D700, no decent glass for indoor sports ??!?!

Started May 2, 2009 | Discussions thread
Marianne Oelund
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Too much reading and too little shooting . . .
In reply to cincin, May 5, 2009

cincin wrote:

I shoot indoor sports, fast action in terrible light, read f2.8 all
the time, and the main reason I switched to the d700 is for the much
better autofocus (when compared to the 5DII) so autofocus is of prime
importance.
I need a f2.8 zoom lens in the 70-200 (or a little longer) range.
Here are the options I have considered so far:
Nikon 70-200vr
PROS:

  • Sharp

  • Fast AF

CONS:

  • Extreme vignetting (falloff) all the way to F8 (!!!)

  • Very soft corners

  • Expensive given the flaws

Too much reading and too little shooting can turn one into an armchair worrywart.

Use the 70-200. Corner issues aren't as serious as you've apparently been led to believe, and although I wouldn't likely use it for landscapes at 200mm, it's perfectly acceptable for sports. If light allows and extra reach is needed, add a TC-14. That combination on a D3 has become my standard indoor-action setup.

Don't hesitate to take advantage of the D3/D700 high sensitivity. One tip: With the D3, I usually avoid ISO 3200 and 6400 (using 2500, 4000 or 5000 instead, which produce better-looking JPEGs, in my opinion).

The only alternative which I can recommend at all, if you need zoom, is the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8. It's a little slower to focus and you need to watch carefully; occasionally it fails to track and needs a focus-reacquire command to force its AF into action.

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