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Old Mar 5, 2005, 10:34 PM   #1
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I'm looking to purchase a D70 and a telephoto lens to take with me to a concert next month. Since it is a concert I need a lens that works good i lowlight and fast focus. My old minolta z1 had a 38-380mm lens and I'd like the telephoto lens to have the same or more zoom power. The D70 is already going to cost me $800 so I would like to keep the lens cost under $250.
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Old Mar 5, 2005, 11:38 PM   #2
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sorry, this question probably belongs in the nikon lenses forum. Moderator, please delete this one.
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Old Mar 6, 2005, 12:09 AM   #3
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For <$250 you'll be limited in terms of speed and quality. Most manufacturers have offerings in the 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 range that cost from $190-300. But those are not exactly fast lenses, and they do not cover the 10x or greater zoom range you want. There just isn't a do it all lens for DSLR's without compromises. Sigma has a 50-500mm f/4-6.3, which falls under your criteria, but it's not a small lens and it's $990.
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Old Mar 6, 2005, 12:48 AM   #4
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what about this sigma lens?

Sigma Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Macro Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ist&sku=297848

I currently have a dimage a200,do you think I should just keep my a200 and save the money instead of getting the sigma lens + D70? I know for the price that sigma lens is not top of the line,but if t that lens + d70 will offer better quality I'm willing to spend the money.
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Old Mar 6, 2005, 11:46 PM   #5
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I'm looking to purchase a D70 and a telephoto lens to take with me to a concert next month. Since it is a concert I need a lens that works good i lowlight and fast focus. My old minolta z1 had a 38-380mm lens and I'd like the telephoto lens to have the same or more zoom power. The D70 is already going to cost me $800 so I would like to keep the lens cost under $250.
I'm pretty snobby when it comes to concert shooting. I shot many many concerts when I was in college.

IT IS A SERIOUS WASTE OF TIME TO SHOOT CONCERTS WITH ANYTHING OTHER THAN A F2.8 LENS. I CAN NOT EMPHASIZE THIS ENOUGH.

As you noted, you know you need a fast lens. Beg, Borrow, or Steal to get a 80-200 F2.8 or equivalent. It will be a false economy otherwise.
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Tristate Camera has the Sigam 50-500 for $750-$820 depending on the mount that you need.
http://www.tristatecamera.com/find.php3
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Old Mar 7, 2005, 10:13 AM   #7
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I can't afford a 300mm F2.8 lens. I hope I can use a high ISO to compensate the low light. I'mgoing to be sitting close to the stage,so the stage light will help a little too. I was thinking about the Nikkor 70-300m G,but the focus seems very slow. The Nikkor cost less than $150, I want to know if there is anything in the $250 thats faster than the nikkor. I want also want to ask since I'm taking concert pictures,can I use Manual focus because the objects stay in the same spot most of the time?
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I have a Sigma 70-300 that focus pretty quick. In low light situations it sometimes gets confused about what to focus on though. The lighted stage should help eleminate that problem though. You can find the Sigma lens for around $200 at B&H or Tristate camera.
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I have a Nikon 70-300G and you will be able to get a fewacceptable shot with a monopod andvery stable hands. Dont expect to get outstanding result. Most of the time your shutter withbe around1/20 even at ISO 1600. So blur will be a problem. The sigma 70-300 will not give you any advantage for concert shots even if it is a sligthly better lens. It will focus exactly at the same speed since both lense will focus using the D70 screw that rotate the lens.

How big is the concert hall? If you want to get the full stage a 50mm f1.8 will give you outstanding result for a mere $100.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"I'm about to get rid of my 70-300G to replace it by a F2.8 zoom. That's the only way to go for low ligth situation.
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If I cant afford to get a fast lens,can I just use manual focus? The performers/signers dont really much.
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