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Sep 24, 2010 21:23 |  #1

Anyone have any suggestions on a good lens for indoor HS basketball? The lenses i have are in my sig. Ive searched around the forum for various posts but couldnt find what i was looking for or what pertained to me.

I am looking for something under 700$

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Sep 24, 2010 21:47 |  #2

I see you have the Tamron 70-200 F/2.8. I tried it out before buying the Sigma version, which is way better for sports with it's HSM drive.
I have shot in lots of high school and college gyms in my area and the lighting varies from decent (f/2.8 ISO 1600 1/250 sec) to horrible (f/2.8 ISO 3200 1/30 sec).
My personal opinion would be to suggest either the Canon 85 f/1.8, Canon 100 f/2 or Canon 135L f/2 used for roughly $800-$850.


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Sep 24, 2010 22:00 |  #3

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Canon 85 f/1.8 is suitable for u .

Yep, 85 1.8 for me, too. It's my go-to basketball lens.


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Sep 24, 2010 22:05 |  #4

85 1.8 is best, although im also partial to the 135 2.0.

Ive found that 1/250 is still not enough for stopping basketball motion, unless youre just shooting guys taking free throws.

1/400 is enough, 1/500 being optimal. I'd rather max out the iso and aperture while keeping the shutter at 1/500 (thereby slightly underexposing) than get motion blur at the appropriate exposure. I just push it up in post, followed by a helping of noise ninja.


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Sep 24, 2010 22:15 |  #5

so 85mm wont be too much range? ive never shot basketball before but im picturing the players being under the net and 85mm being too close especially with the crop factor on the 7d


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Sep 24, 2010 22:25 |  #6

85mm is too much for really tight, around the basket shots if you have court access. It's great from the 3-point line and baseline areas but inside the paint, it's from the waist up only. You can still get great shots, but just not full body.

Another lens is the 50mm f/1.4. Much better if you like hanging on the near the baseline and sideline. It's another 'go-to' for shooting inside your typical 'not-so-well-lit HS gyms.

I have both 85 f/1.8 and the 50 f/1.4 and also like to use the 135 f/2 for taking crowd shots, coach/sideline shots and cheerleader shots. For action, it's the 85mm MOST of the time. I'll switch up the 50mm, but it's the 85mm 90% of the time.

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Sep 24, 2010 22:27 |  #7

thanks dave, i will look into the 50mm also. I do have court access so the 50mm may be to my advantage


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Sep 24, 2010 23:07 |  #8

Dpends on the shots you want. 50 1.4, 85 1.8, 100 2, 135L

I would start with the 85 and see how that works out for you.


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Sep 25, 2010 17:50 |  #9

emdzey01 wrote in post #10973765 (external link)
85 1.8 is best, although im also partial to the 135 2.0.

Ive found that 1/250 is still not enough for stopping basketball motion, unless youre just shooting guys taking free throws.

1/400 is enough, 1/500 being optimal. I'd rather max out the iso and aperture while keeping the shutter at 1/500 (thereby slightly underexposing) than get motion blur at the appropriate exposure. I just push it up in post, followed by a helping of noise ninja.

+1 for both lenses IMHO, but it depends on where you plan to shoot from. As far as "stopping basketball motion" goes, I'm usually around at least 1/400 or 1/500, but that is at collegiate level. Might be able to get away with less as speed of the game decreases (i.e. high school, elementary school, etc).

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Sep 25, 2010 18:22 |  #10

snyderman wrote in post #10973853 (external link)
85mm is too much for really tight, around the basket shots if you have court access. It's great from the 3-point line and baseline areas but inside the paint, it's from the waist up only. You can still get great shots, but just not full body.

Another lens is the 50mm f/1.4. Much better if you like hanging on the near the baseline and sideline. It's another 'go-to' for shooting inside your typical 'not-so-well-lit HS gyms.

I have both 85 f/1.8 and the 50 f/1.4 and also like to use the 135 f/2 for taking crowd shots, coach/sideline shots and cheerleader shots. For action, it's the 85mm MOST of the time. I'll switch up the 50mm, but it's the 85mm 90% of the time.

dave

Good points Dave. Another way to look at it is 50mm for post players and 85 for guards.

I have the 50 1.4 and 135L combo, so we'll see how that works out for me when basketball season starts at my college. I'll have court access so it'll be exciting ;)


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Sep 26, 2010 00:02 as a reply to  @ Staszek's post |  #11

On a budget, the 85mm is a fantastic basketball lens. I used it with my 30D and 7D before saving up for the 70-200 and it was very good. Primes are a little limiting but 85 is good for most basketball shots. (I shot from behind and about 10-15 feet to the right of the basket.)

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In my case, for a college level team, the 70-200 f/4 also was usable but this may not be true in a HS gym. If price was no option I prefer the 70-200 f/2.8 for its versatility.

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Sep 26, 2010 01:25 |  #12

Great capture Tim!


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Sep 26, 2010 20:28 |  #13

I used the 70-200 2.8 on a 40d yesterday and I was in 70-135 range for most shots. I say the 85mm would be the perfect length for a crop.

I used 1/180 and 1/250 ISO1000 2.8, some shots are sharp, some shots are blurry and I did find the 40d autofocus to be very limiting. Need a 1D badly. :lol:




  
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Sep 27, 2010 10:56 |  #14

taxsux wrote in post #10983231 (external link)
I used 1/180 and 1/250 ISO1000 2.8, some shots are sharp, some shots are blurry and I did find the 40d autofocus to be very limiting. Need a 1D badly. :lol:


I think some of your blurry shots may be because your shutter speed is too low. You usually need 1/500 or faster to freeze action, and I often use 1/850 or 1/1000 to really prevent motion blur.


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Sep 27, 2010 11:43 |  #15

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