What to buy for shooting action that doesn't cost as much as a D4?

Started Nov 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
ZinMe Contributing Member • Posts: 771
Re: What to buy for shooting action that doesn't cost as much as a D4?

You can pick up a two stop ISO improvement, and get more focal length flexibility by getting the following:

D7100 (+1 stop better than D300)

Trade your 200-400 for a 300mm f2.8 VR (1 stop better than the 200-400- maybe more if you look at t-stops)

Use a 70-200mm for shorter ranges (again f2.8 is really helpful.)

Use an 85mm f1.8 (or 1.4) indoors (basketball / volleyball) which is great.

Use a 1.4 TC to get an effective 600mm+ focal length with the 300mm VR- usable in good light.

I currently shoot a D300 with the above lens combinations for sports, and every time I do the math on the "upgrade" to FX, I give up a stop on the lens choices because I'm not willing to buy (and lug around) a 400mm f2.8.    I've been waiting for a D400, but it appears  I will have to decide whether to accept one of Nikons artificially de-featured DSLRs (why can't they give us best AF, good buffer and a good sensor for $2,000 like they did with the D300?)

Don't get me wrong, a D3S + 200-400mm is going to be better in low light than what I suggest above, but the affordable and highly effective and portable lens combinations for sports in my opinion are worth considering in addition to the sensor advantage of FX for sports.

I know I'll get blistered on this forum, but there it is.   Some samples mostly with the 300VR:

 ZinMe's gear list:ZinMe's gear list
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Fujifilm X-E1 Nikon D7100 Nikon D500 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G +9 more
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