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    hi,

    i am shopping around for a lens capable of zooming up to 400mm or so....
    already have a 70-300mm lens....
    but feel that zoom power is not enough.... any recommendations for a lens up to 400 mm capability ? (preferably not too expensive, cause i prefer to buy new....)

    thanks
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    anything up to 400 and beyong would cost you. I see a lot of the pro pjs here use 80-400VR to cover events. You might consider that one tho I heard from some that the pics are soft. Or else try 50-500 bigma.

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    wow... 50-500mm sigma would also cost a bomb...... how much >?
    Hope to learn from everyone here....

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    Quote Originally Posted by erictan8888
    wow... 50-500mm sigma would also cost a bomb...... how much >?
    Firstly, what cam is yours?
    If Nikon then 80-400 VR.

    If Canon then 100-400L.

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    How much is your budget?

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    Also, if you let folks know which camera mount, that might help.

    Cheers,

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    cheaper alternativ e... (i think) ... would be 200-400 tamron ...

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    using nikon D70....

    pls advise... and also pls let me know the approximate cost... thanks
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    80-400VR or 70-200VR + 2xTC? One of the best lenses I have ever owned and used. Sharp and VR actually proves to be extremely useful

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    if sigma 50-500 (~$1.7k right?) is expensive, the 70-200VR would be exhorbitant....

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    wa kao..... so expensive ah....

    actually why 70-200VR so much more expensive than the 50-500 ?
    because of the VR technology?

    i actually looking for a further than 300mm zoom lens...
    currently have a 70-300mm sigma (cheap and good)
    but feel that the reach is not there when i go to the zoo and shoot...
    would like to have more zoom.... hai....

    now stuck at cross road... dun know which lens to buy.....
    Hope to learn from everyone here....

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    how much money are you willing to spend and how much quality are you looking for? that would give a good indication of what sort of lens is suitable. the top end lenses for such a range would be heavy and costly (e.g. AF-S 400mm f/2.8D IF-ED II which costs more than $10k and weigh 4.4kg).

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    Quote Originally Posted by erictan8888
    wa kao..... so expensive ah....

    actually why 70-200VR so much more expensive than the 50-500 ?
    because of the VR technology?

    i actually looking for a further than 300mm zoom lens...
    currently have a 70-300mm sigma (cheap and good)
    but feel that the reach is not there when i go to the zoo and shoot...
    would like to have more zoom.... hai....

    now stuck at cross road... dun know which lens to buy.....
    consider getting a 2xTC?

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    I've tried. no AF and the quality will suffer so much.... might as well shoot and use software to crop.

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    Actually wanna recommend to you Nikon 200-400mm.... but then just read your complain about price.... so dun know what to recommend.... the Bigma is the cheapest lens if you wanna go >300mm in reach... But the biggest problem i have with my Bigma is that its more of a lens for use in bright daylight... Also, to use Bigma effectively, I recommend that it be used swith a good tripod.... I have seen people manage to take great shots handheld.... unfortunately i do now have any luck with that.....

    BTW OT a little.... if you use lens with that long reach... its usually heavy... So besides a sturdy tripod, you also need a good ballhead that will not slip. So if you do not have a sturdy tripod and ballhead, you may wanna add those to your cost of lens...

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    i'd been pondering over this fr a few days n having heartache cos my 80-200mm ED is soft and having back focus prob despite sending it to NSC for the 2nd time. i guess i'll b watching this thread too. wish i had nuff money to get the 80-400 VR.

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    Most economical and efficient way to get to 400mm -> get sigma 70-200/2.8+2XTC (Less than $2000).
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    To get 400mm range, I personally use a 200/2.8L coupled with a 2x tele which gives reasonable quality. The setup is pretty light (around 1kg) and inexpensive (~$1k if used) too. There is probably a similar lens in Nikon's line-up too.

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    i'm also looking for those >400 tele..... 80-400 is about 2.5k, and bigma 50-500 about 1.6K........ diff by 900.... 900 good enough to get a 12-24......
    which to go ? suggestion suggestion........

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    Quote Originally Posted by icarus
    Most economical and efficient way to get to 400mm -> get sigma 70-200/2.8+2XTC (Less than $2000).
    dun reccomend this lah.. coz this combo sometimes give u soft pics. and sometimes good pics when u have super good lighting... i wouldnt recommend this combi.

    if u wish. u can consider getting a Sigma APO 400 f/5.6 Macro lens. it functions as both a macro and telephoto.

    theres one at Alex Photo. its condition is MINT lah... go try... and its a AF lens. cheap, good, and a 400mm too.

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