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Feb 15, 2011 11:15 |  #16

To be honest I like the angle of the 85 better... On occasion I like the wide angle look of the 50, but I am a tight cropper by nature so I like the look of the shots with the 85 better...


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Feb 15, 2011 12:46 |  #17

superdiver wrote in post #11847840external link
To be honest I like the angle of the 85 better...

I tend to agree. Plus, I'm shooting kids basketball, and I can say for certain that the parents prefer to see the kids faces up close.



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Feb 15, 2011 13:35 |  #18

superdiver wrote in post #11847840external link
To be honest I like the angle of the 85 better... On occasion I like the wide angle look of the 50, but I am a tight cropper by nature so I like the look of the shots with the 85 better...

I do as well. That's why the 50mm stays in the bag during basketball games and the 85mm gets the work! I prefer the tighter crops and closer faces any day. Plus, the better BG makes the 85 the complete no brainer.

OTOH, I don't get many shots of flying layups with knees bent and both shoes in the shot and two defenders off the ground going for the block, either!

Trade-offs, trade-offs.

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Feb 15, 2011 13:37 |  #19

snyderman wrote in post #11848573external link
Plus, the better BG makes the 85 the complete no brainer.

Good point. Forgot about that.



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Mar 05, 2011 15:53 as a reply to SoundsGood's post |  #20

I've just shot 3 games in a USSSA tourney this morning. The 85 was fine... except for when a winning team wanted a team shot. I backed up as far as the small gym would allow, but still had to take 3 panning shots to get everybody in.

So... I'll probably add a 28 or 30... when I can get the money saved-up.

I'm still extremely impressed with the 85's AF with spot focus; I can shoot almost like a P&S camera, and the pics are just great! In this small dark gym I used Tv, 1/800, ISO 1600-3200. Every shot was crystal clear - the only misses I had were due to the fast action; and the lighting only needed slight adjustment on ~ 20% of the shots.


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Mar 06, 2011 07:14 as a reply to post 11847721 |  #21

Light quality (even more than quantity) is becoming a limiting factor in these images.

The jaundiced skin tones are problematic.


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Mar 06, 2011 08:39 |  #22

I tried an expo disc in a middle shchool gym a few weeks back - my picks were yellowish on skin also. When I looked at the saved expodisc shot, it appeared a tan color. I went back to AWB and was much better off. Next game I used a coffee filter and that was even better.


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Dec 31, 2017 14:39 |  #23

As an update, in my last post I was using my old 40D, now I have a "new to me" 7D II and it works the 50 1.4 just fine, in fact at this last weekends tourney I switched over to it form the 85 and never went back! Nearly as many keepers focus wise, but many more keepers composition wise. I tend to like full body shots and it totally delivered in that respect. I do think the 85 1.8 is a little sharper maybe, but since I don't publish, or print for the most part over 8x10 and just regular people buy my photos, no one can tell the difference...

Now I am wondering if upgrading to a 50 1.4L would be a noticeable difference? see what i did right there... i justified a new lens... thats photoing at the next level right there.... LOL

wish i could figure out how to post pictures on here... just saying, cuz I like being embarrassed at my poor quality compared to everyone else here... purely amazing stuff on here!


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Jan 14, 2018 20:10 |  #24

I shoot with the 50mm f1.2 and love it for under the net. That along with the 70-200 do quite well for coverage for me.

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Jan 14, 2018 20:58 |  #25

ChrisK10 wrote in post #11782590 (external link)
I shot w/ my 70-200 last year and felt like I got far more keepers than I did w/ the 50 1.4. I liked being able to be under the basket, but I still found myself sitting off to one side in order to get faces in the shot.

The 50 just won't focus fast enough for the fast action, for the peak of action perhaps. The 70-200 has a superior AF system over the 50.

Don't be afraid to raise your ISO to stop the action a bit more too. There are settings and ways to process the noise out.

ISO 6400 as an example...

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