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Old Aug 24, 2005, 10:38 AM   #1
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Hi all. I'm shooting a D70 with Sigma 70-300, and looking to upgrade. For mostly wildlife shots, in good light the Sigma works fairly good at a not so long range, like 30-40 feet, but anything longer it seems is hit and miss. I've tried tripod, monopod, timer, etc., but at a longer range, it is just not sharp. So I'm assuming because the Sigma was rather inexpensive, you get what you pay for. I'm leaning towards trying the Tamron, because I've heard that a lower zoom ratio is usually better. Any thoughts?
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Old Aug 26, 2005, 8:58 PM   #2
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I just got my Nikkor 80-400 VR and love it. I could hand hold the lens at 1/15 second and got sharp pictures. I think my D50 with the 80-400VR is the best combination for birds photography. It weigh 1.9 kg. but I do not have to carry the tripod!

The attached picture was taken hand held at 400mm.
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Old Aug 26, 2005, 9:04 PM   #3
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This black bird was taken with the 80-400VRat 1/15 sec. handheld just before sun set.
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Hi Barracuba and Ruchai,

Is there a 200-400 Tamron?

I'd like you both to look at and maybe comment on: http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=66

That is a 120x300 Sigma. F/2.8 $2400. USD

$800 $1300 $2400 $6000, Trying to make a similar decision. I keep hearing "you get what you pay for." I hate that.

While KM is using some Tamrons, Tamron seems a step down from Sigma. It seems
to me that the lens to compare to the Nikon would be the Sigma with all the same features, but for $300 to 400 less than the Nikon.

But, Lin Evans says the Sigma 80-400 dog slow:
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...343984#p343984

Kinda leaves the Nikon, or a different Sigma.
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Old Aug 27, 2005, 7:18 PM   #5
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I am happy with my Nikkor 80-400VR and have no interest in other lenses. I used to have a suitcase full of Nikkors in the film days. None of them will work properly with my D50. You can have a suitcase full of lenses but you can only use one at a time. I consider the 80-400VR to be the most suitable lens for birding. The VR do work very well, more than I expected. Goodbye to Manfretto.

I got my 80-400VR from Nikon agent in Bangkok for an equivalent of US$ 1285, which I think is a fair price for the high quality lens. I love it.
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Hi ruchai and Tazzi. Well, I looked more seriously at the Tamron 200-400, which by the way Tazzi is not listed on the Tamron website. At a price of 800.00 Cda, it looked pretty inviting. The Tamron 200-500 was 1200.00. But what I did buy was the 80-400 VR. Ruchai, you're right, this is an amazing piece of glass! I've only had a chance for some sample shots, but really looking forward to getting out with it. We've been to Costa Rica twice, with a CP5700 and Teleconvertor, going again in December, and getting really excited about it.
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