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Looking for a lens to do Sports Photos. I have A D40 new to the game but live next to ND in South Bend and want to do Sports Photos for Football and Basketball
 
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Would probably want the 70-200 AF-S VR. Will AF on your D40 and the f/2.8 would be good to get you high enough shutter speeds for sports.
 
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One other lens that seems to get great reviews and falls into the higher $$ band is the Sigma 120-300. I've seen some outstanding shots with this lens.

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Looking for a lens to do Sports Photos. I have A D40 new to the game but live next to ND in South Bend and want to do Sports Photos for Football and Basketball
The 70-300mm VR would be a good starting point. It's image stabilized, will auto-focus on your d40, and has plenty of reach. And it's surprisingly affordable at less than $500.

Both of the following were taken at full zoom, wide open, and handheld at 1/200th of a second.

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Looking for a lens to do Sports Photos. I have A D40 new to the game but live next to ND in South Bend and want to do Sports Photos for Football and Basketball
Doesn't matter what lens you use, just remember to leave the lens cap on, that's the only way the ND football team will look good!:biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:

Sorry, couldn't resist being a Penn State grad - go ahead, I can hear the comments now....

If you have the cash, go 300 f4 w/ a 1.4 teleconverter. Good range and will cover FB great. Non-cash option would be 70-300. For basketball, use something faster, say 85 1.4 (no afs so won't work that great on the D40) or 50 1.4 (again, non-afs).

Either way, good luck!
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Light's an issue with the 70-300. Nice lens but slow for indoors and fading light outside.

Best IMO is the 70-200VR - add a 1.4 or 1.7 TC for football. Not cheap.
 
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Light's an issue with the 70-300. Nice lens but slow for indoors and fading light outside.

Best IMO is the 70-200VR - add a 1.4 or 1.7 TC for football. Not cheap.
Good points, but the 70-200 is kind of short, and it isn't all that fast once you strap a TC on it.
 
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On a D40, I would go with Frank's suggestion Nikon 70-300vr.
If you wish to stay on the shorter side and try to get in closer, I do like my Sigma 50-150/2.8. It has a AFS type motor in it that works with the D40 AF. No VR however, but quite abit faster than the 70-300vr.
 
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Doesn't matter what lens you use, just remember to leave the lens cap on, that's the only way the ND football team will look good!:biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:

Sorry, couldn't resist being a Penn State grad - go ahead, I can hear the comments now....
:mad:

Go ILLINI!

I second the 70-300 as well for football, but can't comment if it'd work well for indoor basketball. I struggle to get a semi-fast shutter speed with the 80-200 without having to push the ISO (something I shy away from with the D200)

Here are a few from our church's powderpuff tournament with the 70-300.

http://www.timkoo.smugmug.com/gallery/4663011_fNzpH#275432934_xWCZ5
 
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