Question by Cincy G: What is the best digital camera handheld setup for wildlife and sports photography?
What is the best handheld portable setup for digital camera for telephoto wildlife and sports photography, without having to get a huge lens which requires tripod. I am guessing 70-200mm 2.8, and for extra reach add a 1.7 teleconverter? I am not sure what else I can do other than paying 6500 dollars for the next steup up which is 200-400mm. Using Nikon D80
Answer by Mere Mortal
At the wildlife photography contest in the Smithsonian I noticed a large percentage of photographers were using the Nikon D2x.
However, that was over a year ago. I suspect many have moved to the Nikon D3 or D3s by now. Both well regarded for build quality, low noise and a very responsive performance. No first hand knowledge though, unfortunately.
Regarding the lens, it seems that reach is important to you. Around 350mm based on your converter choice. I would not mess with a zoom for doing wildlife. I have a prime Nikon 300mm f/4D and it is outstanding. Amazing crisp contrast and excellent color fidelity.
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