Help... Nikon DX and lens for indoor and outdoor sports and more

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Re: Help... Nikon DX and lens for indoor and outdoor sports and more

Cooper21 wrote:

labalaba wrote:

Cooper21 wrote:

FerretPhoto wrote:

I do a bunch of indoor (some outdoor) figure skating of my daughter and tested the various Nikon DX bodies and lenses. The body and lens that I have settled on for photographing her is the Nikon D7500 with the Tamron 70-210/4 VC (with Haoge LMR-TL721 tripod collar).

I ended up renting and borrowing equipment to see what worked for me and figure skating. The D7100 was a problem with the buffer size. The D7200 does a great job too, but was edged out by the D7500 with the group autofocus. The Nikon D3300/D3400 just didn't quite have the focus and handling I was looking for with the lighting, speed of skaters, and camera controls. The Nikon D5200, D5300, and D5600 did better but not quite what I was looking for.

I tried a bunch of lenses including the Nikon AF-P 70-300 (not the VR model), AF-S 70-300 VR, 55-300 VR, 18-140 VR, 18-200 VR, Tamron 70-200/2.8 VC G2, 18-270 VC PZD, 28-300 VC, 16-300 VC, Sigma 100-300/4, 100-400 OS, 18-300 OS, and some others.

With the Tamron 70-210/4 VC the f4 for depth of field and light gathering was helpful. The 70-200/2.8 VC G2 was great, but weighed more, ended up getting shot at f4 due to depth of field and cost more. Great lens, not what I was wanting for figure skating.

Being indoors, you figure out your desired iso, shutter speed and aperture, set the camera and go. The light is not going to change so no reason to mess with the settings. Get a monopod as this makes the photos better. VR/VC/OS is nice, but the monopod is the key. Afterwards, just pass the photos through your noise software and do the other edits.

I'm looking at a D7200 with a Nikkor 18-200 mm zoom , 3.5 -5.6 G2 ED VR.

This would be for baseball and maybe some indoor swimming in not so dark situations plus my take everywhere lens.

What do you thinK? What was your impression of the 18-200 VR lens?

This is an older lens designed as a do-everything lens, convenient for travel, although in my opinion it is replaced by the newer 18-140 VR which is better in all respects. Both these lenses, but the 18-200 VR particularly, is a slow lens, not exceptional optically, with not very rapid focus. I would think it is one of the poorest choices you could make for sports, especially indoor sports.

Okay, thanks.

Looking at the 70 - 300mm VR DX AF-P that has been suggested here. This would be for outdoor sports, baseball, etc... Does anyone know if it works on a D7200?

It works but you cant turn VR off The FX version has a switch that does turn VR on or off.

I would have to buy another lens for indoor swim, maybe an 85mm 1.8? I know I'm blowing my budget, but I want to get it right too.

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