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Old Aug 31, 2005, 9:51 AM   #1
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I am an amateur motorsports photographer in search of an inexpensive telephoto lens. I usually shoot from the stands, so something in the 100-400 range is needed. Since I am in the stands, I will need something with an f stop better than my current Canon 75-300 F4-5.5 lens. A flash from the stands is ineffective. I do not care who makes it as long as shots look good. What do you folks recommend??
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Old Aug 31, 2005, 10:32 AM   #2
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What is inexpensive to you? You are looking for a lens that I would not call inexpensive. The range you're looking for is no problem, but the speed... having something faster thanf/4-5.6 will really jack the price up. How about the Sigma 100-300 f/4? It's around $900 and gives you a pretty fast telephoto zoom. You could use TC's on it, although that will slow down the lens and make the images a little softer. Tokina also has a version of this lens for around $600. It's probably your best bet, but if you can afford the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8...get that one instead.:lol:

For around a grand, Sigma also has their 80-400 f/4.5-5.6 with OS, the optical stabalizer might help with the speed and length, but probably not. Hards, NHL, what do you think?
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Old Sep 1, 2005, 4:05 AM   #3
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If you want long reach and fast lens then I think you'll have to look at a prime rather than a zoom and then you're talking a substantial investment!
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