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    Default Nikon Lens for would be wildlife photographers

    Hi all,
    When I first started using Nikon in addition to Pentax I wanted to really get a feel for the two systems so tested lens in both Mounts or similar ranges on both and decided which to keep. I ultimately decided to use Nikon mostly for birding and Pentax for all else.Mostly because of the insane numbers of Pentax lens and bodies I have. So I am finally letting go the Nikon gear that I have dups of or that I have Pentax mounted versions of. I know we have a bunch of members here that have older nikon Dslr bodies and have expressed interest in wildlife photography so heres your chance.. Nikon I should say is a bit of a pain with their systems, where Pentax is designed so that all lens work on all bodies, Nikon splits their bodies into two groups, some have built in motor drives, some need lens with AF motors.Because of this, its important to match the right lenses to the right DSLR bodies.

    First up is a Gem of a Lens. Its made by Tamron and has a range of 200-500 mm .
    Tamron SP 200-500mm F/5-6.3 LD AF IF Di Telephoto Zoom Lens A08 for Nikon w/Cap $360.00 shipping USA included.(3 available)

    I absolutely love this lens. Its not as fast as newer lens but its range is excellent and its optically sharp. If it gives an indicationof how much I like this inexpensive telephoto lens.. I have 4 copies. I am keeping one as its light weight and perfect for long hikes.

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    Examples...

    Timestop by Al Sabetta, on Flickr

    _DSC5485 by Al Sabetta, on Flickr


    _DSC0081a by Al Sabetta, on Flickr


    _DSC0052 by Al Sabetta, on Flickr

    You will not find a Better Lens in this range for less money.


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    Default Re: Nikon Lens for would be wildlife photographers

    Next is
    Sigma AF 400mm f5.6mm $200 shipping USA included

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    This is a Really decent bargain lens. Optically its good, the 400mm is nice for alot of wildlife and its AF. Its an older lens so don't expect blazing speed. If you like back yard shooting and bird feeder photography its stellar. I will post or email pics if anyone wants to see examples. I bought as I have a pentax mount version.
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    Default Re: Nikon Lens for would be wildlife photographers

    Tamron A009 AF 70-200mm f2.8 SP Di VC USD Lens Nikon $260 Shipping USA Included

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    This is an excellent lens.Its Fast, and tack sharp. I have a copy in Pentax Mount. Close focus to 3 feet. Its an excellent lens for Flowers, pets, butterflies. Its macro capabilities are impressive too,
    Review here...https://www.pentaxforums.com/userrev...-ld-macro.html

    samples from Pentax version..


    IMGP8969 by Al Sabetta, on Flickr

    IMGP8949_02 by Al Sabetta, on Flickr


    IMGP7147 by Al Sabetta, on Flickr

    Bee on Cone Flower by Al Sabetta, on Flickr
    with 20mm ext tube.
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    Default Re: Nikon Lens for would be wildlife photographers

    Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 AF APO DG OS HSM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon $370 shipping to USA included


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    This is another stellar Lens. I have a copy in Pentax mount . This Lens is a great range for alot of wild life and is not too heavy . I have used it extensively in Pentax Mount and its one of my go to hiking Lenses.. Really a nice Lens and built in shake reduction.

    Examples..(pentax Mount)

    IMGP2728 by Al Sabetta, on Flickr


    IMGP2832 by Al Sabetta, on Flickr

    Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) by Al Sabetta, on Flickr
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    Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 EX APO Telephoto Zoom Camera Lens For Nikon F $450 Shipping to USA included

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    A very good lens but uncommon today. Its lightweight and has excellent reach. Optically its very good . I bought it to compare against the 120-400 above and my Pentax 150-450. I have too many in this range so it really not used.

    Not my pics but https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=Sigma+170-500+ examples.

    If anyone wants Pics taken with this lens, let me know.
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    Pm me with Questions and tell me what model Nikon you have.

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    I will also throw this out there.. all of these lens would work great with Nikon d200 and d300 bodies. Extremely capable dslrs for their age. I have a bunch of these bodies.. If you do not have nikon Dslr and want to get into digital photography cheap.. I can sell you a really great d200 or d300 for $100-150. These were flagship dslrs at their releases..


    The D200 was my gateway drug into Nikons.

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    Male Cardinal 2 by Al Sabetta, on Flickr

    Flycatcher (Phoebe) by Al Sabetta, on Flickr

    Tufted Titmouse eating by Al Sabetta, on Flickr

    Red Bellied woodpecker male by Al Sabetta, on Flickr

    Female Cardinal 1 by Al Sabetta, on Flickr

    One for Tony by Al Sabetta, on Flickr

    Mine! by Al Sabetta, on Flickr

    _DSC0300 by Al Sabetta, on Flickr

    _DSC0124 by Al Sabetta, on Flickr


    _DSC0164 by Al Sabetta, on Flickr

    _DSC0015 by Al Sabetta, on Flickr

    Hard at Work! by Al Sabetta, on Flickr

    _DSC0117 (copy) by Al Sabetta, on Flickr

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    Default Re: Nikon Lens for would be wildlife photographers

    Cross posted these to Craigslist and will probably have to put them on Ebay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brewmaster15 View Post
    Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 EX APO Telephoto Zoom Camera Lens For Nikon F $450 Shipping to USA included

    20240420_092230.jpg


    A very good lens but uncommon today. Its lightweight and has excellent reach. Optically its very good . I bought it to compare against the 120-400 above and my Pentax 150-450. I have too many in this range so it really not used.

    Not my pics but https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=Sigma+170-500+ examples.

    If anyone wants Pics taken with this lens, let me know.
    This one still available Al?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Second Hand Pat View Post
    This one still available Al?
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    Default Re: Nikon Lens for would be wildlife photographers

    Quote Originally Posted by brewmaster15 View Post
    Next is
    Sigma AF 400mm f5.6mm $200 shipping USA included

    20240420_093100.jpg

    This is a Really decent bargain lens. Optically its good, the 400mm is nice for alot of wildlife and its AF. Its an older lens so don't expect blazing speed. If you like back yard shooting and bird feeder photography its stellar. I will post or email pics if anyone wants to see examples. I bought as I have a pentax mount version.
    Thought I would add a few pics here. These are samples from the yard. I put the lens on a Nikon D200. The lens is $200 the D200 body is $100. So for $300 you get really nice and capable camera set up.

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    You really don't need to spend alot on camera gear to get started and learn. $300.

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    I just bought some camera equipment from Al that he hadn't listed here yet, but as with any interaction I've had with Al... he was great, he ships exceedingly quickly, and he's always on top of what's going on with stuff he's selling. Thanks, Al!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwcarlson View Post
    I just bought some camera equipment from Al that he hadn't listed here yet, but as with any interaction I've had with Al... he was great, he ships exceedingly quickly, and he's always on top of what's going on with stuff he's selling. Thanks, Al!
    Thanks Jacob!!

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    Okay guys.. I can't buy more fish or. Fishroom supplies until I sell off some more gear.. So I will knock 10 % off all the prices listed here for photo gear from today 5-12 until 5/19. That's a week for you to decide it's time to get into photography and realize it's immense health benefits. Its gets you outside, exercise without knowing it. You will find instant stress relief as you spend so.much time away from it all. Seeing the world through a camera is just plain addicting and fun.

    1 week sale... 10% off... Give photography a try without taking out a mortgage.
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