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Old Jul 27, 2006, 5:11 PM   #11
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Old Jul 28, 2006, 6:50 AM   #12
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Shell,

Nice series. Last one is definitely my favorite. Was the one game at night? Colors are fairly muted which could be fixed a bit in post processing. But these are some nice captures!!
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Old Jul 29, 2006, 9:59 AM   #13
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Thanks John!

Yes the one game was at night, I see that you use the sigma 120-300 F-28, how does this compare in sharpness to Canon's 70-200 F-28??

Are you using Canon's 1.4X TC. or Sigma?

How does auto focus work with these two lenses?

Thanks for your input!

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Old Jul 29, 2006, 9:38 PM   #14
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Shell,

I don't own the Canon 70-200 2.8 I own the Sigma. The Sigma seems very sharp to me. The extra reach makes a huge difference. Any time you can reduce the amount of cropping you do (assuming you're using a good lens) you'll get sharp photos. So, in coverfing baseball - probably no comparision the Sigma will win hands down from 200-300 (i.e sigma at 300 and Canon cropped down). From 100-200mm I couldn't say. I use the Sigma TC and it works great with this lens

This gallery is about 50/50 - first half without TC, second half with:

http://www.jagsportsphotos.com/gallery/1503035

Autofocus with or without TC is great.
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Old Jul 29, 2006, 9:44 PM   #15
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Some samples - judge for yourself if they'r sharp:










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Old Jul 31, 2006, 9:00 PM   #16
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JohnG,

You really got it happening with that high end Canon DSLR.

Also the lens is working well.

Is it a Canon F2.8 lens?

Keep up the excellent work!

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Old Aug 1, 2006, 7:21 AM   #17
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Thanks Terry! Haven't seen you around in a while.

It's the Sigma 120-300 2.8. I picked it up this spring and it's a fantastic lens - can't wait for football. There was no way I could afford the Canon 300 2.8 - that's $4000 PLUS I would need an extra body which I also can't afford.

In all reality, I'm hoping against hope Canon will come out with something between the 30D and 1D Mk II N - a 1.6x crop camera with the 45 point autofocus of the Mk II N - even without everything else - if we could get the autofocus system of that camera I would be a very happy sports shooter :G
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JohnG,

I hear ya', that would be my next upgrade!

Yah, that lens is really smokin.

I should take a good look at it, but it's hard to reconcilethe $'s given I do my sports gigs pro bono.

Keep up the excellent work!



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