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80-400VR Lense Operation

olivierrychner

Boudry, CH
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"RE: 80-400VR Lense Operation"

olivierrychner Gold Member  Awarded for his long standing high level of commitment to the Nikonians community and demonstrated excellence in the art and science of photography. Nikonian since 03rd Jan 2005
Mon 18-Feb-13 10:33 AM | edited Mon 18-Feb-13 10:35 AM by olivierrychner

Coming back to the subject of Sigma's comparable products, you have to be prudent and to distinguish between three lenses: first, there's the 50-500 "Bigma", the latter incarnation of which has HSM and OS, and which has never had an equivalent in any manufacturer's range.

Then there are the 120-400 and the 150-500. When they appeared some years ago, the "Frenchies" at Chasseur d'Images reviewed them in the same article, and concluded that the 120-400 was better value, most notably because the 150-500 is basically the same lens with one more glass element acting as a TC, resulting in a f/6.3 lens whereas the "shorter" 120-400 is f/5.6 at the longest end, resulting in better AF operations.

So it makes three comparable Sigma lenses that one could envision as alternatives to the venerable Nikon 80-400VR (and to the old Sigma 80-400 OS, which some thought better than the Nikon!). As I have written above, I'd go for the 120-400 if I were to buy now, for the reason that I think the Bigma is too heavy and I am wary of the f/6.3 of the longest end of the 150-500. And also because I think I have better ways of covering the wide-to-120 "gap" of the 120-400!

Have a great day!

Olivier Rychner
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