View 409: Sigma Sport Lens

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.

Sigma Sport Lens One

Syracuse Crunch Cameron Gaunce (24) skating with the puck against as Binghamton Devils Kurtis Gabriel (39) gives chase in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, New York on Friday, October 19, 2018. Syracuse won 4-0. Nikon D500/Sigma 120-300OS, 1/1000s, f/4, ISO 2200, EV +1.0, 240mm (360mm DX), Monopod.

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.

Sigma Sport Lens Two

Syracuse Crunch goalie Connor Ingram (39) in net against the Binghamton Devils in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, New York on Friday, October 19, 2018. Syracuse won 4-0. Nikon D500/Sigma 120-300OS, 1/1000s, f/4, ISO 3200, EV +1.3, 195mm (292mm DX), Monopod.

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.

Sigma Sport Lens Three

Syracuse Crunch Andy Andreoff (15) redirects the puck past Binghamton Devils goalie Mackenzie Blackwood (29) for a Power Play Goal in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, New York on Friday, October 19, 2018. Syracuse won 4-0. Nikon D500/Sigma 120-300OS, 1/1000s, f/4, ISO 2000, EV +1.3, 145mm (217mm DX), Monopod.

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.

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