A good lenses for racing(nikon camera)

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  1. CNCO

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    Anyone have experience shooting racing at local tracks and back roads? I have a D80 and I'd like to get a good lenses to shoot with with. My 50mm 1:1.8 is good but there is no zoom. Just looking for some help.
     
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    A 70-200 would be a good start.
     
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    i have a 70-300 but im guessing that the f stop is too low. it starts above 4, should i go lower? my 50mm is great at 1.8 but not enough zoom.
     
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    What are the lighting conditions typically like?

    There's always the 80-200, if it's in your budget. But I think it remains to be seen whether you really need it.
     
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    Tokina 50-135 2.8 is perfect for tracks and useful for others and its also great build quality and affordable.
     
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    It really depends on how close to the action you're able to be. If the 100 - 200mm range is appropriate, consider the 80-200 2.8; used these can be had for $6 - 700 and in conjunction with a monopod will make a good setup.
     
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    ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑ Would you be shooting track side, from the top of a motorhome in the infield? from the grandstands?

    I'd skip the racing on back roads myself. ;)
     
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    :thumbup: For the Nikon 80-200 f/2.8 AF-D :thumbup:
     
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    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Probably something longer than a 300mm.


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    I've shot with a 300mm f/4 prime with 1.7TC attached and it wasn't really long enough.​
     
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    It really depends where you're at. At the local road course, you can get really close to the last turn, so I'm able to get terrific shots with a 70-200 on a 1.6x crop APS-C sensor. Most larger tracks don't allow you access so close to the course, so I don't know that I'd recommend anything under a 200mm with a crop camera or at least a TC.

    What's your budget? Something like a Canon 70-200 f/2.8 or 100-400 is going to cost more than $1000. Nikon's 70-200 is probably between $1500 & $2000, iirc.

    Sigma sells a 120-400 and a 150-500 for $900 & $1000 respectively. They're both variable aperture, which you'll have to live with unless you spend several thousand on something like this:
    Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4 G IF ED Lens 2146 - B&H

    It's only about $5,700.
     
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    get this...

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    It even comes with a handle for easy transporting!
     
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    :lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao: that really made me laugh out loud
     

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