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Old May 9, 2008, 1:30 PM   #1
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Hi everyone.

It looks as if I am about to enter "Paying Territory" with this photographic love interest of mine. I recently shot a few photos of a ballet dance recital, and the instructor liked them well enough to ask if I would consider being the photographer for all upcoming performances.

As I am set up with Zenfolio now, the parents of participants could view/purchase prints of their little dancers, from my site, and I have offered to give the school a cash percentage from each print sold, to kinda help them out a little bit.


Anyway, I had shot the event with my 18-200VR, which really didn't fare too well in the lesser lighting conditions of some scenes. My wife (knowing what I was up against) just gave me the go-ahead to get the 70-200VR 2.8 as soon as out tax refund gets in (Whoo Hoo). I have been salivating for this lens for a while, now, and I thank God that I am about to get it.

But I really would like a 'TWO LENS" setup. The lower 70mm end, of the above lens, may be too long for some shots, and I would like to gain some opinions on what else might be a very compliment to it. If memory serves me correct, the 24-70 2.8 was rather lofty in price, also, and I know that I wouldn't be able to afford that one. Could someone suggest, maybe, a cheaper zoom that would offer great performance?


My present lens stable consist of the 18-200VR, 70-300VR and the 50-1.8D. I hate to sell off my stuff, but may indeed consider getting rid of the 70-300 to help finance a better/faster zoom to marry to the 70-200/2.8. I kinda like tooling around with my 18-200 attached to my beloved D300, and I am most definitely keeping my 50mm.
So, any help in this would be greatly appreciated. Also, might there be a little better way to go than with the 70-00/2.8 - without a substantial creep upwards in price?
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Old May 9, 2008, 9:39 PM   #2
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Hello,

I'm not sure if you are against non Nikon lenses, but you could get the following combinations at a significantly cheaper price than the Nikons:

Sigma 18-50/2.8 + Sigma 50-150/2.8 OR
Sigma 24-70/2.8 + Sigma 70-200/2.8

I'd also love to take that 70-300vr off your hands, but it sounds like you're not quite ready to offload it.

Len



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Old May 11, 2008, 6:53 PM   #3
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Hello,

I'm not sure if you are against non Nikon lenses, but you could get the following combinations at a significantly cheaper price than the Nikons:

Sigma 18-50/2.8 + Sigma 50-150/2.8 OR
Sigma 24-70/2.8 + Sigma 70-200/2.8

I'd also love to take that 70-300vr off your hands, but it sounds like you're not quite ready to offload it.

Len


Hello Len ~ and thanks for your input.

I may be a little closer to parting with my 70-300 than you think. For the most part, I'm kinda partial to the wider aspect of shooting, and don't (presently) see myself with much of a need for the extra 100mm reach. My one concern is in getting rid of this lens (in excellent/very seldom used condition) only to find, at a future time, that my photographic efforts would warrant a longer lens. But we'll see how everything, for now, plays out - regarding my aim to get some faster zooms.
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