Fast Lens ?

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  1. rodman

    rodman TPF Noob!

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    Hi Guys ...

    I just joined the forum and this looks like a place I'm gonna be spending a lot of my time on!

    I had a question about getting a fast lens for my DSLR.

    I have a Nikon D40 & the following Lens':
    Nikkor 18-55mm
    Nikkor 55-200mm.

    I wanted to get another lens but this one for indoor shots with low light conditions.

    I know having the D40 I am limited to a small range of lens.

    I wanted to get your recommendations!
     
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    davebmck TPF Noob!

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    The 50mm f1.8 prime lens can be had for less than $100 and is quite sharp. Fast zoom lenses will cost you some $$.
     
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    I don't have one myself. But when you ask "what is a good indoor sports lens?" nine times out of ten the responses are 85mm F1.8. It's very fast, and sharp, decently cheap. I know the Canon one is about $360, not sure about the nikon. I am not even sure if the nikon version is any good, but the Canon people really like the Canon version
     
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    You need to give us a little more information with which to work; what is your budget, and what sort of 'indoor' shots will you be doing. Suitable lenses could range from <$100 (50mm 1.8) to $6500 (200 - 400mm 2.8).
     
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    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Yes, yes, yes everybody raves on the 50mm and the 85mm is to die for if you have the room to work with it. If you're intent on getting a MF lens for your D40, have a gander at the 35mm f/2 AF-D. Sweet lens.
     
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    The Nikon 85 f/1.8 is around $450 i believe i would like to get up but im sorta leaning towards the 80-200 f/2.8
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Heck, while we're blowing his budget, how about the 58mm f1? :lol:
     
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    Wow! I am overwhelmed with the responses!! I just got back from leaving work and I've gotten some great information.

    I am looking to take some nice indoor shots of family get togethers .... our dogs .... and maybe some indoor basketball pictures.

    I ref youth basketball and when it comes to taking pictures I'm in charge of taking pictures so I will run with my fellow refs on court to get some close shots, but would love some better results than what I have gotten so far with my 2 lens.

    My budget is around $300.
     

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