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
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