Newbie with Nikon D5600 and Nikon 18-200 lens

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Lee Beasley Senior Member • Posts: 2,468
Re: Newbie with Nikon D5600 and Nikon 18-200 lens

Just happened to stumble across this. Kit lenses are decent performers in good light, but they weren't really meant for the kind of lighting you find in gymnasiums. Honestly, for ISO 20000+, those aren't bad shots.

Unfortunately, the only way to get more light into your pictures is with faster lenses--say, f2.8 and better. They are pricey, but if you shop around, you can probably find a used Sigma 70-200 f2.8 or a Tamron 70-200 f2.8 for a whole lot less than a Nikon. That's a good range for gymnastics shooting. Or you might find an 85mm f1.8 prime in, say, bargain condition. That would help immeasurably. It doesn't really matter what the outside of the lens looks like, as long as the glass is good. As long as you have a fast lens with good optics, it can be ugly as sin and still take great shots.

The upside to shooting gymnastics is that you need a shutter speed of at least 1/500 to freeze most of the action, so you don't have to worry about paying a lot of extra money for a stabilized lens. I'd just keep my eyes peeled for a good used lens from the usual suspects (B&H, KEH... your local camera store). This season is almost over, so you have at least 6 months before meets start up again. You can be choosy until the right one comes along.

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