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What Lens

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Zeeman, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. Zeeman

    Zeeman Guest

    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
  2. timkoo


    Oct 9, 2007
    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.
  3. Got Money
    -70-200 VR

    On a budget
    -80-200 AF-D

    On a major budget
    180 2.8 or 70-300 VR
  4. I wouldn't recommend the AF-D if you're shooting a D40 as it won't focus, I'd go for the 80-200 AF-S
  5. 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.

  6. I would recomend the 80-200 AFd. Great lens for a small price. Keep in mind you might also consider a monopod.
  7. 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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  8. 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!
  9. johnmh


    Nov 21, 2007
    Greater NYC
    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.
  10. Good points, but the 70-200 is kind of short, and it isn't all that fast once you strap a TC on it.
  11. avyoung


    Dec 17, 2007
    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.
  12. timkoo


    Oct 9, 2007

    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.

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