Best (and most) Zoom for $1000

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    For an excellent quality GP zoom lens, this would be my recommendation as well. There are two models of the 80-200 f/2.8....the AF-S & AF-D. The AF-S has the silent wave motor, which focuses slightly faster, but IMO, for a cheaper price, the AF-D image quality is superb. If you shop around, you can occasionally find one in the $600-$700 range, which leaves enough coin for a good quality 1.4 or 1.7 tele-converter, which would give you a respectable 280mm or 340mm (resp) f/4.


     
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    You do realize that, if you blow up balloons at the county fair, you also can call yourself a rocket scientist.
     
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    Whoa.. didn't check this thread for a day.. lots of responses...

    I should have included more info..

    I ALREADY have an 18-200 haha.. so thanks to those who suggested it (I do love it b-t-w).

    I would consider prime, but I prefer something with a zoom. I was using a Sigma 300 prime all weekend, and I didn't like the fact that the odd shot was actually too close.
    something between 150 or 200 and 400 (or anywhere in between) would be good.
    I know the lens I used this weekend was worth about $3800, but I don't have the budget for that this year (after buying 2 cameras), and I would still like to do a bit of bird and wildlife shooting
     
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    Nikon Zoom Telephoto AF VR Zoom Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED Autofocus Lens (Vibration Reduction) $1429.95


    I like this..
    or something similar
    Does Sigma have an equivalent to this?
     
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    Yep exactly the same range on both aperture and focal length, new price is around 1,350 dollars, havent looked for it on apart from retail sites so no idea what the actual price is.

    Alternative is the 135-400 f4.5-5.6 retails for about 800 dollars.
     
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    I have the 80-400 Sigma with OS, and I love it although I've never used any other zoom like this to compare it to. (PS, the OS this lens has offers stability both horizontally and vertically, something I heard Nikon's VR does not do.)

    My dad got it for my used from a friend for only 500 bucks, and it's a $1,000 lens new (I imagine its a bit less now, you probably will want to buy it used). It works really well for zoo pics, bird watching and nature hikes, and whatever other subjects I like to zoom in on. ;)
     
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    Sigma has a 120-400 and a 150-500 coming out in April.

    I would wait to see how those work before making final decision.

    Both are in the $800-$1000 range. I believe they have Nikon + Canon versions.

    I love my "L" lens, but to save $300-$400 I can use Sigma ;)
     
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    Some good advice so far.. thanks.. I would love to hear more from people who may already have a 300, 400 or 500mm lens thats worth under $1400.
     
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    The 18-200 does have horizontal and vertical VR. It detects panning and automatically disables VR in the panning direction. That feature can be turned off so that VR functions in both planes 100% of the time. This lens is called "VR-II." I don't know if other lenses with the earlier VR version also functioned this way.
     
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    Oh ok I was waiting for someone to expand on that, I thought that Nikon would have it but I didn't know what lenses it has it on.
     
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    Ive never heard of that..
     
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    I think I now have my mind set on the Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 EX DG APO HSM
    Goes for $999.99 on B&H and I'm having trouble finding bad reviews.

    Anyone have any thoughts? Anyone have this lens?
     

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