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    Fast low-light lense?

    All, Been away for quite a while and unfortunately need some assistance as I get back in to digital photography.
    I'm looking for a fast low light zoom lens... or at least that is what I think I need.

    My oldest daughter competes on an Elite Cheer Team and the environment the competitions are held are not conducive to the two kit lenses I own: AF-S Nikkor 55-300 1:4.5-5.6 and 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6.

    The stages are often dark background with bright lighting with 'fast moving' targets (cheerleaders).

    Am I even offering enough information that would allow someone to help/make a lens recommendation?
    What other info would be needed (Camera is a Nikon 5100)

    I'm at a loss with this one, but I know that I've run through all the various settings, and modes and the pictures are blurry(motion blur).

    Any help is greatly appreciated!

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    Re: Fast low-light lense?

    How high will the iso go and still be acceptable quality wise ?
    Each double of iso is same as a faster f-stop click.

    Brute force fix, a full frame body and F/4 24-120 will do the job. Probably get it used for $1200 upgrade to your current kit.
    Last edited by Texas; 11-07-2019 at 11:33 PM.
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    Re: Fast low-light lense?

    2.8 is the aperture you should be looking for. Either Nikkor, Tamron 70-200 2.8 are workhorses of lenses when it comes to indoor or outdoor sporting events.
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    Re: Fast low-light lense?

    Welcome back!
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    Re: Fast low-light lense?

    Zooms with an aperture of f/2.8 should work well although they can be pricey. Another option would be a prime such as a 50mm f/1.8 or 85mm f/1.8 although these lenses do not tend to include any type of VR.
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