Well it's basketball season again and this year I have a Canon EF85mm f1.8 to try out. My son decided to play on his Middle School team this year, so I just had to shoot that as well as his Prep league play later this month.
The 85mm is an interesting lens to shoot Bball with on a crop body. I'm definently shooting from well outside the key on the baseline in most schools. My son's school gym allows me to be closer to the key because of it's deep back walls, but I'm liking the different looks I'm getting with the 85mm.
Last year I shot mostly with wider lenses on my 40D and then finally settling on using the 24-70L. So I'm getting used to not being able to widen out to capture all the action. Having that lens on when my son drove the base line and then put up a Kareem Abdual-Jabar type sky-hook for 2 would have been a better choice. The 85 was just too tight for that from where I was sitting.
And then to my other issue, I'm not a big fan of the ambient light indoor sports shots. I think I can get my strobes up for his last game tomorrow, but for now, the ambient will have to do. I just don't like the high ISO abilities of my camera. Maybe I just need a new body... Hmmmm...
Anyhow, the image I've got so far using the 85mm and ambient.
#1, What a face for such a young dude!
#4, My son shooting one of his 16 points that night.
And now on to the really dark gym game and ISO 3200, ewwwwwww...
So obviously shooting the 40D at ISO 3200 is not advisable and using strobes helps so very much, but is there a noise program out there that can help these images? I've been looking at DeNoise by Topaz Labs, I've tried some of their other products and like them. Any suggestions here.