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Offline bobby jack

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Bigma 150-500 or Tamron 70-300 USD ?
« on: April 12, 2014, 09:22:18 PM »
No comparison reviews considering the long end difference & perhaps a dumb question...
The Sigma is about $400 USD more, but man what a range! Gary Wong swears by Sigma lens, but is there any one here that has any advice? I've yet to read the Bigma reviews. Nothing but rave comments concerning the Tammy. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Bigma 150-500 or Tamron 70-300 USD ?
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2014, 03:48:17 AM »
I have the Bigma 50-500 mm and bought it 5 years or so ago.  Used to use it on my A700 but it is too heavy for me to carry so it only comes out infrequently these days.  I miss its range but not it's weight.  You would be better comparing the Tamron 70-300 with the Sony 70-300G which is one of my two walk about lenses these days.  (The other is the 24-70CZ) ...john
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Re: Bigma 150-500 or Tamron 70-300 USD ?
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2014, 06:07:16 AM »
I must agree with all John says, they don't call the Sigma, the Bigma, simply due to it's reach. Both the Sigma 50-500 and the Sigma 150-500, are hefty beasts.
Sony A7, A850, A77, A700 || Sony>> 70-300G, 28-75 f2.8 SAM, 16-80CZ, 50 f1.4, FE 28-70 OSS, FE 24-70CZ f4 OSS, LA-EA4 || Minolta>> 300 f4 G HS, 200 f2.8 G HS, 100 f2.8 (D) Macro, 50 f1.7, 28 f2.8, 28-135 f4-4.5, 70-210 f4, 500 f8 Reflex, TC x 1.4 HS, TC x 2 HS. || Sigma 21-35 f3.5-4.2. || Tamron SP 24-135.

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Re: Bigma 150-500 or Tamron 70-300 USD ?
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2014, 05:08:50 PM »
Thanks..
The guys name is Gary Fong, my mistake. For the time being, I don't think I can go wrong spending $349 for the Tammy. One day I DO want to join the 500mm club, or heck by that time perhaps the 70-600 Tamron will be available.

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Re: Bigma 150-500 or Tamron 70-300 USD ?
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2014, 08:59:01 AM »
The Tamron 150-600 is supposed to be released this month, and appears to be a great lens, though not perfect (there is a question mark over it's ability to do fast AF at longer focal lengths - probably better for slow moving targets at 600mm, rather than BIF).

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Re: Bigma 150-500 or Tamron 70-300 USD ?
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2014, 08:41:03 AM »
I've heard some good things about the new Tamron 600mm lens.

I have had both the bigma and the 300mm.  I felt they were both fair lenses for the money but mine were a little soft at the long end, which isn't unusual.  The issue I have with both sigma and tamron is quality control.  Copies can often vary quite dramatically.  That isn't to say the same isn't true with other manufacturers, it's just personally I have found this to be more so with the Sigma and Tamron.  Of course you could easily argue that this is why they are generally cheaper.

I ditched both and saved up for the Sony 70-400mm, and never looked back....  Hope this helps.

P.s. What is it you want to capture btw, as this could have some bearing?  It might be worth thinking about a 70-200 f2.8 and a 2x extender.  The new ones are not cheap, but you could probably get a second hand one on ebay.  I am not a big fan of extenders myself, especially the 2x, however I cannot deny that some of the best photos I have taken has been with a 70-200mm lens.  That set up is really flexible too if travelling.
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Re: Bigma 150-500 or Tamron 70-300 USD ?
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2014, 02:11:50 PM »
COOL!
There are people who actually think LENS stabilization is better than sensor shifting!

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Re: Bigma 150-500 or Tamron 70-300 USD ?
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2014, 08:54:05 PM »
Species, mostly for birding, although here in N.W. Oklahoma when the whitetail deer start moving during the rut, the opportunities to capture buck/does are endless. That is IF you have the range to get the shot (pic). Did I say shot? ha ha

P.S. 200-300 isn't enough for either (in my experience, which isn't much)
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