70-200mm f/2.8

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  1. Tennessee Landscape

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    For those of you who are fortunate enough to own some big / fast glass, how often and for what do you use it to shoot. I only recently dropped $2000 into what I have right now ( that includes filters & tripod too ), so I can't run right back to the store and drop another $1500......I plan to do so at some point and shoot sports at the very least with it, and I guess wild life too. What else do you guys and gals use these fast lenses for?
     
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    Weddings.

    Fast glass is important when shooting in dark churches etc. Also, it's nice to have a very shallow DOF, when you want it, without having to rely on a prime.
    Also, having a lens of that image quality is also a big plus.

    I don't own it yet..but I've rented it and borrowed it...(IS version).

    For shooting wildlife, I might go with the 100-400 L IS. You loose a bit with the max aperture but you gain a lot on length...which is probably more important for wildlife. For sports, the max aperture is probably more important.
     
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    Do you think the 70-300mm VR I have ( signature ) will do well for wild life, that's why I bought it........
     
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    I use it for 95% of my shooting....sports through portraits. I have the Canon version and find it to be an excellent investment.
     
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    Why such a big lens for portraits? Why not a 50mm f/1.8 or something? just asking......
     
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    Really, the only 'disadvantage' of using a long lens for portraits...is the working distance. Long lenses will compress features rather than accentuate them (you normally don't use a super wide for portraits because of the distortion). Also, a longer lens can give you a more shallow DOF for isolating the subject from the background. (sure, a wide aperture can also do that).

    Should be pretty good...especially because it's not huge and heavy.
     
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    I think the idea is that you can keep a little more distance and keep the subject comfortable. It seems like the farther you are away, the more natural the poses are, but I could be wrong.

    I had the 55-200 with my d40x, which I sold as a package to afford my d80, but it stayed on my camera most of the time. I know it's not in the same ballpark as the big-dog fast tele's, but it still spoke to my shooting style. It's nice to have a large zoom range, I disliked not having a faster aperture though.

    Right now I'm looking at the Sigma 70-200 f2.8, and I think it's a killer deal for the price if you get a used one. The older ones tend to be sharper wide-open from the reviews I've read, and they can sometimes be picked up for under $500. Plus, chances are if you buy it used, you can sell it if you decide to go up to Nikon glass and not lose much, if anything. I hope to get one before my next big trip (in about a month) if I have the cash, and I think it'll be a fine holdover until I can sell it and pick up a Nikon. I went to Costa Rica with a slow zoom, and I kicked myself for how many blurry pictures of monkeys and what-have-you I had because of dark jungle.
     
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    Oh...okay.....thanks & thanks
     
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    Wow! < $500....I want a Nikon, but I would get a used Sigma for that just so I can get some sports photography and maybe a little cash rolling....then pick up the Nikon I want....
     
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    70-200 2.8 is very useful. espcecially at an indoor event. IS is also helpful.
     
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    I have that lens and think that I am going to test it at the local ice hockey rink this weekend. I wanted to do that earlier but had this silly vacation down south to go to... lol
     
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