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  1. Apodidae49

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    I was going to save money by buying a 95mm Polaroid UV filter as the brand has a “name” and when I mentioned it the guy in Wilkinsons he said not to do that as he’d had a guy in who had taken a 150-600 Sigma to Australia and was unhappy about the IQ and took the lens back to the shop. Removing...
  2. Apodidae49

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    Well that’s saved me £120 anyway!
  3. Apodidae49

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    Got my Nikon 200-500 today for a Black Friday price of £999, and from a reputable dealer, Wilkinson Cameras, so it’s not a grey import and has a 2 year warranty. Sadly, not going to get much of a go with it till January as it’s a 70th birthday present for end of December. Did put it on my D7200...
  4. Apodidae49

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    I know it’s heavier but that isn’t a deal-breaker (the weight of the 150-600 Sigma Sports is a deal/back breaker) It feels good on my camera body and I’ve got a couple of folders of shots taken with the Nikon and the Tammy on my D7200 and there isn’t much in them size-wise at full zoom.
  5. Apodidae49

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    The deeper I delve into this long zoom malarkey the more I keep seeing the phrases “good example” and “bad example” and “fine tuning using the dock” with regard to the Tammy and the two Sigmas. Now call me a sceptic snowflake but I don’t want to be getting a “bad example” and having to send it...
  6. Apodidae49

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    Thanks for the insight Chosun. As to the lens you linked to above it’s from MH-Direct. A year ago, when I had my D5600, I bought one new from MH-Direct and Tamron UK wouldn’t register it as it was a grey import, so I sent it back. Not sure where 2nd owners come in the warranty pecking order but...
  7. Apodidae49

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    Heart says Nikon, head (and load bearing parts of my anatomy) says Tamron. Still got a way to go before acquisition though. Off to the Cairngorms on Tuesday, with the 70-300, in search of crested tits and golden eagles.
  8. Apodidae49

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    Thanks for the input Marc. I think, as an enthusiastic amateur and not a dedicated photographer, I will probably be happy with the results from the Tamron, but there are some stunning results for both lenses on view on the internet. The Tamron certainly seems a bit less of a lump to carry around...
  9. Apodidae49

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    More lens reviewing in-store and this time also had a look at the Sigma 150-600 but decided I didn’t like it as much as the Tammy or the Nikon as the zoom was stiff and turned the “wrong way” December is getting nearer and with it a decision about the lens and I’m now veering toward the Tammy...
  10. Apodidae49

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    Every day is a school day! :t:
  11. Apodidae49

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    Isn’t it a full stop at maximum zoom - 5.6 as opposed to 6.3 or is that half a stop?
  12. Apodidae49

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    Went in to Wilkinson Cameras, in Liverpool, today as they had kindly got a Nikon fit Tammy 150-600 in for me to try on my D7200 body alongside the Nikon 200-500. Shot a few pictures of the same views with both lenses and was quite impressed with the handling of the Tamron and its zoom range. The...
  13. Apodidae49

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    Thanks Marc and Chosun, I’m still interested in the Tammy if I can get one to try out on my D7200. As far as zooming goes, I think the Nikon zoomed fully in less than 180degrees but I wasn’t really concentrating on that. I’ll have a look at that link you posted and put it into the melting pot...
  14. Apodidae49

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    Few more shots with the Nikon 200-500...
  15. Apodidae49

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    Went back to Jessops with D7200 body to test out the two lenses and, Sod’s Law being what it is, the Tamron was a Canon mount and they didn’t have a Nikon mount. Anyhoo, onto the camera went the Nikon 200-500 and very nice, and well-balanced, it felt too. Didn’t mess much with the camera...
  16. Apodidae49

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    Sounds like it. Is it annoying or distracting?
  17. Apodidae49

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    Went to Jessops to have a look at the Nikon 200-500 and the Tammy 150-600. They had both lenses but not a “trial body” to put them on as it was out on loan and guess who hadn’t taken his camera body along? Both are hefty lumps and I guess a look through them will have to wait a couple of days...
  18. Apodidae49

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    Thanks to all contributors for your welcome advice. It’s a bit difficult to get access to lenses to try out, but not impossible. I’ll keep on with the 70-300 to get used to the camera modes and different settings and try to get a look at some of the lenses mentioned. Still keeping an open...
  19. Apodidae49

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    Kindly climb out of my throat and draw a breath! You are an expert, I am not. Read the previous post, I meant a Tamron tc with a Nikon fit (I just didn’t express it very well). I thought that a 100-400 comparatively small lens with a 1.4tc could be a more palatable (and economic) alternative to...
  20. Apodidae49

    Best long lens for about a grand for D7200

    Sorry, I meant a Nikon fit tc. Just a question of do Tamron do one for the lens? All the video reviews I see say that it’s a full frame lens but I assume it will work on DX bodies like my D7200?
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