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Suggestion on My Next Lens (Zoom)?

Aqualung

near Boston, US
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Aqualung Silver Member Awarded for his technical proficiency and numerous positive critiques over several years, most notably in the Sports forum Charter Member
Thu 15-Mar-01 11:33 AM

I'm an "avowed amateur" that is very happy with his recent N80 and 24-85mm lens purchase. However, I am budgeting for my next zoom lens and am wondering what that should be. Ideally, I'd like it to be as "automatic" as possible, and stay in the class of "D" lenses w/ the silent motor, etc., to let the camera do as much as possible.

I'm looking for a longer lens that will be good for:

* sporting events (the kids playing baseball +/or soccer)
* vacation (we're heading to Bar Harbor, ME shortly, and Disney World later this year)
* close-ups of the kids in their school events in the auditorium
* family events, to capture long-range candids and portraits

I don't want something as long as a 400-500mm lens, as I don't want to be using a monopod/tripod all the time. Something that balances portability with range. One camera bag on the back of the bike.

What's my budget? Hmmm, I'm guessing in the $1,000-$1,500 range (and that's after convincing the better half to let me buy an SB-28!). But, I only want to buy one lens, so that I'm not carting around a ton of equipment.

TIA

Chris
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