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    Default Taking pictures at the Allstate Arena

    I have never been at the Allstate Arena but I'm going soon for an event and would like to bring my Nikon D3000 there..

    If you've been there and know approx. how far away from the actual event the upper floor is, what lens would be best for taking best pictures ?

    I currently have the standard 18-55mm Nikon lens.

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    a wide angle probably wont do you much good other than very wide shots. I'm sure nikon offers a cheap 75-300 or something similar like canon if you just want the reach. Faster glass with VR would also help but thats big $$

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertG35 View Post
    what lens would be best for taking best pictures ?

    http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/04...&minorcatid=27

    Best? Do you have $2k to blow? You'd definitely want a zoom with at least f4 at 300mm. I don't know anything about Nikons, you can probably get some ok shots with f5.6 if your ISO is real high, the shots will be grainy, but visible at least.

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    The cheap route would be the 55-200mm lens but its not really fast and cranking up the iso is a must. If you are willing to spend $1500+, I would say get the 70-200mm f2.8
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    ^^
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    Upper floor is pretty far from the stage. At least go in with a 200 mm, 300, if you can.
    Borrowlenses.com may help

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    Thanks for all the replies guys, i have a friend who will borrow me his 200mm lens.
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    you always can rent - about 25- 45 bucks a day!
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    I was just there this past week. You'll want a 200+ range of zoom maximum from the upper level.

    75-300 would suffice. I can't say how the lighting will be during the event as i was shooting with it fully lit. But I think a WWE event would be pretty well lit for the most part.

    stukie's idea of renting is a good one if you don't want to have to drop for a lens (and you can rent a significantly better one). I've ordered from Lensgiant.com in the past and have nothing but great things to say about them. Just try to reserve about a week in advance.

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    used nikkor 70-300 is around a buck 50.

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    I was there last week as well, and had a chat with management.. make sure that you have a permit to shoot there, if you are going to see a show.

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