Need Lens Recommendations

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Dyun27 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,190
Need Lens Recommendations

I'm looking to buy a lens that goes anywhere from 18mm to 300mm, or something in-between. I have the 18-35mm which I love, but it's not long enough. Sharpness and good focus-lock is pretty important, since I won't have a lot of time to set up the shot.

Usually I do a lot of research and reading without asking for help, I found many options, but it's difficult to figure out which lens will be sharpest, on-point throughout the focal range and reliable. That's why I need to hear your experience with whatever you're using. I'll be shooting with a D750 and maybe a D500 on occasion. DX lenses are out, as I want to be able to use the lens on both cameras if needed.

How it will be used: I paraglide and I plan on shooting other pilots from the air as I'm flying around. Sometimes they're flying close to me, sometimes they're far away, and that's why I need the flexibility of a wide to telephoto zoom. Flying with it also means it can't be huge and heavy. I can use both hands for a short time to shoot, but I don't want it to get in the way of launching and landing.

Here I am floating around. You can see my space for camera and lens are limited. I thought about buying a compact with a built-in zoom lens, but I do like having the best image quality possible. On second thought, I'm open to suggestions.

The kind of stuff I'll be shooting.

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Thanks for any help!

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