F4.
That extra reach, without using a converter, is also needed in the bush.

I use my Sigma 300 f.2.8 a lot but always prefer my Nikon 80-400 f4.5, has given me lots of satisfactions while on a game drive.
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Re: Sigma 120-400 OS HSM lens

Unread post by Fizzpop » Wed May 11, 2011 8:07 pm

Hi there

Bought the Lens direct via the Internet, in Nov 2010

Cost, was really worthwhile. And hassle free. With the strength of Rand, it is now R1000 cheaper than when I bought it!

I can assure you, the Lens is worth every cent.

Very excited with it, and believe the photos I have achieved are some of my sharpest and best to date.

I am using it with a Canon 60D. Seems to be a great combo. Lens works well and has Auto focus with the Video mode!

Response and focus are very quick, and no lag noticed.
USM and stabiliser functions work perfectly well with Camera.

Yes it is slightly heavy, but I use a good quality Monopod attached to Lens, and this way when carrying take weight off mount,(as carry by the "short" Monopod, and not camera).

But using a bean bag or Pillow rest, results are what i was hoping for.

I know the Canon 100-400 fans are going to be up in arms, but I believe that we are paying a much higher premium than one should for such Lenses?

Highly recommended. Go for it.

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Re: Sigma 120-400 OS HSM lens

Unread post by Joubie » Thu May 12, 2011 8:45 am

Hi Fizzpop
I also just gone through the same quandary of which lens to buy for our visits to the parks. I soooooo wanted a Canon lens but after my budget was slashed decided to buy the Sigma 120-400. I got the lens two weeks ago and tried it out in Addo that weekend and I was very impressed with it.
It takes a little getting used to and using it in low light is a challenge but I love challenges. I used it attached to a monopod the entire time in the park, even in the car! Personally I found using a monopod easier than using a beanbag.
Some of my results:
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Spending 10 days in Kruger next month, so I can't wait to see the results.

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Re: Sigma 120-400 OS HSM lens

Unread post by DrPhil » Thu May 12, 2011 12:50 pm

Some really great pics. :clap:

I have a question regarding my sigma lens 70mm - 300mm. It is the bottom of the range one since i bought it when i was still a student.

During our trip to KNP over easter the lens started to make a sound like gears slipping when switched on and again when switched of. The auto focus didn't work properly after that. So i continued to use it in manual focus mode since the 18-70mm lens will just not do when i want to take a pic of something that is not in or on the car :tongue:

Every time the camera is switched on or off the lens' gears sounded like slipping. We then switched it on in the morning and never switched it of during the day. Has this or something simular happened to any other lenses? Can it be fixed or will a new lens be cheaper than the labour cost involved? Thinking of getting a bigger lens or atleast a teleconverter.
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Re: Sigma 120-400 OS HSM lens

Unread post by michel367 » Thu May 12, 2011 12:53 pm

Your Sigma still is belt driven.
It will be cheaper to replace it for a new lens. :thumbs_up:


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