Photographing Satellites - Lens Question

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CharlesPhillips Forum Member • Posts: 86
Photographing Satellites - Lens Question

All -

As I have posted here before, I use my venerable Nikon D200 to take photos of satellites - and it works pretty well. I am thinking that its time to make some upgrades and am looking for a Nikon with more megapixels - maybe a D500. Also a camera that would record video and anything past the D200 will do that.

But I have been using a slow lens, a Nikkor 35-105 zoom lens 1:35 - 4.5 because I wanted to minimize expenses while I figured out if this would work at all.

I am thinking that a pretty inexpensive upgrade would be to go to the next fastest lens, a 35 - 70mm 1:2.8 D which would still let me zoom to about 60mm. The 50mm lenses are much faster but I'd like the option to zoom to try to get a smaller field of view.

I could get this lens for about $140 and I think that it will produce brighter images.

Am I correct that the difference between the 3.5 ish and 2.8 will be noticeable? I think that I understand the ratings but feel free to correct me!

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