My girls are on the gymnastics team. I've been trying to figure out how well a 70-200 zoom would work when I shoot their competitions inside dimly lit gyms with my little D90.
This has caused me to spy around the gyms to see which other dads are Nikon shooters. In the past two weeks I have found two such gentlemen with pro zoom lens attached to their DSLR's.
I sidled over to Dad #1, and struck up a conversation:
Me: Hey, is that the older or the newer 70-200?
Dad #1: I don't know. I bought this camera and lens last week. I'm just trying to figure out how to use it.
At the next event I found another dad shooting with the D7000 and the older 70-200.
Me: What settings are you shooting at in here.
Dad #2: Umm (looking at the display)...here (handing me the camera).
The great thing is that they were both having a blast capturing memories for their kids. I saw them smiling and showing people the results on the back of the camera.
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#1. "RE: Fun Lens Discussions" | In response to Reply # 0SRFast Nikonian since 22nd Dec 2004Mon 22-Oct-12 10:44 PM | edited Mon 22-Oct-12 10:53 PM by SRFast
The 70-200 f/2.8 VRI/II is the go to lens for many shooting indoor sports. The newer VRII version is an upgrade to the older VRI version, but since you are shooting a DX format body, the VRI is the way to go. Even though my primary camera is FX, I still use the VRI. I personally didn't feel the improvements in the newer version was worth the addiitonal cost. I recommend renting either version of the lens and decide for yourself.
Hope this helps...JL
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#2. "RE: Fun Lens Discussions" | In response to Reply # 0PSAGuy Nikonian since 04th Nov 2008Tue 23-Oct-12 12:58 AM | edited Tue 23-Oct-12 01:01 AM by PSAGuy
I shoot sports exclusively for most all the traveling basketball (and hockey) tournaments in the Twin Cities. I shoot with the 70-200 f2.8 (version 1) and it does a stellar job. The key though in these dark venues however is the body....I shoot with a D3 and am upgrading to a D4 soon. Action sports requires shooting at a minimum of 1/500 (1/1000 is better) to get it right, and this can only be achieved with an ISO of around 3200 +. The D90 will struggle mightily at this setting if it's even available.
Good luck with the sports shooting....it is enjoyable and rewarding.
#3. "RE: Fun Lens Discussions" | In response to Reply # 2RSchussel Nikonian since 24th Nov 2008Tue 23-Oct-12 02:52 AM | edited Tue 23-Oct-12 02:53 AM by RSchussel
Using a DX body like the D7000 has some key adavantages.
1) a lens like the 70-200 on a DX body is equivalent to a 105-300mm
2) the D7000 has most of the improvements found in the best FX bodies and you can shoot at ISO 3200 and still get a pretty good pictures.
3)Buy a used 70-200 VR1 and save some money
Yes the D90 can be used at ISO 3200 but the grain is very noticable.
#4. "RE: Fun Lens Discussions" | In response to Reply # 0
A good reminder that photography isn't always about the art or technology. Sometimes its just about our family and friends. Those people are getting as much out of their equipment as any pro or artist.
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