Gear advice needed (Zoom lens in the 50 to 200-300mm range )

Started Apr 16, 2014 | Questions thread
math guy Senior Member • Posts: 2,491
Re: Gear advice needed (Zoom lens in the 50 to 200-300mm range )

Mrik wrote:

I think I need to change my photography habits to improve my skills.

I would recommend doing that first. Then buy a new lens if needed.

I have the 55-300 and find it to be a very good outdoor/good light lens. But you might find that the 50-200 suits your needs just fine, with no need for an upgrade. It sounds like you haven't spent much time shooting that lens, so how do you know you need a better lens?

When I know I need a new lens is when, after using what I currently have, I can't get the results I am looking for. For example, last year I began shooting Little League baseball. I quickly found I needed a wider aperture than the 55-300 had in order to get good separation from the background. But it was only then that I bought a 70-200/2.8, after experience told me that what I currently had wasn't good enough for my new needs.

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