Advice on Lens for Dog Sports with Z6 Body

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j_photo Veteran Member • Posts: 4,932
Re: Advice on Lens for Dog Sports with Z6 Body

200 mm is the minimum that you can get by with. But there are certain to be many times when you will wish you had greater reach.

Minimum aperture depends on light levels. For outdoors on a sunny day, f/5.6 at the long end of the 70-300 could be fine. Other times, this will be too slow. For indoors, f/2.8 is going to be the smallest aperture you want to consider. And even then you will sometimes find yourself wishing for more light.

A used 70-200 f/2.8 lens is one good idea as already suggested. There are even some older but very sharp, fast focusing 80-200 mm models to be had. I used to shoot with an 80-200 f/2.8 AF-S that was a joy to shoot with--looks like they can be had for about $500. (You will want to avoid any 80-200 AF-D models that won't autofocus on Z bodies.) Most of these lenses can also accept Nikon's teleconverters. Then on a bright day, you can add a TC to get out into the 300 to 400 mm range, though with reduction in aperture.

And don't worry about lack of VR on older models. VR doesn't help when shooting things that move fast.

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