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Question about 80-200mm AF-S with TC-20E teleconverter

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lastort Basic Member
Tue 23-Jan-01 12:49 PM

Hello.

I currently own a D1. I have two lenses, the 17-35mm f/2.8D AF-S and the 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6D AF. I plan on taking shots for a local soccer fanzine, and I've found that the 28-200 doesn't focus quite fast enough for that action. Also, it doesn't get me quite close enough.

I'd love to buy the 400mm F2.8 D AF-S lens, but I'm not a pro and I can't justify spending almost eight grand for it. So as an alternative, I've been thinking about the 80-200mm f/2.8D AF-S and using the TC-20E 2x Teleconverter with it. This would give me an effective range of 160-400mm, or 240-600mm when you consider the D1's 1.5 multiplication factor.

If I do buy the 80-200 AF-S with the doubler, I'll probably eventually sell the 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6D AF and buy the other AF-S zoom, the 28-70mm. That way I'd pretty much be covered from 17-70mm, then from 80-200 with AF-S glass, and with a doubler I'd go all the way to 400 (of course multiplying everything by 1.5 since I'm using a D1 body).

Is this an effective way to go for a non-professional, advanced amateur photographer? Would I be better served saving my pennies and splurging on the fixed length 400mm AF-S instead?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Mike Lastort
lastort@dsli.com

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