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  1. #1
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    Sigma 50-150 vs Nikon 70-300

    I have been searching through the archives. Kellie, I see you had the Sigma lens, and got the Nikon one instead. Why? How come you didn't keep the Sigma? Does anyone know how it compares in sharpness to the Nikon 18-200? I know I have been talking about the lenses for a while, but it looks like I am getting a rebate check tomorrow (for something else), and will be able to buy one of the lenses I want. I can't decide between the Sigma lens and the Nikon lens. To tell you the truth, I am not 100% thrilled with the 18-200, and have seriously been thinking of possibly selling it. (Of course, the pictures I took this weekend turned out lovely, making me possibly rethink my decision to sell.) But like I said, I can get one lens now, and can't decide between these two. I thought that the Sigma one would be good in general since I take a lot of pictures indoors. But then I look at how long and heavy these two are, and think maybe I should just forget it for now. Any thoughts on these two lenses?
    Leah
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    Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 HSM |Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G VR
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    I actually never did buy the Sigma. I hemmed and hawed about it, ended up getting the D80 and in the meantime I loved what I saw coming from the 70-300 VR, so I decided on that. I am extremely pleased with it. It is on my camera all the time when outside. I've heard wonderful things about the Sigma too, so I guess it comes down to what you need more - reach or a faster aperture. 50-150mm might be limiting indoors, though.
    "Saturate yourself with your subject and the camera will all but take you by the hand." ~ Margaret Bourke-White

    Nikon D80 ~ Tamron 28-75/2.8 ~ Nikon 50/1.8 ~ Tamron 90/2.8 Di Macro ~ SB-600

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    Thanks Kellie. I saw in your line up you didn't have it. Which lens did you have that you didn't like?

    When I say indoors, I also mean like when the kids are in plays or do basketball. I wish I could try them out, but no one has the sigma lens locally.
    Leah
    Nikon D90, because I have a nice Mom.
    Nikon 18-105 VR kit lens | Nikon 50mm f/1.8 |
    Nikon 35mm f/1.8G |
    Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 HSM |Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G VR
    SB 600 & SB400

    Canon G9 "borrowed" from my step-father

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  4. #4
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    I've got one (Sigma), I'll be picking it up shortly, and I'll let you know how it is.

    I don't often need the reach, and the way I figure, the 2.8 will allow me get sharper images so I can crop if need be.

    I'm not normally zooming in that much on subjects, so I can't tell yet if I'll want more reach that the 150 or not.

  5. #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by mugsisme View Post
    When I say indoors, I also mean like when the kids are in plays or do basketball.
    Generally kids school plays and basketball games are not in huge auditoriums where you are sitting miles away. For those applications I use my Nikkor 50mm f1.8 which is so cheap and good it's laughable.

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    agreed. the nifty fifty is brilliant.

    however, i would suggest you check out reg00's photos of some basketball games. he shot them with the 55-200mmVR and a d40. the images he took are fantastic quality.

    and when you consdier the 70-300 is optically better than the 55-200, it makes for interesting reading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mugsisme View Post
    Thanks Kellie. I saw in your line up you didn't have it. Which lens did you have that you didn't like?

    When I say indoors, I also mean like when the kids are in plays or do basketball. I wish I could try them out, but no one has the sigma lens locally.

    I had the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 and optically it was awesome. I wasn't impressed with the build. But I got it used and I think the seller was pretty rough on it. The zoom ring would move just by blowing on it. I might get it again, though. The new (refurbished) one I tried felt much nicer.
    "Saturate yourself with your subject and the camera will all but take you by the hand." ~ Margaret Bourke-White

    Nikon D80 ~ Tamron 28-75/2.8 ~ Nikon 50/1.8 ~ Tamron 90/2.8 Di Macro ~ SB-600

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    Great thread!!! (for me)

    I'm set on D80 though I'm in no hurry. But the body is just the start and lenses are real headache.
    I might skip the kit lens and instead buy Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC or Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR, and Sigma 50-150.... and maybe also Nikon 50 f/1.4D to start off with. I still have FZ20 for outdoors.
    Does anyone have any comment for my lens choice?
    Nikon D90, D80
    Nikkor 16-85mm AF-S DX F/3.5-5.6G ED VR, Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) macro, Nikkor 50mm F/1.4D, Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D, Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED, Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro ||| 2x SB800 | SB600 ||| Manfrotto 190XB

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    I think youre headed in the right direction, Tim. One thing though, is there a particular reason why youre going to spend so much on the 50mm 1.4 when you can have the 1.8 for only $100(us) and for most, youd be hard pressed to find a difference in image quality.
    Jason

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    the 1.4 provides much nicer bokeh J.
    othereise, i agree, IQ is indistinguishable.
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