Included in our rankings this time are two versions of Sigma’s stabilized 120-300mm f2.8 DG OS HSM S series lens, the recently updated model and the previous iteration. With over half the range of a 70-200mm f2.8, and at around 60% of the price of the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f2.8 the Sigma is a tempting option.
|Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S Nikon||3599||29||19|
|Sigma APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Nikon||2449||26||19|
|Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II||6999||24||17|
|Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR||2700||21||15|
|Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED||196||20||11|
|Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED||669||20||12|
|Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO-M DG Macro Nikon||209||19||12|
|Tamron SP 70-300 F/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon||449||19||10|
|Sigma 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Nikon||1659||19||13|
|Sigma 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG APO OS HSM Nikon||999||19||12|
|Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS Nikon||359||19||11|
|Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO Macro Super II Nikon||199||19||12|
|Nikon AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED||1665||18||10|
|Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR||1050||17||10|
|Tamron AF 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical [IF] Macro Nikon||600||16||9|
Nikon’s AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm f4G ED VR II has also been analyzed and while the Sigma has higher peak sharpness, it doesn’t have the corner sharpness of the Nikkor at f4-5.6 over the 200-300mm range. The Nikon is also an excellent performer at 400mm but it’s still not in the same league in sharpness as the firm’s AF-S Nikkor 400mm f2.8G ED VR.
Smaller and lighter than the Sigma and Nikon 200-400mm, the new AF-S 80-400mm f4.5-5.6G ED VR is another model with good optical quality and although it’s sharper at the shorter end it still has good center sharpness and negligible chromatic aberration where it’s likely to be used most, wide-open at 400mm. At $2,700 it’s not inexpensive but it’s more accessibly priced than the faster, more specialised models.