If you bought the latest Sigma 150-500 HSM OS version, the D7000 will focus very well. Not as fast as an AF-S Nikkor Prime but slightly faster than a Nikkor 80-400. FYI I found the Sigma surprisingly sharp at 500mm even with a 1.5x teleconverter.
>If you bought the latest Sigma 150-500 HSM OS version, the >D7000 will focus very well.
There has only been one version of Sigma's 150-500mm lens, so it's not necessary to look for "the latest version". The lens has always had HSM, and will autofocus on any Nikon DSLR, including the D7000
Don't forget that autofocus is is a separate function from live view focus for several Sigma models where autofocus works as expected and live view does not work at all. I only have the Sigma 10-20 1:4-5.6 HSM and it suffers from this problem. I don't know about the 150-500.
>Don't forget that autofocus is is a separate function from >live view focus for several Sigma models where autofocus works >as expected and live view does not work at all. I only have >the Sigma 10-20 1:4-5.6 HSM and it suffers from this problem. >I don't know about the 150-500.
Thanks for that, would not be using this function (live view) with the 150-500mm
Hi everyone, Just to add to this discussion. A friend and I went to a nearby pond this weekend to test his 150-500 on his new D7000. Autofocus on BIF was quick and it really didn't miss much at all. I was really impressed with the lens. It is much easier to track a BIF with the D7000/150-500 combo than it was to track on his D90/150-500 combo.
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Just to close this thread I have been out extensively testing since buying this combination and the quality of the images is first class.
I could complain about the marginal lack of sharpness at 500mm but hey, this is not Zeiss glass and I didn't pay Zeiss prices.
I would certainly recommend the lens to anyone needing long distance photos and the D7000 camera is excellent. Of note though is that it does seem to overexpose by about 1 stop in sunny conditions. This has been picked up by most reviewers and it is correct in my case. Not a deal breaker though. it's more a question of getting to know the camera.
Thanks to all who replied - your help assisted me in making the right decision.
>...for several Sigma models where autofocus works >as expected and live view does not work at all. I >don't know about the 150-500.
Thanks for the heads up Dean! Does anyone know if Live View works with the Sigma 150-500? TIA
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"Thanks for the heads up Dean! Does anyone know if Live View works with the Sigma 150-500?"
It depends on when the lens was manufactured. A number of Sigma lenses produced before October 2010 will not autofocus in live view mode. Sigma corrected that issue in lenses produced since that time. They can update many older lenses so they will AF in live view, but they have yet to publish a notice about it - probably because they don't want to be swamped with requests for lens upgrades from users who may or may not need to use them in live view. I spoke to Sigma about it a number of months ago and they recommended that owners call if they have an issue with a specific lens. They can then confirm whether or not the lens can be upgraded to work with live view.
Just another minor point, I've had the 150-500 since December.
It works beautifully with my D3s. However, it has just been
back for repair under warranty to the AF motor. I believe
there has been some issue with some of these lenses and Sigma
are quietly replacing said motor as they come back to them.
Will be taking it back out for a pounding this weekend and
hopefully will get some more good use from it.
Sun 12-Jun-11 02:58 PM | edited Sun 12-Jun-11 03:00 PM by erosack
>Anyone wish to post some images taken with this combination >for reference?
I like the D7000 and Sigma 150 - 500 combo a lot. I haven't used the Nikon 300mm f/4, but I think the optical stabilization and zoom make the Sigma a more flexible (and less expensive) choice. Here's a set of images on Flickr that I made with it: