Need a bit of help choosing a zoom lens. At the moment i'm using a D50 body, however i'm looking to move to a d300, so i want a lens that won't be a let down on a d300.
Its use will be mainly for car shows, with action on the track, so some reach is required (200 minimum!) And budget wise, say £350 (2nd hand would be better as 350 would go a long way!)
I got one of these -
As a stop gap for a car show this weekend, however i'm not sure we are going to get along (slow focus, not very sharp!) I think VR would help as although i am shooting outside -
A) British weather means overcast days
B) Action is fast paced.
I look forward to your recommendations!
#1. "RE: Zoom lens help please!" | In response to Reply # 0michaelhager Nikonian since 15th Feb 2007Thu 02-Oct-08 03:46 PM
See if you can find a 70-200VR used out there somewhere. I bought mine new and don't regret it for a second. After using it for almost a year, I would never go back to a lesser model. It is sharp, fast, fast focusing, makes just awesome pictures. IF you try and go on a budget, you will have little more than the lens you already have, and while it is a good lens, the 70-200 is a great lens.
I started with a 70-300 sigma that was adequate but since I got the 70-200VR, it's never been back out of it's box.
Had to save for a year to get it. No regrets. Patience.
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#2. "RE: Zoom lens help please!" | In response to Reply # 1Beano Registered since 12th Oct 2004Thu 02-Oct-08 04:07 PM
>See if you can find a 70-200VR used out there somewhere.
A bit ambitions on a £350 budget, isn't it?
But an older AF 80-200 f/2.8D might do the job?
Nothing else strikes me as being within budget - unless you go for a newer 70-300 (you're not far off a new VR) or something like a 28-200 or 18-200.
#4. "RE: Zoom lens help please!" | In response to Reply # 0
If you have the 70-300 ED version, its a pretty good lens for the money and reasonably sharp. You need to stop it down to f/7.1 or so and try not to use it fully zoomed. On an overcast day that's not great - but it is possible to get good images with practice. I have the lens and have used it for cycling and birds in flight with good results.
For overcast days and as a compliment to the 70-300, you probably need something f/2.8 or better. That would include the 80-200, the 85 f/1.8, and the 50 f/1.8.
I'm not sure about the AF settings on the D50, but the D200 and D300 get excellent results because of the focus system. Most likely, the AF is the key rather than the lens for sharp images.
Keep in mind VR won't help you for action sports because you are going to need faster shutter speeds anyway. I shoot cycling at 1/500th of a sec or faster.
#5. "RE: Zoom lens help please!" | In response to Reply # 4woosey Registered since 02nd Oct 2008Fri 03-Oct-08 06:04 PM | edited Fri 03-Oct-08 06:08 PM by woosey
Thanks for the help so far.
The sort of images i am after from this lens are -
That was taken with the 50mm prime lens, so was pretty easy, however im sure its going to be a lot harder with the 70 - 300 lens! Any tips? Im going to be shooting at 5.6 in AP mode.