Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4-5.6G or SIGMA 70-300MM F4-5.6 DG MACRO NIKON

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  1. AnthonyCorbo

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    Which one should i get whats better? Nikon one or sigma one ( sorry for noob terms):sexywink: the nikon one is 140$ and the sigma is 130$ so price difference is minimal. Btw it's going on a d40 if that makes a difference.
     
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    I believe neither of them will autofocus...

    Do they have AF-S?
     
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    If you go for the sigma get the APO edition - the APO coatings on the glass will give a noticable improvment in quality over the older edition of the lens.
    Myself I would say of the two - go for the sigma. The macro feature is worth it to play around with and can be quite (very)addictive. Note that its not full macro, you won't get blindingly close insect shots, but you can get very good photography of things like the opened head of a flower or other things roughly that size.
    At this price range both are going to be softer at the long (300mm) end and both would benefit greatly from being used from a tripod setup (even a cheap tripod - the added stability really helps with these lenses)
     
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    The SIGMA 70-300MM F4-5.6 DG MACRO NIKON APO edition is $200 is it really worth the extra $70?
     
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    Neither, get the 55-200 instead so you'll have AF.
     
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    I would say it is yes - unless you are planning to replace the lens with better models in the near future then I would definaty say spend the extra.
    However if Reg is right (and I think he is) then not having AF is going to be a major limitation - especailly considering that DSLRs are not the easiest to manually focus on (compared to the film SLRs).
    I would check this out before purchasing and if you lose AF consider looking around for alternative lenses is possible. I can't offer any since I am not a Nikon shooter and simply don't know alternatives -- like what Sw1tch just suggested ;) :)
     
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    Oh,ok thanks for telling me
     
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    So the 55-200mm VR Lenses is the best choice?
     
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    I would agree with that, 55-200 VR nice cheap VR nikon made lens cant really do better for the price that will AF with the D40
     
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    From my understanding the Sigma will AF with any Nikon.

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