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Canon 70-200 & 300 f/2.8's or Sig 120-300 2.8?

 
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Mar 05, 2014 19:46 |  #1

For hockey, what's the best combo. I like the one lens less money solution the Sigma 120-300 2.8 sport lens offers but the weight scares me some. Also I'm having difficultly believing the image quality would measure up to two of Canon's best lenses. Your thoughts please.


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Mar 05, 2014 21:16 |  #2

Well I can't speak for the 300 2.8 but I have the 70-200 II , Sigma 120-300 OS, and a 400 2.8. All have great image quality. The 400 being the best, but not by much. I use the 70-200 for basketball, the 400 for football and soccer, and the 120-300 for baseball, softball, and volleyball. I love the zoom and reach of the 120-300. I only use one camera when I have this lens. When I have the 400, I always carry the 70-200 on another body, extra weight and the need to keep up with both is a hassle. I believe you would like the Sigma if you like zooms.


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Mar 06, 2014 03:53 |  #3

Thanks Theron, Yes I like zooms, particularly for fast moving sports like hockey. In addition to the greater versatility, you can find your shot with a wider view then crop (zoom) in camera. I hear much about the weight of the Sigma, but maybe without the tripod ring and maybe even the hood I guess I could get use to it. Thanks again.


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Mar 06, 2014 09:16 as a reply to  @ darrell52's post |  #4

I hope I'm not hijacking this thread, but I was just about to post the same question, but a bit differently:

I have 2 bodies: 1D3 and 1D4, and want to bring 2 of the 3 lenses:

300 f/2.8
70-200 f/2.8 II
24-70 f/2.8

I've used the 70-200/24-70 combo last week, and it seems like the 70-200 just doesn't have the reach I want when up in stands, but not sure about the weight. I did see another photographer with a monopod, so that's an option.


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Mar 06, 2014 10:14 |  #5

darrell52 wrote in post #16738152 (external link)
Thanks Theron, Yes I like zooms, particularly for fast moving sports like hockey. In addition to the greater versatility, you can find your shot with a wider view then crop (zoom) in camera. I hear much about the weight of the Sigma, but maybe without the tripod ring and maybe even the hood I guess I could get use to it. Thanks again.

I would recommend a monopod if you are going to use the 120-300 or a 300 prime. You can hand hold but it gets heavy after some use.


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Mar 09, 2014 20:25 |  #6

I would go with the canon 70-200 f/2.8 ii and 300 f/2.8 not only because of the image quality, but the ability to go to 70 could be helpful at times. If the team is in a huddle, or the action is up close 120 might be a little too tight.




  
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Mar 12, 2014 20:13 |  #7

I just got the Sigma Sports 120-300. I was hesitant - I had used the Canon 300mm and loved everything about it, except the fact that I lost all the midsection of ice when I shot from the sides. I was shooting from the stands in this shot, in a not-super well-lit rink. I am happy with its performance, but it IS HEAVY and LARGE. It is not a lens I could even think to hand hold.

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Mar 13, 2014 08:12 |  #8

RangeMan wrote in post #16754297 (external link)
I just got the Sigma Sports 120-300. I was hesitant - I had used the Canon 300mm and loved everything about it, except the fact that I lost all the midsection of ice when I shot from the sides. I was shooting from the stands in this shot, in a not-super well-lit rink. I am happy with its performance, but it IS HEAVY and LARGE. It is not a lens I could even think to hand hold.

Where in RI are you?

I took my 300 2.8 to the Providence Bruins game last Sunday, and I'll tell ya... NOT easy to carry around, but I got used to it. I had to rest a lot...

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Mar 13, 2014 17:10 as a reply to  @ kenjancef's post |  #9

Hey there, neighbor. East Greenwich. Handholding a 300 - that IS impressive. Great shots. Are you media? I wouldn't have thought you could bring real gear into a P Bruins game.


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