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Old May 21, 2014, 11:53 AM   #1
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Default Best valued Nikon lens for sports photography?

Im currently in high school and Im going to begin doing sports photography with a Nikon D7000. Im going to be shooting both indoor sports and outdoor sports. Id like to get something with a large zoom capacity, but could also go wide angle. I dont care if its Tamron or Sigma or some other brand as long as its a good lens.My budget is under $900. Thanks!

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Im currently in high school and Im going to begin doing sports photography with a Nikon D7000. Im going to be shooting both indoor sports and outdoor sports. Id like to get something with a large zoom capacity, but could also go wide angle. I dont care if its Tamron or Sigma or some other brand as long as its a good lens.My budget is under $900. Thanks!

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What your looking for (in that price range) is a 70-200mm F2.8 zoom.
What you get with the Tamron & Sigma are two very comparable lenses that are both very sharp and, are in your budget -if you buy a used or refurbished lens.

What you don't get is the AF speed of a Nikon AF-S 70-200mm F2.8 VR lens.
which, by the way, would be my first choice.

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The 70-200/2.8 lenses that Zig mentioned would be fine for indoor sports (Basketball, Volleyball, Gymnastics, wrestling, etc.) but would not serve you well for outdoor sports (Baseball, Football, Soccer, etc.) For that you'd need something like Nikon's or maybe Tamron's 70-300. For indoor sports you need the large aperture in order to keep the shutter speed fast in low light, but for outdoor sports you need the longer reach because of the larger playing surface in better lighting.

There is no general purpose indoor/outdoor sports lens. That's why people get interchangeable lens cameras: so they can change lenses.
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I am totally agree with Zig about the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 and you can add the teleconverter 1.4 or 1.7 if you need more magnification giving you 120-340mm which is enough for baseball, football, etc.

A used 70-200mm f2.8 VR I you can find it for $900-$1000.
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Im currently in high school and Im going to begin doing sports photography with a Nikon D7000.

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Ok - so you're a student under 19 years old. For what purpose are you shooting the sports? Hobby? Yearbook? Are you paying or is the school paying?
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Alright - now I'm confused. In your other post you said you share a camera with your sister and you're bored and want a new lens for general shooting around town. Now, you're shooting sports with a Nikon D7000. It's all a bit confusing...

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For most outdoor sports 300mm would almost be at the wide end.
400mm to 500mm sometimes with a teleconverter is where you want to be if you want those frame filling images of the athletes doing their thing you see in the sports magazines. And that is if you have access to the sidelines.

If you are really interested in getting involved with shooting sports poke around sportsshooter. There is lot of good information to be found there on this particular topic.
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Alright - now I'm confused. In your other post you said you share a camera with your sister and you're bored and want a new lens for general shooting around town. Now, you're shooting sports with a Nikon D7000. It's all a bit confusing...

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Thanks Jim,

Another reason, I've limited my responses these past months.
You just never know if seemingly innocent posts are legit.
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