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#1 gazza77

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 09:46 AM

 Following on from my earlier thread regarding my broken 70-300 f4-5.6, I’ve had a quote to repair it by Intro2020 and it’s not looking good. The cost is more than I paid 2nd hand, and is not a million miles off the cost of a brand new one with a 5 year warranty.

 

As l’ang suggested, I’m consequently looking at upgrading to a faster lens, aided by a generous and unexpected donation I’ve just received into the new kit fund. I’m looking at either a 2nd hand Nikon 70-200 f2.8 or a new Sigma equivalent, along with considering a 1.4x teleconverter to give me comparability with my old lens for when 200 isn’t long enough whilst still enabling autofocus on my D3200. Does this sound like a sensible decision based on my desire to shoot wildlife and motorsport, without having a budget to stretch to a series of hugely expensive primes? I’m also working on the basis of whatever I buy now will need to be compatible with any future body upgrades, either to a higher level dx or to fx, which as far as I’m aware, both of these options would do.

 

If not, what else would be suggested for Nikon compatible kit?


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#2 gingerjon

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 09:49 AM

I have a Sigma 70-200 f/2.8.  I'm told that rather like a lot of Sigma lenses quality can be a hit and miss lens by lens but I've never had any problems.  Not used it for wildlife but for plenty of sport.


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#3 JohnM

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 09:58 AM

I have a Sigma 50-500 f4 -f 5.6 zoom. Disappointed, though.  Would now look for a Nikon with VR  but jeez.....http://www.wexphotog...cfzmqtaodyz0a0g



#4 gazza77

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 10:01 AM

I have a Sigma 50-500 f4 -f 5.6 zoom. Disappointed, though.  Would now look for a Nikon with VR  but jeez.....http://www.wexphotog...cfzmqtaodyz0a0g

Exactly. My budget is somewhat bigger than when I had an impulse purchase of the 70-300, but not that big.  :laugh:


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#5 shrek

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 12:14 PM

I've a Sigma 300mm and been happy with it, never had an issue and it was 1/3 of the price of the Canon equivalent, I guess the cost will be similar against the Nikon range - worth a look depending on what reach you need.

If you stick  to 70-200 I'd hold fire on the 1.4 extender, I bought the Canon MKIII version and it had great reviews, I rarely get it out of the kit bag and it disappoints on the whole when I do.  Get the lense then judge if your to short, I suspect, with the improved quality you'll find you can get away with a more brutal crop and in effect give you the focal range your looking for when you edit.



#6 Gary Coyle

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 05:46 AM

I just yesterday bought a new lens http://www.wexphotog...r-lens/p1024131

 

In youre on a budget i would seriously consider a used Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM, bloody excellent lens, stick a Sigma 1.4x convertor on for about an extra £80 and you have 168-420mm f/4, can be picked up for around £7-800 if you look hard enough, the never OS version is nice but too expensive.



#7 Gary Coyle

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 05:51 AM

If a Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 interests you i can put you in touch with someone selling this one for £825 or £900 to include a 1.4x extender as well

 

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#8 Bleep1673

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 09:26 AM

OOH! Lens Porn


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#9 gazza77

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 02:24 PM

I just yesterday bought a new lens http://www.wexphotog...r-lens/p1024131

 

In youre on a budget i would seriously consider a used Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM, bloody excellent lens, stick a Sigma 1.4x convertor on for about an extra £80 and you have 168-420mm f/4, can be picked up for around £7-800 if you look hard enough, the never OS version is nice but too expensive.

That's an interesting option, thanks Gary. If I was looking to use the proposed 70-200 with a teleconverter all the time, I'd take you up on that offer. I'd expect it will only be on a small proportion of the time however, and I'd have quite a gap in focal lengths with that, as my next lens down is a 18-55 f2.8. 55-120 seems quite a jump in a useful range, and I can't really afford at present to buy another lens to fill it if I went for the 120-300 you've suggested.


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