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  1. #1
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    New model 80-400 vs Sigma 120-300 f2.8

    Not much luck on the last comparison. Anyone here have an opinion or experience?

    I understand there is a HUGE weight difference so no need to discuss that.

    Also, I find myself mostly shooting at f8 when conditions permit and my primary focus is wildlife action. These two lenses are comparably priced used as well.

    Thanks!


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    Nikon D500, D7200 Sigma 11-20 Pro f/2.8. Nikkor 18-140 VR. Sigma 150-600 Contemporary
    Nikkor 200-400mm VR1 f/4
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  2. #2
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    Re: New model 80-400 vs Sigma 120-300 f2.8

    Just my opinion but from your lens list that you have, I think the 80-400 would be a significant overlap of what you already have. It appears you dont have fast telephotos, so that's the route I would take- just be sure to get the OS version. Nikon just announced the 120-300 f2.8 they'll be releasing with the D6 in time for the Olympics. Its going to be a popular focal length,(if the weight doesn't bother you). Its probably not the best length for BIF, but it would work with a teleconverter much better than the 80-400. If you like the range of the 80-400 and shoot near f8 most of the time, have you considered the sigma 100-400?
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  3. #3
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    Re: New model 80-400 vs Sigma 120-300 f2.8

    Quote Originally Posted by TwistedThrottle View Post
    Just my opinion but from your lens list that you have, I think the 80-400 would be a significant overlap of what you already have. It appears you dont have fast telephotos, so that's the route I would take- just be sure to get the OS version. Nikon just announced the 120-300 f2.8 they'll be releasing with the D6 in time for the Olympics. Its going to be a popular focal length,(if the weight doesn't bother you). Its probably not the best length for BIF, but it would work with a teleconverter much better than the 80-400. If you like the range of the 80-400 and shoot near f8 most of the time, have you considered the sigma 100-400?
    I was thinking that the 80-400 IQ would be better than my Sigma 150-600. I also could use the 80-150 at times. I want the lens mostly for use in a blind where I can get very close to the subjects. The 120-300 f2.8 seems to be the sharpest zoom that fits my needs and as you say I could use a converter and have a 600mm f5.6. A 200-400 is too long on the short end. My budget is under 2k used. The 300mm pf would be great but no short end, 200-500 same deal...

    Thanks for the comment!
    Nikon D500, D7200 Sigma 11-20 Pro f/2.8. Nikkor 18-140 VR. Sigma 150-600 Contemporary
    Nikkor 200-400mm VR1 f/4
    My Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

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    Re: New model 80-400 vs Sigma 120-300 f2.8

    I'm also considering the Tamron 70-200mm G2...
    Nikon D500, D7200 Sigma 11-20 Pro f/2.8. Nikkor 18-140 VR. Sigma 150-600 Contemporary
    Nikkor 200-400mm VR1 f/4
    My Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

  5. #5
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    Re: New model 80-400 vs Sigma 120-300 f2.8

    I have the Sigma 120-300 2.8 and find it a little short for wildlife. I have found that IQ suffers with the 2X teleconverter and have been looking for a used 1.4 TC to try.
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  6. #6
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    Re: New model 80-400 vs Sigma 120-300 f2.8

    New model 80-400 vs Sigma 120-300 f2.8
    New model 80-400 vs Sigma 120-300 f2.8-dsc_1599.jpg

    This is taken at about 13 feet. This is the kind of distance I want the lens for...
    Nikon D500, D7200 Sigma 11-20 Pro f/2.8. Nikkor 18-140 VR. Sigma 150-600 Contemporary
    Nikkor 200-400mm VR1 f/4
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    Re: New model 80-400 vs Sigma 120-300 f2.8

    New model 80-400 vs Sigma 120-300 f2.8
    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    New model 80-400 vs Sigma 120-300 f2.8-dsc_1599.jpg

    This is taken at about 13 feet. This is the kind of distance I want the lens for...
    Nice image. So what isn't working for you with this current lens? Obviously it has reach.
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    Re: New model 80-400 vs Sigma 120-300 f2.8

    New model 80-400 vs Sigma 120-300 f2.8
    Do you have the dock for your 150-600? I recently got the sigma 150-600 with the dock. It showed up a half hour before sunset so the first day I had it, I dialed it in using the dock and a focus card. The next day, I went out and took pictures of eagles and was blown away with the sharpness of the lens. Its worth it to spend some time with the dock.
    New model 80-400 vs Sigma 120-300 f2.8-dsc_3885-2-.jpg
    Last edited by TwistedThrottle; 12-13-2019 at 05:59 PM.
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  9. #9
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    Re: New model 80-400 vs Sigma 120-300 f2.8

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    Nice image. So what isn't working for you with this current lens? Obviously it has reach.
    The zoom ring is awful. It chatters when zooming in and is anything but smooth. The close focus distance is another issue. Some of my hides could be within 6-7 feet without disturbing the wildlife but the Sigma 150-600 can only focus from about 10 feet. I'm not unhappy with the IQ but I would like to take my photos up a notch so I'm looking for some better glass at a reasonable price point.
    Last edited by [email protected]; 12-13-2019 at 08:02 PM.
    Nikon D500, D7200 Sigma 11-20 Pro f/2.8. Nikkor 18-140 VR. Sigma 150-600 Contemporary
    Nikkor 200-400mm VR1 f/4
    My Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

  10. #10
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    Re: New model 80-400 vs Sigma 120-300 f2.8

    Quote Originally Posted by TwistedThrottle View Post
    Do you have the dock for your 150-600? I recently got the sigma 150-600 with the dock. It showed up a half hour before sunset so the first day I had it, I dialed it in using the dock and a focus card. The next day, I went out and took pictures of eagles and was blown away with the sharpness of the lens. Its worth it to spend some time with the dock.
    I have the dock and it greatly improved the AF speed. See my previous post for my issues with the lens...
    Nikon D500, D7200 Sigma 11-20 Pro f/2.8. Nikkor 18-140 VR. Sigma 150-600 Contemporary
    Nikkor 200-400mm VR1 f/4
    My Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/





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