Need Lens Suggestions

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  1. bryan_h

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    Hello all. I have been reading here for a while and have learned alot from the discussions. I recently purchased the Nikon D40x with the 18-55 kit lens. I have an outing planned to the practice round of a professional golf tournament. At the practice round you can get relatively close to the players and the equipment they are using. I want to get detailed pictures of the clubs in their bags. I am guessing that I will be anywhere from just a few feet away at times to upwards of 25 and maybe 30 feet away trying to get nice quality images. What lens would you suggest for such a situation?

    Thanks for all your help!!
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    does nikon make a 70-200 f/2.8? if not , maybe a good 50mm macro lens could work nice if you want detailed shots
     
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    They do, but holy cow its like $1500 bucks. I am not quite at that level of expertise yet.

    What I could find is almost as much as my camera was. Will a "macro" lens work at the longer distances? Macro to me means being close to the subject at hand. I am still learning though, so if that is not always correct then let me know.

    To be more clear I was looking for something in the $300 max price range. I do appreciate the suggestions though.

    I have looked at a 70-300 F/4-5.6 AF. Would that work in this application?
     
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    The 70-300 would be great for this occasion.
     
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    it will work, but it wont be fast, and you might want speed, but since you cant afford the 2.8, i'd suggest that 70-300 probably. a 50mm will focus at far distances as well, it just has the ability to focus really close also. you SHOULD be able to find a used one for fairly cheap (around 50-100 dollars ?) but yeah, i know what you mean about the 70-200 being expensive. that lens for MY camera (sony lens) is $2399 right now i believe . Which is why i'm waiting for sigma to come out with theirs in the sony mount.
     
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    Thanks for the help. Speed is not a big issue as I am not going for action shots, mostly just looking for new (read: prototype, tour only) equipment that may be in play.

    Are there any other options that I may need to look at before I make a decision on this?
     
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    take a look at the sigma 70-200 2.8. I have been using that lens for a long time now and I love it.
     

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