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Dec 12, 2020 10:31:53   #
DaleCallan Loc: Davidson, NC
 
Good Morning. I am fairly new to the Hedgehog and look forward to learning more about my passion for photography. Even after 10 years of a lot of photography I have much to learn. I retired this month for a 2nd time after 29 years in federal law enforcement and 15 years running a Forensic Academy for police training at a community college. I also taught college students police photography and after 20Gig or 30,000 photos as a "campus photographer" it is time to move on to one of my favorites, sports photography.

I recently purchased a Nikon Z 6 and a Nikon D500 and love both. I am using a 70-200mm and 100-400mm lens and enjoy both. I have researched for a 300mm prime lens but the F/2.8 lens are big bucks and looking for some advice on options. I have seen some comments on the Nikon 300mm F/4 -new PF model in the $2,000 range and wonder if anyone likes that for sports. I have done basketball, soccer, baseball, wrestling and volleyball but with retirement i may continue with other sports. I am located near Davidson College, Davidson NC so fortunate to be able to see different sports.
I look forward to learning more and viewing any advice from others.

Dale Callan
Davidson NC

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Dec 12, 2020 10:34:12   #
PixelStan77 Loc: Vermont/Chicago
 
DaleCallan wrote:
Good Morning. I am fairly new to the Hedgehog and look forward to learning more about my passion for photography. Even after 10 years of a lot of photography I have much to learn. I retired this month for a 2nd time after 29 years in federal law enforcement and 15 years running a Forensic Academy for police training at a community college. I also taught college students police photography and after 20Gig or 30,000 photos as a "campus photographer" it is time to move on to one of my favorites, sports photography.

I recently purchased a Nikon Z 6 and a Nikon D500 and love both. I am using a 70-200mm and 100-400mm lens and enjoy both. I have researched for a 300mm prime lens but the F/2.8 lens are big bucks and looking for some advice on options. I have seen some comments on the Nikon 300mm F/4 -new PF model in the $2,000 range and wonder if anyone likes that for sports. I have done basketball, soccer, baseball, wrestling and volleyball but with retirement i may continue with other sports. I am located near Davidson College, Davidson NC so fortunate to be able to see different sports.
I look forward to learning more and viewing any advice from others.

Dale Callan
Davidson NC
Good Morning. I am fairly new to the Hedgehog and... (show quote)


Dale, Welcome aboard.The best way to learn is post images and ask questions. Consider the Nikon 200-500 lens.Have a great weekend.Stan

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Dec 12, 2020 10:44:05   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA
 
Welcome to the forum.

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Dec 12, 2020 10:54:26   #
Retired CPO Loc: Travel full time in an RV
 
I agree, take a look at the Nikon 200~500. I get lots of birds in flight with that lens and my Nikon D500. Great camera choice by the way. Love my D500. Welcome aboard!

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Dec 12, 2020 10:58:38   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
Welcome. I shoot with a D850 and a D7200. I have been holding off on a sports lens for the prices to come down some as I need a fast lens for indoor swimming. The 2.8's are out of my budget right now. The 200-500 should do nicely if you have plenty of light when you shoot. Have fun!

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Dec 12, 2020 11:16:09   #
luvmypets Loc: Fayetteville, NC
 
Hello and welcome from Fayetteville, NC!!!

Dodie

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Dec 12, 2020 12:57:40   #
gsmith051 Loc: Fairfield Glade, TN
 
Welcome to the forum Dale.

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Dec 13, 2020 01:28:29   #
Vince68 Loc: Wappingers Falls, NY
 
Welcome to UHH Dale.

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Dec 13, 2020 06:58:20   #
joehel2 Loc: Cherry Hill, NJ
 
Welcome to the forum.

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Dec 13, 2020 09:41:26   #
bobmcculloch Loc: NYC, NY
 
Welcome to the HOG!

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Dec 13, 2020 11:05:05   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Welcome to our forum!

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Dec 13, 2020 13:19:56   #
Earnest Botello Loc: Hockley, Texas
 
Welcome to the Hog, Dale, enjoy.

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Dec 13, 2020 15:09:46   #
joecichjr Loc: Illinois, USA
 
Hey Dale! Time to have some fun strictly for you!

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Dec 13, 2020 18:08:50   #
PAR4DCR Loc: A Sunny Place
 
Welcome to UHH Dale, glad you joined us.
Have fun, learn and enjoy the forum.

Don

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Dec 13, 2020 19:32:20   #
PhotogHobbyist Loc: Bradford, PA
 
DaleCallan wrote:
Good Morning. I am fairly new to the Hedgehog and look forward to learning more about my passion for photography. Even after 10 years of a lot of photography I have much to learn. I retired this month for a 2nd time after 29 years in federal law enforcement and 15 years running a Forensic Academy for police training at a community college. I also taught college students police photography and after 20Gig or 30,000 photos as a "campus photographer" it is time to move on to one of my favorites, sports photography.

I recently purchased a Nikon Z 6 and a Nikon D500 and love both. I am using a 70-200mm and 100-400mm lens and enjoy both. I have researched for a 300mm prime lens but the F/2.8 lens are big bucks and looking for some advice on options. I have seen some comments on the Nikon 300mm F/4 -new PF model in the $2,000 range and wonder if anyone likes that for sports. I have done basketball, soccer, baseball, wrestling and volleyball but with retirement i may continue with other sports. I am located near Davidson College, Davidson NC so fortunate to be able to see different sports.
I look forward to learning more and viewing any advice from others.

Dale Callan
Davidson NC
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Dale, welcome to the forum from a former Federal Prison employee. Twenty-two years in five different institutions and retired in 2001. Hope you are enjoying your retirement.

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