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getting that extra on a budget

5 Apr 2013 12:11PM
hi, i'm looking to get extra reach on a budget. At the moment i'm using a D800 with the 70-200 2.8 but its not enough for the sports events i do ( football, rugby and motocross ) I can't afford the 'big' lenses so was looking for another way Smile The ways i have come up with is are ; an x2 extender - Sigma 150-500 - 300 f4 or just keep saving for a second hand Sigma 300 f2.8. Any thoughts please ?

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llareggub 6 825 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2013 1:02PM
A 1.4X extender will put you out at 280 f4 depending upon the 70-200 you have then the drop in quality is not meant to be to bad, 2X extenders have a much bigger hit in terms of quality from my research... I don't really know a great deal about the Nikon "farm" of lenses but Canon has a couple of offerings in the 400mm range that I am sure Nikon have a competitor for though in the 100-400 and 400mm f5.6.

I looked at the sigma and don't think it is gonna be great for sports although I have seen a few nice motorsports tracking shots from it I think it would struggle with football and rugby. the Sigma 120-300 OS f2.8 gets good reviews but is beyond my budget at the moment but it will probably be my next purchase coupled with a 1.4 TC Smile
cameracat 12 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
5 Apr 2013 1:12PM
Avoid a 2X telecon, With a half decent 70-200 a 1x4 or 1x7 from Nikon would be a better option all round.

Either of those would have far better resale value, If at a later date you go down the bigger lens route....Grin
mikehit 7 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2013 1:21PM
How much 'extra reach' do you want/need? And how much are you willing to spend waiting to afford the 300mm f2.8? Does this need to be coupled with superior AF speed and/or focus tracking ability?
The Sigma 120-400 seems to get a better press than the 150-500 on some birding forums which (because of the demands on the lens, I find these good practical guides for long lenses).
5 Apr 2013 1:26PM
Have been edging towards an extender as its the cheapest option Smile Just never had the chance to use one Sad Was talking to a 'pro' at the greyhounds last week who was using a Canon 600mm with a 1.4 extender. He showed me his shots on the back of his camera, to say i was impressed would be an understatement !! lol. Think i'll give a 1.7 a try. Thanks
mikehit 7 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2013 2:18PM
With the quality of the D800, I think you will be able to get 280mm with 1.4tc then crop by 50% in each dimension (to get 25% of the image area) to get 500mm+ and still be able to easily print to A3.
JackAllTog Plus
7 4.4k 58 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2013 3:52PM
Hi Lee, if you don't go to too many events then would renting a lens be an option for just the times you need it?
colin beeley Plus
13 1.1k 10 England
5 Apr 2013 5:22PM
why would you need a 600mm plus a 1.4 at the dogs ?
mikehit 7 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2013 5:26PM
Shitzu racing?
brian1208 Plus
13 11.1k 12 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2013 5:33PM

Quote:Shitzu racing?

I shan't be able to shake that image out of my mind for a while Mike, I'd love to see that Grin
Carabosse Plus
13 40.0k 269 England
5 Apr 2013 8:47PM

LenShepherd 8 3.1k United Kingdom
6 Apr 2013 9:49PM
Right now the most affordable option is a Kenko Pro 300 1.4 X - it will give you decent quality, 280mm equivalent and reasonable AF speed
It costs a a lot less than a 300mm f4 prime lens and retains the advantage of a zoom lens for your type of sports photography.
Most professional football photographers seem to use a 70-200 plus a 400mm f2.8 - well above most peoples budget.
Switching the lens between the D800 and a D7100 in 1.3 crop mode gives 15 MP, 400mm equivalent angle of view, no loss of AF speed, and AF points across the entire width of the picture area.
I hear some prps are seriously looking at a second 70-200 on a D7100 body to avoid the cost of the 400 f2.8.

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