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Old Aug 15, 2007, 10:19 PM   #1
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Out of these 3 - Sigma 28-300, Tamron 28-300, Sony 28-300

Which is the best fit for my Sony A100 to capture action shots (football/soccer games from the stands)?

Any ideas would be appreciated!



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Old Aug 16, 2007, 5:05 PM   #2
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Out of these 3 - Sigma 28-300, Tamron 28-300, Sony 28-300

Which is the best fit for my Sony A100 to capture action shots (football/soccer games from the stands)?

Any ideas would be appreciated!
Actually, Sony doesn't make a 28-300 lens. They make a fixed focal length 300mm f/2.8 lens, that you may have confused with the Tamron and Sigma 28-300mm superzooms.

Both the Tamron and the Sigma are pretty dim, which means longer shutter speeds, which means action shots with motion blur. And as is typical of superzooms, they aren't very sharp, and are prone to distortion.

The Sony 70-200mm f/2.8, the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8, and Sigma 100-300mm f/4.0 are all really good lenses for what you want to do, as long as you're not planning to shoot night games or indoors. If so, you'll need a lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.0 or better.

If the high price of those lenses is an issue, you might consider the Tamron 18-250. It is probably the sharpest superzoom available, but it is still pretty dim. You might also try to find a Minolta 70-210mm f/4.0 (affectionately known as the 'Beer Can') on the used market. They go for between $150 and $250, and might get you started until you sell enough of your shots to pay fora longer, brighter lens.
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Old Aug 16, 2007, 9:28 PM   #3
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On a bright, sunny day the "beer can" is your best bet. If the photo environment scene light deminishes to any degree, you are out of luck, unless you are willing to spend a whole lot more $$$ for a workable lens.

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On a bright, sunny day the "beer can" is your best bet. If the photo environment scene light deminishes to any degree, you are out of luck, unless you are willing to spend a whole lot more $$$ for a workable lens.
I should have included the prices of the lenses I mentioned. BH Photo has the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 for $2,300, the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 for $890, and the Sigma 100-300mm f/4.0 for $1,099.
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