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Considering the Sigma 120-300 sport lens

 
Katiebo
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Nov 02, 2013 08:02 |  #1

Hello all, I'm new to this forum so forgive me if this is not the appropriate place for this thread. Also, for the fact that I shoot with Nikon gear.

I have been considering the Sigma 120-300 for quite some time. Lately my research has landed me here, for which I am greatful, as it appears that here there are some strong proponents of this lens. The existing thread on this lens offers so much information and has been a wonderful resource. However, what I'm really interested in is input as to how well this lens works with the Nikon bodies and specifically the D700. My primary purpose will be sports photography, and more specifically ice hockey. I have been using my 70-200 2.8 VRII which works well when the action is fairly close but I'd like a little more reach. My shooting positions are usually either from the penalty box or from behind the glass at one end of the rink.

Any comments and insight as to persoal experiences would be greatly appreciated.




  
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Nov 02, 2013 08:58 |  #2

I'd love to have one, for sure. A zoom range like that, plus its really good image quality, on a good camera, I don't think you'd need to go into the Canon lenses for getting good images.


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Nov 02, 2013 09:23 |  #3

I use it on a D800 and its a great lens image quality is great. There is a growing number of sports shooters on Nikon Cafe that are really liking it. It is very heavy though.
The African animals in my flickr feed were taken with it.


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Nov 02, 2013 14:22 as a reply to  @ Iscariotau's post |  #4

i know a guy who uses one on a D2H (i THINK thats what it is, its a Nikon) and gets very good results with it. like mentioned, super range and good speed...

probably one of only a very few non-Canon lenses id own...




  
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Nov 03, 2013 08:11 |  #5

There's a pretty good discussion thread just on this lens here:

https://photography-on-the.net …ead.php?t=93459​2&page=280

Most people really like this lens and it's fanbase is growing as lscariotau mentioned.


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Nov 03, 2013 11:57 |  #6

Thank you all for your responses. Mike, I have been reading and rereading that thread. Some of the images taken with the lens are incredible, and the thread in general has been very informative. I was just hoping to get a little more insight regarding the Sigma being combined with a D700. Also, if anyone is using it for hockey, their thoughts as well. Hockey represents some unique challenges due to the relatively poorly lit rinks. In addition, if forced to shoot through the glass which is often the case, how does it perform?




  
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Nov 03, 2013 12:09 |  #7

You may want to try looking at FredMiranda.com

They have a wider readership (Nikon and Canon users) and I know a number of people there can speak about the 120-300.

As for shooting through glass, it's going to be the same case regardless of the lens you use. If the glass isn't clear or is scratched, your images will reflect that. The best way to get around the glass is to get the lens as close to the glass as possible, that includes resting the front element on it.


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Nov 03, 2013 17:38 |  #8

"The best way to get around the glass is to get the lens as close to the glass as possible, that includes resting the front element on it."

That's the exact strategy that I employ. Thus far I've had decent results. Your point about the glass being clean is a variable that is always challenging. I tend to arrive early and look for the cleanest glass I can find. I've had to obtain permission from the rink on occasion to shoot from a restricted area if that is where the glass is the best.




  
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Nov 03, 2013 18:47 as a reply to  @ Katiebo's post |  #9

If you do get the lens. Make sure you get the dock with it.
They should include it with the lens for the price you have to pay for the lens.
I got the lens a few weeks ago. Shot 2 football games right out of the box.
The lens was off in the 250-300mm range. Didn't get any sharp images.
I used the dock along with a lensalign and had way better images when I used it yesterday.
I think the focus speed is not as fast as Canon's.




  
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