Prime Lens for Sports

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I am looking into buying a prime for mainly sport use. I shoot a lot of baseball and softball with the occasional indoor volleyball. What do y'all suggest for my next purchase after i buy the 70-200 f/2.8? This lens may also be used not just for sports but also for family and town events/parades.

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Trent
 
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I am looking into buying a prime for mainly sport use. I shoot a lot of baseball and softball with the occasional indoor volleyball. What do y'all suggest for my next purchase after i buy the 70-200 f/2.8? This lens may also be used not just for sports but also for family and town events/parades.

Thanks,
Trent

300/4 or 300/2.8
 
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IMO, while the 70-200 will be fine for general use, for sports it will fall short. A 300/4 would be fine, but a 300 2.8 would be hard to beat.
 
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I'm going to suggest a lens that most others will tell you not to use: the Nikon 80-400VR. I have the 70-200VR and find it to be too "short". I also have the 300 f4, but I prefer the versatility of a zoom. I know it's a little slow to AF, but for many years I've shot soccer, softball, and now college level football with the 80-400. The lens is too slow for indoor sports. I would suggest an 85 f1.4 or 1.8 lens for indoor sports.
 
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I am looking into buying a prime for mainly sport use. I shoot a lot of baseball and softball with the occasional indoor volleyball. What do y'all suggest for my next purchase after i buy the 70-200 f/2.8? This lens may also be used not just for sports but also for family and town events/parades.

Thanks,
Trent

First of all what is your budget (unless of course such things are not discussed in lens lust) :eek: another mportant consideration is whether you shoot in good outdor conditions, i.e. dayllight or dingy lit sports hall, also what is your willingness to lug around pounds of kit :cool:

Whithout knowing any of the above i would recommand shorter prime, for example indoor action taken with 85 f1.4 AFD at 1/500sec and f1.4 in shutter priority with appaling indoor light (colour and brightness)...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/17002757@N08/2605084303/
 
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First of all what is your budget (unless of course such things are not discussed in lens lust) :eek: another mportant consideration is whether you shoot in good outdor conditions, i.e. dayllight or dingy lit sports hall, also what is your willingness to lug around pounds of kit :cool:

Whithout knowing any of the above i would recommand shorter prime, for example indoor action taken with 85 f1.4 AFD at 1/500sec and f1.4 in shutter priority with appaling indoor light (colour and brightness)...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/17002757@N08/2605084303/

My budget is pretty low right now. About $1000 or so. The 300 f/4 falls within that. I'm still keeping my options open right now. The 300 f/2.8 is out of the question right now money wise.

I generally shoot in very good daylight unless there is a lot of cloud cover or something. I don't care about the weight. That isn't an issue.

Thanks so far for all of your suggestions...
 
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If you are buying the 70-200 (Sigma ?) anyhow, why not just add a Kenko Pro 1.4TC to get almost a 300 F/4 anyhow ? You should be able to manage thsi on $1000 almost.

Won't be quite as sharp as a 300 F/4 but much cheaper and more versatile combination
 
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If you are buying the 70-200 (Sigma ?) anyhow, why not just add a Kenko Pro 1.4TC to get almost a 300 F/4 anyhow ? You should be able to manage thsi on $1000 almost.

Won't be quite as sharp as a 300 F/4 but much cheaper and more versatile combination


Good point. Yea I'm getting the Sigma version. So the Kenko Pro 1.4TC works on the Sigma lens?
 
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Good point. Yea I'm getting the Sigma version. So the Kenko Pro 1.4TC works on the Sigma lens?

I cant say definatively, I had issues with my Kenko on my Siggy 120-300, but it was fine on my Nikon 80-200, it may be OK, or may not.

I have A Sigma 1.4Tc that matches well.
 
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If you want a long prime, but can't afford a newer version, begin searching for a Nikon 300mm f/2.8 AF ED, these sell for just over $1,000 in nice condition. You won't be using it indoors, but it works fine outdoors.
 
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An alternative could be a 180mm f/2.8 a 1,4 x teleconverter gives you both a fast 180mm and a good 252mm.
(but i have to admit, a 300mm is on my shortlist!)
 

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