lens for surf photography (from beach)

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  1. vandalismo

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    Hey, I am willing to buy a lens for surf photography.
    I used to have sigma 80-400 but wasn't sharp enough.

    Initially I was going to buy nikon AF 300 mm 4d EF prime, but I realized that will not be long enough for all the spots I am planning to use.
    Then I would go for Sigma or Tamron 150 - 600 with stabilization. But don't know which one is better. I guess sharpness will not be greater than the 80-400 I used to have. But should be relatively good till about 400 mm.

    Can somebody give recommendation for the mentioned lenses. Or any other lens I should consider. My budget is around 500 euro (or around 600 US...)

    thanx!


     
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    I think your budget is pushing it for any lens from the beach as you may want weather sealing. What body are you using?
     
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    Fwiw I have sigma 150-600C and it's a sharp lens
     
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    I just got nikon D5600...

    have you used sigma 80-400 to compare to the 150-600 ?
     
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    I never had the 80-400. I believe when the 150-600 came out it was pretty much agreed by most reviewers that it was an improvement over the previous zooms sigma made in similar price ranges (150-500, 120-400 and 80-400)
     
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    If you are going prime, then think about a prime plus a tele-extender. A 2x extender will make the 300mm a 600mm, but it will also half the light. A 1.5x will make the 300mm a 450mm.
     
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    Imo extenders are generally poor unless you have the very best lenses coupled with cameras that have the very best autofocus systems. I wouldn't recommend one here, a 300 f4 becomes a 600 f8, does a d5600 even focus at f8, you'd have to check the specs
     
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    I am not going to use tele conventors with prime lens...To be honest my preference would go for prime 400 with stabilization but cant find decent priced second hand. As well, some beach brakes the surfer can be 15-20 mtrs infront of me, which means, I have to walk away from the beach, which means people, dogs, umbrellas, etc on the way...
    Unless I am wrong.
    The zoom might be more practical (relatively less quality)

    I remmeber on my 80-400 I had poor quality when shooting 250 mm and more...I expect lens 150-600 will give sharp photos till 450, maybe 500 mm lenght...
     
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    You don't need stabilization.

    You'll more than likely be shooting shutter speeds above the 1/500 max speed you want to use it with.

    Look at nikon's 200-500. Sigma's old lens were pretty poor quality so don't let that deter you.
     
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    Extenders are made for primes. I’ve had nothing but good luck with the images and high IQ with extenders. No problem with focus also, but I’m not shooting a Nikon D5600.
     
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    Most shore based surf photographers would be using something like a 600 f/4 or a 200-400 f/4
    I think my GF was using a 300mm f/2.8 but shooting from a Zodiac out in the sea.
     
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    so let me ask like that. Do you guys think that I would have crispy sharp photos with Sigma or Tamron 150-600 shooting focal lenght between 350-500 mm from 100 to 200 meters...

    Or I would have sharper photos with prime 300 mm + converter?

    I talk about budget lens - prime would be nikon 4d EF, which I can get up to 400-500 euro second hand.
     

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