What lens is recommended for sports

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by equetefue, Dec 5, 2005.

  1. equetefue

    equetefue

    489
    Sep 29, 2005
    Kissimmee, FL
    I live in florida, so i'll be getting into surfing and such. What's the best options I have ?

    Right now I have a 80-200 f2.8 but it doesn't have enough reach.
     
  2. Commodorefirst

    Commodorefirst Admin/Moderator Administrator

    May 1, 2005
    Missouri
    Surfing, longer wildlife, outdoors, for fast glass but alternatives under $2200 the Sigma 300 f2.8, sigma 120-300 2.8 with their 1.4 and 2x tele adapters.

    Also if Cost is really a big consideration think about the nikon 300 f4 AFS with a 1.4 on it. for under $1400 for both, Nikon has a nice rebate I think on the 300 f4.

    If cost is no consideration then think Nikon big lenses, 200-400 VR and 300 2.8 VR and possibly the 500 f4 AFS for the most reach with the 1.4 adapter.

    Based upon your present kit and getting used to longer lenses I recommend as a first long lens purchase the Nikon 300 f4 AF-S with a 1.4 Nikon tele adapter to give you 420mm f5.6 that is very very sharp and focuses very fast.

    I started with this lens and it is a great 1st long lens, and also a great lightweight lens. Use a tripod, and enjoy.

    Wade
     
  3. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Eque,

    Depends on how far in and out your subjects are. If all shots are at 200 feet or more, I'd opt for the Nikon 500 f4 or the Sigma 500 f4.5. If they vary from 50 feet on out, I'd look very strongly at the 200-400VR.
     
  4. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Well, Wade beat me to the punch on his reply. His summary is excellent. :wink:
     
  5. Commodorefirst

    Commodorefirst Admin/Moderator Administrator

    May 1, 2005
    Missouri
    Yes but I forgot the excellent Sigma 500 that is a very nice lens for the price, that you mentioned.
     
  6. Ken-L

    Ken-L Guest

    You might do well with a 70-200VR and the TC17 converter for the extra reach. Since your shots would be in bright sunlight, the loss from the converter is not a problem with the f/2.8 70-200VR which is a great lens.
     
  7. eng45ine

    eng45ine

    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    David Casius's 80mm-400mm VR isn't a bad choice either (in the "for sale" forum). I shot the air show with one and it is a solid performer.
     
  8. equetefue

    equetefue

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    Sep 29, 2005
    Kissimmee, FL
    I though the AF in the 80-400 was slow for action ?
     
  9. Steve S

    Steve S

    Feb 1, 2005
    SE Florida
    Wish I could mentally pronounce your name!

    Try as I might, I just can't sound it out. Would it be possible for you to put your real 1st name in your sig? :eek:
    As for the lenses, you can't go wrong with a Nikon 300 f4 + TC 14.
     
  10. equetefue

    equetefue

    489
    Sep 29, 2005
    Kissimmee, FL
    Here you go Steve..... Ed is my name.
     
  11. equetefue

    equetefue

    489
    Sep 29, 2005
    Kissimmee, FL
    does anyone have any samples with the 300 f4 + tc14 ?
     
  12. Steve S

    Steve S

    Feb 1, 2005
    SE Florida
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  13. eng45ine

    eng45ine

    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    When I owned this lens, the AF was plenty fast enough...it is not ideal for low light sports though. For low light shooting, f/2.8 is a better choice. If you are shooting in decent lighting and the focal length is sufficient, this lens is a great choice. I shoot over 3,600 images at the air show and it tracked an F-18 going 450 mph without much problem.
     
  14. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Ed (nice to know the name :smile:),

    You can also see the shots by Backdoctor (Harris). Most of his are with the 300 f4 + 1.4 TC. You might also want to look at the posts by cknight (Chris), but I'm not sure how many of his are with the 1.4 TC (I think he uses that TC on many of his shots). From the shots that I've seen, this is an excellent combo, especially for the money.

    I also agree with Ken that the 70-200VR + either the 1.4 or the 1.7 TC would be great if the reach is enough. Another great option, already mentioned above, is the Sigma 120-300 2.8. Very good bang for the buck.
     
  15. equetefue

    equetefue

    489
    Sep 29, 2005
    Kissimmee, FL
    WOW !!! talk about help around here... didn't expect to get these many responses...

    I'm going to definetely look at this peoples pictures.
     
  16. Ed, check out some of my postings as well in the Birds and Animals forum. A few months ago I used 300/f4 + 1.4tc exclusively. Lately I've been using the 300 + 1.7tc. Wouldn't recommend the 1.7 if you want fast focusing but the 1.4 certainly is workable. Both can produce very sharp results, though.
     
  17. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Oooops, I forgot that you were shooting with this combo too Kev. :redface:
     
  18. equetefue

    equetefue

    489
    Sep 29, 2005
    Kissimmee, FL
    which 300 f4 should I get ? the Af-S ? also, by putting either the 1.4 or 1.7, do I loose my AF ? how much do the pictures degrade ?

    Do you think going the 300 f4 will be better than the 80-400mm VR ?
     
  19. Ken-L

    Ken-L Guest

    The 80-400VR is much more versatile. I would go for the 80-400VR in your situation because you will usually be shooting in sunlight, so you don't need a faster lens, and the VR is very helpful in a variety of situations....
     
  20. GeeJay

    GeeJay

    Jan 26, 2005
    Florida
    Don't forget Harry Behret (Harry B) shot much with the 80-400VR. Harry did the whole Ron Reznick workshop last year with the 80-400VR and got some great images. Check with him and see his gallery. Harry can tell you lots about that lens.
     
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