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?
Welcome to Nikonians! What lenses does your wife currently have? The Sigma 150-500mm is fully compatible with her D5000 as it has a Hyper Sonic Motor built into the lens. As long as she will be shooting in decent ambient light, the 150-500mm should serve her very well. As for purchasing a TC to go with it, as far as I remember a Sigma TC will not even mount on the 150-500mm as the lens was never designed to be used with a TC.
Another option though about $350.00 over your budget new is the Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED IF AF-S. It works quite well with the Nikkor TC-14E II and even the TC-17E II in decent light.
As for filters, if you want a filter for protection, get a clear filter and make sure it is multi-coated. For protection I use Nikon NC filters. I also have several B+W filters as well. Hoya filters are over priced for what you get. Marumi makes a quality filter and at a very good price. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!