I picked up my first Digital SLR a little over a month ago now as per the spec details in my signiture. So far so good. No regrets with my purchase and slowly but surely I'm getting sucked into this DSLR thing. Even my wife thinks it's not so bad. Already all of my wifes side of the family (it's huge) have nominated me as the family photographer. No pressure hey.
Anyway having played around a bit with the 18-55mm Nikkor kit lense I have come to realise that one obvious and significant limitation of it is it's lack of reach. Added to this is the fact that early next month I am going up to Donnington for the World Series by Renault which features a whole series of race classes including some demos by the Renault F1 team. The 18-55 kit lense just won't get me close enough to the cars on the track.
Hence my immediate task is to find myself a decent telephoto zoom lense to capture the on-track action. Also I am after a lense that will compliment the kit lense that I already own. I do not have a massive budget. I set myself a limit of £350 max. I have spent the last couple of weeks looking into this by reading the forums here and in a couple of magazines. I found a couple of the discussions on this forum very useful.
In the end I have decided to go with the Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED. Warehouse Express seem to be selling this for £330 so I might try and see if my local Jessops store will undercut this or at the least match it. I actually went into a camera store and the staff were kind enough to mount this telephoto zoom lense onto the body of a Nikon D40 which is what I own as I was concerned that perhaps it will be too big or top heavy for my small D40. After picking it up and holding it for about 5 minutes I decided that there was no problem with this and that the size of the lense wouldn't be an issue for me.
So guys, am I making the right decision going with this telephoto zoom as my second lense to compliment my 18-55mm one? Will this lense do the job for things like sport photography such as field hockey, football, along with car and bike autosport events?