A little help on lens selection ...

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by rboucher, Jan 19, 2007.

  1. rboucher

    rboucher TPF Noob!

    Jan 19, 2007
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    I'm borrowing a buddies Nikon D70 w/ 100-300 f4.5 (I think that is right)
    I have it for a couple weeks and wanting to shoot some pics of our local girls high ice hockey team. (indoors)

    After trying a few settings I'm able to get average quality pics of gals when they are slow moving or stopped. I'm guessing the lens to too slow.

    A local photo shop will rent out lenses. What would be the best to rent for a day to two.

    All are Nikon

    28-105mm 3.5 4.5 D AF
    24-120mm 3.5-5.6 AFS VR
    28-70mm 2.8 AFS
    70-200mm 2.8 VR
    80-200mm 2.8 AFD
    80-200mm 2.8 AFS

    Once I choose a lens, are there "things" I need to be heads up about?

    Thanks for any ideas!

  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2003
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    Welcome to the forum.


    Any of these would be good. The 70-200 F2.8 VR would be the best, IMO, because it has VR (vibration reduction) which will help to reduce blurriness from camera shake. The VR won't reduce blur from subject motion...but the wide F2.8 aperture will help to give you a faster shutter speed, which will certainly help.
  3. Sw1tchFX

    Sw1tchFX TPF Noob!

    May 3, 2006
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    I'd go with the 80-200 f/2.8 AF-D because if you're tracking movement and going left to right a bunch, the VR can often get in the way. I have the 80-200 AF-D and it's a fantastic lens.

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