View Full Version : I am interested in the D90

10-05-2008, 06:41 PM
But I am so confused! I need to also purchase a zoom lens. Do I need to stick with Nikon or is there other lenses that would work as well? My children dive and swim so I need a lens that is fast to capture especially the diving. Any input would be helpful!

10-05-2008, 06:52 PM
no, you dont need to stay with nikon lens' although they are broadly speaking better quality. what is your budget ? how much "zoom" do you need ? are the pics taken in daylight outdoors ? or if its indoors, how good is the light ?

10-05-2008, 06:55 PM
Indoor diving or outdoor?

Basically any Nikon compatible lens from the third party manufacturers like Tokina, Tamron or Sigma will work. Whether they are better is debatable.
The D90 has very good high ISO performance so you can compensate for a slower lens with a higher ISO so my suggestion as a starting point would be the D90 with the kit 18-105 VR lens plus the 70-300 VR lens for more reach. Combining the VR and the high ISO benefits of the D90 should provide you a solution that will work at a reasonable cost.
If money is no object then there are lots of choices.

10-05-2008, 06:55 PM
If you get another brand (Sigma, Tamron, Tokina) you need to get one in a Nikon mount. You need to specify lighting conditions, how far away you'll be and your budget.

10-05-2008, 06:56 PM
I need to learn to type faster. :D:D

Visual Reality
10-05-2008, 07:14 PM
I can personally attest that the ISO performance of this sensor (D90, D300) is great with the 70-300 VR. Set it to Auto ISO, min shutter speed 1/250, max ISO 3200 and shoot with Aperture Priority. Shoot away and don't worry about your settings as often. Capture the moment without fiddling with the camera.

If you need a faster shutter speed to freeze the action, the better way to go is to use Shutter Priority to specifiy your own speed and live with slightly darker shots out of the camera, then brighten them in post processing (I'd highly recommend RAW if you go this route) rather than cranking the ISO.

Keep in mind though that the 70-300 VR is not a fast lens. Fast would be f/2.8, and if you go check prices on those you'll understand why sports photography is so expensive.

10-05-2008, 07:46 PM
Fast would be f/2.8, and if you go check prices on those you'll understand why sports photography is so expensive.

One body + one fast sports lens = Aus$12,400.00. Expensive is relative I guess. :D


10-05-2008, 09:20 PM
Check out the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8. Much less costly and smaller than a 70-200mm f/2.8.

10-06-2008, 06:03 AM
Diving is both indoors and out. She competes on a summer league and is just beginning to compete in the winter.
I would love to purchase a lense around $500-$750.
I am still in the looking and planning and saving stage.......This is a huge jump for me. I have a fuji s6000 that I really enjoy but it has been having some issues.....but lately is working fine again.....I would love to purchase something by summer.

10-06-2008, 06:11 AM
Is this the type of lens I would purchase?
Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
by Nikon
If so that isn't too bad!

10-06-2008, 08:11 AM
You'll probably want something with a large aperture for inside. Maybe the Tamron or Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8. The Sigma mentioned by fionndruinne would also work well. Tokina makes a 50-135mm f/2.8 lens as well.

10-06-2008, 02:24 PM
As Lukas said. The 70-300mm is a "slow" lens, which means it has less light-gathering ability than a large-aperture lens, resulting in slower shutter speeds. For action, especially indoors, you want a very fast shutter, and the only way to do that is with a more expensive large-aperture lens. Yes, the D90 allows better high-ISO performance, but it's still no substitute for a lens which brings in more light.

10-06-2008, 04:37 PM
Hi Spinning. I have always enjoyed your diving photos over on the S6000 thread :) You'll find that good glass is very important to get the results you desire in the dslr world. I only have a couple of lens that cost less than the camera body of my Xti. I recommend getting one of the f2.8 lens in a focal length that will work for you. These fine folks on the Nikon thread will get you there. A high quality lens will last you many many years and work on any future Nikon bodies you might buy.
Good Luck in this new endevor. I'm sure you will enjoy it as much as I have.

Visual Reality
10-06-2008, 04:55 PM
Between the 70-200 f/2.8 options, go with the Sigma for sports. The Tamron is sharper, but will likely have trouble with the autofocus at critical times.

The only thing is, with Sigma you have to make sure you have a good copy since there can be a lot of variation between lenses. Sigma seems to be more hit-and-miss than other brands.

10-06-2008, 05:04 PM
THanks for the input but at this point and time I can't go much higher in price.
The diving over the winter will only be a few meets. SUmmer is where I will be taking most of my diving and swim team photos. I have become the team candid photo taker....so I take lots and lots of pictures. So will this lens be ok?

Visual Reality
10-06-2008, 05:17 PM
Yes it will. Just know its aperture may limit you at times when the lighting isn't very good.