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great adventure Aug 12, 2007 3:31 AM

dear guys

I bought d70s 2 years ago, and got sigma zoom 70 - 200 2.8

is the d70s good for water sports or do I have to buy

the d200 nikon

thank you

ecap Aug 12, 2007 5:18 AM

my opinion is that the d70s is fine.

You may want more zoom depending on how close you can get but the body itself should be fine.

Mark1616 Aug 12, 2007 6:38 AM

Not that it really matters but what water sports are you looking at shooting?

Before switching to Canon to get to get 5fps and better control for shooting all the sports I cover I used a Konica Minolta 5D which is a slightly lesser camera than the Nikon D70 and managed to do a pretty good job with this so unless you really want the slightly faster AF and faster continuous shooting speed you won't have an issue.

On the KM5D I had the Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 and used it with a 2x TC for water sports. Here are a few that I took with that camera, as you can see you should be fine.

Happy shooting,


great adventure Aug 13, 2007 12:50 AM

thank you guys for your reply

mr mark, what I am looking for is more than what you showed me

I want to take faster drag race boats and cars

my problem I cannot switch to cannon because I got

sigma which is for nikkon camera only??

what type of camera have you got now...I mean which canon

I like your picture's ... great


Mark1616 Aug 13, 2007 3:22 AM

GA, I have a 30D and a 5D and wasn't suggesting you change to Canon. I did change as Konica Minolta/Sony were not offering a body that would give what I needed.

For drag boats obviously we are talking a lot of speed which causes people to panic straight away however it will depend on how far you are from the subjects and at what angles you are shooting. If you are shooting with them heading straight towards you then AF speed is key and you might benefit from the better AF handling of a D200 but assuming you have the HSM version of the Sigma then you are probably OK. Now the question was raised earlier if the 70-200 was going to be long enough and only you can answer that.

Now due to the speed and short run times you might find that having the 5fps a realbonus asthere are going to be focus errors (all cameras get them when shooting in continuous focus mode) so getting another 2 shots every second gives abetterchance of you getting the shot you want.

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