Need telephoto advice for my D750

BlakebronstadBlakebronstad Posts: 8Member
edited February 2015 in General Discussions
Hey! So I have a d750 and have been itching to get a real long telephoto lens. I have and love the nikkor 80-200 2.8, and am now wondering if I should pick up last year's Tamron 150 - 600 5-6.3 or wait a few months and grab a new sigma contemporary of the same specs. I've really become a fan of sigma with their new lenses, but the tamron has got great reviews and is nearly identical price and spec wise. What to do?
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  • spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 6,030Moderator
    Look at this months PAD thread at the top of the forum page and you will see Coastalconns osprey shots - he uses the Tamron 150-600 and you won't see better results without spending a fortune on high-end Nikon lenses (but then you still have to know how to use it).
    Always learning.
  • CoastalconnCoastalconn Posts: 527Member
    Without spending exotic amounts of money, the Tamron is very good for the price. Here is my gallery with the D7100, D800 and a few other bodies mixed in.. Sorted by flickr's "interestingness" https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=tamron 150-600&user_id=63476818@N08&sort=interestingness-desc
    I'm not sure if the Sigma "C" will be better or not. I haven't seen that many images that wowed me from the Sigma 150-600 "S" and I have looked through many of them. The cool thing about the Sigma is the USB dock so you can change some settings in the lens...
  • BlakebronstadBlakebronstad Posts: 8Member
    @spraynpray thanks for the rec! @coastalconn, thanks for linking me some of your examples (: You have got some really great stuff in there. Aside from the dock capability (i do have the dock after all) and the preferred aesthetic (not too important), I don't think I'll be waiting the 3+ months to find out if the Sigma is better. Think I've seen enough to pull the trigger! Thanks guys!
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    D750 FTW!
  • tcole1983tcole1983 Posts: 981Member
    edited February 2015
    I am not sure what to even add because Coastalconn's pictures are so good. Are you wanting to shoot BIF? If you weren't shooting birds there could be other options, but cost becomes an issue even with the new 300 F4 which I think is more than the tamron and sigma super zooms (although don't quote me on that since I haven't looked at anything in a while).
    Post edited by tcole1983 on
    D5200, D5000, S31, 18-55 VR, 17-55 F2.8, 35 F1.8G, 105 F2.8 VR, 300 F4 AF-S (Previously owned 18-200 VRI, Tokina 12-24 F4 II)
  • haroldpharoldp Posts: 984Member
    The tc14-eIII works very well on the Nikon 80-400, particularly if you have good light and can stop down 1/2 - 1 fstop. You might try this before spending more.

    .... H
    D810, D3x, 14-24/2.8, 50/1.4D, 24-70/2.8, 24-120/4 VR, 70-200/2.8 VR1, 80-400 G, 200-400/4 VR1, 400/2.8 ED VR G, 105/2 DC, 17-55/2.8.
    Nikon N90s, F100, F, lots of Leica M digital and film stuff.

  • BlakebronstadBlakebronstad Posts: 8Member
    Thanks for the tips! I'd be using it mostly for landscape, cityscape, surfing and adventure sports/wildlife on occasion. Considering a teleconverter is over a third the price and wouldn't get me nearly as far, I'll prob go with one of the tele zooms. (:
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  • PhotobugPhotobug Posts: 4,537Member
    edited February 2015
    Here are my suggestions, without knowing your budget:
    Nikon 80-400mm
    Tamron 150-600mm
    Nikon 300mm F4
    Nikon TC14X or TC17X

    All three lens should meet your requirements and provides a range of cost. If money is tight, the Tamron 150-600 is an excellent deal at $1069.

    The TC14X or TC17X on your 80-200 2.8 gives you a nice reach with your lens. Equivalent of 112-280mm with the TC14X or 136-340 with the TC17X.
    Post edited by Photobug on
    D750 & D7100 | 24-70 F2.8 G AF-S ED, 70-200 F2.8 AF VR, TC-14E III, TC-1.7EII, 35 F2 AF D, 50mm F1.8G, 105mm G AF-S VR | Backup & Wife's Gear: D5500 & Sony HX50V | 18-140 AF-S ED VR DX, 55-300 AF-S G VR DX |
    |SB-800, Amaran Halo LED Ring light | MB-D16 grip| Gitzo GT3541 + RRS BH-55LR, Gitzo GM2942 + Sirui L-10 | RRS gear | Lowepro, ThinkTank, & Hoodman gear | BosStrap | Vello Freewave Plus wireless Remote, Leica Lens Cleaning Cloth |
  • spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 6,030Moderator
    "All three lens should meet your requirements and provides a range of cost. If money is tight, the Tamron 150-600 is an excellent deal at under $300."

    Under $300? @-)
    Always learning.
  • PhotobugPhotobug Posts: 4,537Member
    Big typo, I meant to say under $1100.
    D750 & D7100 | 24-70 F2.8 G AF-S ED, 70-200 F2.8 AF VR, TC-14E III, TC-1.7EII, 35 F2 AF D, 50mm F1.8G, 105mm G AF-S VR | Backup & Wife's Gear: D5500 & Sony HX50V | 18-140 AF-S ED VR DX, 55-300 AF-S G VR DX |
    |SB-800, Amaran Halo LED Ring light | MB-D16 grip| Gitzo GT3541 + RRS BH-55LR, Gitzo GM2942 + Sirui L-10 | RRS gear | Lowepro, ThinkTank, & Hoodman gear | BosStrap | Vello Freewave Plus wireless Remote, Leica Lens Cleaning Cloth |
  • BlakebronstadBlakebronstad Posts: 8Member
    @photobug, thanks much for the input! I think I'll go Tamron for the reach and price (: !!
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    @posesawkwardly
    D750 FTW!
  • PhotobugPhotobug Posts: 4,537Member
    @photobug, thanks much for the input! I think I'll go Tamron for the reach and price (: !!
    Excellent - good decision. There have been some excellent post on PAD with this lens and I have personally seen 16x20 prints of BIF and stationary birds at a local dealer. Crisp images with excellent IQ. You will enjoy this lens.
    D750 & D7100 | 24-70 F2.8 G AF-S ED, 70-200 F2.8 AF VR, TC-14E III, TC-1.7EII, 35 F2 AF D, 50mm F1.8G, 105mm G AF-S VR | Backup & Wife's Gear: D5500 & Sony HX50V | 18-140 AF-S ED VR DX, 55-300 AF-S G VR DX |
    |SB-800, Amaran Halo LED Ring light | MB-D16 grip| Gitzo GT3541 + RRS BH-55LR, Gitzo GM2942 + Sirui L-10 | RRS gear | Lowepro, ThinkTank, & Hoodman gear | BosStrap | Vello Freewave Plus wireless Remote, Leica Lens Cleaning Cloth |
  • CoastalconnCoastalconn Posts: 527Member
    It's hard to argue the performance/price ratio of the Tamron. I have been through many lenses and there is currently nothing on the market that would make me switch at this point. Unless something crazy happens I will be happily shooting it for the second Osprey season, but this year on the D800... :)
  • kyoshinikonkyoshinikon Posts: 410Member
    Tamrons are optically fantastic but breathe on them and they lock up as if you dropped it 12 stories... Not the most durable things. You are better off with a used Sigma.
    “To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.” - Bresson
  • MsmotoMsmoto Posts: 5,396Moderator
    "The facts ma'am, just the facts" as Joe Friday used to say.... IMO, when used with proper technique.....once again, Coastalconn, the Tamron performs about like my Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 with TC-20EIII. The price difference......mmmmm.

    The big advantage with the 400mm f/2.8 might be in extremely low light where f/2.8 is really needed. Of course, when carrying it around folks think you must work for SI or one of the auto mags, so this must be worth something..... :))
    Msmoto, mod
  • CoastalconnCoastalconn Posts: 527Member
    edited February 2015
    @kyoshinikon, I would have to disagree with you there. The Tamron 150-600 is built pretty well. I have shot it in every condition possible and it doesn't even look like it's fallen 1/2 story. I easily have 100K shots in it, laying in mud, on beaches, through thunderstorms and snow storms. I am tough on my gear and the Tamron is still going strong. I personally have had very bad luck with Sigma. I purchased a new 120-300 F2.8 OS in November of 2013 and by May of 2014, the OS system failed once and the HSM was replaced twice. I have also had the 50-150 and the focus regulator failed. I have also seen it happen on 2 versions of the 100-300 f4.

    @Msmoto, Sure wish I had a 400 F2.8 at my disposal :)
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  • haroldpharoldp Posts: 984Member
    The Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 with TC-20EIII. is an 800mm F5.6 and sharp wide open, even more so down 1/2 stop at F6.3 (at 800mm)

    They are hardly comparable.

    ... H
    D810, D3x, 14-24/2.8, 50/1.4D, 24-70/2.8, 24-120/4 VR, 70-200/2.8 VR1, 80-400 G, 200-400/4 VR1, 400/2.8 ED VR G, 105/2 DC, 17-55/2.8.
    Nikon N90s, F100, F, lots of Leica M digital and film stuff.

  • PhotobugPhotobug Posts: 4,537Member
    Tamrons are optically fantastic but breathe on them and they lock up as if you dropped it 12 stories... Not the most durable things. You are better off with a used Sigma.
    Also disagree with you. My reference is owning the Tamron 200-500 for 6 years. Used it in all sorts of nasty weather and never...not once...had an issue with it not working correctly. Used it on a tripod and handheld and got bumped by people and no issues. One of my friends who works for a local camera dealer has owned a 200-500 for one year and he is ruff with his equipment. He swears by Tamron.
    D750 & D7100 | 24-70 F2.8 G AF-S ED, 70-200 F2.8 AF VR, TC-14E III, TC-1.7EII, 35 F2 AF D, 50mm F1.8G, 105mm G AF-S VR | Backup & Wife's Gear: D5500 & Sony HX50V | 18-140 AF-S ED VR DX, 55-300 AF-S G VR DX |
    |SB-800, Amaran Halo LED Ring light | MB-D16 grip| Gitzo GT3541 + RRS BH-55LR, Gitzo GM2942 + Sirui L-10 | RRS gear | Lowepro, ThinkTank, & Hoodman gear | BosStrap | Vello Freewave Plus wireless Remote, Leica Lens Cleaning Cloth |
  • PhotobugPhotobug Posts: 4,537Member
    @photobug, thanks much for the input! I think I'll go Tamron for the reach and price (: !!
    Your welcome. Just for clarification, I have personally used all three lens thanks to some very good friends. All produced nice images. After using the 300 F4 last year I decided to buy one in 2015 so when the 300 F4 PF was announced I decided to wait for the DxO results and other field testing before moving forward. I have used a TC17X on my 70-200 but did not use the TC14 or TC17 on those three lens.

    From my perspective, it really comes down to which lens will meet your requirements. From the testing I read on the Tamron 150-600, images posted here on PAD, and my 2 hours of use, it's a good lens.

    D750 & D7100 | 24-70 F2.8 G AF-S ED, 70-200 F2.8 AF VR, TC-14E III, TC-1.7EII, 35 F2 AF D, 50mm F1.8G, 105mm G AF-S VR | Backup & Wife's Gear: D5500 & Sony HX50V | 18-140 AF-S ED VR DX, 55-300 AF-S G VR DX |
    |SB-800, Amaran Halo LED Ring light | MB-D16 grip| Gitzo GT3541 + RRS BH-55LR, Gitzo GM2942 + Sirui L-10 | RRS gear | Lowepro, ThinkTank, & Hoodman gear | BosStrap | Vello Freewave Plus wireless Remote, Leica Lens Cleaning Cloth |
  • heartyfisherheartyfisher Posts: 3,172Member
    edited February 2015
    I have an old tamron 200-400 F5.6 .. its been around .. was given to me many years ago.. still works nicely :-) Such a pain.. I have no excuse to get an upgrade :-) IQ is quite nice only problem is no VR. I have 2 other tamrons. I don't use one of them anymore, it still works but the old 28-200 super zoom from film days just cant compete with the modern IQ. And my latest addition is the 24-70 VC. IQ is really great! seems reasonably tough.. has weather sealing which nikon and canon equivalents don’t, not that I will take it out into the rough (me and that tammy still on "precious" mode :-) ) .
    Post edited by heartyfisher on
    Moments of Light - D610 D7K S5pro 70-200f4 18-200 150f2.8 12-24 18-70 35-70f2.8 : C&C very welcome!
    Being a photographer is a lot like being a Christian: Some people look at you funny but do not see the amazing beauty all around them - heartyfisher.

  • Vipmediastar_JZVipmediastar_JZ Posts: 1,708Member
    Having the Bird Flu myself, BIF, I been enjoying these types of photos.

    I do want the 300f4e with tc due to weight primarly.
    Shooting with the 70-200 2.8 I can see how beneficial zoom is in this case and would rather get a zoom for BIF but then again the weight of the 300 f4e is very tempting.


    here is a review from digital photogrpahy school

    Here is one from Photography life about the sigma version

  • kyoshinikonkyoshinikon Posts: 410Member
    Maybe my experience with tamrons is tainted. All 3 of the ones Ive had broke on me in ways none of my nikon gear has. Maybe they've upped their game since 2011. Optically I found all 3 to be fantastic tho.
    “To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.” - Bresson
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