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Old    Heeb (heeb_v215)      Join Date: Feb 2007       03-07-2008, 9:37 PM Reply   
Hey guys,
I would like to get some help on what the best setup will be on my Nikon D40 as far as lens and what setting to use for wake boarding shots........Thank you
Old    Itch (fullonsalesgrp)      Join Date: Jan 2004       03-08-2008, 11:35 AM Reply   
Same here but I have the d40x
Old    Phantom (phantom5815)      Join Date: Jul 2002       03-08-2008, 2:27 PM Reply   
http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/87667/548036.html?1203734733

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Old     (fogey)      Join Date: Mar 2002       03-08-2008, 8:23 PM Reply   
Remember that with the sensor size in D40/D40x, the effective focal length is 50% greater than the nominal focal length.

That said, the advice I've received on this board for my D40x is that a 200mm lens is more than enough for shooting wakeboard shots.

The two Nikon AF-S zoom lenses I looked at are the 55-200 (effectively 82-300) and the 18-200 (effectively 27-300). Both have vibration reduction, but that's not important when the object is moving such as in boarding shots.

The 18-200 is a little faster, but it costs a LOT more than the 55-200. Also, some owners have complained of lens creep, but not everyone. So, I got the 55-200. I can't wait to try it out.
Old    Heeb (heeb_v215)      Join Date: Feb 2007       03-08-2008, 10:17 PM Reply   
Thank you for the advise , I have the 55-200vr already ,was just wondering if that was enough. Or do I need the 70 to 300 vr ?? thanks
Old     (fogey)      Join Date: Mar 2002       03-09-2008, 6:28 AM Reply   
After listening to the guys here, I went with the 55-200 because the 70-300 seemed like overkill. We'll soon see how well it works for me.
Old    Bakes (bakes5)      Join Date: Aug 2006       03-09-2008, 8:03 AM Reply   
70-300 is a great lens for the money. You will like the extra reach the 300mm gives you. Maybe not for wakeboard shots, but sooner or later you are going to try and shoot something a little further away.

If I were picking a lens in this class I would go

1) 18-200VR -- Great 1 lens solution. Has some small issues that the "experts" don't like.
2) 70-300VR -- Great lens. Better image quality than the 18-200. Only reason it is #2 is that you lose the wide end which means you need 2 lenses
3) 55-200VR -- Fine lens. No wide angle. No 300mm


Once you start being limited by these lenses you can step up to the 17-55 and the 70-200VR lenses

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