I should clarify one thing about the sharpness and contrast comparison between the Sigma 150-500mm and Nikon 70-200mm with 1.7x teleconverter. When I compare photos from a series that were shot at continuous shutter release "rapid fire at 8 frames per second", I am looking at 100% crop on the computer to compare differneces in fine details on usually small subjects (birds mostly). When comparing the Nikon 70-200mm with 1.7x teleconverter shots with the Sigma 150-500mm photos at 100% crop, I can tell that the Nikon is sharper and usually with more contrast. However, when I am back on "normal" viewing at 18-25% or when I print, it is hard to tell the difference between the lenses except that the Sigma get me closer (~450mm with Sigma vs. 340mm with Nikon plus teleconverter). In "real world" use though, you might only notice the difference between the lenses if you need crop the picture really close towards 100% (which is never a good idea); if you print really really big; or when you have a very detailed subject (for example, the feathers will be a bit sharper on the Nikon in a close up shot of a bird). Personally, I bought the Nikon 70-200 f2.8 because of the speed of the lens and smaller size. Both are good lenses and server their own purpose.