I want to take pics from very far away, cheapest zoom set for $2000 ?

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I want to take pics from very far away, cheapest zoom set for $2000 ?
Aug 4, 2011

Quality is not that important, I don't intent to get any prizes. I just want to take pictures from my house to a baseball stadium that is about one mile away (1.5 kilometers away). I want to be able to take pictures of players and audience, even if quality is bad.

why is the best i can get for less than $2000 ? I have a D90 i received as a gift, so I thought a 80-400 lens + 1.4 teleconverter, but I rented a 80-400mm and I couldn't reach long enough. Besides my friends' Nikon Coolpix P500 36x zoom could reach even closer than the 80-400mm lens I rented on D90.

A Nikon 500mm or 600mm way too expensive.

A 800mm mirror lens? 80-400mm + 2x teleconverter ? a weird lens + teleconverter?

How can you reach lets say 1200mm with less than $2000 and that the pics looks bad but watchable?

I guess Canon 1.6 crop helps to increase range, bad idea? Is there a 1000 mm lens that is bad but cheap?

Thanks!

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