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Sigma 80-400mm F4.5-5.6 EX OS APO

Review Date: May 2, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: $939.00 | Rating: 2 

Pros: Built rugged and Solid -
Poor Optics, sharpness and clarity average. This is rated like a Nikon G lens according to specs provided. My N75 together with G lens is much better, sharper. So dissapointed that I returned this lens.

I purchased the Sigma 80-400 mm last week and received it yesterday. I returned it today. After testing it out I was very disappointed with the opitcal performance of this lens. Depth of Field was almost non existent. Sharpness was poor. There is no way that this lens can be compared to a Nikon G lens. I have learned my lesson on this one. Maybe I am a die hard Nikon person. But, I think that a Nikon Lens goes with a Nikon Camera. A Tamron lens maybe? A Sigma Lens may match up well with a Sigma Camera but, I hoped that perhaps when they tested out this lens they would have done it against the Nikon 80-400 VR. The Sigma Lens is solid, rugged which is the best part of this lens feature. But, without good optics all you have is a mechanical machine. The Sigma 80-400 runs smooth and, contrary to what I read in some reviews it runs quieter than my Nikon 70-300 mm lens. Hunting was minimal. The optical stabilizer? I could have lived with the wait of this lens especially with a nice tripod mount feature. However, to be quite honest I feel that perhaps lenses of other manufactures including Sigma will be a long time working at trying to match the quality of a Nikon lens.