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  1. Ptyler22

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    I am having a dilemma. I don't know whether I should buy an external flash, or a 70-200mm F2.8. I shoot mostly sports, some indoor and some outdoor. I have just started shooting for a local paper and may start expanding my horizons, and start shooting some other types of stuff, like people at meetings and celebrations and such. I am not sure which I will get more use from. I realize the 70-200 costs a bit more, but I want it more, I don't have a lot of money, so at this point I just want which ever would be a more useful piece of equipment at this point. I have plenty for a 70-200, but I don't want to "waste" it one something I'm not really going to need a lot.

    Any advice on which one I should buy wold be super useful. Thanks
     
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    amm 70-200mm f2.8 is a fast lens alright and I do see it used for sports - its not as popular as some of the longer options (300mm f2.8 - 400mm - 500 - 600mm) but I belive its a solid choice in a lens.
    It would also give you extra and faster reach over yor 28-135mm. I would say go for the lens - its the more expensive item and you can save for the flash after - go for glass :)
     
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    Heck you can get perfectly useable flashes second hand ( just be carefull they are compatible with your camera - and check ALL flashes, even if your buying one from the same manufactuer ) for very little money. So I agree lens and if you fancy a flash get a second hand one.
     
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    For sports the 70-200 is a great starting lens, and it's a versatile and indispensable lens in any shooter's kit.
     
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    I think you would make better use of a faster lens than a flash at this point. Get the flash later.
     
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    Got to agree with everyone else. Not to mention the longest range you have right now is 135mm so the extra range will help you as well.
     
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    Definitely sounds like the 70-200 is my best bet. Now my only problem is that the woman who is the main photographer for the newspaper, and the editor, told me that the next thing I should get is a flash. This was like right when she saw what gear I had, she said, "you need a flash next". I didn't ask her "what about a 70-200?" or anything, so it's not like she specifically told me I need a flash and not the 2.8. But I feel bad going against what she said I should get, but I also realllllly have been wanting a 70-200mm for a while, and don't want to go against what you guys said. So I am thrilled that the 70-200mm will be useful for me, but it might be kinda awkward when she sees my new lens and no flash. Maybe I'll get a cheapo flash or something. It's kinda one of those :thumbup::thumbdown: situations.
     
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    Check out some used flashes and get the lens.
     
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    Well the new lens is very expensive - as is most of the longer fast lenses - she most likley suggested the flash because it would be a cheaper (in the camera world) addon that would enhance your current setup - seeing as how your current long lens (the 28-135 is f5.6 as its max aperture at the long end) is a slower lens.

    I think if you talk with her and say that you have the money for something like the 70-200mm f2.8 lens then chances are she will say go for that lens - the only other lens in that price range she might mention is a 300mm f4 - not as fast and needing a flash (though as the 300m is less than the 70-200 you should be able to budget for a flash like a 430).
    Talk it over with her and see what she says - remember also that - at the end of the day - its you using the kit not her or us, so you also have to be happy with what you have to use or you won't get results
     
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    I see what you mean Overread. I plan on getting a used 70-200, so I should try to get one for around $800 if possible and then a used flash, like one of the Sigmas, that are decent flashes but the build quality drops the price. Hopefully I can get both for under $900.
     
  12. Jaszek

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    Well if you want the 70-200 with IS good luck for getting it for about $800. non-IS, maybe. I just got my 70-200 IS used for $1475, which, if you add on the tax, is $300 cheaper than a new one.
     

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