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Old Dec 24, 2016, 3:29 PM   #1
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Default Hands on info from members who have the Sigma Pro 150-600

I'm thinking of selling my Sigma C 150-600mm and getting the Sigma Pro 150-600mm.
Reason? For low light shooting that I do a lot of with the D500 I'm getting.
I have the Sigma C 150-600mm lens and shoot wildlife & birds in the morning before and right after sunrise/sunsets and I handhold most of the time, especially for BIF shots. So I'm wondering how this compares to the Sigma C 150-600mm I have.
I'm about to pull the trigger, but thought I'd get some opinions from members here who have the Sigma, hopefully some who've had both, the C & Pro versions.

Biggest question is: Is the low light ISO for the pro version a lot better than the C version?
This is going to cost me at least $1,000 more after I sell my current Sigma lens.

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Old Dec 29, 2016, 6:30 AM   #2
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Default Sigma Pro 150-600mm or Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens

Some input please! Sigma Pro 150-600mm or Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens for my Nikon D500?

I sold my Sigma C 150-600mm and was thinking of getting the Sigma Pro 150-600mm. I'm also now considering the Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens

Reason? For low light shooting that I do a lot of with the D500 I now have on order.

I shoot wildlife & birds in the morning before and right after sunrise/sunsets and I handhold most of the time, especially for BIF shots. So I'm wondering how these two lenses compares to the Sigma C 150-600mm I had.

I'm about to pull the trigger, but thought I'd get some opinions from members here who have the Nikon 200-500mm & Sigma 150-600mm, hopefully some who've had both, the C & Pro versions.
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Old Jan 7, 2017, 3:27 PM   #3
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Reason? For low light shooting that I do a lot of with the D500 I now have on order.
The difference between f/5.6 and f/6.3 is 1/3 of a stop!
i.e. No perceptible difference...
-> I'll be surprised if this 1/3 of a stop will give you any advantage in low-light photography (the next stop is actually f/8)

Differences between 500mm vs 600mm? Plenty you can definitely see and use it, cropping a 500 to the FOV of a 600 will reduce its IQ.
This additional 100mm is even greater with a 1.4x TC (which I use a lot): 700mm vs 840mm!!! However if you prefer the Nikon brand that's just fine.

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I shoot wildlife & birds in the morning before and right after sunrise/sunsets and I handhold most of the time, especially for BIF shots. So I'm wondering how these two lenses compares to the Sigma C 150-600mm I had...
So do I

There's already plenty of reviews between the Contemporary and Sport version of the Sigma and several of my friends who I shoot with have both... The differences here again are negligible, but if you are doing handheld with the Sport, GOOD LUCK !!!

Check its weight first and unlike the Contemporary it's lens shade is also made of metal (another heavy piece at the end of the lens) instead of plastic.
-> What you are paying for is strictly ruggedness and weather sealing (for ~2.5lbs extra)
PS. The tripod mount on the Sport is also non-removeable (unlike the Contemporary) so it's an additional instrument for exercising your biceps...

Now if you want something different try the new Tamron 150-600 G2, great built and nice features
Although I still think the Sigma dock is better designed and more programmable items than the Tamron...
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FYI, both are available at LensRentals.com for you to try out yourself.
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FYI, both are available at LensRentals.com for you to try out yourself.
I bought both and returned the one I don't like (very easy with B&H)
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Old Jan 16, 2017, 5:53 PM   #6
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Default I pulled the trigger!

Well I pulled the trigger and got the Nikon D500 with the AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens and the MB-D17 battery pack with extra EN-EL 15 battery and one Sony 32GB XQD memory card. Four places had this kit but all were on back-order,
http://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-pro...age?pnbr=13518
so I ended up getting each item separate. With careful shopping off eBay & Amazon I spent a total of $2986

Can't wait for everything to get here in time for the new 2017 year!
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Well, everything arrived Tuesday, going out tomorrow to local lake to try this out.







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