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What lens to buy for Nikon D70
I am purchasing d70 with no lens. My motivation for this purchase is to take photos of my boys playing indoor hockey (fluorescent lighting). I know I will need a high speed lens, but will low light be a problem. I've been looking at the usually bundled lens 18-55 I think and I see it now has VR tech, but also have looked at Nikkor 24-120 VR and 70-200.Thanks, any advice wil help...

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Mary Burgy wrote:.

I am purchasing d70 with no lens. My motivation for this purchase isto take photos of my boys playing indoor hockey (fluorescentlighting). I know I will need a high speed lens, but will low lightbe a problem. I've been looking at the usually bundled lens 18-55 I.

It will very likely be a problem, unless it's one unusually well-lit arena..

Two problems, really.

(1) low light, meaning that it'll be harder to get a proper exposure particularly if you're trying to take stop-motion shots, meaning short exposure times.

(2) it's not a full white light, and may cause interesting white-balance issues.

Think and I see it now has VR tech, but also have looked at Nikkor.

Vibration reduction only compensates for vibrations of the camera. If you're shooting at fast shutter speeds, which would be appropriate for stop-motion of rapidly moving players, then camera shake is probably not going to be a problem unless you're using a fairly heavy lens with a very narrow FOV. It does nothing for subject motion..

If you're taking longer exposures, then it might help. It won't stop player motion blur, of course, but if the players aren't moving or you're trying to capture motion-blurred players against a stationary background, it might help..

24-120 VR and 70-200.Thanks, any advice wil help..

Depending on the distance, a 70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S or 80-200mm f/2.8 AF-S might be good. You will probably not want to spend that much, however. Perhaps the 80-200mm f/2.8 AF-D..

If you're always going to a be a bit far away, so having a too-narrow FOV isn't really an issue, you might even be able to use a long single-focal-length lens and crop this may yield some cheaper options...

Comment #1

Indoor hockey (in fact an indoor action sport) is very difficult to photograph and requires top level equipment which will not be cheap..

You will need a constant f/2.8 zoom lens as a minimum Even then you will be shooting wide open at ISO 1600 and probably will not get a higher shutter speed than 1/100th without "pushing" the shot and it would be essentail to shoot RAW. The alternative is a fast prime lens and maybe more than one..

First problem from what distance are you photographing? I would expect that a Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 would do the job in terms of focal length. You will not find many of those for sale used but it is the cheapest of the f/2.8 telezooms to purchase new..

A Nikon 80-200 f/2.8 will be readily available used and will cost about the same as the D70 - or more according to which model you go for. It is an excellent lens but very heavy..

A used prime lens would be more affordable but much less flexible. An 85mm f/1.8 would have some potential and should get your shutter speed up..

You cannot stop action with a slow lens like 18-55 VR f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. You just have to have fast glass and that is always relatively expensive. In any event the 18-55 would be too wide unless you were absolutely on top of the action..

I am sure your budget is limited given that you have chosen a D70 and not a "bells and whistles" new model but you still need that fast glass..

If shooting hockey is important to you you may be best off with an inexpensive 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 plus an older 80-200 f/2.8 or an 85mm f/1.8 prime according to what your budget allows..

Hope that helps. Sorry it is not good news!.

Chris Elliott.

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Comment #2

The above poster summed it up pretty well. Given that you are shooting sports, VR is not necessary. Which isn't to say that it would never come in handy shooting something else, I just don't think for that primary purpose it is worth the cost. Example would be the excellent 80-200 2.8 ED that is $900 versus the similar optically 70-200 2.8 VR at $1700. I have the 80-200 and shoot night football with it and it is a wonderful lens. Another lens I have heard good things about for indoor sports is the Sigma 50-150 2.8 lens for DX format lenses.

Any of these lenses would work, I just think the 70-200 VR would be overkill. Heck for the price of the D70 (i assume used) + 70-200VR you could almost get a D300 + either of the other lenses, which would be, overall, vastly superior...

Comment #3

I hope he didn't pay as much for a D70 as a used 80-200 2.8 ED. They still go for around $650-750 in the 4-6 year old range. The 2 ring version with tripod ring is an excellent lens though...

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SMPhoto wrote:.

I hope he didn't pay as much for a D70 as a used 80-200 2.8 ED. Theystill go for around $650-750 in the 4-6 year old range. The 2 ringversion with tripod ring is an excellent lens though..

I have a two ring 80-200. In the UK last time I looked older push-pulls can go for around 280. A used D70 goes for around 220 body only but some people pay silly prices e.g 335!!:.

Http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/...QcategoryZ31388QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem.

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

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