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

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.
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.