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by Bruce Sherman on Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:57 pm
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After reading all the replies to my recent post about a camera that will perform better at higher ISO settings I have pretty much decided to go with the Nikon D500 (and maybe get the D850 later). I would like to get one of these two lenses:
Nikon AF-S 200-500 mm f/5.6E ED VR lens OR
Tamron SP 150-600mm F5/6.3 Di VC USD G2 lens

Both lenses are almost identical in price, weight, and size. The Tamron has a little more reach (at the expense of 1/3 f-stop) and can be used with the TAP-in console to fine tune AF. The Nikon can be used with the Nikon 1.4X TC.

Which would you get if you were in my shoes?

Thanks in advance for any help.
 

by E.J. Peiker on Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:03 pm
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There's also the Sigma 150-600 pair which are compatible with Sigma's 1.4x...

But I would never recommend a TC on any of these super tele zooms.
 

by jyunker on Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:28 pm
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I've been using the 200-500 with the D500 for over a year now and have been very pleased so far. 
 

by david fletcher on Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:38 pm
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Bruce, I've been using the Sigma 150-600 OS Sport for a year and a half now.  Have posted quite a few images here.  Been pleased. 
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Nothing special... was waiting for Barn Owls to show, in 2016... no show.  the post behaved and never moved.  details better view larger lol

techs,  D500 150-600 at 600.  1/1000 F6.3  ISO 800 HH.  F8 is a real sweet spot on my lens.  Edge definition not bad at all
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by Mark Picard on Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:03 pm
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david fletcher wrote:
Bruce, I've been using the Sigma 150-600 OS Sport for a year and a half now.  Have posted quite a few images here.  Been pleased. 
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Nothing special... was waiting for Barn Owls to show, in 2016... no show.  the post behaved and never moved.  details better view larger lol

techs,  D500 150-600 at 600.  1/1000 F6.3  ISO 800 HH.  F8 is a real sweet spot on my lens


I also own the Sigma Sport, and although it is heavier than the Tamron or the Sigma C, I find the image quality to be better than either of those two. In my opinion, you MUST calibrate the Sigmas (and camera of choice) with their USB Dock software. You can fine tune the lenses to four different focal lengths and four different distances. My girlfriend uses the Nikon 200-500mm, and I find it to be of excellent quality with a fantastic VR. The 200mm-500mm is a perfect lightweight lens for hand holding like from a kayak or grab shots from a vehicle. I would recommend it above either the Tamron G2 or the Sigma C, even though it's a hundred millimeters shorter.
 
As a side note, I sold my D500 in favor of the D850. You can crop to the D500 size and have essentially the same file size, while maintaining the full frame size when there's no need to crop. Excellent all around camera capable of either landscape or wildlife images, with a slightly better high ISO capabilities compared to the D500. I opted for the grip with the larger D5 battery to achieve the 9 frames per second too.   
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