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If you're serious about shooting sports, start saving. F/2.8 glass (Nikon or Canon) will get you the desired reach and IQ you're looking for. The 55-200 is a great value, but just doesn't have the optical quality of the pro teles, hence the CA, softness, etc. Also the 2.8 teles are tack sharp wide open giving you awesome subject isolation and super fast ss.

In the meantime, if you can't get a field pass and shoot from the stands, get a 1.4 nikon tc and a Nikkor 300mm f/4 lens. This will get you the reach you need and up your IQ significantly as a result of better optics and less cropping. I've seen some pretty impressive shots taken with this combo, and the 300 will hold its value nicely if you should get to the point where you want to upgrade to the faster pro glass.

Another alternative for you if you want to shoot field sports like soccer or kid's baseball where you can be at field level, would be a used 70-200 VR1. This would work nicely on your cropped body however you'd have to roam the sidelines a bit for optimal coverage.

You'd be surprised how lucrative shooting kids sports can be. I bought my 400,200, and 500 with proceeds from kids sports, the 300 will be paid for by the middle of this season if everything goes well. The 400 f/2.8 was my first and real money maker. The problem now is the moms are showing up with their D90's and taking away some of my business mad.gif
    
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A good telephoto lens is definitely on my to buy list. I've got the lower end of the zoom range fairly well covered for my needs right now. I'll certainly look into a telecoverter in the mean time.
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Originally Posted by robchaos;13879915 
A good telephoto lens is definitely on my to buy list. I've got the lower end of the zoom range fairly well covered for my needs right now. I'll certainly look into a telecoverter in the mean time.

I don't think you'll find a tc for your 55-200.
    
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Ahhh ok, well it's time for me to start saving up for some new glass!
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Ahhh ok, well it's time for me to start saving up for some new glass!

Seems like it's always that time.
    
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Seems like it's always that time.
Yea, all the cool stuff is too expensive. frown.gif
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