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Old May 19, 2005, 7:04 PM   #1
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I currently have a D-70 with the kit lens and a Tamron 70-300 that I am relatively happy with, but I am finding I do need something faster for low light. Mostly things like kids ballet recitals, gymnastics, ice skating, etc. As the kids get older, I am sure additional sports will takeplace.

While I wish I could afford the 70-200 2.8 VR, it's not possible at this time.

I'm debating going with one of the following options.

1. One of the 2X-7X 2.8 lenses (Tamron, Tokina, Sigma)

2. Nikon 50 1.8 and 85 1.8 combo

3. Sigma 70-200 2.8

The way I see it, option 1 gives me good flexibility, not sure if it is enough range for my needs. Option 2 gives the best low light capability, but is the most limited on range. Option 3 might not be wide enough for all I hope to do.

In addition to the above, I will also be picking up an SB600 or 800 for improved flash, but that will not be allowed at the venues above.

Any thoughts or suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks!

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Old May 19, 2005, 7:31 PM   #2
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Well you sure hit one of my combos:G. That would be the 85-1.8. but I have the 50-1.4. This combination has worked well for me with indoor sports. Basicly because it has allowed me good crop quality with relatively good ISO.

I also have the SB800 and SB600. Outside of a few more feet, and the option of 'wasting such a powerful flash as the trigger flash' with the 800, you could save at least $100 plus going with the equally performing 600.
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Old May 21, 2005, 8:24 AM   #3
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Thanks, I appreciate the advice. I was leaning towards the 50 and 85 combo, and saving the money on the SB 600 will make the Mrs. happy :-).
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