70 - 300... nikkor or sigma?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Zer0, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. Zer0 macrumors regular

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    Hi guys, planning to add a new lens to my arsenal consisting of the kit lens :p please guide me

    I have decided that I will be going for a 70-300 and was planning to buy the Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR. I went to the store today to check it out and I came across the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro which costs about 300$ less. I looked it up on the web and it seems to have racked up some decent reviews. Is the nikkor lens really 300$ better than the sigma. I guess the sigma does not have a VR, but I can live without that! Also does this sigma have an internal motor? I asked the guy at the store in broken japanese if it will autofocus with D40 and he said yes, but i'm not sure if the context was lost in tranlsation :)

    Also how about the tamron 70-300? Any other lens suggestions? Budget is 600$ and I only have the 18-55 kit lens now.

    This is my flick page if anyone interested http://www.flickr.com/photos/slimstudios
     
  2. Zer0 thread starter macrumors regular

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  3. bashveank macrumors member

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    I love my Sigma (same model you described).
    I'm getting the nikkor 70-300 to test and I expect it'll outperform the Sigma, but the Sigma's still in no way a bad lens.
    There is a non-HSM internal motor on the Sigma with "Works with D40" on the box.
     
  4. Zer0 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks bashveank...

    I'm leaning towards the sigma. As much as I like photography, I dont really get the camera out that often. Once or twice in a month really. So I'm thinking the sigma would be a better option for my needs as of now.
     
  5. bashveank macrumors member

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    Yeah, if you're not making money or the admiration of your very photographically inclined friends and family than there's no real way to justify the $300 extra on the Nikkor.
     
  6. wheelhot macrumors 68020

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    Well by price, then its Sigma, but if photo/lens quality you are looking for, get Nikkor
     
  7. Zer0 thread starter macrumors regular

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    :)

    wheelhot
    Agreed. If I had 600$ to throw away I would definitely get the nikkor. But I don't mind saving some money right now :rolleyes:
     

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