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10-11-2010, 01:01 PM   #1
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Sport Lenses

I am still relatively new at photography, but have been yearning to part-take in sport photography.

As of now, I have a k-x with the 18-55mm lens.

I was wondering if there are any suggestions of lenses to purchase to enter into sport photography.

The sports would be fairly fast (wrestling, surfing, skating) so I'd need something quick, but also with a lot of reach (when regards to surfing).

I've been looking across this forum and have yet to definitively decide on which lens would be most suitable.

EDIT: Budget would have to be around 600 Dollars.... I am in college...lol

DOUBLE EDIT: I was thinking about the tamron 70-300mm, but am open for suggestion


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10-11-2010, 01:18 PM   #2
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I quite like my DA*50-135 for soccer and hockey. Maybe you could up the budget a bit for that one. It is a phenomenal lens. ....and now I'm just waiting for my K5 to get the focus quicker....
10-11-2010, 01:46 PM   #3
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I would recommend to get a Tokina 80-200mm f2.8(newer version), which I sold mine for about $660; or Tamron 70-200mm/2.8(you can probably find an used one for less than 7 bills). Both lenses are pretty fast, only one drawback that they both are little noisy on AF...
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For sports the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 HSM lens is supposed to have fast autofocus and good image quality. I get pretty good results from my DA*200 f/2.8, which also focuses quickly, but I imagine you are looking for a zoom.

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Try to get a second hand Sigma or Tamron 70-200 f2.8.
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QuoteOriginally posted by KidLogic Quote
I am still relatively new at photography, but have been yearning to part-take in sport photography.

As of now, I have a k-x with the 18-55mm lens.

I was wondering if there are any suggestions of lenses to purchase to enter into sport photography.

The sports would be fairly fast (wrestling, surfing, skating) so I'd need something quick, but also with a lot of reach (when regards to surfing).

I've been looking across this forum and have yet to definitively decide on which lens would be most suitable.

EDIT: Budget would have to be around 600 Dollars.... I am in college...lol

DOUBLE EDIT: I was thinking about the tamron 70-300mm, but am open for suggestion
my suggestion would be rental for long reach telephoto like the 150-500mm Sigma.

for general purpose, i recommend a F/1.8 or faster prime at around the 50~70mm range.

and the 18-55mm for bright sunlight use or group shots.
10-11-2010, 05:01 PM   #7
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"Sports" generally means 200mm or more, and f2.8. You will not find anything new for for $600.

In daylight, the Tamron or Sigma budget 70-300s are decent, but the Pentax 55-300 is a significant improvement over them, and the Tamron 70-200 an improvement over that, though shorter.
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I am able to get a Sigma 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 DG Macro for a little under $300

Does anyone have any experience with this? Will it mount a kx?

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Since wrestling and (ice?)-skating are indoor sports they require a fast (F2.8 minimal) lens. In my opinion the Sigma 70-200 F2.8 would be your best choice for your budget, it is fast (F2.8) and has a fast AF (HSM).
For surfing you will need something in the 400-500mm range. You could consider the Sigma 120-400 or 150-500, both around $600.
So you have to decide which one you need the most.
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The K-x's high ISO performance is reportedly so good that you can get by with an F:5.6 lens for most gymnasium (or theater) lighting. I recommend the DA 55-300, or DA L 55-300.

Dave

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Of the options mentioned, if you could find a Tamron 70-200 f2.8, used for your price, that would probably be best. Otherwise, the Pentax 55-300 and save for something faster. Even at iso 3200, you will probably struggle with pretty slow shutter speeds in a lot of situations. The 55-300 stays at f4.5 till about 210mm focal length, so if you don't zoom in too much, that will help the situation as well.

I think a super zoom like you mention will be frustrating. They are slow throughout the whole focal length range, tend to have quite slow autofocus, and often have pretty poor performance at both the long and wide ends. I have not used the one you mentioned here, so I hesitate to say too much about it. They are decent walk around lenses, but for sport, I don't think they would work too well.

Look into getting a monopod. It will help stabilize you more.
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QuoteOriginally posted by andre-mz5 Quote
Since wrestling and (ice?)-skating are indoor sports they require a fast (F2.8 minimal) lens. In my opinion the Sigma 70-200 F2.8 would be your best choice for your budget, it is fast (F2.8) and has a fast AF (HSM).
For surfing you will need something in the 400-500mm range. You could consider the Sigma 120-400 or 150-500, both around $600.
So you have to decide which one you need the most.
I prefer a shorter lens for sports. I gave my A 70-210 to my daughter in favour of the DA* 50-135/2.8 mostly because the 70 is not short enough for hockey or soccer on a DSLR, although the extra stop of light was nice, too. My thinking is that I can always crop sports shots but it is sure hard to un-crop a shot with too long a focal length. How often do we have to print anything larger than 8x10 from sports?
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I use the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 HSM II for most of my sports photography.
You can have a look at Sports Galleries
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