Mid-range sports lens for D90

Aug 27, 2008

I was recently asked by another parent to help her find a decent lens for her D90 to help her get better shots of her two sons HS sports. One plays baseball, the other soccer and tennis.

I would consider her in the "advanced beginner" range. I think she is currently using the kit 18-105.

I was hoping to get some high-end, middle, and low-end recommendations, since there are some new Nikon lenses out there now that I know nothing about, such as the 80-400 and the 70-200 f4.

I know she really likes the results I get shooting soccer with a D300 and 300 f2.8, but I don't think she would want to spend quite that much.

Thanks in advance,
May 11, 2006
Real Name
it's zooms vs primes
care about backgrounds or not

zooms and care about BG: 70-200 2.8
zooms and don't care: 80-400afs
inbetween 70-200/4

primes and care: 300vr
inbetween 300/4

I'm guessing she will be happier with a zoom so I'm thinking the 70-200/4 is her best option
Feb 4, 2006
On a Big Island Down Under...
What Randy suggested was pretty well spot on, but if they are still slightly out of her price range, I'd suggest either Nikon 70-300 f/3.5-5.6 VRII or a used 80-200 f/2.8 (although this may be a little short in FL)...
I've had the 70-300 VRII lens for about 2 years and believe you can get great action shots & good IQ from it...

Here is a LINK to some of Chris Fabbri's photos of sports cars in action...
For the price, it's a great lens, and she'll always get her money back when she updates to one of those that Randy suggested...
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