Designed to be the first choice for an entry level DSLR camera user, the Nikon D3200 has a meaty 24.2 megapixel sensor and boasts the latest EXPEED 3 image processing engine. At the time of its launch it had the highest resolution for a crop body DSLR together with Sony’s SLT-A77 and the SLT-A65. This camera features a number of improvements over the D3100 which it replaces including the sensor. While the older model had only 14.2 megapixels this one has been racked up to 24.2. The continuous shooting speed is slightly improved, from 3 fps to 4 fps. The LCD screen has been bettered from a resolution of 230k dots to 921k dots. HD video shooting frame rate options are also more than before. Now it is possible to shoot at 1080p in 30, 25 and 24 fps. Earlier it was only 24 fps in 1080p. Earlier the D3100 did not have the option to insert an external audio recording jack. Now with D3200 it is possible to do so.
Compatibility with the Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM
The Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens is one of the two lenses that Sigma currently offers at more than 500mm that have optical image stabilization system. It is also one of the handful of lenses that have such an enormous focal length range (150-500mm). Sigma’s own 50-500mm 4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM is another example. This lens is available for Nikon’s F mount and that means it is compatible with the D3200.
The lens weighs a hefty 1.7 kilos. If you’re out in the field for the better part of the day and hauling away your gear, you may feel the weight after a while. If you have the les mounted on a professional full frame body then the weight can be even more. For our practical usage purpose mounting the 150-500mm on a crop body (D3200) and using a tripod (no matter it has Optical Image Stabilization), the lens is not the heaviest in the market.
The lens is constructed of 21 elements and arranged in 15 groups. It has a closest focusing distance of 2.2 meters. The lens has a large filter thread 82mm and finding the right filters can be a bit of a hassle, not to mention this is going to be a hassle too.
Should I buy this?
It depends on what your preferences are and of course your budget. The Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM has retail asking rice of $1470. The Nikon alternative would be the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR which retails at $8580. The price difference says a lot. Again the Nikon lens is a prime lens and although the construction and the performance are superior we are talking about a 150-500mm lens with stabilization. Some users have complained that beyond 400mm the Sigma starts to become less sharp. Also that the sharpness is slightly better off at f/5.6. At the end if you’re looking for a stabilized lens for less than $2000 this should be one of the two lenses that you should look into.
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