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

Sigma_80-400_OS
Review Date: Jul 18, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: Well built, VR or OS works very well. Has the wide range I need. I like being able to manually overide the auto focus without any problem.
Cons:
lack of sharpness, too slow for sports in general.

he lens had to go back to Sigma as soon as I tested it out due to lack of sharpness over a wide range of situations and f/stops, zoom ranges, etc. The supposedly fixed the problem by changing the OS system. I don't know what the heck THAT has to do with image softness! But is the Nikkor 80-400 any better?? It is a lens you have to learn HOW to use properly. I AM getting better images after practice. But is really is NOT a real "sharp" lens. But is was all I could AFFORD! I think I shoujld have bought the 80-400 Nikkor. I donno.... I use a Nikon D-200. No mods were needed to have the Sigma operate perfectly with the D-200. Sigma has fixed that problem as soon as the D-200 came out. I CAN and will have to manually focus fast sports shots. I will have to adapt.