View Full Version : Help Choosing Lens

10-10-2008, 07:04 AM
Rodeo shooting in very low light at night is a challenge. I know I need a lens with a big aperature. I would like 100mm (in that range). Does anyone have experience with a good Nikon lens for that type of shooting? The camera is a D300.
My budget is limited (less than $600 would be preferable). Any lelns suggestions for that type of photos?

10-10-2008, 07:06 AM
Can you spend a little more? Have you looked at the Sigma 50-150 f/2.8? It is supposed to be a very nice lens.

10-10-2008, 07:27 AM
If you need it even a bit faster, and your pretty sure about the focal length, then Nikon makes a 105 f2 prime. Also happens to be a great portrait lens. There's a 135 also, and I understand it's even a little better. However, the 105 will eat all your budget + a little bit.

Both lenses have an additional feature called defocus control which allows you to blur the foreground or the background. This is in addition to normal aperture control.

10-12-2008, 02:44 PM
The 50-150mm sounds like an ideal focal range, but I'm not sure whether it would be a large enough aperture for what you need @f/2.8. 'Course, with the D300's great ISO performance, it might do the job well enough.

Visual Reality
10-12-2008, 08:27 PM
I vote Sigma 70-200 2.8 or 50-150 2.8.

I would vote for the Tamron 70-200 2.8 as it is the sharper lens, but its probably going to have problems focusing in those conditions.

10-12-2008, 08:59 PM
I really appreciate the input. Some investigation and consideration is necessary here.
Thanks again,