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Old Nov 21, 2014, 11:44 AM   #21
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Yeah.... one of the reasons leaning towards the D7100 and its somewhat entry level price

One question - before spending the $ on the indoor zoom lens was thinking about trying a fixed zoom lens first, something like this one:

AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G $499.95

Thoughts on that?
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Old Nov 21, 2014, 11:59 AM   #22
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Yeah.... one of the reasons leaning towards the D7100 and its somewhat entry level price

One question - before spending the $ on the indoor zoom lens was thinking about trying a fixed zoom lens first, something like this one:

AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G $499.95

Thoughts on that?
An 85mm can be an inexpensive way to start, but it is very restrictive. Especially on aps-c where you can have difficulty with it not being wide enough. I used to shoot volleyball with an 85mm 1.8 on aps-c. When camera ISO made using a f/2.8 zoom a possibility it really opened up the possibilities for different types of shots. It will be OK for volleyball but really restrictive for rock wall and indoor track.
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I started shooting indoor sports (equestrian) with an 85/1.8, got some great shots and learned a lot. One of the most important things I learned was how to work with the fixed focal length. There's a lot to be said for that, but it would have been easier if I had spent the extra money and been able to skip over that lesson.

Going with an inexpensive prime is certainly a way for you to get started, without having to get a second mortgage, but another option is to spend just a little bit more, get the $769 Tamron, and see where it takes you.
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BTW, appropriate lenses (and bodies) are available for rent at LensRentals.com, so you can try them before you make any large financial commitment.
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