View Full Version : EF 100 mm f/2 USM For Sports?
21st of November 2006 (Tue), 22:38
Has anyone tried this one? I seem to have problems sometimes with the 1.8 50 and 85mm lenses. Maybe f/2 won't be as tight but is 100mm too much for gym sports like basketball and volleyball? NOt sure if anyone ahs tried this?
22nd of November 2006 (Wed), 05:03
22nd of November 2006 (Wed), 05:57
I like it for indoor sports. I find it's a nicer lens than the 85mm, it's not quite so keen to purple fringe around areas of extreme contrast and it's AF is just as fast and accurate as the 85mm. (I have both, BTW). As to focal length, I couldn't say. Only you can judge how far you're going to be from your subject.
22nd of November 2006 (Wed), 06:02
When I had it, I did some indoor basketball shots and I thought it was a bit too long. I was standing right on the sideline though, so if you are shooting from the stands, then I guess it would be perfect.
22nd of November 2006 (Wed), 06:07
You don't say which body you have. (camera I mean). If it's a crop then the 100mm will effectively be 160mm. Depending on where you will be (floor or stands) it might be a bit long, although you would be able to isolate the action. On FF I'd think it would be ok. Having one lens is always a compromise, however. When Canon came out with the 50 f1.0 years ago, they posted a spread using it at a basketball game. Shooter was right on the line behind the backboard, though. Obviously this was FF film as well.
22nd of November 2006 (Wed), 06:23
It's excellent for indoor sports of any kind. I use it and the 85 1.8 on my XT. For basketball, I move around a lot (if I can) and the 100 F2.0 is an outstanding performer.
A lot depends on what kind of shots you are after and where you are positioned. If you are under the basket it's tight if you're looking for action under the basket. If you are sidleines or mid-court it's great (although you will get a different perspective of the action). From the stands, it's perfect (of course, with an entirely different perspective of the action).
It all depends on what type of action you want to capture.
In my experiences it's hard to beat the 85 1.8 and the 100 2.0 for indoor sports of any kind. Just my opinion.
22nd of November 2006 (Wed), 06:35
I like it as well. I think the 100 F2 is one of Canon's most underrated lenses
22nd of November 2006 (Wed), 19:41
I have access to be on the sidelines of highschool and college games and below like grades 1-8. I use a Canon 10D and 30D with the 50 1.8. I wanted to get a 2nd lens for my 2nd camera to ahve both.. I'm just not sure of the 200 being to tight for those indoor sports when i'm on the sidlines. I like tight photos but not too tight. Anyone have any samples with their lenses? Thanks for all the help guys this is why i love this fourm.
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