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| p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Is Nikkor 180mm 2.8 by best choice for Hockey/Figure Skating on the cheap? |
I don't think it's going to AF on his NEX, anyway, ssnap.
Depending on where you're shooting from, the 180 would be good. However, I think you're setting yourself up for some frustration shooting that long a tele. Are you not going to be able to shoot games from the glass? If you can, I'd go for a fast 50ish. The Rokkor 58/1.2 would be a good choice, since it's sharper at 1.2 then most 50/1.4s are wide open, but you have to be willing to MF your way through a hockey game, which is not a simple task. You might want to consider the 50/1.8, which is fairly snappy AF-wise and is stabilized, which could help with some cool tracking shots. But either of those will result in a great focal length for capturing action in front of the net from anywhere in the zone along the boards. End-to-end, I wouldn't look for something much longer than 135. It's easier to hand-hold, faster to focus, greater depth at f/2.8 and you'll run less chance of losing sight of the game. It's better to have to crop a little than not have enough space in your frame. Good MF 135's are fairly easy to find and typically pretty cheap. I'd go with Minolta or the E55 Leica R (prices may have gone up to silly levels on the Leica, but it was one of the good bargains in the line at one time). They tend to play better with the crappy ice arena lighting than the MF Nikons.
Just my two cents. As for figure skating... well, good luck with that.