need help in buying a zoom lense
I'm not a creative photographer. I'm also new to DSLR. I have a D5000 and I would like to buy a zoom lens for sports. My daughter plays indoor volleyball and outdoor lacrosse and the zoom that came with my Costco-purchased bundle isn't cutting it. Any help that can be rendered would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
#1. "RE: need help in buying a zoom lense" | In response to Reply # 0benveniste Nikonian since 25th Nov 2002Wed 17-Apr-13 03:10 PM
Welcome to Nikonians! When you get a chance, please fill in your profile so we know which lens or lenses you got with your D5000. The other thing that could help us better assist is if we have an idea of your budget. In particular, indoor sports often require a lens with a fairly large aperture, and that can run into some money.
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#2. "RE: need help in buying a zoom lense" | In response to Reply # 1mkbee1 Registered since 26th Nov 2012Wed 17-Apr-13 05:50 PM
Knowing what zoom(s)you have will help immensely, as well as some idea of budget.
The D5000 is a very capable camera, and with adjustable ISO,"kit" lenses, which a lot of people sneer at, are very capable.
I shot my granddughter's indoor tennis matches with my 28-105 3.5-4.5 D (old film) lens, and did reasonably well, considering I forgot to raise the ISO from 200.(The term newbie comes to mind!)
But, a new lens is never a bad thing!
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#3. "RE: need help in buying a zoom lense" | In response to Reply # 0
I am going to assume that your kit came with the 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses.
For outdoor sports, your 55-200mm might be reasonable assuming you can shoot from the sidelines. Even then you might want something that gets to 300mm. Either way, your f/5.6 lens should do fine.
Indoor sports is where you are going to have problems. You are going to want either an f/2.8 zoom like the 70-200mm or some of the f/1.x primes, depending on how close you can get to the action. Regardless, your ISO setting will be high enough to make you nervous; but today's cameras do well at high ISOs.
Take a look in the sports forum. Lots of good info there.
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