I need someone to cut to the chase. I have a D40, with the 55-200mm f/4-5.6VR lens. I am taking pictures of little league baseball games and have a question(s). Should I look at a 300mm lens for more zoom or just crop the pictures I take with the 200mm? and If I get a 300mm, will I still have the same problems with the pictures being blurry in the dark. it is my understanding that unless I get a 2.8 or so lens that I'll have the same problems. I read and read and can't seem to get the answer I need. I have turned the ISO up and it helped but I'm kinda overwhelmed. Also, should I look at a 70-300 zoom or a more specific telephoto type? Thanks,
#1. "RE: Information overload" In response to Reply # 0
Welcome to Nikonians! Are you shooting games in daylight, evening, or night games under the lights? For games in daylight conditions, the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR or even the 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S will provide the additional reach you are looking for while allowing a shutter speed fast enough to freeze the movement of your subject. For evening games or night games under the lights, your maximum shutter speed is limited by the ambient light level, the ISO capability of your camera, and the maximum aperture of your lens. The D40 maximum ISO is Hi (ISO 3200) though ISO 1600 is significantly cleaner and all of the variable aperture zooms are f/5.6 at the long end. If you are shooting in low light, your choices are limited to the fast zooms and primes. Unfortunatly the fast zooms and prime telephoto lenses are expensive, large and heavy. If your budget is tight you might want to consider the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD which should be fast enough though you won't gain any range. If you provide the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings of a well exposed image in low light at your field, we can extrapolate the aperature you will need to freeze the action. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#2. "Information overload" In response to Reply # 1 Fri 17-Jun-11 09:55 PM by Chris1232
I would recommend keeping your lens unless you easily have the money to buy a longer lens. If your lens does not have VR I strongly recommend upgrading. This could make a huge difference on shake. Keep in mind that you are shooting a DX camera so really you are getting 300mm out of that lens because of the 1.5 crop factor.
#3. "RE: Information overload" In response to Reply # 2
Welcome to Nikonians! While VR is very useful when shooting static subjects, VR is not very useful when shooting sports because a fast shutter speed is required to freeze the movement of your subject. The exception is when using the panning technique with a slow shutter speed to accentuate the movement of your subject. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!