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Offline Nico Braas

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Super tele
« on: July 17, 2010, 02:15:00 PM »
I am offered by our local photo shop a huge Sigma 80-400 zoom with optical stabilizer for My Nikon D70S for a price of EURO 695.
It seems a perfect match for airshow photographing.
Is there anyone out there with practical experiences?

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Re: Super tele
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2010, 02:38:55 PM »
No experience from my side but as I know it is very good tool!

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Re: Super tele
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2010, 03:52:10 PM »
I am offered by our local photo shop a huge Sigma 80-400 zoom with optical stabilizer for My Nikon D70S for a price of EURO 695.
It seems a perfect match for airshow photographing.
Is there anyone out there with practical experiences?

I have a Nikon 80 - 400 with OS, Nikon call it VR, some of the imagery take at Waddington Airshow were with my 80-400

http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/forum/borbene-letelice-combat-warplanes/raf-waddington-airshow-2010/msg14873/#msg14873

A number of the ground shots were taken with a Nikon 17-35mm lens.

In the UK the Sigma 80-400mm can be purchased for around 700

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Re: Super tele
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2010, 04:43:31 PM »
I have a standard 18-55mm Nikon zoom for normal photography and a Sigma 28-200mm zoom still from my old Nikon F4 35mm equipment. Sigma is an excellent lens, but 200 mm is just too short for in-flight photography, in particular of smaller planes. For Airbus A380 it works fine, but even an F-16 is too far away during air displays.
Sigma 80-400 is offered for a special prize, but I have already noticed it is bulky and heavy!!

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Re: Super tele
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2010, 05:15:07 PM »
That's the problem when you start to look at the longer lenses and zooms, the size and the weight.

The large lens is the Nikon 400mm F2.8 VR, I have to purchase one for one of the stattions over 6,000  :-eek :-eek

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Re: Super tele
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2010, 10:21:01 PM »
I did not purchase this Sigma zoom since it did not couple with my Nikon D70S camera. It should couple according to instuctions of zoom lens, but it didn't and adjustment of my camera will cost me an extra EURO 200 with no guarantee everything will fully work as earlier. It seems to be a well-known problem with  non-camera brand lenses!!
I think I'll wait for discount offers of new Sigma 50-500mm since OS and autofocus must be much quicker than for older zoom lens!