looking for a 2.8 zoom lens

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  1. mnp13

    mnp13 TPF Noob!

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    My camera took a header this weekend and broke my lens.

    I've decided to take the insurance money and get a lens that is actually appropriate for the dog events I am shooting.

    I need a 2.8 zoom for a Nikon D50. I primariliy shoot Personal Protection trials, so I need SPEED.

    Any thoughts on brand and/or specific lenses? I'm on a budget (like everyone) but I have about 800 useless pictures from this weekend, so I can't afford not to get a good lens.

    Thanks,

    Michelle
     
  2. thebeginning

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    since you said it's for events I'm guessing you'll need something in the telephoto range. a nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR or 80-200 2.8ED sounds terrific for what you're doing. check reviews here:

    70-200VR:
    http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/lenses/nikkor_70200_28vr/index.htm

    80-200ED:
    http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/lenses/nikkor_80200_28/index.htm

    you can get the 70-200 for like $1600 and the older 80-200 version for like $1300. if you need something cheaper, check out the sigma 70-200 2.8 EX (around $800).

    more reviews on those and more lenses here:
    http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/

    hope that helps! and welcome to tpf :D
     
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    I can highly recommend the Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR.
     
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    There's an 80-200ED f/2.8 used for sale for about $500 over at the nikonians.org forums. It's the old push-pull model, but optically it's solid. If you can snag that, that's about the cheapest deal you'll find.

    (Disclaimer: I am not the seller nor am I associated with him/her in any way; I just saw the deal and figured I'd point it out)
     
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