Have been considering either the D200 with a 'better' lens, (Plus Battery pack etc), or the D2x with Sigma 50-500,
I understand opinions that you should go for the better lens, as it very often outlasts the camera, and side with that view most of the time, however having owned a very good Canon camera in the past, i also appreciate the 'feel' 'extra build quality' and 'Durability' of the 'pro' series cameras.
If i go for the D2x (at the moment) i would only be able to afford a Bigma, is this a compatable lens with the D2X please?
Kind Regards all.
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Actually the 80-400VR is about $450 more than the Bigma, plus it doesn't focus anywhere near as fast. But it is a Nikkor, and it does have VR. As long as we're on the topic, there is also a Sigma 80-400 OS, which *is* about the same price as the Bigma, has OS, and falls somewhere between the Bigma and the 80-400VR for focusing speed. All three seem to be beyond reproach as far as optical quality goes, even if none of them match the 200-400VR.
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I actually have the Sigma 50-500 lens AND the Nikon 80-400VR lens
I use the sigma about 1/20 the time of the Nikon lens. The 80-400VR with the D2 body is a nice combination. The 50-500 works well and is faster at focussing. The VR on the Nikon makes it excellent for maximum focal lenght shots in poor light.
I bought the 50-500mm to use with my D2X. I was using my 80-400mm previously - but wanted that extra 100mm!!
Now this may not be generally the case, but I was disappointed at the lack of sharpness in comparison to my 80-400mm. Maybe I had a "soft" version!!
As mentioned on this forum many times, the D2X is pretty unforgiving when it comes to glass. I have now sold the 50-500mm, kept the 80-400mm - which I think is a superb lens - and am trying to convince myself the price for the 200-400mm is MORE than justified!!
My thinking now is with the D2X, you really need to go with Nikkor. Especially if you are picky about sharpness.
I used to own the Bigma, and the drawbacks were size, weight, and bokeh. Not to mention poor AF performance at 500mm (because of the f/6.3 aperture).
It was a decent lens. But I'd probably go with the 80-400 due to its smaller size, ability to hand-hold, and the fact that it will hold its value better than a Sigma. The extra 100mm of focal length is nice, but you do get a lot more leeway with cropping with a D2x.