Earlier this year, I purchased a Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sport Lens to use for amateur field sports under less than optimum lighting conditions. Think high school football stadiums and you get the idea. I use it with a Nikon D500 dSLR camera which has a 1.5X crop giving the lens’ effective range from 180mm to 450mm.
The lens is heavy and needs to be used with a sturdy monopod and tripod head but it focuses fast and has excellent image quality. The f/2.8 aperture throughout the focal lengths allows me to shoot under the challenging lighting of the field sports I cover. Having said that, I decided to use this lens for ice hockey under the excellent LED lighting of an American Hockey League (AHL) arena.
Shooting from the media row inside the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, New York to cover a recent AHL game between the Syracuse Crunch and Binghamton Devils, the lens worked flawlessly to capture the excitement and color of a professional hockey game.
It was not all fun and games as the lens would often pull the monopod’s head mount suddenly downward. I missed a goal being scored when it happened during the second period. I really tightened down the lens for the third period and captured the goal you see below.
While this lens is not the easiest to use in the often close confines of hockey arenas, I shall use it from time to time to get a different prospective of game.
The lens comes in mounts for Nikon, Canon and SONY digital cameras. For more information, follow the link at the top of the article.