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Old Mar 9, 2005, 3:02 PM   #11
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The problem will not be the focusing...The camera will autofocus without any problem. But since the shutter speed will be around 1/20 of a second (quite long) most of the images will be blurred because of yourhands shaking.

The general rule to obtain a sharp picture (hand held) is to have a shutter speed faster than the focal lenght. So if you are zoomed at 70mm then your shutter speed needs to be faster then 1/70. and you need a shutter faster then 1/300 to get a sharp picture at 300mm. There is no zoom lens in the sub $300 that will allow you to achieve that without the help of the SUN.
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Old Mar 9, 2005, 3:18 PM   #12
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What about instead of getting the kit lens and a telephoto lens, I just get an "all in one" 28-300mm lens? I have about $350 to spend ifI don'tthekit lens and telephoto,so any good 28-300mm in the $ 350 range?
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Old Mar 9, 2005, 3:45 PM   #13
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You didn't say if this is an outdoor day, night or indoor concert.

If its indoors I'm sorry to say that for under $250 you most likely won't find any suitable lens for those conditions. Even with a f/2.8 lens may be pushing it to get a good shot since the shutter will still be on the slow side VR will help but if they are moving it won't help you but then cost of the lens will not fit the $250 price you have in mind, you would be better off with a f1.4 lens. If its outdoors day you may find a few lens that will work, night you may have a problem again.
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Old Mar 9, 2005, 7:44 PM   #14
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All 28-200 or 300 that i know of are of inferior quality compared to the kit lens.

You can dream...but there is no cheap solution that will do want you want.

I did some school show using a 50mm f1.8. It does an outstanding job, but you must be pretty close from the stage to use a 50mm lens. Anyway everybody should get the Nikon 50mm F1.8 at $100 it is a killer lens.
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I don't know if I've mentioned before,but I will sit pretty close to the stage so the stage light will help alot.

When the stage is lighted good I get something like this
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Old Mar 9, 2005, 8:17 PM   #16
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when it is not lighted as good I get this
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Old Mar 10, 2005, 9:48 PM   #17
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Well under the conditions you describe I'd get a Nikkor AF 85mm F1.4 D or a Nikkor AF 50mm F1.4 D both lens will do what you want with fantastic results
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I'm going to sit close to the stage,but not that close,like about 20feets,so I still need a +200mm telephoto lens. I want to take headshot of the singers like i did last time with my 380mm dimage Z1. The 1.5x factor of the d70 will give me about 300mm on a 200mm lens.
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Old Mar 11, 2005, 3:21 PM   #19
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I'd still have to suggest the
Nikkor AF 85mm F1.4 D for what you want to do. Low light will be your worst enemy and will produce noise in the photo making it hard to crop, If you use a 85mm F1.4 D you will get more light making a cleaner photo which you can crop if needed and enlarge some. If you still insist on a zoom that will do what you are expecting you will not find one for the price you want to spend, you want to get a 80-200 2.8 AF-S or 70-200 2.8 VR. Which in my opinion will work but you'll get cleaner photos with the 1.4 lens. The 1.5x crop isn't giving you more zoom its giving you more field of view its not multiplying anything.
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Old Mar 11, 2005, 5:20 PM   #20
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A 85mm F1.4 D cost like +900 dollars and a 80-200 2.8 AF-S cost as much, I don't have the money to get those lenses. I got some decent pictures with my dimage Z1 38-380mm f2.8-3.5 last time,I'm just hoping with a DSLR I can get more decent pictures, I'm not looking to have every picture to be pefect.
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