D300 or D90

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I guess I need to re-think things a bit. Thanks.

BTW your pictures are great...really like the isolated ones in your recent post.

Thanks again...I will let you know what I end up doing.
 
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and I'm guessing it worked out for you ?
Yes!
I got the used Sigma for $625 CDN
I still have some work/practice to do, but the lens is fast and being able to set the aperture at f2.8 and f3.2 is excellent

Unfortunately my first outing with this lens was in a terrible rink - but that may be why I got any shots out of there - instead of none

These are for the OP as well - both were with the same camera D80 - different lens
Neither pic is a show stopper - but look at what the difference is shutter speed and ISO and f stop is

Both are cropped to approx same dimensions

Here is a pic from a rink with fairly good lighting
70-300mm - f5.6 - 1/160sec -ISO1250

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This was in a rink with terrible lighting - lots of cycling

Sig 70-200 - f3.2 - 1/320 - ISO 720

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Randy,

So I would be better off with a D50 and a Sigma 70-200 HSM then with a D300 and a 80-200 AF-D? I suppose I could sell the 80-200 to fund the Sigma and still get the 300 (or maybe the D90).

I don't think you're picking on me...I want to make informed decisions.
absolutely for sure !

if i took a shot w/ my D50 and my 400vr you could not tell it from a shot with my D3 and my 400vr (and yes I still shoot a D50)....sure bodies add more fps or better high iso IQ but for day sports you don't need high iso (and the D50 is one of the best Nikon has made anyway) and the D50's fps re not too bad (it's actually the smaller buffer that will cause you problems)....after 6 months shooting the D50 + 70-200hsm D300's will be about $900 so get one then

I suggested the sigma 70-200hsm because it's very close in image quality to the 70-200vr and for a used one it's about a 3rd of the cost ($500-$600)

I do agree with Randy on the glass, but the D50 only has a 650 cam auto focusing system which can shoot sports but in my opinion only if you are as good as Randy and other seasoned photographers. The D300 has a 3500 cam which is the same focusing system as the D3 and D700. The glass is ultimately going to determine whether you get the shot due to light constraints, but if your camera cannot not focus as fast as the glass then you are still under prepared.
I would also recommend the D300 over the D90 because of the build and the faster cam (D90 has a 1000 cam same as D80) you also get 1005 matrix metering in the D300 and only 420 segments in the D90. Just some tech specs to compare against.
 
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I do agree with Randy on the glass, but the D50 only has a 650 cam auto focusing system which can shoot sports but in my opinion only if you are as good as Randy and other seasoned photographers. The D300 has a 3500 cam which is the same focusing system as the D3 and D700. The glass is ultimately going to determine whether you get the shot due to light constraints, but if your camera cannot not focus as fast as the glass then you are still under prepared.
But if you get the D300 and don't get the glass, it doesn't make much difference. Putting a nice lens on a D50 will produce better pictures than a D300 and so-so glass.
 
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Just an update...

My new D300 should arrive sometime this week.

I will be picking up a Sigma 70-200 after the new year.

I took everyone's advice.

Thank you.
 
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