If you are looking for a enormous tele focal range for shooting Wildlife and Sports on a budget, you have multiple options these days. Nikon has a new 200-500mm f/5.6 lens, Tamron has 150-600mm f/5-f/6.3 lens and Sigma also has 150-600mm f/5-f/6.3 lens (comes in two editions; Contemporary and Sports) all under $2K category. All three lens are comparative and competing in same category. All have some edge over the other but the unlike the f/4 brethren, the best part is they don’t cost a kidney or a arm!
I am not really a full time Wildlife shooter. I have restricted myself from buying nay more photography gear until my current gear are used to full potential; but of late I have been thinking of buying a telephoto lens, mainly for bird photography. To be frank, Nikon 200-500 lens actually got me thinking. As with all my purchases I generally like to try the item before buying. Recently I got an opportunity to shoot an Airshow in Singapore. Unfortunately Nikon 200-500mm lens are not available for rent. I had to rented a Sigma 150-600mm f/5-f/6.3 Sports lens for the show. I kept the lens for couple of days. On day one I visited Jurong Bird Park and on day two I shot the Singapore airshow 2016 (Link opens in new tab)
|What I Like||What I Dislike|
|Tack sharp Focus||Lens barrel slides down when lens is pointed downwards|
|Faster focusing speed||Weight|
|Multi position focal length lock||Weight|
Here are some sample images I clicked from this lens. I hope these images can help you in deciding if this lens is worth it!
** All pictures posted above have been shot on D750 and processed in LR6. Drop me a message below if you want to pixel peep into any of the RAW files. I can upload to drop box for you **