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I was shooting wide open, ISO 2000, +5.0 EV, and even with 1/80 I was still underexposing. However, the results were more usable then what I got the other night thanks to the slightly better lighting...



Yeah, much as I love my 70-300 VR, it's waaaaaaay too slow. Unfortunately I can't afford much better than that. About the only fast tele I could really afford (and that would be a stretch and would need me to save up some or blow my entire tax refund check) would be the 105 f/2.8 VR or the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8. Hence why I was lamenting a few posts back that Canon seems to have such a nice selection of fast tele primes that are reasonably priced...
Well, since you mention 3rd party, it's often cheaper than Canon. And while Sigma and Tamron's 70-200/2.8 lenses aren't as good as Canon or Nikon's, they're still pretty nice. You could get the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 non-OS for a reasonable price, especially after selling your 70-300. Something to think about if you like shooting sports.

And tax refunds were made to blow on camera gear!
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Well, since you mention 3rd party, it's often cheaper than Canon. And while Sigma and Tamron's 70-200/2.8 lenses aren't as good as Canon or Nikon's, they're still pretty nice. You could get the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 non-OS for a reasonable price, especially after selling your 70-300. Something to think about if you like shooting sports.

And tax refunds were made to blow on camera gear!
I'm not sure if I'd want to sell my 70-300. Sure, it would be kinda silly to have two long tele zooms, but the 70-300 is so versatile, especially seeing as sports is relatively low on my preferred subject. I can comfortably handhold it down to as low as 1/5 at 300 mm thanks to the VR. Plus, it's nice and compact compared to a 70-200 f/2.8.

However, if I can find a good deal, I might go for a 70-200 of some sort, especially if I end up being elected guardian of tradition for the fraternity, in which case I'd be taking a lot more of these kinds of photos...
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Man, if it weren't for the fact I don't like Canon's ergonomics on the bodies I can afford, I'd strongly consider jumping ship. The lack of affordable, fast primes is really depressing me on Nikon.
Lack of fast primes?
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Let me clarify:

Affordable fast primes that can AF on lower-end bodies.

I mean, most of Canon's primes are USM, whereas most of Nikon's seem to still be screw-drive, and the range of FL seems better on Canon.
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I've been checking stuff out for a while now, and I'm pretty sure I'm getting a D7000. It's the ideal compromise that I wanted between a D300S and a D90. Let's see what kind of employee discount I'll be getting.

Also, I've contemplated getting a Bronica SQ system to mess around with MF a bit. I never shot more than a test roll with my Pentax 645Nii, I sold that sucker way too fast.

Anybody have something laying around?
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Yeah, much as I love my 70-300 VR, it's waaaaaaay too slow. Unfortunately I can't afford much better than that. About the only fast tele I could really afford (and that would be a stretch and would need me to save up some or blow my entire tax refund check) would be the 105 f/2.8 VR or the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8. Hence why I was lamenting a few posts back that Canon seems to have such a nice selection of fast tele primes that are reasonably priced...
You are a college student shooting an intramural soccer game at night and still achieving acceptable/near acceptable results. Realistically, you have to be thankful for what you were able to walk away with. Blowing $700+ dollars on a lens for some 'college moments' that you didn't even play in (or did you?) is not practical. Unless you're a photography major/making money with it otherwise and plan to use the lens for a long time, I would work with what you have.

I have a 75-300mm lens with the same specs as you. Unfortunately, even with all the money in the world, my chances of finding a faster lens of this type is slim to none. However, I don't think that it's 'too slow'. Just accept that at the longer focal lengths of that lens, it's daylight glass.
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Well, I decided that I didn't like any of the photos I took Monday... I just had no good shots it seemed.

However, I uploaded a bunch from last night. I think I got some nice ones.

Anyway, pictures are from my fraternity's (Sigma Nu) IM soccer game against CWRU's chapter of Delta Upsilon. We had like twelve or fifteen guys show up, whereas they just had the minimum needed to play. Even with subs, we couldn't beat them in regulation and lost in penalty kicks 2-1. Better than our past two 2-0 and 6-0 losses, though...

[Photos]

As always, comments and criticism appreciated.
You're doing well with what you have. But like it has been said, is it worth it upgrading to that 70-200mm VR? For me, the answer was yes

If you want cheap, work with the Nikon brand to its strength, try some AI-S glass. Manual focus yes, but you'll get better very quickly. I'd suggest you find a copy of an AI-S 180mm 2.8 - nice glass and decent focusing ring. There are also many AI or AI-S 300mm f4.5 out there which would work quite well and would work better with a monopod. I'd think 180mm is on the short end for a soccer match but ah well, there are compromises everywhere for a night match.
    
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Sports + Manual Focus is all about anticipation. Hell of a lot more fun than just bursting the shutter and throwing away the trash. Well, I'd imagine anyway. I can't exactly speak from experience now can I?


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What looks like someone pasted the business end of a bazooka onto a handheld camera is an actual lens from manufacturer Sigma. For the low price of $29,000, wedding photographers no longer have to actually be at the wedding, and paparazzo can steal shots of celebrity vaginas from 30 blocks away.
While the guy in the above picture jokingly posed with the camera sans tripod, we have to think that anyone who actually owns this thing will mostly be pointing it down at their lap, finally able to offer photographic evidence of the tiny equipment they're clearly compensating for.


Read more: http://www.cracked.com/article_17665...#ixzz12PsNlg2l
I know there's even bigger glass out there, but this is too funny.
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Well, since you mention 3rd party, it's often cheaper than Canon. And while Sigma and Tamron's 70-200/2.8 lenses aren't as good as Canon or Nikon's, they're still pretty nice. You could get the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 non-OS for a reasonable price, especially after selling your 70-300. Something to think about if you like shooting sports.

And tax refunds were made to blow on camera gear!
the tamron and sigma 70-200 are really nice. the tamron i used on a canon 7d was razer sharp but had a noisy AF and with the lack of IS was hard to hand hold at 1/60. i actually liked the tamron over the 70-200/2.8 IS (mk1) due to the much shorter MFD.

and yes tax returns are made to be spent on cameras
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I've got a day off today. Going out to see if I can take any decent macro shots. It's not quite autumn yet over here.
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