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options with a 180 fixed, over a 80-200 zoom?

Desertlobo323

El Paso, US
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Desertlobo323 Registered since 28th Jan 2002
Mon 28-Jan-02 09:24 PM

I have received an offer to buy a 180mm 2.8 AF ED. I have been really trying to get an 80-200 2.8 to shoot sports, and hopefully to be a gateway lens into wildlife photography. My main two sports to shoot are basketball and football, and I've had great luck with the borrowed 80-200 lenses that I've used. I shoot alot of landscapes, and general outdoor stuff, but I also do the occasional portrait types when the mood strikes. As far as what I own -- I've only managed to acquire a wide angle (24mm) and a typical normal 50mm, thus far. I just haven't found an 80-200 fast enough for my sports needs that I can afford, however, I'm not sure that a fixed 180 will quite meet those needs. I could use some input not only to this question, but also, what are some all purpose type uses for the 180mm? It seems to me like it's a kind of an in between lens (ideally I'd like a fast 105 and that 80-200), yet, since I don't yet own those two lenses I want, will this 180 be able to partially satisfy my need for a longer focal length, or should I focus on getting a more all purpose zoom?
I would appreciate any enlightenment. Thanks. --Desertlobo323

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