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Best Basketball Lens?

 
snegron
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Dec 18, 2015 20:57 |  #1

Curious to know what the recommendations are for the best all around basketball lens. I am currently using a 7DM2 and I'm looking for a good all around lens to shoot basketball.

I have read different opinions regarding the best focal length (some swear by a prime 35mm on a cropped sensor to get shots under the net).

I would preffer to go with a zoom only because the fast pace of the players would make it impossible for me to keep up with a semi wide prime lens.

Any suggestions?




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Dec 18, 2015 21:05 |  #2

70-200




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Dec 18, 2015 21:44 |  #3

I haven't shot basketball yet but should have the opportunity this Sunday. I will be using my 7d2 with a 70-200. If you have a second body I can see having a 24-70 or other wider lens for closer action and under the net shots.


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Dec 18, 2015 21:47 |  #4

Might be too short but the Sigma 18-35 1.8 might work if you are courtside.

I know I've heard of people using the 85 1.8

24-70 F2.8 is likely another court side choice

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Dec 18, 2015 22:56 |  #5

My most used lens is a 70-200 but I put it on a full frame body. When I put it on a crop body I find it a little tight for under the basket so I'd say a 24-70 would be better on a 7DII though you may want to switch to the 70-200 for a while for a different perspective.


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Dec 18, 2015 23:06 |  #6

Yes, the 70-200 is a bit tight on a cropped body, but it's probably still the best choice. I have found the 24-105 to be a better second choice than the 24-70.




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Dec 19, 2015 07:23 |  #7

I've used a 24-70/2.8L on a 1.3X body before, and I currently use a 70-200/2.8 IS II on a 5D3 and a 1D4 now for the most part.

The 70-200 range is nearly perfect on FF, and just a little tight on 1.3X especially if there is not a ton of room behind the baseline. If this describes your courts and you will be sticking with 1.6X then I would recommend the 24-70/2.8 II.

Here are a couple examples to start, these are both from along the baseline with a 1.3X sensor. In the first image (an away game) that court has a deep area behind the baseline and I would work the 70-200 no problem (this shot is at 80mm). The second shot is at home, the gym is tight to the wall and the 24-70 was a better choice (this shot was at 60mm). You would especially not like being stuck at 70mm on 1.6X in that gym.

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Dec 19, 2015 07:30 |  #8

One final note, if you do go for the 24-70, you will find it a bit short for guard play out beyond the three-point line. In the end I think it is a little tough to find the 'perfect' single zoom for basketball with either 1.3X or 1.6X. There used to be a Sigma 50-150/2.8 that struck me as about the idea zoom range, but I don't know if the AF performance of that lens was up to the challenge.

Here's some longer reach stuff which is where you will find the 24-70 to be too short.

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Dec 19, 2015 07:52 as a reply to JeffreyG's post |  #9

Thanks for feedback. Awesome images!

The courts I will be shooting at are tight regarding space. I hadn't thought about a 70-200 as I was thinking of standing closer near the net. Rethinking the layout of the court now I can see how a 70-200 can be effective. Thanks!




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Dec 20, 2015 12:30 |  #10

bpalermini wrote in post #17824338 (external link)
My most used lens is a 70-200 but I put it on a full frame body. When I put it on a crop body I find it a little tight for under the basket so I'd say a 24-70 would be better on a 7DII though you may want to switch to the 70-200 for a while for a different perspective.


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Dec 21, 2015 11:27 as a reply to Jelloneck's post |  #11

I use both of these on crop camera and generally prefer the 24-70 for action under the net. Has anyone tried going with an ultra wide.


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Dec 24, 2015 00:04 |  #12

kermit4u wrote in post #17827038 (external link)
I use both of these on crop camera and generally prefer the 24-70 for action under the net. Has anyone tried going with an ultra wide.

Yes, one time and that was enough. Too wide for anything other than a shot or two. Not worth the trouble to carry it.


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Dec 24, 2015 06:59 |  #13

I take the 16-35 along to games sometimes. It's useless for action, I've never gotten a worthwhile action shot in basketball with anything wider than 35mm.

I do shoot the bench with the UWA. The shots are not especially exciting, but coaches like to have a shot or two that they are in.

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Dec 24, 2015 09:27 as a reply to Craign's post |  #14

thank you, makes sense


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Dec 24, 2015 15:02 |  #15

kermit4u wrote in post #17827038 (external link)
I use both of these on crop camera and generally prefer the 24-70 for action under the net. Has anyone tried going with an ultra wide.


Here's a shot at 35mm taken with the 24-70mm Canon on a full frame camera body. It would be hard to imagine needing much wider than this:

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