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Old Jul 8, 2004, 2:01 PM   #1
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I'm looking for a lens (maybe) to take with me to a number college football games (Notre Dame Stadium). My 6 year old son will be with me as well, so I'll need the wide end to get shots of him. My current gear is below. I'm considering the Tamron 28-300, which can be had for under $300.I can't take the 120-300 b/c of the size. The other option would be to take the Tamron and the 135 alongwith the TCs. I can stack them on the 135 to get me almost to 400mm.The 135 is f/2, so 2x2x1.4 = 5.6.Because I'm stacking, do I automatically loseAF?

The simple thing for me to dois just have the single lens.Lugging stuff around with himto the bathroom and concession stand is a pain.Would it be a mistake to get the Tamron 28-300 ortry to make it work with the other stuff? I don't really expect to gethighquality action shots w/ the 28-300. Would love some input.

10D, Canon 85mm, Canon 135mm, Tamron 28-75, Sigma 120-300, Sigma 1.4x/2.0x TCs
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Old Jul 8, 2004, 10:50 PM   #2
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I went another direction entirely. I bought another camera. Saw the Coolpix 5700 on sale for $470 AR. Couldn't pass it up. Heck that's only $170 more than I was considering to spend on the Tamron. I kind of wanted a backup body anyway, even though this isn't a DSLR. Anyway, I'm happy with this decision b/c it addresses the issue of a lens to take to games. If anyone is interested, I got the camera at onecall.com
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Old Jul 9, 2004, 12:33 AM   #3
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Ack...Andy, slow down, you'll go broke!

Just kidding (I think), I really hope that this will give you what you are looking for. Great shots with that 120-300, too bad you can't figure out a way to sew a pocket into your trousers to hide it while getting into the game. Hmm, why couldn't you? Or take your wife along and have her carry a very large purse, or one of those walmart collapsible picnic bags...Once you're in the crowd in the stands I don't think that anyone's gonna care when you pull out the 120-300 and 2x converter.

In any event, good luck, as always
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Old Jul 9, 2004, 6:21 AM   #4
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IMO the 5700 is kind of long in the tooth:
1. You're not getting your 28mm at the wide (35mmm is the max)
2. You'll have a hard time capturing or following action shots with this camera...

How about the faster A1 (with a 1.5x ACT-100 TC), their wide is 28mm and they come with anti-shake IS. Actually their new Z3 with 12x stabilized zoom also looks interesting.


BTW I'm thinking along the same line with the A2 for the cost of a good zoom, I don't have to carry another lens!
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Old Jul 9, 2004, 8:38 AM   #5
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Check that.. my order was cancelled. OOS. Can't find it that cheap anywhere else.

I should be covered for my sports shots I sell w/ the lenses below in addition to the 28-75 for family stuff. I think Steve uses the Tamron 28-300 XR and likes it. Is that lens truly a piece of crap? I've got about $600 to play with... Thoughts guys?

Sigma 120-300 f/2.8... Canon 135 f/2... Tamron 28-75 f/2.8
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