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Need your help please - help pick my wifes Christmas present!

Coots82

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Coots82 Registered since 10th Nov 2011
Thu 10-Nov-11 12:47 AM

Hello everyone. I will be the first to admit that I know very little regarding photography. This is my main reason for coming to a place like you have here. I know enough to carry on a casual conversation if I ever find myself in one. So please forgive me if I misinterpret anything or mislead you in my question. I'm here for my wife and to try and find her a decent Christmas present.

She is a hobbyist when it comes to photography, she likes to drive around the back country and do a lot of wildlife stuff as well as other subjects. She is by no means a 'pro', but she really does enjoy the camera time.

Last year I bought her the combo pack from Costco that had the d5000 along with a bunch of accessories, filters, bag, cleaning kit, everything I could think of to get her started. She loved it so much that this year I am leaning toward upgrading her to a different lens. We have some Bald Eadgles around that are simply just out of reach for her camera.

I know I've read several reviews etc. about the Sigma 150-500 or 'Bigma' lens. So I'm really interested in hearing your thoughts on this lens.

First I should probably give you my budget. I'd like to hang around the $1,000 mark. I could go a couple hundred more if there is a significant reason to. I'd like to be able to get the UV Filter with whatever lens for protection reasons.

Also, is there a reason at this point, for my lack of better knowledge... to look into getting a teleconverter to go with it?

I have noticed that quality filters for the 86mm size filter is a good bit higher than her other lenses lol. So for this type of lens do you guys prefer Tiffen, B+H, Hoya?

So what says this great community?

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