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Mar 03, 2011 14:14 |  #1

Hi all,

I'm looking to buy a new zoom lens primarily for using at motorsport events such as F1, Moto GP, BTCC etc. I've been looking at the sigma 120-400,150-500 and also the Canon 100-400. The canon is out of my price range, as is the 150-500 as I haven't found that particularly cheap anywhere either. So would the 120-400 be suitable for these types of shots?

If you have any examples, i'd be keen to see them!

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Mar 03, 2011 14:23 |  #2

I had the 120-400 for a day and returned it. Focus will be too slow for motorsports. Sounds like you’re looking for sub $1,000 with a 400mm reach. I’m not sure that’s obtainable based on your requirements.


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Mar 03, 2011 14:29 |  #3

Is there any alternative you would recommend?




  
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Mar 03, 2011 14:35 as a reply to  @ spa3000's post |  #4

100-300mm F4 EX DG APO HSM (external link)


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Mar 03, 2011 14:39 |  #5

spa3000 wrote in post #11949777 (external link)
Is there any alternative you would recommend?

You’ll may need to sacrifice some reach. Take a look at the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG. This is non-stabilized version, but you won’t need it if you’re shooting with high shutter speeds. It sells for $800 at Adorama. You can also get the Sigma 2x EX DG APO Tele-Converter for $300, also at Adorama. This will get you to 400mm at f/5.6.


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Mar 03, 2011 15:42 |  #6

Ok, so would either of these choices be better suited to motorsport compared to the 120-400?




  
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Mar 03, 2011 15:45 |  #7

If your looking to shoot F1 as a spectator, you have to remember that you are not allowed to bring lenses over 300mm to a race. Not too sure if its like that around the world, that's how it was when i went to the Australian Grand Prix. Other than that, just get something as long and fast as possible! Siggy 100-500 would be great i think!


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Mar 03, 2011 16:18 |  #8

spa3000 wrote in post #11950224 (external link)
Ok, so would either of these choices be better suited to motorsport compared to the 120-400?

I would go for the 70-200 and if needed get a teleconverter to extend the range. And if ErnieT is correct, you would have stealth 400mm with the teleconverter.


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Mar 03, 2011 16:21 |  #9

Agreed...easily over the other OS lenses mentioned. Unless you can get the 120-300 f2.8 or the new OS one coming out.




  
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Mar 03, 2011 16:30 |  #10

Take a look at post #239. It’s has some motorsports picture samples taken with the Sigma 70-200.
https://photography-on-the.net …ight=sigma+70-200&page=16


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Mar 03, 2011 16:38 |  #11

I had a Sigma 120-400 and sent it back after a week. As Terran said, the AF was painfully slow, not to mention that it was very soft at the long end, wide open.

I'd suggest saving some money and getting a 100-400. Or really save some money and get one of the new Sigma 120-300 f/2.8. Not sure what the price of a 400 f/5.6 is.


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Mar 03, 2011 16:41 as a reply to  @ Mk1Racer's post |  #12

100-300f4, 70-200 2.8, 120-300 2.8, 50-500.
Anyone of those should work well
I use to have the 50-500 DG and I used it for Racing..it was a great lens..its focus was very fast and the lens was very sharp.
couple shots I took with the 50-500

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Mar 03, 2011 16:43 |  #13

Depends on a few things...

These were taken using a Sigma 70-200 f2.8..

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So if you don't already have a 70-200 f2.8, I think I'd get one of those before I got a 120-300. FWIW I've recently been tossing up the benefits of a 100-400 Canon vs Sigma 120-300 f2.8 vs a 300 f2.8 (Sigma, I can't stretch to/justify a Canon much as I would like to). I chose the 300mm on the basis that I already had the 70-200 and converters. So that gives me a range of options.

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Mar 03, 2011 16:58 |  #14

i don't know where you were looking at the 150-500OS...but you can pick it up from abes of maine for under $900...i don't shoot motorsports...but here's some shots when i tried
https://photography-on-the.net …p=10783595&post​count=1960


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Mar 03, 2011 17:41 |  #15

Just looked on Warehouse express and the 120-400 is £668 and the 150-500 is £768, so not really that far apart. The 50-500 is similarly priced to the Canon 100-400L at around £1200. I had been considering either the 100-400L or the 50-500 when I get my new 7D for Air-show work. It was suggest by several folks on here that the 150-500 would also be a good choice, as the performance is apparently almost identical to the more expensive Sigma lens.

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