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    I just spent a weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway where I found out the 28-70mm lens on my Nikon D100 is not quite big enough to reach out into the turns from the camera platforms. Tried another photog’s 200mm lens and that seems to be the hot setup.

    Now remembering that I know nothing, and I do everything in life on the cheap, I found a couple inexpensive possibilities:

    Sigma 55-200


    I can’t figure out what one does better than the other. It would be used primarily at the racetrack for both trackside and pitside shooting, as well as shooting pics of the doggies, people, pretty much everything. I’d like it to be the only lens I bring to the track cause I’m hesitant to swap lenses in a racetrack setting.

    These are just a couple examples I found sub-$200, but I’m open to suggestions from those who have experience with lenses of this size in a sports setting.

    While poking around on Ritz Camera’s site I see that for roughly the same money I can get a 70-300mm lens. Am I missing something here?


    I have a Canon so things aren’t the same, but I have a 70-300mm that I absolutely love.

    It looks a lot like this: http://www.sigma4less.com/sess/utn;jsessionid=1544bf6114aef4a/shopdata/0020_Lenses/0010_Zoom/0040_Tele+Zoom/product_details.shopscript?article=0550_Tamron%2BZoom%2BTelephoto%2B70-300mm%2Bf%3D26slash%3D3B4-5%3D252E6%2BLD%2BMacro%2B1%3D3A2%2BAutofocus%2BLens%2Bfor%2BNikon%2BAF-D%2B%3D28TA70300F45NI%3D29

    But for Canon, not Nikon. It should be pretty much the same lens, though I wouldn’t stake my life on it.


    I have a Nikon D50 and I just picked up a sigma 70-300mm lens from a local camera shop for $125. It is the one that wolfcamera sells in this 2 lens kit http://www.wolfcamera.com/product/253091532.htm Check around I bought mine for a very similar reason, to shoot autocrosses. I kept getting run off from the good angles with my 28-80 because I was too close, but with the 70-300 I was able to stand back, not get yelled at and take pictures. Here are some pictures from that event http://www.geocities.com/sceniccitymiatas/autox031906.html That was my very first time shooting moving cars, but I know I will have many more opportunities to increase my skills and take better photos.


    I have the nikon 70-300 G, and I don’t find it really usable past 200mm – it’s very soft. I got a used Sigma 300 f4 from KEH, and I’ve been much happier with it.

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