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 Post subject: 400mm lens options?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:15 pm 

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Hi there

I posted this elsewhere, but maybe got "lost" in the old thread.

I'm brand new to this forum and have a question re. my lens option(s) after reading your reviews on the Sigma 120-400mm lens, Nikkor 80-400mm as well as this review on the Nikkor 70-200mm coupled with a 1x7 converter. You can obviously see where I'm heading with this...

I have a D7000, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200 f2.8 VRI and a 1x7 EII converter... I'm not a pro, but love to shoot sports (field & indoor hockey, watersports etc) and also wildlife. Sometimes I need some range on my shots and was considering the Sigma 120-400, but after reading your review I now have serious doubts - I can't afford the new Nikkor 80-400 VRII or 70-200 VRII, so that's not an option.

I found that the combo of my VRI with the 1x7 converter delivers "soft" images and are therefore not confident on using that combination, but that is exactly why I got the converter in the first place - to extend my range to 400mm plus! So what now?? Will this lens & converter work better on a D600 or will the results from the Sigma 120-400 still be better than the 70-200 VRI / 1x7 converter combination???

Advice will be apreciated!

 Post subject: Re: 400mm lens options?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:09 pm 

Joined: Sat Jun 30, 2012 1:30 pm
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Hi Manus welcome to the forum.

Have you thought about getting the older Nikon AF VR NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED Lens?

It's cheaper than a D600 or the 70-200mm VRII but the autofocus might be too slow for you when shooting sports.

Camera: Nikon D60
Lenses: Nikon AF-S DX 18-55 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR, Nikon AF-S VR 70-300 f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
Flash: Nikon SB-910
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 Post subject: Re: 400mm lens options?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:35 pm 
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Hello manus, and welcome to the friendly Camera Labs forum!
To enjoy your stay here please have a look at the house-rules!
I've deleted your double post from the 70-200 review-thread, as double-posting is a no-no on this forum.
Regarding your thoughts about getting to 400mm I have the following advice:
- the new Nikon 80-400/4.5-5.6 is certainly the option that produces the highest image quality of all lenses that you consider.
- the Sigma 120-400mm was not bad, but I didn't test it on a D800.
- The Nikon 70-200/2.8G VR II also shows some limits with the 1.7x converter, but actually is not too bad on a D800. Using this combo on a D600 might deliver some satisfying results.
So it is as it is most of the time: investing more gives you better image quality.
Sorry to have no "definitive" advice for you.

Thomas (beware: Nikon-fanboy and moderator!) My Lens Reviews, My Pictures, My Photography Blog
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