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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:02 pm 
I just cant keep up!!

Unitil recently I shot youth football( soccer that is - not the version played by men with odd shaped balls;)) with a basic Olympus E420 and a 70-300 lens. Results were fine. One month ago purchased Canon 7d with 50-250 and results are good. Now been tempted with an offer to shoot first team action and used 50-250 for first shoot. Results still good but plan to get faster lens.

In terms of budget I can afford either Canon 70-200 f4 (c£500) or Sigma 70-200 f2.8 (c£650). I may also add 1.4x and/or 2x.

Comments/advise would be appreciated.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 4:24 pm 
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Not experienced with either, but I would comment that if you find yourself needing to use a 2x converter, you're better off with a f/2.8 lens as that will retain AF capability where the f/4 wont.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 2:21 am 

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Well, since you're OK with f4 but you'd like more reach, I would say save up for option c) Sigma 100-300mm. If that's absolutely out of the question, since your other two choices cover the same focal length range (actually less) as your current 50-250mm, I would say go for the largest aperture difference. i.e. Sigma f2.8


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:59 am 

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If you can afford the Canon 2.8 then I'd say go for it. I have the EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS (not MkII) and it's great.

If you want something a lot lighter and can live without the extra 2/3 stop, get the f/4 IS.

don't recommend using the 1.4x converter with either lens. If you want to do that, get a prime. Just MHO.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:08 am 
The 70-200mm sigma HSM II is very fast when it comes to AF speed. I would get that and a 1.4 TC if I were you. Or the 150-500/50-500 sigma (not very fast though)

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 3:21 am 
I use both the sigma 70-200 2.8, and sigma 100-300 f4 to shoot my kids playing rugby league, actually I haven't used the 300 with the kids games yet as I purchased it just after the end of the season, but I did hire a sigma 120-300 2.8 a couple of times, and for me 300mm was enough, the 200 was great with the youngest son as they were still on the half fields, but it was a bit short with my eldest as they were playing on full fields, 2.8 does come in handy when the light gets low/bad, but f4 was still OK, that's why I sold my 100-400 and bought the 100-300, for me, the extra stop was worth more than IS and an extra 100mm.

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