Superzoom Size comparison (Nikon, Sigma, Tamron)

June 23, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I have decided to do a Blog on Superzoom size comparison, Size is often a factor considered when purchasing a Superzoom. Also you have to take into consideration what you are going to be doing with the Len’s too. Such as travelling, Wildlife photography etc.

We review here in order:

Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 dg macro £98.00 Available from WEX

Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 af £648 From Panamoz

Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 di vc usd £869.00 From WEX

First up a comparison with the len’s hoods removed:

DSC_3704 As you can see the Cheaper Sigma is the smallest, The Nikon second in size and the Tamron is the largest.

With lens hoods attached:

DSC_3708

With Len’s hoods attached the Tamron on the right is significantly larger.

Extended  (Shown here on a crop sensor Nikon D7100):

DSC_3710 The Nikon f2.8 is exactly the same size as the cheaper Sigma which does extend to zoom. The Tamron is just monstrous!

Note the Tamron and Nikon have a tripod foot, Though they can be handheld the Tamron gets heavy after panning birds, I would recommend a tripod and gimble.

Ideally the cheaper Sigma is useful for travelling or if you need to travel light, The image quality leaves a lot to be desired but for the price i can’t recommend anything else. Mine has taken a lot of bashing and horrible weather and it’s still working. Fantastic for those just starting out.

The Nikon 200mm is the real winner here if you have a crop sensor (On my full frame i find i just don’t have enough reach). They can be found on Ebay for a lot cheaper than the price of a new one. Opening up to f2.8 this len’s is fantastic for Wildlife and Aviation. Gives fantastic deph of field and sharp images.

The Tamron being the biggest and most expensive is the best len’s in this price range you will find for wildlife photography.  It gives me just enough reach on full frame, With nice detailed  images. The image quality is superb on full frame. Bear in mind with this len’s though that often when shooting wildlife you will end up in the higher iso because of the f6.3 limitation at the longer range, So be prepared to do a lot of post processing on your images.

They all weight enough for someone like me (Small hand and wrist female!) to handhold steadily, I would still recommend a Tripod on the Tamron though at the longer ends.

 

 


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