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11-16-2009, 07:41 PM   #1
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Sports Lens - which one is best?

Howdy. I recently started taking some sports (football) shots with my DA* 50-135mm 2.8 and K7 and although this lens is great (it seems great to me) for many of the close shots I find that it does not have the focal length to get to the other side of the field so I miss quite a few shots because of this. I have been reading many of the posts in this discussion group and it seems like there are just as many varied opinions as there are lenses. But what the heck. Let me have your opinions if you don't mind. So here goes. Here are the lenses I think I am considering:
DA* 200mm F2.8 (seems fast but will the focal length limit me?)
DA* 300mm F4 (Seems long enough but should I be concerned that it is a slower lens? Will it struggle at night time football games?)
DA* 60-250mm F4 (maybe redundant since I have the 50-135 already covered. Am I getting that much more lens for the money?)
Sigma APO 100-300mm F4 EX DG (AF Lens) (Same issue with DA*300 about the speed. Would tele be more appropriate than a prime?)
So that's it in a nutshell. Oh and one more thing. Since I am new to this I may be ignorant. Is there a less expensive road to take to get the shots I want? I have always heard you "pay for what you get" and am assuming this goes for lenses as well since these lenses that I mention are kind of pricey. If you have any alternative lens suggestions please feel free to mention them. Thank you for your opinions.

11-16-2009, 10:03 PM   #2
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I use the Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 for field sports. Sometimes I think about swapping it for the 100-300mm f4--that's a length/speed judgement call. A good budget alternative would be the DA 55-300mm. As ou see I think a zoom is the way to go.

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11-17-2009, 04:24 AM   #3
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Out of the options you posted, I think the 200/2.8 is going to be your best choice, especially since most football games are at night and don't have the greatest lighting in the world (unless you're shooting pro). A 300/2.8 would probably be your best choice for football, if you can find one. If shooting mostly day games and going with a slower lens, the 100-300/4 or even a budget 70-300 would be my choice as it allows you to zoom and speed isn't nearly as important, just remember the 2.8 is going to be much better at melting away your background.

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11-17-2009, 05:55 PM   #4
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Thank you for your responses. Your shot of the kid on the mound is great. I still don't know what I should get but I hope to get some like these. Thanks!

11-17-2009, 06:13 PM   #5
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I second the opinion on the 200mm F2.8 here is a sample I posted in another thread.

11-17-2009, 06:48 PM   #6
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I have the DA*200 and use it to take picture of my 3 1/2 years old daugter doing gymnastic. It really is an exceptional lens for indoor sport photography.
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I used my K20D and Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED for this shot at the local Aussis Rules game
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11-18-2009, 10:59 AM   #8
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I use a 70-300 Sigma and while I get by, I often need something longer. Most of my sports shots are outside, daytime shots but a faster lens would be desireable at times. Most of my sports shooting involves collegiate rowing these days and some regattas have a course that will have you a few hundred yards at the closest and others where I can get so close I can use my 10-17 fisheye. If I'm going to a new location, I bring all my lenses. I have used everything in my bag at times from the fisheye to a 500mm mirror. A good friend of mine, a Canon shooter, uses a Sigma 200mm f/2.8 and loves it. He uses it with a 2X converter if he needs the extra reach. I have used it and the results are impressive but it ain't cheap. An obvious choice, one I can't afford at the moment, that would cover almost any venue except maybe some indoor,poor light shots would be the 50-500 Bigma.


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