The 70-300mm is good value for money and a good start until finances allow the purchase of the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF lens. The photos need quite a bit of post processing to get them accepted in comparison as well. The 70-200mm is brilliant for a variety of other photo situations too and I have used it for school football(Rugby) matches, a birthday celebration and some nature photography too. Email me through A.net contact and I can send some samples. Also check my photos on A.net for samples of both lenses as they are listed in the remarks field.