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

Started Nov 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
joejack951 Senior Member • Posts: 2,682
Re: What to buy for shooting action that doesn't cost as much as a D4?

jfriend00 wrote:

joejack951 wrote:

Kerry Pierce wrote:

Of course, you could go wild and crazy, getting a d7100 and a d700, keep the 200-400 and get a 120-300 for the lower light stuff.

If you could live with the slower AF and slightly worse overall performance, the Sigma 120-300 plus their 1.4X TC would offer the best of both worlds (f/2.8 when you need it or 420mm f/4 when you need reach).

For what the 200-400/4 can be sold for versus the new cost of a 120-300/2.8 and TC ($2500 + $224) you can get a D700/D3 for free and possibly have some change left. The not-yet-available latest 120-300/2.8 is a little pricier though ($3600).

I don't really want to swap out lenses. I've gotten a lot of great use out of the 200-400 and would like to keep it for many other things I shoot. If I were to buy a Sigma, I'd probably only buy one with the changeable mount because I'm not convinced I'm staying with Nikon forever since they seem to be avoiding the semi-affordable action camera segment of the market in both FX and DX. If Canon swoops in with some compelling hardware, I could be going that way.

Then buy a used first version 120-300/2.8 for under $2000 (~$1500 if you are lucky) plus a D700. Use the 200-400/4 in the first half and the 120-300/2.8 in the second. You'll gain two stops of high ISO with the D700 plus f/2.8 lens over the D300 and f/4 lens. And you won't lose much money selling that lens if you get a good deal. I've had my eye on one for a while and they've basically stalled at the current used pricing for the past few years.

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