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GrimJeeper
12-06-2005, 07:06 PM
I want to shoot gymnastics and figure skating performances indoors and flash use is prohibited. I picked up a D50 and I wanted to see whether people who may own this lens personally or know of someone who does think this lens will suit my needs. I won't need any zoom > 200 mm and I already tried the 55-200 4-5.6 and it's too slow. Any thoughts?

D70FAN
12-06-2005, 08:56 PM
I want to shoot gymnastics and figure skating performances indoors and flash use is prohibited. I picked up a D50 and I wanted to see whether people who may own this lens personally or know of someone who does think this lens will suit my needs. I won't need any zoom > 200 mm and I already tried the 55-200 4-5.6 and it's too slow. Any thoughts?

The 80-200 f/2.8 is a terrific lens, and will serve you well. Behind the 28-70 f/2.8 its one of my favorites to rent. Make sure you have a good monopod, as it's not exactly a lightweight.;)

Rex914
12-06-2005, 11:58 PM
The 80-200 is a great lens to pick up right now especially given the $100 on it right now. Perfect for indoor sports and mid-distance concert photography.

George, what's your take on the 28-70, especially vs. the Tamron 28-75 and to a lesser extent the 17-55 DX? I'd be interested in seeing how it fares against those two since on the Canon side, the 24-70 hasn't quite got the most positive reaction from the photographic community.

GrimJeeper
12-07-2005, 05:27 AM
You are both very helpful to us newbies out here and on behalf of all of us, I just wanted to say that your patience with our sometimes ill-informed questions and your honest opinions are greatly appreciated.

George, you mentioned that it's one of your favorites to rent. I wasn't aware that renting was an option. Sounds like a terrific idea, particularly to try out a lens that will set me back $800 or more! Could you tell me more?