I’m shoot­ing out­door foot­ball games and in­door bas­ket­ball games on a D5300. Would I be bet­ter off with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens or a 150-600mm from Sigma or Tam­ron? Arthur Red­man, via email

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Jason says… The Sigma and Tam­ron 150-600mm lenses both have widest avail­able aper­tures of f/5 at 150mm, shrink­ing to f/6.3 at 600mm, so you’ll strug­gle to get suf­fi­ciently fast shut­ter speeds for sharp shots in gloomy weather or in­doors. I’d sac­ri­fice some tele­photo reach for a wider aper­ture, so a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens would be the best choice.

The two cur­rent Nikon f/2.8 VR op­tions de­liver su­perb per­for­mance, but they’re not cheap, at £1799/$2099 for the ‘G’ edi­tion and £2649/$2799 for the ‘E’ edi­tion. I’d go for the more cost-ef­fec­tive Tam­ron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD (£1099/$1499) – or, if that’s still a bit pricey, the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM (£655/$1149).

Tam­ron’s SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD of­fers im­pres­sive build qual­ity and per­for­mance at an af­ford­able price

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