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I am looking for a good amateur telephoto lens for Nikon DSLR. It's main purpose will be sport shots.
Back when I learned photography with film SLR, a fixed focal lens was significantly better than a zoom, and costed less. I took my best shots with a crystal clear Yashica 135mm.
Now I recently bought a Nikon D3100 with two cheap zoom (18-55mm and 55-200mm) and when I came back to the store to upgrade it I only found very wide range zooms (18-200, 70-300, 28-300 and even 18-300 !) I found a few good reviews on these wide range products, but a lot of bad ones too (distortions and soft image if light is not perfect).
I am surprised not to find any 135mm or 200mm around anymore, except as an high end product in the pro shops. So, has the quality of lenses improve so much that a 18-200 or a 70-300 is not a big trade-off anymore ?