Telephoto lens advice

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  1. Crazydad

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    I've got D60 and need to get a good zoom for mainly outdoor sports (soccer, biking, etc.). I'm looking at the Nikkor 70-300 f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR but was wondering what other lenses I should look at.

    My budget is about $700 max and I do need 300mm so I can cover the whole field.

    Any thoughts/suggestions?
     
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    The Tokina 80-400 would cover that range, at the top end of your budget. It's a tack sharp lens, but with no Vibration Reduction. Also, both are slow glass.

    Will the sports always be during sunlit hours?
     
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    I was wondering the same thing. If you're going to be shooting mostly in the mid day or so, you could get away with the Tokina or a Nikon version. Like Tolyk said, though, the Tokina doesn't have VR. My VR is a monopod though.

    One more thing to consider is the focusing. I'm pretty sure the D40 and 60 only support AF-S lenses. So, any old lens will not focus. You can mount it, but no focusing.

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    I'd look around for something used in the 2.8 range such as the 80-200; 4.5 is awfully slow for sports work. There's a reason that sports photographers spend a LOT of money on glass. I know the 200 is shorter, but you can make that up by cropping, and a sharp small image is better than a soft large one.
     
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    Word

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    Will the sports always be during sunlit hours?[/quote]


    For now, yes, always during sunlit hours.

    Even if I went down to 200mm, does anyone know of a faster lens near the $700 range?
     
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    You're not going to get too awful fast in a $700 range. I"m sure Sigma or Tamron or Tokina make nice ones that are like 4.5 but to start at 2.8, you're looking in the $800 or so range. I like the Sigma 70-200 2.8 but it won't focus on the 60

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    Curse the budget!!!!

    I appreciate the info everyone.
     
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    Too bad Nikon doesn't have other versions of thier 70-200 like Canon's 70-200 f/4L for about $500. He could have gotten that and a 1.4x TC and stayed within budget as well as being able to use AF with it.

    What about the 80-200 f/2.8? But that's about $1000 isn't it?
     
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    I have a Sigma 50-150 f2.8 HSM, it's a great lens but probably not enough reach for you. Any Sigma lens with HSM will work with your camera, though, so check those out.
     
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    Appreciate the input. I did try the Canon XTi, but it just didn't fit my hand at all. Uncomfortable to hold.

    You are correct, the 80-200 2.8 is almost double the price of the 70-300. I think I'm going to check the pawn shops and be watching Craigslist. Maybe something will show up.
     
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    www.fredmiranda.com

    Check out the classified section there.

    www.nikonians.org

    Kinda sucks because you have statement on every page telling you that you should pay to become a gold member. Pretty large forum though, there might be something there. Maybe an 80-200 f/2.8 for about $750?
     

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