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2005 beginner Bob Registered since 08th Dec 2005Sat 10-Dec-05 08:56 PM
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"35 - 70mm 2.8 Lens"


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I have just recently purchased a D50 with both the kit lenses. I plan to use the camera for photo's of my kids playing sports, basketball being the main one. With the lighting indoors, I wanted to find out if anyone could tell me if the 35 - 70mm 2.8 would be a good choice, or should I lok at getting a different lens.

Advice and direction on this is greatly appreciated.

Bob

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11th Dec 2005
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edmun Registered since 16th Sep 2003Sat 10-Dec-05 10:19 PM
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#1. "RE: 35 - 70mm 2.8 Lens"
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eugene, US
          

Tell us where you can shoot from.

My choices would be a 70-200 VR or 80-200 f2.8 if you can not get close. (Fast focus)

Check out the Sigma 24 to something f2.8. It is a better digital range if you can get close or Tamrons 28-75. (About same price as 35-70)

My experience in basketball courts, shooting Indian Pow-wows, says I have to use flash even with my fast lens. So you may have to buy a flash and then even you kit lens will work except the 55-200 is too slow to focus. (Average shooting is at f5.6 with SB 800 at ISO 640)

Depending on whether you can use flash. If you can not then check out the 50 f1.8 or 1.4 or the 85 f1.8 or f1.4.

ledmun

  

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soupdragon Basic MemberSun 11-Dec-05 06:33 PM
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#2. "RE: 35 - 70mm 2.8 Lens"
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The 35-70 is a fine quality optic (really regret selling mine) but may be a tad short for sports.
If I could stop feeding my wife and kids for six months and miss a couple of mortgage payments I would but the 70-200 VR for sports.

  

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2005 beginner Bob Registered since 08th Dec 2005Mon 12-Dec-05 12:32 PM
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I can shoot from courtside most of the time, and would be using a monopod.

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dwayner Registered since 15th Jan 2005Tue 13-Dec-05 03:37 AM
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The non VR version of 80-200 is cheaper and works well. Sigmas version has faster focus and just as sharp. I would find 35-70 just too short for sports.

  

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edmun Registered since 16th Sep 2003Tue 13-Dec-05 03:44 AM
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eugene, US
          

If you can shoot from courtside the 35-70 is going to be too long on the short end and not long enough on the long end.

I would tend toward the 24-70 Sigma because of its longer range.

ledmun

  

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2005 beginner Bob Registered since 08th Dec 2005Tue 13-Dec-05 07:39 PM
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Thank you everyone for your input. From the sounds of it, I should go with the 80 - 200, either the Sigma or Nikon. More money, but better off in the long run.

Bob

  

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Colt Registered since 21st Aug 2003Wed 14-Dec-05 04:40 PM
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Before you buy the 80-200 f2.8 D ED, try renting it or try it at the camera store. This lens may not focus fast enough for you as it relies on the torque of the cameras motor. The D50's motor is not noted for its torque. You might need to stick with AFS lenses to have high focusing speed.

MSJR

  

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