Three Telephoto Lens for Sportfotografen

Sportfotografen likes telen, but all photographers do not like to carry heavy stuff. It is therefore easy and something that sports photographers telen photographers in General, think about. We have tested three different lenses that could fit well in a sportfotografs camera bag.

Lens around 300 mm is popular among sports photographers. The fixed 300 millimeter has advantages such as, for example, that it is quite easy to conduct, especially with modern technology such as image stabilization, but also because the focal length is not obscenely long and the small tremors that can’t get away from, go to manage. 300: ans agility is also in the choice of aperture.

To go on the most powerful option, f/2.8, which previously was a prerequisites in order to get enough fast shutter speeds, they got a pretty big and heavy lens. But today, the cameras manage that high ISO sensitivities for the sake of light usually don’t have to go down to f/2.8, instead you can make do with f/4 and increasing the ISO sensitivity a step.

With f/4 also provides a significantly smaller and lighter lenses, which of course is an advantage, both in being photographed and when the lens should be carried in a backpack or bag.

Choice of test lenses

As you can see in the test, we have chosen to take with Nikon’s new 300 mm f/4 as well as Canon’s counterpart, but we have also stopped into the Sony 70-400 mm f/4-5, 6 g SSM, which can be a little unjustified when Sony also has a 300 mm f/2.8 the reason is that the zoom costs on par with the other two lenses (well, Nikonobjektivet) , but also because Sony doesn’t have the equivalent focal length with fixed aperture 4.

We also wanted to test the lens with full-frame cameras, then they are somehow this type of cameras ‘ Formula-1. If they work well on small-screen sensors so they will work well on APS-C also.


Sony 70-400 mm f/4-5, 6 g SSM II

This is the heavyweight in the test, it is so clear that it is a zoom. It also has longer maximum focal length than the other two lenses, up to 400 mm.

The weight falls on 1500 grams which is quite a lot, at least when it (with an adapter) mounted on such a small body like Sony A7 II. Most likely the lens had been better on the A99 with battery grip.

Length wise it’s much like Canonobjektivet, where it stands at 70 mm.This lens appeared on the market in 2013 and is thus pretty much newer than Canonobjektivet. This means that it has a newer focus motor (bildstabilseringen sitting in the camera body, in this case a Sony A7 II) but since it is a zoom so it means to focus the engine has more glass to move, which means that it must work more.

Buttons and controls

Autofokusreglaget has three different modes, one where the focus throughout the distance table, a position that goes from three metres to infinity, and a situation where the action is completely turned off. Sony has also put in two fokuslåsarknappar. When one of these is pressed so close of the autofocus.


The first thing I notice when I mount the lens on an A7 II (with the help of the adapter) is that the camera gets very pluttig at the end of the large tube. It does not feel quite easy to just keep the camera body and let the bajonettfästet carry the weight of the lens, which go well with Canonkameran. The other thing I notice is that the zoom ring is quite sluggish. If it is because the lens is fairly new, and thus gets better with time, or if it’s because it’s very glass to be moved and the scoring is a bit too high I let be unsaid because it requires the use of lens longer than what we had the opportunity to do.

The focus feels pretty fast in good conditions to be such a long zoom, it also works more quietly than Canon’s focus motor. But it distinguishes the more than ten years in technology between the two so it is almost a unfair comparison. When you are aiming for severe focused motives (small or contrast solve) so do you notice how the lens is slowing down rather sharply the last piece before it finds the focus.

The following focus is not on top in terms of fast-moving subjects. Then the focus motor to move the glasses quickly enough. Oddly enough this is the autofocus faster when choosing to work throughout their area and not in the restricted area of three metres to infinity, which is the actual point of the territorial restriction.

Canon EF 300 mm f/4 l IS USM

Canonobjektivet is located in the group when it comes to weight and size.It is located a few hundred grams during Sony’s zoom in weight where it weighs in at just over a kilo. It’s also about as far, when Sonyzoomen is fully extended (it becomes eight centimeters longer when you stretch it out to 400 mm).

The advantage of Canonobjektivet is that it sits on a larger and heavier camera than Sony lens which makes the whole thing feel more balanced.This gives a total weight which is higher, but at the same time, maybe something more comfortable to use in quick time. The lens came out on the market in 1997 so it does not have this up-to-the-minute technology inside the shell. But the focus is powered by Canon’s USM motor which is fast but not as fast as in the latest releases. The image stabilizer is one of Canon’s first generations of stabilization.


Buttons and controls

Canon’s lens has for obvious reasons no zoom ring, but only a broad focus ring. The focus ring can always be used to adjust the focus manually if you so wish, something that is nice if autfokusen gets scammed by contrast to solve design or any other reason.

There is also a switch between manual and automatic focusing. You can also choose if you want the auto focus will work in the entire registry or just focus between three meters and infinite, something that gives a slightly faster focusing.

Image stabilization can turn off and on, but also adjust in two different modes, in which mode one is for normal use and location two is for panning.


The Canon lens is a few years old is noticeable mostly when it comes to the noise level. Both autofocus and image stabilization allows more than what modern counterparts do, even the effectiveness of image stabilization is a bit behind. It provides opportunities for slower shutter speeds, but not as long as Sony lens. Focus the engine feels about as fast as the Sony (Sony lens set at 300 mm), but Canonobjektivet follows the subject slightly faster and safer. However, it may be the performance of Canon’s 1 DX who takes over, it is hard to be sure. But the lens has so clearly impact. Unlike the Sony lens so is Canonobjektivet faster when restricting the focus to three metres to infinity.

Nikon AF-S 300 mm f/4 PF ED VR

This is the newest lens of the three, was launched earlier this year and came on the market a few weeks ago. The big point of this lens is the size.It is about as big as the Nikon’s renowned 24-70 mm f/2.8, but actually weighs 200 grams less. The secret to weight loss is a lens technology they call Phase Fresnell. It means that the lens can be shorter and lighter, but with the same magnification.

The lens is much lighter than the competition in this test, less than half the weight of the Sonyzoomen and 400 grams lighter than the Canon equivalent.


Buttons and controls

Nikon’s image stabilization has three different modes, turned completely off, one normal and one that they decided to call sports. In sport mode, slutarfördröjningen in continuous shooting to be shorter than otherwise, which leads to a series of shooting speed will be the same as if the stabilization was switched off. It shall also provide a steadier viewfinder image during fast movements.

Focus controller has three different modes, manual focus, and two AF modes. One mode provides full opportunity to adjust the manual focus even while the focus motor is working. The second mode prioritises the autofocus and makes minor adjustments to the manual focus ring does not give the same rash. You can also choose whether the autofocus to work over the entire area or within a limited area for faster focusing.


Unlike the other lenses so don’t send Nikon with a tripod mount with his lens. It may seem a bit churlish, but it has its explanation. You usually don’t need the tripod mount. Many use a monopod for this type of lens but Nikon is so easy that it is not needed. It is easier to shoot with 300 than with standardzoomen 24-70.

Because the lens weighs so little, you’re great to disburse it even at slower shutter speeds, the image stabilizer works very good. To follow a moving subject works better with Nikonobjektivet than with the other two, probably because there is less mass to be moved when the autofocus works.

The lens is really nice to use thanks to its low weight and short format. According to Nikon, so is the downside of PF technology can occur in color/light-phenomena in the pictures at right back light, but we tried to provoke someone like during the test but did not manage to get something that felt specific to this lens.

Optically speaking, performing lenses good, great even. Something that applies to all of the lenses is that they are like the sharpest around the aperture 8.

Looking for speed in focus so ports Sony lens unfortunately last, and Nikon is fastest, Canon falls in between. The reason is probably the weight of the various elements to be moved and fokuseringens construction.

Nikon is also the lens is slightly sharper than the others. Nikon has the advantage of being completely new to the market, which means that it has the very latest technology. But to appoint a winner is difficult.

Nikon and Sony lens are the most expensive, Canonobjektivet costs almost half as much. This means that you get a lot for your money if you are Canonfotograf, but the lens would not feel bad to be upgraded to the latest versions of autofocus and stabilization technology.

Give priority to low weight so Nikonobjektivet is a clear winner, but if you want to have more opportunities and greater variety, well then it’s Sony lens is best. Thus, it is difficult to decide a winner, it depends on so many different priorities.

But we can say that Nikonfotografer are on the lookout for a 300 mm telephoto and fit with the AF-S 300 mm f/4 PF ED VR in his budget will most likely be very happy.