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Old Aug 15, 2010, 7:52 PM   #1
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I just got the Nikon D40, with the kit lens (an 18-55mm f3.5-5.6). I'm looking at a supplemental lens for some long-range photos. I would be doing mostly portrait photos, but I do a lot of child photography so distance is always good (kids are scary). Also though I do some sports photos so I dunno if this is the right lens?
I'm VERY new to the world of DSLR, so any help is appreciated.
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Old Aug 15, 2010, 8:59 PM   #2
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The Nikon 55-200 AF-S DX VR is sharp enough and has little chromatic aberrration, but it vignettes a lot until you stop down to f/8, which isn't good for sports or portraits. Also, depending on the sport, 200 may not be long enough.

The best lens for what you want to do is probably the Nikon 70-300 AF-S VR, though it costs more.

Can you elaborate on what sports you wnat to shoot?
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It would be almost strictly harness racing, at the local track i can get to about fifty feet away. and they don't even have night races, so i get pretty good natural lighting.
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For harness racing, you could probably do ok with 200. The sulky makes the subject bigger than what you'd be shooting in thoroughbred or quarterhorse racing. And in good light, you could afford to stop down enough to avoid the vignetting.
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Awesome, I think that's the lens I'll probably go for then. I don't want to spend loads for a whole bunch of unnecessary (not to mention inconvenient) zoom.
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