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Sigma 120-400 - any good for motorsport?

 
Ingsy
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Mar 16, 2010 08:37 |  #1

I currently shoot with a 55-250, and while I'm getting some images that I'm happy with, they are nowhere near the quality of others on here.

Although something like a 100-400L, or a 400 prime would be nice, my budget doesn't really stretch that far :D

I've seen that Sigma do a 120-400, which although has the same F-stop range, does give me more length, which will must help? Also it is a lot cheaper, basically, and I wondered if it is any good for motorsport? Does anyone hear use currently, or has used one and can give any feedback on it?

Thanks in advance.


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Mar 16, 2010 09:57 |  #2

I don't have the Sigma 120-400 but below are two of my favourite photos taken with the Sigma 150-500mm.

Both the Sigma lenses are significantly heavier than the lens you are used to and if you haven't used a long telephoto before you will most likely find that you need to improve your technique to get the best out of the lens.

I believe the Sigma 120-400 will give similar results to these photos. Hope this helps.

200mm

IMAGE: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4037/4437644213_e9c34e8ff7_o.jpg

500mm
IMAGE: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4029/4369474609_3e2cb7df22_o.jpg

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Ingsy
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Mar 16, 2010 11:24 |  #3

Thanks for the info and the images.

Goot point about the weight of the lens, although I do have a monopod that doesn't really get used at the moment. As you say my current set up is pretty light.


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Mar 16, 2010 13:03 |  #4

I'd suggest considering a Sigma 100-300 EX as well.


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Mar 16, 2010 23:01 |  #5

I have this lens, it´s not bad for motorsports, however the long end is not very sharp on f/5.6 so you need to use narrower aperture (if possible, at least f/7.1). Below you can see examples how it works in bad conditions (higher ISO, F/5.6) an how it works in ideal conditions (ISO 100, f/10). Both photos taken with Canon EOS 40D.

IMAGE: http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs49/f/2009/206/9/1/Superbikes_2009___24_by_M_M_X.jpg

IMAGE: http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs46/f/2009/228/a/0/MotoGP_2009___19_by_M_M_X.jpg

So it depends what exactly you want to shoot. If you can use panning (longer exposure, narrower aperture) then buy it, if you need short exposures and wide aperture then rather try to save money for 100-400L.

Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS, Canon EF 50 f/1.4, Sigma 120-400 f/4.5-5.6 OS, Canon Speedlite 580EX II
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Ingsy
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Mar 18, 2010 11:45 |  #6

Thanks for the input & the images everyone. Certainly food for thought.


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