lens for surf photography (from beach)

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  1. jaomul

    jaomul Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    The sigma or tamron should be good at 500mm. Which is better is debatable, but there's hardly a difference between them. Converters won't play well with a d5600


     
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    Years ago I had a Sigma 170-500 and it was a decent lens. But it developed very bad lens creep, to the point it was hard to use. I sold it and just shot with my 300mm f/2.8.

    Well after about 12 years I gave Sigma another chance. And picked up a 150-500 with OS. It's definately a sharper lens. But I did have trouble again. Something let loose inside of it in the focus system. So, I had to send it in. I did get it back and the lens works fine now. But I believe it focuses slower than when it was new. I called Sigma on that and they said that was the initial issue. Was the lens focusing motor was set too fast at the factory and is what was causing the breakage. The quality of the pictures from the lens is pretty good. For your budget it may not be a bad choice!
     
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    I I think at the Nikon 300 MMF/4 AFS is a good lens, but the 300 MMF4D is not that fast of focusing lens. I think the new 150 to 600 MM Sigma and Tamron zoom's would be the better choice actually up to 500 MM. You would also have the advantage of a true 600 MM, and the usefulness of a zoom lens, which leads to better framing, better composition, and more Usefulness. The prime lens plus Tele converter is always very long and very narrow in angle of view.
     
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    Sigma 150-600 Sport may be the best lens you could get for that price for over something over 300mm, IMO anyway. The Nikon 200-500 is nice too, falls off just a bit after 400mm though.
     
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    Both lenses are way over the OPs budget.

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    You should not be using VR on a tripod, so you can use older non-VR lenses, to save some $.
    But I do not think your D5600 has an in-body AF motor, so you have to stick with AFS lenses.
    I have not tried shooting surfing, but another option is MANUAL focus lenses. If you can follow focus the surfers. I use a manual focus 500mm on my D7200.
     
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    I suggest you try renting the lens and giving it a try.
    That would be much better than guessing and asking opinions of others.

    Also the surf conditions and distance where you shoot may be significantly different than where others shoot.
    Example a 400 might be too short for one location where the waves break further out, and too long for another location where the waves break close to shore.
    Also where you site the camera affects the distance to the surfer.

    You should also budget for a gimbal for your tripod. A gimbal makes tracking a moving subject with a LONG lens, much easier.

    BTW you need to look at your budget again.
    The Sigma 150-600 "contemporary" runs about $1,000 USD, which is $400 over your budget. The "sport" model is even more expensive.
     

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