Nikon D80 focusing question

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  1. domromer

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    I've got the D80 with the 18-135mm kit. I've noticed that this set up has a hard time focusing in low/dim light. I've heard this mentioned before with this set up. What is the slow part of the equation? Is it the lens that has a hard time focusing or is it the camera it's self that hard to focus? I found my canon 10D was much better in low light. I'm not sure whether it was the camera or the lens.

    My main problem is I do a lot of available light sports photography and find the focus problems to be frustrating at best.

    What's the solution? Can I solve this with a better lens or are USM motors faster than the Nikon equivalent?

    Thanks for the help.
     
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    IMO, it's the lens. I don't have that particular lens, but I do have the D80. Most all of my better lens purchases don't have the "search" problem for focus.
     
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    Agreed with above and -

    Is your Auto Focus Assist Lamp turned on? If not, turn it on and that may help a bit but you have to be fairly close to the subject for it to work well.

    If you're doing Sports Photography, money would be well spent in a lens with a 2.8 aperture or faster.
     
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    The light used to be on but know it doesn't seem to stay on. I'll need to figure out how to get it going again.
     
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    I believe the AE Assist lamp is under the Settings Menu (correct me if I'm wrong). Should be called AE Assist.

    I'm here at work and don't have my camera handy.

    The lamp only comes on when the camera (not you) feels it's necessary.
     
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    Thanks, it should help indoors but won't do much for the outdoor stuff that's 20 or so feet away. Now I need to figure out which lens to get. I'm getting the 50mm 1.8 for available light stuff, might get a monopod as well. A lot of my shots are in the woods were it's dark. Too far for flash though. Nothing a 4k lens wouldn't fix!!
     
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    Well, if your current focal length is working at the long end, than the Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR would be an excellent investment
     
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    I've heard mixed reviews on those. Seems a lot of people say there not very sharp. It's hard to beat the price though!
     
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    Thats an idea.
     
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    You can't go wrong with the 50mm f/1.8 hands down. But...


    Are you effen kidding me domromer? Are you talking about the same lens? This is on my wish list. Check out the review on photozone.de. And then there are the reviews on B&H.
     
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    I was thinking of another one. Isn't there an older version of VR in a similar focal length that is much cheaper? I saw a bunch of reviews on it somewhere. Maybe santa will hide one of those under the tree for me!
     

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