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jack55 Jun 23, 2016 9:37 PM

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Nikon
Since they have a thread for the Tamron 150-600mm, I thought I start one for the Sigma 150-600mm.

Just ordered the Sigma tonight off eBay! :D

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Nikon

Item price $825.00 / Quantity1 / Item number262495662831 / Shipping service: FedEx with signature required.

It's being shipped tomorrow and found out when I asked if it came with a lens hood since he didn't list it, it also comes with a back pack too.
New message from: jmdeals4uall,259

Yes, it comes with all and with back pack also if you want I'll accept $825 let me know. Thanks.

I'm a happy camper! :D I'll post more with pics and thoughts when I get it next week.

Now I have to sell my Nikkor AF VR 80-400mm f_4.5-5.6D ED to help pay for this lens.

NHL Jun 25, 2016 5:55 AM

Just my observation...

There are lot more 150-600 Tamron users than Sigma due to the fact that Tamron came out with this lens first. Initially it outsold the Sigma Sport version as it was advertised at half the price and also weighted much less for almost no image quality difference!

The Sigma Contemporary was finally released months later, but again at a price disadvantage when Tamron discounted their version. Only recently did Sigma offered rebates to put this lens on par with the Tamron. Hopefully we'll see more of Sigma, but in term of image IQ, all three of them are equally good. The main tipping point for me was the customization offered by the Sigma (but others may find the features too complex):
-> I even got the USB dock for free when I ordered this lens from Adorama ;)

The biggest surprise came when the Sigma 150-600 attached to a 1.4x teleconverter auto-focused with ease on the D500. It kind of matches the speed of my 600mm f/4 prime equipped with the same 1.4x. That was totally unexpected as the combo @ f/9 exceeds the limit of the camera...

NHL Jun 25, 2016 8:53 AM

Amazing ;)

Another update... This Sigma autofocus with a Nikon 1/7x teleconverter on the D500 with no difficulty!
-> Reason being none of the lens info is passed on to the body, but who cares as that put this combo in the 1000mm league!

I wonder how the Tamron work?

NHL Jun 26, 2016 5:59 AM


Originally Posted by jack55 (Post 1406929)
How about posting some pictures you've taken with the Sigma here?
I for one would love to see them. :D

Here you go:

The lens info in the EXIF is incorrect so you have to multiply 600mm by 1.7x for the focal lenght and f/10 +1.5 for the aperture as they are not passed to the camera by the teleconverter.

Definitely this AF will not work for BIF as we're now in telescope territory so any movement on the lens will be magnified and the subject will be jerking around and not helping the camera's AF any. The lens need to be braced down or mounted on a tripod for best performance of the autofocus...

It's definitely usable for static subject though! ;)

musket Jun 27, 2016 5:04 AM

Great shots, to get in so close well done

NHL Jun 27, 2016 12:33 PM


Originally Posted by jack55 (Post 1406975)
My Sigma 150-600mm is suppose to be here Wed.
I'm thinking of selling my D7100 and getting a D7200 to compliment this Sigma. Any thoughts on that?

What do you expect to gain from the D7200 over the 7100? ;)

jack55 Jun 27, 2016 6:51 PM


Originally Posted by NHL (Post 1406976)
What do you expect to gain from the D7200 over the 7100? ;)

Nothing dramatic, but some things I like such has better ISO & built in wireless.

* The D7200 now has Nikon's latest processing engine, the EXPEED 4, compared with the D7100's EXPEED 3 processor. This helps to facilitate better images at high ISOs and should make the overall process of using the camera quicker.

* The newer sensor has an increased ISO sensitivity range for those looking to shoot in low-light conditions. Important for zooms.

* Wi-Fi and NFC makes it possible to share your images directly to your smartphone or remotely control it - wireless connectivity built in. The built-in WiFi and NFC capabilities will also allow complete control of the camera and fast photo sharing via an enabled Smartphone.

* Another improvement comes in the form of the autofocusing system on board the D7200. It has inherited the Multi-Cam 3500 II from cameras higher up in the range, such as the full-frame D810 which should make it more accurate and responsive.

* longer 1,100 shots per charge

NHL Jun 27, 2016 10:01 PM


Originally Posted by jack55 (Post 1406982)
Nothing dramatic, but some things I like such has better ISO & built in wireless.


Well how much $$ difference would you pay for the extras?

This is just my observation:
1. Photography is all about capturing light so I usually work on my lighting rather capturing no light using high-ISO. I even take my studio strobes into nature:
2. From my experience, using a cheap dedicated RF wireless remote is much quicker than pulling out my iPhone and opening up an app to control the camera. Also there's a need to meter the scene right? So I'll be holding a lightmeter (in addition to my phone), and finally one has to verify the histogram on the camera for the exposures... Which can be observed on the phone too, but that process take more time over Bluetooth LE (plus you'll still need to check if the phone settings were transferred correctly to the camera) ;)
3. Unless the images are low-res. thumbnails using Wi-Fi to transfer full-size images to your smartphone will very quickly deplete that 1100 shots advantage, because Wi-Fi is not Low-Energy! Plus if the pictures are full-size it'll take some periods for the pictures to download, and you'll be forced to wait rather than taking pictures!

So if there's nothing dramatic, I recommend you to wait for the D500 price to come down, or save up, instead of spending it on the D7200...
I shoot with the D800 too, but after using the D500, it's like stepping back to the stone age with the D800 because the D500 autofocus is so much faster (even in the dark).
The XQD card buffering is another feature out of this world as you never have to stop shooting for the camera to finish writing anymore... Again it's like stepping back in time when my XQD is filled and the camera switch back to SD/SDHC, which the D7200 also use, and wait for it to empty the buffer!

-> IMHO it's best to wait for the lens to arrive and try it on a D7200 at a store and see if there's any performance difference to your D7100 ;)
The wireless feature is something cool to try after you first get the camera as I did just to see it can be done for a few days. After that you'll probably never going to use that feature again as there are more practical ways to control the camera as described above or here.

NHL Jun 27, 2016 11:00 PM


Originally Posted by jack55 (Post 1406988)
... I already have two remotes, on cabled & one wireless anyways.

Cool ;)

BTW theses remote are much more convenient than Smartphone apps as the same remote can control different cameras brands, using only adapters dongle which stayed on the camera...

In my case I can switch from my Nikon to Sony camera by just detaching the remote from one camera and plug it into the other - Two seconds at most?

With an app it'll take longer as I'll have to re-pair the phone each time I switch camera, and open a different app which have different GUI with different buttons placements... And all requiring two hands operations
-> With a small RF remote I can be shooting with one camera while controlling the other all at the same time :D

jack55 Jun 30, 2016 11:21 AM

My Sigma arrived yesterday.
I like that backpack... didn't know I was getting it when I bidded on it on eBay. That was a big plus... got a filter to boot. Everything brand new. I'm a happy camper! Some pics, all shot with Samsung S7 Edge except for the Hummer one, which was my first bird shot with this lens.

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