Bigma


sam-joseph

Link Posted 01/10/2009 - 11:58
Just a general question. Is the Bigma 50-500 any good for kid's soccer photos?? Is it fast enough at 400mm in bright conditions, or am I better off with a 300mm telephoto and teleconverter? I'm using a K100D super (6MP),So the question is, is it better to use a faster lens, or a higher MP camera and crop later?ie, a K200, or k20d (10MP).
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fatspider

Link Posted 01/10/2009 - 16:22
I find the Bigma changes from f5.6 to f6.7 as soon as it reaches 300mm, it remains at f6.7 up to 500mm. You need plenty of light.

If your certain a 400mm lens would suit your needs then I would suggest going for the Pentax 300mm DA* SRS have it listed cheaper than the Bigma.

It will get you a lot better image quality and its a lot faster, also what it lacks in focal length from 400mm you'd still be able to crop and get an acceptable image.

That been said, the Bigma is a very versatile lens with its huge focal range. I've never used mine for sports so cant comment on your first question.

If cost is an issue then have you considered the Sigma 120-400 at half the price?
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edumad

Link Posted 01/10/2009 - 16:34
Well, unless your pretty sure they always be a certain distance away, a prime by itself would be restrictive. If you have another body, your sorted.
The Sigma 100-300mm might be great, if its good for the sport in question.
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greynolds999

Link Posted 01/10/2009 - 20:41
You might want to think about a monopod if you're contemplating the Bigma. It's a heavy lens for holding at 45 minutes at a time! I would think for fast sport pictures you are going to struggle.
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sam-joseph

Link Posted 02/10/2009 - 07:16
impotentspider wrote:
I find the Bigma changes from f5.6 to f6.7 as soon as it reaches 300mm, it remains at f6.7 up to 500mm. You need plenty of light.

If your certain a 400mm lens would suit your needs then I would suggest going for the Pentax 300mm DA* SRS have it listed cheaper than the Bigma.

It will get you a lot better image quality and its a lot faster, also what it lacks in focal length from 400mm you'd still be able to crop and get an acceptable image.

That been said, the Bigma is a very versatile lens with its huge focal range. I've never used mine for sports so cant comment on your first question.

If cost is an issue then have you considered the Sigma 120-400 at half the price?

Thanks for the tip. I'm currently using a Sigma 70-300 APO, which is pretty good, but often I find I'm cropping a fair bit out of the photos. A Tokina 80-400 in Pentax mount would be great - (are you listening Mr. Tokina?), but unfortunately hard to come by. I'll take a look at the 120-400.
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Anvh

Link Posted 02/10/2009 - 08:12
sam-joseph wrote:
A Tokina 80-400 in Pentax mount would be great - (are you listening Mr. Tokina?), but unfortunately hard to come by. I'll take a look at the 120-400.
Thanks.

Mr. Tokina is not allowed to produce a K-mount lens, so you will need to address Mr. Hoya since they own Pentax and supply glass to Tokina.
If Hoya would buy the lens formula of Tokina lenses (11-16 would be great) they would be allowed to produce a Pentax version and since they make the glass it wouldn't be much of a challenge.
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johnriley

Link Posted 02/10/2009 - 14:49
The first version of the Tokina 80-400mm was made in PKa mount (I have one, recently acquired) but they seem quite rare.

It's also available in Nikon and Canon mounts, even a few EOS rather than FD, but again, very rare.
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sam-joseph

Link Posted 07/11/2009 - 10:41
I've now acquired a Tokina 80-400 version 1 from a fellow member of this site and am hoping to try it out next soccer(football) season. Early impressions are promising. If I can get some good sunny weather, I'll give it a decent test. Ironic, that I should receive a 'dream'lens from mother England, and it seems to have brought the rainy days with it...
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Link Posted 07/11/2009 - 11:52
If it helps, these were all taken with the Sigma 100-300mm F4 from behind the goal line. Personally didn't find 300mm too restrictive at all!

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beachboy2

Link Posted 13/11/2009 - 09:42
I've used a Bigma for photos from the comfort of the stand at a football (Aussie Rules) match and from the boundary fence. Zoom range is excellent. But definitely use a monopod!!!
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Last Edited by beachboy2 on 13/11/2009 - 09:42
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