Baseball Photos: Best Lens?
With the baseball season here, I have just purchased a Nikon D70 w/18-70 lens to take sequential/still shots of my son pitching, etc. I know I need another zoom lens to do this, but am not sure what I really need. I want the equipment to be right, but I also don't want to re-mortgage the house to do it. I have heard differing opinions, so I thought I would see the masses had to say. Thanks for any help!
Good news, you don't have to re-mortgage your house to get a lens ... I use a Vivitar 60-300mm lens for my action shots I do at Little League games. Everyone in the world will tell you it's a horrible lens and compared to 500 dollars and up lenses, it probably is, but it gets the job done. No parents complain about the quality.
I had lucked out by getting the lens for free from an old friend who was glad to see a young person finding a great hobby. Who knew I'd make money and have fun all at the same time with photography. Point is I have this lens that probably didn't cost over 150$ and has still done the job I needed it to.
My suggestion to you is find a zoom lens like a 60-300mm at any camera store (or online shop) that is in the price range you're willing to spend. You should be able to find a decent one for around 200$ at the most, or maybe find one on eBay for even cheaper. Quantaray and Sigma lenses are reasonably priced and will render good-quality shots; just remember to use a faster speed film for action shots with zoom lenses; 400 or 800 ISO is what I have used. Hope I helped you with your choice.
If your son is the pitcher, a 200mm or 300mm lens should be fine, but for outfielders the longer lens might be better, especially if they are Little Leaguers. I would suggest buying a lens with the lowest f/number (example f/2.8) that you can afford; this will enable you to use a faster shutter speed to stop the ball in flight. If you are looking for an inexpensive zoom, Nikon has a 70-300mm f/5.6 for about $150.00 or a 80-200mm f/2.8 for about $600 or so.
Hope that helps,
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