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Lens recommendation for indoor high school sports
James Hendrix, Photographer
St. Joseph | MO | USA | Posted: 12:02 AM on 11.25.16
->> OK I know it sounds like a newbie question but bear with me...

I've been shooting sports since 1985 - all was good. My last rig was a gripped D700 and several Nikon 2.8 lens. Then 3 years ago I had a major stroke and my sports photography came to a halt.

I've gained some strength back over the last 3 years and am wanting to try shooting again. Due to the weight of the D700 and the 2.8 glass I ended up selling all of my equipment.

I currently have a D800 and am trying to find a good lens that is in my budget. Living the luxury of disability I'm on a very tight budget. After saving for about 6 months my budget is under $1,000.

I've been looking at the 80-200 f2.8 af-s lens but not sure how well it will match up with the D800.

Thoughts? Recommendations? Thanks
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 1:11 AM on 11.25.16
->> I have D800, D800E and D810 bodies. All work fine with my Nikkor 80-200mm. I bought that lens instead of the 70-200 because it is a D-series which means it still has an aperture ring that works with all my film cameras. I also prefer having a ring because I can change the f/stop faster than taking my finger off the trigger to move the dial.

With that said, you say you have less than a grand to spend. The 80-200mm new is $1,100 which is a lot better than the new 70-200mm that is coming out for $2,800.

While zooms are better than ever, they still have more glass elements than prime lenses which are sharper than zooms. Do you really need a zoom? The 85mm f/1.8G is $477 -- half your budget. And with 36-megapixels, you can crop an image in half (170mm) and it will be equal to a full frame D4 file. Plus the 85mm is a fraction of the weight of an 80-200mm. And if you need wider than a 85, there is the 35mm f/1.8G for $527.
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Chris Peterson, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbia Falls | MT | USA | Posted: 11:16 AM on 11.27.16
->> I second the 85 mm indoors. Great lens for hoops, etc.
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James Hendrix, Photographer
St. Joseph | MO | USA | Posted: 9:20 PM on 11.28.16
->> Thanks for the input - that was the info I was looking for.
I found an 80-200 AFS for $400 on eBay and purchased it. If it becomes to heavy for me I'll look for the 85mm
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