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    Default Which 500mm Zoom or Tele would you recommend?

    Can anyone help to recommend any good, sharp 500mm Tele or zoom?
    My budget is around S$1,500.

    I've some options:
    1) Get a used M42/Nikon mount 500mm Mirror (Don't know whether is it sharp?) Anyone used one before care to share your experience?
    2) Looking at sigma 170-500mm non DG? Any comments on this lens? read many reviews but are very mixed? Is there a major diff between non-DG and DG? some reviews said DG is better?
    3) Sigma 50-500mm, review showed that this is a much better lens but it's out of my budget?

    My objective is to own a 500mm lens that's reasonably sharp and if I can save $$$ on the lens like buying a M42 mount lens, that would be preferred.

    Please let me know you recommendations......and experiences if you have used any of the lens.

    Thank you

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    Default Re: Which 500mm Zoom or Tele would you recommend?

    Looking at your budget, I would prolly go with a used Sigma 50-500mm or a Tamron 200-500mm. These two superzooms have decent optics and will be much better than a mirror lens. For price to performance ratio, they can't be beat. You have to stretch your budget by a couple hundred dollars more though.

    No comment on the Sigma 170-500mm as I do not have experience with that lens.

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    Thank bro.....

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    Default Re: Which 500mm Zoom or Tele would you recommend?

    sigma 50-500mm

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    Default Re: Which 500mm Zoom or Tele would you recommend?

    I'm currently doing some research on 50-500mm sigma lens and figuring out which 1.4X tele- converter I should buy to use with this Sigma lens and at the same time can be used with my Nikon 300mm F4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stress View Post
    I'm currently doing some research on 50-500mm sigma lens and figuring out which 1.4X tele- converter I should buy to use with this Sigma lens and at the same time can be used with my Nikon 300mm F4.
    You can try the Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 1.4x TC. About $250-$270 if I'm not mistaken.

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    nt very sure, but i think sigma lens have to use back sigma own TC...
    kenko tc is about $240, i got mine 2x at that price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stress View Post
    I'm currently doing some research on 50-500mm sigma lens and figuring out which 1.4X tele- converter I should buy to use with this Sigma lens and at the same time can be used with my Nikon 300mm F4.
    How abt a 1.7TC with your 300mm f/4 ? Using the Nikon TC 1.7TC with the 300mm AFS f/4 and getting reasonable results.

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    Wanna own a 500mm lor.....I already got a 2X tele converter and want to complete my lens collection. Sad thing is that my lenses are all sitting in the dry-cabi fully under utilise. Every nite will kneel in front of the dry-cabi and worship the cam & lenses.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stress View Post
    Wanna own a 500mm lor.....I already got a 2X tele converter and want to complete my lens collection. Sad thing is that my lenses are all sitting in the dry-cabi fully under utilise. Every nite will kneel in front of the dry-cabi and worship the cam & lenses.....
    Hahahaa sounds familiar. I got a mini canon camera and lens museum at home too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garion View Post
    Hahahaa sounds familiar. I got a mini canon camera and lens museum at home too.
    Mind giving us the museum address ?

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    Default Re: Which 500mm Zoom or Tele would you recommend?

    i did a field test on a sigma 170-500 (should be non DG)

    http://forum.clubsnap.org/showthread.php?t=199007

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    Default Re: Which 500mm Zoom or Tele would you recommend?

    Quote Originally Posted by majere2sg View Post
    Mind giving us the museum address ?
    You want private viewing ar...can lor. I take some pics and PM you?

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