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    Recommended zoom lens.

    If you were going to recommend a longer zoom lens to shoot wildlife to a person on say about a 500-700 budget,
    What lens would you recommend.
    Would it be a 3rd party lens or maybe a used lens.
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    I've got a lens or 2 in mind but I would love to get more feedback on what other options I may have.
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    for wildlife you're kindof in a tough spot because you need something MUCH longer than most typical zooms, and when you start looking at those focal lengths, you're talking much more money, even for just mediocre lenses. zooms in that price range aren't going to pair well with teleconverters, so you'll need to look at the exact focal lengths you'll need, so you'll probably want something that will extend to at least 500mm, if not further. you won't find anything from Nikon that will do that for under several thousand dollars (though the 80-400 is nice, 400mm is still a little short for wildlife, especially birds if you're planning on doing that, and it's still pretty expensive)...

    you've got a few options, the older Sigma 50-500 and 150-500, or tamron 200-500 were okay lenses. they will get you to 500mm and are relatively affordable on the used market (in the 600-800 range IIRC), however their performance at 500mm suffers a bit, and they're pretty slow (wide open at f6.3)...so you're sacrificing a good amount...but they'll work, and they'll do better than using something much shorter and cropping in way way far. but in that price range it's more a question of what you're willing to sacrifice more than anything else.

    There are a few other options that have recently become available. first is the Tamron 150-600, it get good reviews for optical quality given it's price, but it'll be more expensive than your 500-700 budget, it retails new at just over $1k. Sigma also just announced 2 150-600 lenses (one in their 'sports' line, one in their 'contemporary' line) both should do pretty well, and they'll be compatible with their dock which is good. their prices aren't known yet, I would suspect the contemporary version to be close to the price of the tamron lens at around $1k...the sports one will likely be a bit better optically, and build quality, but will probably cost a bit more (I've heard closer to $2k, but that's just a rumor)...

    personally, if you can afford to save up a little for the tamron (or contemporary sigma depending on it's price), it would be worth it IMO. but if not the older sigma 50-500 or 150-500, or tamron 200-500 would do the job within your price range.

    unfortunately the cost to make high quality super telephoto lenses in these ranges skyrockets after this...the sigma 120-300 f2.8 is cheap but good at just over $3k, the Nikon 200-400 f4 is slower but also good at just over $5k, then the best high end primes go up from there, the 300 f2.8 is ~$5.5k, the 500 f4 is $8.5k, the 600 f4 is $10k, the new 400 f2.8 is $12k, and the 800 f5.6 is $17k...kinda crazy, but they are superb lenses delivering uncompromising results at fast apertures...
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    Quote Originally Posted by NEF.D90 View Post
    I've got a lens or 2 in mind but I would love to get more feedback on what other options I may have.
    which ones were you looking at specifically?
    -Justin

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    Went looking on ebay just for fun. I was looking for a nikkor 500mm lol. Well I came across one of these only $400.
    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...hDa_Y-WngcqtGw

    Tamron 200-500mm F5.6-6.3
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    There is a whole world of 500mm Max telephoto lens or the.

    Tamron
    Sigma
    Tokina
    Bigma
    Ect. Ect.
    The thing is, which one is the best bang for your buck
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    Quote Originally Posted by NEF.D90 View Post
    Went looking on ebay just for fun. I was looking for a nikkor 500mm lol. Well I came across one of these only $400.
    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...hDa_Y-WngcqtGw

    Tamron 200-500mm F5.6-6.3
    yeah that's the one, its an okay lens. like the others it'll get you to 500mm, but it's not without its flaws.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NEF.D90 View Post
    There is a whole world of 500mm Max telephoto lens or the.

    Tamron
    Sigma
    Tokina
    Bigma
    Ect. Ect.
    The thing is, which one is the best bang for your buck
    yup, so the "bigma" is just a nick-name for the sigma 50-500mm...there is also the "sigmonster" which is the 300-800mm f5.6

    honestly, I think the bigma is probably the best bang for the buck. either that or a Nikon 80-400mm, though the sigma will likely be less expensive
    -Justin

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    I was reading a review for the tamron 200-500 on FB forum and they were saying that the tamron was about 485mm on the long end and the Bigma was only about 450mm at best.
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    So in your opinion (and I strongly recommend that everyone do loads of research before making a large purchase) what would you say the build quality of these $600 ultra zooms is?
    Now I now your not getting a pro lens for this money but for someone starting out in long range photography would these low dollar zooms be worth while. Do you think they will deliver an image that a person would be proud to show?
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