• BirdForum is the net's largest birding community dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE!

    Register for an account to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Sigma 300mm f4 Tele macro VS Nikon 300mm f4 AF-S (1 Viewer)

micloi

Well-known member
Nikon with the Nikon TC-17e II

Sigma with the Soligor 1.7x (older, non-DG)

Both sharp. Sigma has less contrast, thus the more apparent noise from the auto level correction.

Nikon has more magnification

Biggest difference is AF speed

Sigma is great for macros with 0.33x magnification (at 1.20m) vs the Nikon's 0.24x (at 1.4m)With the 1.7x the Sigma has a magnification of 0.56x making it a very good macro lens for skittish subjects that need you to keep your distance.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u...f/Nikon 300mm and Sigma 300mm/Nikon 510mm.JPG

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u...f/Nikon 300mm and Sigma 300mm/Sigma 510mm.jpg

For half the cost of the Nikon (both used) the Sigma is a very sharp lens for some uses. Mostly macros and static subjects, maybe even birds in flight BUT without a TC as AF is too slow with the tele-converter
More tests to follow when the weather permits
 

Neil-T

Moorlands Macro: Close up and personal....with bug
Nikon with the Nikon TC-17e II

Sigma with the Soligor 1.7x (older, non-DG)

Both sharp. Sigma has less contrast, thus the more apparent noise from the auto level correction.

Nikon has more magnification

Biggest difference is AF speed

Sigma is great for macros with 0.33x magnification (at 1.20m) vs the Nikon's 0.24x (at 1.4m)With the 1.7x the Sigma has a magnification of 0.56x making it a very good macro lens for skittish subjects that need you to keep your distance.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u...f/Nikon 300mm and Sigma 300mm/Nikon 510mm.JPG

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u...f/Nikon 300mm and Sigma 300mm/Sigma 510mm.jpg

For half the cost of the Nikon (both used) the Sigma is a very sharp lens for some uses. Mostly macros and static subjects, maybe even birds in flight BUT without a TC as AF is too slow with the tele-converter
More tests to follow when the weather permits
Thats a very good test Michael, thank you.
 

micloi

Well-known member
I like it so much that I have a Sigma 400mm f5.6 APO TELE MACRO on the way for further testing
 
Last edited:

danixmen

New member
Hello, I am interested in this topic. I have some doubts that I would I could solve:

- The Sigma 300mm which version is .... non-APO, APO or HSM APO?
- In making the comparison with 2 different TC I think it is not quite correct. Can you compare the two lenses without TC?

I have the Sigma APO 300mm f4 and I'm curious to know Whether the 300mm f4 Nikkor AF-D is clearer

Thank you!
 

Users who are viewing this thread

Top