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01-12-2014, 08:28 PM   #1
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Which 120-400 Zoom???

Which would you buy?
Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 AF APO DG HSM
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Sigma 120-400/4.5-5.6 APO DG OS Optical Stabilized HSM
Thanks for any help.


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01-12-2014, 09:38 PM   #2
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I leave the SR on and the OS off, so I would not pay extra only for OS. Some claim an advantage with OS on longer lenses, but I have operational considerations to leave it off.
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They are the same thing. Both actually come with OS.
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Thanks Giklab & SpecialK.

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If you have the cash, we have the 50-500 OS Sigma. It is amazing to be able to use it at 50mm, then zoom to 500. It has allowed many shots that would otherwise not of happened. The quality is very good in our opinion, but it is BIG!

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If you're on a budget and don't mind looking around for an older zoom lens, check out Sigma 135-400mm. There's two editions, an earlier one with a smooth finish, and a later one with a crinkle finish and a zoom lock. If you don't mind the lack of a zoom lock, the earlier one can often be had for a very reasonable price. I used to have a Tokina 80-400mm, which was excellent at 80mm and ok at 400mm. The Sigma 135-400mm strengths are more at the longer end on the other hand, with excellent 300mm and good 400mm. Chromatic aberrations are more controlled at the longer end than the shorter end, too. Size is not bad, about the same as my Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 (when the Sigma isn't zoomed out).
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Long lenses handheld will focus quicker with OS in the lens because the subject isn't jumping around. That was the case with the K5 and 150-500 with OS.
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eaglem on this forum has one for sale (in Oz). I wish I could justify buying it.

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There doesn't seem to be much love on the forum for the 120-400 Sigma, and except for one very positive review on the net (comparing it the the Canon alternative), reviews seem to be... mixed. Maybe it's just an odd range, but it seems like it could potentially be useful, without as much size penalty as the 50-500.
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Thanks all.
My inquiry presupposed that the eBay "buyer" of my 400mm f/2.8 A* would actually pay for the lens. He/she did not! (Dirty rassafratz!)
So, I will have to wait and see if I ever get some money to buy any of these lenses.
Keep your fingers crossed for me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pntxjack Quote
Thanks all.
My inquiry presupposed that the eBay "buyer" of my 400mm f/2.8 A* would actually pay for the lens. He/she did not! (Dirty rassafratz!)
So, I will have to wait and see if I ever get some money to buy any of these lenses.
Keep your fingers crossed for me.
Jack
Did you try selling that 400mm f2.8 here on the forum marketplace? Judging by the reviews/reputation, realistically anything else you get is likely to disappoint (at 400mm, at least.)

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Thanks Tibbitts. I might consider that.
I have to wait a couple of more days to be sure eBay credits my account for the fee they charged when my lens "sold".
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