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tad

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Lens advice on Nikon 300s
« on: December 25, 2011, 04:24:57 pm »

I will be doing a lot of work with Lacrosse teams over the next two years, both print and video(w/ 300s) and need some advice on lens choice. I know I will need the 300mm but not sure which one and I need a second lens when 300 is too much. Please advise.
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Re: Lens advice on Nikon 300s
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2011, 05:43:09 pm »

Hello,

I have a Sigma 100-300mm F4 lens which I use with my Nikon D3x and can say this lens is spectacular and it works just as well with the Sigma 1.4 converter.

Check out the link below.

http://www.photozone.de/nikon--nikkor-aps-c-lens-tests/369-sigma-af-100-300mm-f4-nikon

Also for $1,070.00 US it is very good value.

Cheers

Simon
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Re: Lens advice on Nikon 300s
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2011, 06:48:52 pm »

I will be doing a lot of work with Lacrosse teams over the next two years, both print and video(w/ 300s) and need some advice on lens choice. I know I will need the 300mm but not sure which one and I need a second lens when 300 is too much. Please advise.
The 70-200VR - the first one - is a spectacular lens on a cropped body.
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Re: Lens advice on Nikon 300s
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2011, 09:16:15 pm »

Thanks for the info. Unfortunately, it has been discontinued. The 70-200 nikon is nice as mentioned below but sometimes I need a little more. How much would I lose using a converter on the 70-200?

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Re: Lens advice on Nikon 300s
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2011, 10:29:56 am »

  I don't like the Nikon TC myself.   I have a good, older one, but any TC has never done it for me.  Better off with a good, dedicated lens that goes to 300mm.   I suggest avoiding the 70-300mm VR zoom myself.   It covers full frame, is very inexpensive, but at around 270mm to 300mm it goes real soft, IMO.  Not that fast AF either, at least for me. I use it for birding, but I thik for sports you would find it fustraiting.    I have a 35 year old 300mm F4.5 Nikkor, fixed focal lenght and MF, which I find sharper than the 70 to 300mm at 300mm.

   for reasonable cost, and good AF speed, look at the Nikon 300mm f4 IF/ED Lens.   
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Re: Lens advice on Nikon 300s
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2011, 01:52:46 pm »

I've extensively used the Nikon 1.4 TC with the Nikkor 70-200 (older version on the D300 and the newer VR II with the D700) and had excellent results. The original 70-200 works very well on the smaller Nikon sensor and I've never has any issues with that lens and TC together, other than the one stop loss of light.

A while back, Michael commented very favorably on the new Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 but the $3,200 price tag is not for the faint of heart.

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Re: Lens advice on Nikon 300s
« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2011, 06:19:06 pm »

I've extensively used the Nikon 1.4 TC with the Nikkor 70-200 (older version on the D300 and the newer VR II with the D700) and had excellent results. The original 70-200 works very well on the smaller Nikon sensor and I've never has any issues with that lens and TC together, other than the one stop loss of light.

A while back, Michael commented very favorably on the new Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 but the $3,200 price tag is not for the faint of heart.

Phil  
The 120-300 sigma is a good lens, but its neither 300mm on the long end, nor truly f2.8 (if we assume Nikon or Canon 300nds are true f2.8 ). You will find it more a 270mm f3.2 at the long end, if somebody compares that with the sigma 100-300 true f4.0 and true 300mm focal length and adds to the equation the bulk, weight and cost difference, he may conclude for the later, as it was mentioned by somebody else above. It may also be better performing on an APS-c sensor than its bigger brother, ...very good lens. I would look for one s/h. Regards, Theodoros. www.fotometria.gr
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Re: Lens advice on Nikon 300s
« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2011, 09:17:36 pm »

Thanks for the info. Unfortunately, it has been discontinued. The 70-200 nikon is nice as mentioned below but sometimes I need a little more. How much would I lose using a converter on the 70-200?



The 70-200 VRII with the newest 1.4 gives you only 280, but I have used the combination many times and it is very fast and accurate on the 300s. Also image quality is very good.
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Re: Lens advice on Nikon 300s
« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2011, 09:54:49 pm »

The 70-200 on s D300s is equivalent to a 105-450 on a full frame camera...quite a bit of lens.  You didn't mention how far away from your subject you will be shooting, in what lighting conditions or what your budget it.  All are significant.  Another consideration is that the 70-200 is a f2.8 lens, which will allow a bit higher shutter speed.  Got lots of $$$...a 70-200 coupled with a 200-400 would probably meet your needs!

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Re: Lens advice on Nikon 300s
« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2011, 10:38:15 pm »

The 70-200 on s D300s is equivalent to a 105-450 on a full frame camera...quite a bit of lens.

The 70-200mm on a DX camera is equivalent to 105-300mm on an FX camera.  Is that what you meant?

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Re: Lens advice on Nikon 300s
« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2011, 06:11:24 am »

I think he probably meant when added to the 1.4 TC, although off the top of my head, I think it's actually about 150mm on the short side and 420mm on the long end that way.

One can probably still get the original 70-200 used for a good price; I just sold mine for the newer VR II a couple of months ago.

Phil
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Re: Lens advice on Nikon 300s
« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2011, 11:28:37 am »

Momentary brain fade.  70-200 FX on APS-C camera (also known as DX) would actually be 105-300 equivalent.  I was thinking of the 28-300 FX, which would be 42-450 equivalent on a DX camera.  Sorry for the confusion, but at least I learned you are paying attention!

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Re: Lens advice on Nikon 300s
« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2011, 04:38:37 pm »

Some of these games will be shot at night under stadium lighting, otherwise in daylight. The distance can and will vary from sideline  to bleachers depending on venue and I don't have that info yet.

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