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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:31 pm 
Hi
have just bought a nikon d90 and need a lens for tennis

I have made a shortlist of these please help me decide

Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

Sigma 100-300mm f4

Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 APO EX HSM with sigma 2x ex apo tele converter

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:16 pm 
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I'd either go for the Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 or the Tamron 70-300mm VC USD (great image stabilizer and very sharp).
The Sigma 70-200mm ist quite a bit more expensive than the other solutions but it's probably the best solution. I'd rather go for a 1.4x extender though.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:55 pm 
thanks for advice just looked at the tamron it looks pretty good .

Is their a problem with the 2x converter as lt comes as a package


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You lose more light and sharpness with the 2x TC than the 1.4x TC. I have the Sigma 70-200 and 2x converter, I can make a comparison for you if you want.

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You lose more light and sharpness with the 2x TC than the 1.4x TC. I have the Sigma 70-200 and 2x converter, I can make a comparison for you if you want.

Sounds good - that's interesting for me, too. :wink:

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:46 am 
I think i am going to go with the sigma 70-200 lawn tennis season isn't while june so will have time to check it out and maybe sell the 2x tc and buy a 1.4 unless anyone has any more suggestions .


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Just a quick calculation:
To closely capture a player's body in motion let's assume you need a 1.6x2,4m frame on the court - which is 100x the size of your sensor (making calculations pretty easy). So if you're 20m away from the player you need a 20m/100 = 200mm focal length to get the shot.
A tennis court is roughly 11x24m (36x78 feet) so if you're sitting close to the net a shooting distance of 20m might just be ok. If you're sitting further away or more to one side you may well need to cover a distance of 30m or even 40m. Which in turn would imply you'd need a 300mm or even 400mm to get a shot that tightly framed.
If you'd love to capture an upper body shot your target-frame shrinks to around half of the above (say 1.2x1.6m) which increases the focal length needed for that shot by another 50% (roughly). So you're now talking about a 300mm lens from 20m distance or a 600mm from 40m distance.
You can see that capturing sports even in "closed quarters" might need some pretty long lenses. Combine this with the need to shoot at fast shutter-speeds makes you (and me) wish to use a lens like the stabilized Sigma 120-300/2.8. Unfortunately the price of this baby is past 2000 (USD, GBP, EUR) :roll:
So you might consider the non-stabilized Sigma 100-300/4.0 or a good 70-200 + 1.4x TC as an option. As always with Sigma lenses make sure you can give the lens back without prohibitive restocking fee should you get a decentered copy (see my sad story of the 100-300/4.0 here). But when you can get a good copy, the (non-stabilized) 100-300/4.0 was tested with pretty good results (see there).

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:59 am 
thanks for that i have been doing the tennis tournaments for 6 years now and 300mm is ample unless your sat on centre court at wimbledon .

I have taken some good photos with cheapest lenses this year going to do it right bought the D90 that i hope is a good camera and want a descent lens


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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 3:44 pm 
update bought the Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 and the Tamron 70-300mm VC USD both great lenses
didn't get the teleconverter but wish i had so now looking is their a converter that will work with both these lenses . I have read that the sigma and the teleplus sp300 are the same is this right any recommendation greatly appreciated


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If you use the best quality for shooting, enlarging and cropping will still give a reasonable quality photo. Shooting a bit wide also lets cropping where you want it and not cut off any part of the players body when shooting since they move so fast.


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