Using the Sigma 120-300mm Sport Lens for Ice Hockey

Discussion in 'Sports Photography' started by stphoto, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. stphoto

    stphoto

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    Feb 8, 2008
    Syracuse, NY
    Picked up a well taken care of used Sigma 120-300 Sport lens from @Randy@Randy last week. Put it right to work on a Syracuse Crunch AHL hockey game. This is one sweet lens but heavy. I used a monopod with it. Hand holding, for me, would have been very fatiguing. Took a little getting used to the zooming as the Sigma is the reverse of all my Nikon zoom lenses.

    As the War Memorial Arena has LED lighting, I set the aperture to f/4. When I use this lens for indoor football or night games, the f/2.8 will come into greater use. The other settings were 1/1000s, EV +1.3 and Auto ISO up to 6400 shooting with a Nikon D500. With the 1.5x crop, the lens turns into a 180-450mm f/2.8 lens.

    Photos are cropped as needed.

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  2. Nice captures! This lens is definitely a beast and one of the sharpest telephoto zooms in production. The weight is definitely an issue though, and it's a shame because previous models were actually hand-holdable. I have one, but I'm debating if I want to sell it or not.
     
  3. stphoto

    stphoto

    605
    Feb 8, 2008
    Syracuse, NY
    I got this lens more for field sports at night or high school games in the Carrier Dome and using it with a monopod will be just fine. It's how I use the Nikon 80-400VR f/3.5-5.6 lens for field sports during the day so I am used to it. I will rarely use it for hockey as the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens with the D500's crop factor covers AHL and High School hockey arenas well.
     
  4. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    great shots and a great lens that is equal to the 300vr in IQ and AF speed, I hated to sell it
     
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  5. stphoto

    stphoto

    605
    Feb 8, 2008
    Syracuse, NY
    I'm glad you did. :)  Will get a lot of use come Spring with lacrosse and baseball.
     
  6. Sweet shots! I always look forward to your crunch photos. It's a great way for me to keep tabs on my future lightning players.
     
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  7. asaya

    asaya

    Aug 7, 2006
    Syracuse, NY
    Tony Saya
    Go CUSE guy nice crunch pictures
     
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  8. stphoto

    stphoto

    605
    Feb 8, 2008
    Syracuse, NY
    The big team is doing great! The Crunch are rebuilding after going to the Calder Cup finals last season. Lots of good young talent who need time to figure out how to play against more experienced competition. They won this game but have three tough road games coming up this week.
     
  9. Russ_

    Russ_

    Feb 20, 2011
    New Zealand
    Wow - can't believe you have! Still using and enjoying mine.

    I can hand-hold it for rugby, but it does have down time at my side via a BlackRapid sling strap.
     
  10. ijm5012

    ijm5012

    186
    Jul 25, 2017
    Pittsburgh, PA
    How did you find the AF speed @stphoto@stphoto ? Some of the videos I've seen on YouTube show the 120-300 Sport having a slower AF motor than any of the semi-recent Nikon 300/2.8's, however it's also my understanding that the Sigma is shipped from the factory with the "accuracy" AF mode enabled, and that with the Sigma dock you can enable "speed" AF mode which I presume makes quite a bit of difference.
     
  11. sprdv1

    sprdv1

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    Oct 22, 2010
    Missouri
    Great shots...
     
  12. Very sharp and clear images.
     
  13. stphoto

    stphoto

    605
    Feb 8, 2008
    Syracuse, NY
    I did not have any focus issues. In fact, I had no out of focus shots with it out of ~ 250 shot for the period I used it. Randy sent the dock along with the lens but told me he never used it.
     
  14. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    I did use it once to upgrade firmware, way easier the Nikon btw
     
  15. Scott, your Crunch players are doing you proud down here in the bigs. I've enjoyed watching Gourde and Conacher play for the Lightning since they've been moved up. Now if I could only get my camera inside for some of these exciting games!
     
  16. stphoto

    stphoto

    605
    Feb 8, 2008
    Syracuse, NY
    Yanni Gourde had to earn every step he took to the NHL. Great guy and I am very happy for him. Cory Conacher just could not find a job in the NHL for some reason. He eats up the AHL. Hopefully, he will stick this time as he sure has the talent and drive to be there.

    I will be coming down to shoot a Lightning game this month for the Crunch. They like to get pics of the alumni playing in the NHL which they use as motivation to the current Crunch players.
     
  17. Let me know when you come down. I'm sure you could use a sherpa/assistant. ;) 

    Gourde looks like he is here to stay. Conacher sure has talent, but our current team is so stacked with great players that he will likely get sent back down again before long. It must be tough for a guy like that on the cusp. He'd be playing for most other NHL teams.
     
  18. Wonderful series i do love this lens. I don't stick my, it is heavy as heck...but when you are working the end zone and action is coming at you from 30 yards out, IMO it is deadly. I can drop my 400 2.8 and nail a shot long and if need be close in especially football.
     
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