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Which Lens would you recommend?


kellydowling 11 15 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 12:52PM
Hi There,
I am looking to get one of the following 2 lenses, I would just like some comments as to which would be recommended from the 2. I have a Nikon D80 and I am looking at these lenses for some sports photography.

Sigma 300mm f2.8 EX DG HSM Lens
OR
Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 APO EX IF HSM DG Lens

Many Thanks

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glsammy 13 209 1 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 2:21PM
From what I've read the 120-300mm is supposed to be better than the prime, which goes against all the normal rules for lenses!
I tried a 120-300mm and didn't rate it at all. Not that that should put you off, I'm convinced the one I had was faulty and many users rate it very highly.
kellydowling 11 15 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2009 1:05PM

Quote:From what I've read the 120-300mm is supposed to be better than the prime, which goes against all the normal rules for lenses!
I tried a 120-300mm and didn't rate it at all. Not that that should put you off, I'm convinced the one I had was faulty and many users rate it very highly.



Thank you for the help!!
sidaorb 13 3.9k 2 England
13 Jan 2009 1:19PM
What kind of sports photography are you doing? I purchased the 120-300 last year but have found that it doesn't get half the usage that I expected it to get Sad
kellydowling 11 15 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2009 2:15PM

Quote:What kind of sports photography are you doing? I purchased the 120-300 last year but have found that it doesn't get half the usage that I expected it to get

Well at the moment, I am looking to do motor sports and equestrian mainly, but I am just starting it all and thought one of these would be good for starting with!?!
sidaorb 13 3.9k 2 England
13 Jan 2009 4:23PM
For a 1st lens into this sort of sport I think you will struggle, if for nothing else but its bl**dy heavy!!!

Maybe a better bet would be the Siggy 100-300 F4, far more 'usable', as I said my 120-300 rarely comes out, I prefer the flexibility and easy of handling of my Canon 35-350mm L.
13 Jan 2009 8:15PM
You might be better off with a Nikon lens because a fast aperture and perhaps more importantly a fast auto focusing lens which is also hand holdable would be better.

Can't speak for performance of these but have alook at the 80-200 f 2.8 is or for something slightly longer then the 300 f4.

The 180 or 200 could also be considertaions witout going into silly money
kellydowling 11 15 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 3:44PM
Ok, so the general view is that these 2 lenses aren't really recommended... Would you recommend Sigma Lenses or should I stick to Nikon Lenses?
tomcat 14 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 5:24PM
I believe some time last year there was a motor sports image that was picture of the week
It was taken with a Sigma 120-300 with a 2x converter

Adrian
15 Jan 2009 5:27PM
The four lenses mentioned in my thread are all nikon lenses and way cheaper than the sigma 123-300, I am a Canon user and have no personal experience of them, there are web sites you can check out such as This
tomcat 14 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 7:08PM
the image I mentioned is here
kellydowling 11 15 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2009 10:22AM

Quote:The image I mentioned is here


Was that the 2008 series of BSB?
User_Removed 14 59 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2009 11:42AM
I would go for the zoom providing the quality is up to it - the extra versatility would make it worthwhile. Fixed lenses can sometimes give rise to quite a restriction in composition. The 2.8 is useful as you can add extenders or convertors. Before you buy check out the handling of both - some can be difficult to hold and manage.
tomcat 14 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2009 6:39PM

Quote:Was that the 2008 series of BSB?


Wouldn't have a clue Kelly Smile

Adrian
cgp23 12 51 England
17 Jan 2009 10:21PM
I can highly recommend the 120-300 in my experience - it works very well with a 1.4x but does start to lose quality with a 2x. It seems to me much more versatile than a prime especially if you are using it for motorsport or similar purposes. if you want examples have a quick look @ my pf.


Quote:Quote:Was that the 2008 series of BSB?Wouldn't have a clue Kelly

Adrian


- it is from last season (2008).

Rob

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