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Jrzyphoto
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Im looking to either get a 60D or 7D. I need help with what Lenses i should worry about getting for all sports indoor and outdoor

Post #1, Feb 19, 2012 19:59:32


60D, 50mm f/1.8, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6, 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6

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*all* sports? That's a pretty huge list - care to narrow it down at all?

Post #2, Feb 19, 2012 21:05:10


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Jrzyphoto wrote in post #13926675external link
Im looking to either get a 60D or 7D. I need help with what Lenses i should worry about getting for all sports indoor and outdoor

Typically, sports photographers use lenses with focal lengths ranging from 18mm to 600mm. Many photographers use a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens as their basic coverage lens, which can generate images such as these.

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However, a lens such as this, no matter how useful, only begins what a hard-core sports shooter will use. Your equipment decision depends on money, since a single lens can cost US $10,000.

More importantly, before buying equipment, you need experience at sports photography, which is something that can not be purchased, rented or downloaded. A newcomer should be more interested in finding places to get experience than in getting equipment.

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I tinkered around with a few lenses till I settled on 24-70 and 300mm

I use the 24-70 for T&I shots as well as small area sports like MMA and Boxing act.
The 300mm 2.8 is my action lens (hockey, football, soccer)

I don't usually do to many Gym sports but if and when the time come ill go for a quick prime.

50mm or 85mm L

Post #4, Feb 20, 2012 02:44:17 as a reply to DC Fan's post 5 hours earlier.


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Hello to all,

Get a 24-70 2.8, 70-200 2.8, 300mm 2.8 & some primes... 85 1.8 & the 135 F2.. and something very wide..10-22mm..???
then you are almost done... make more $$$ buy more gear....lol

have fun,
Joe

Post #5, Feb 20, 2012 17:27:49


A lot of Canon gear=300D, 40D, 50D, 7D & 1Dmkiii, some studio gear, WL x1600 etc.
Two Bronica MF outfit too! 'Old School'
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I primarily use an 85 1.8, 70-200 2.8 IS & 300mm 2.8 IS & 1.4 TC when applicable.
Enjoy, shooting sports can be very rewarding

Post #6, Feb 20, 2012 17:45:50


Canon 1DX, 1D IV, 50mm 1.2, 24-70 2.8, 85mm 1.8, 400mm 2.8 IS, 24-105, 70-200 2.8 IS, 1.4TCII, 2xTCII

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85 1.8 is my go-to lens for indoor stuff, my 70-200 for outdoor, and looking at getting an Extender for longer reach outdoors.

Post #7, Feb 20, 2012 22:14:56 as a reply to chrisbergmann's post 4 hours earlier.


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If I had to choose 3 lenses I could cover just about anything with, it would be the 16-35, 70-200 2.8 and 300 2.8. You can cover just about anything with those three. There are some who would say you need a 400 or 600 for football but I know guys who have covered NFL for years with nothing longer than a 300mm.

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