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Feb 23, 2011 20:38 |  #1

I have a 60d with the 18 - 135 lens that came with the kit. I shot a swim meet the other day (from the stands) and I just couldn't get "close" enough. I'm looking to reach out a little further for some good face shots. Any ideas on lenses that would be a good step up in reach? I looked at the 1.4 extender, but it doesn't appear to be compatible with my lens. Maybe a combination of a lens and extender? I'm new to this level of photography. Budget is around $1500. How much more will a 200mm lens give me as opposed to the 135?
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Feb 23, 2011 20:41 |  #2

If you want a lot of reach I would recommend looking at the Canon 100-400 lens. It can be had new for around $1,600 but you can find it used for $1,200.

200mm isn't that much more than 135mm. If the 100-400 is too much money Sigma has a 150-500 OS for around $1000 new I believe.

Also consider 70-300 lenses like the Tamron or Canon. Canon also has a 70-300L but I would honestly rather have the 100-400L at that price.

If you aren't adverse to primes, consider the Canon 300 f4L IS or the Canon 400 f5.6L.

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Feb 23, 2011 20:44 |  #3

What kind of swim meet is it? High school? College? I shoot sports for all the high schools in the area and I've found that they are very welcoming to "serious" photographers shooting close to the pool. With my 1D and 70-200, I find that I get relatively nice framing in most of my shots, from the side of the pool.

You have a 60d, so you'll have even a bit tighter of a crop than me. I'd ask around and see if you can get permission to stand closer to the swimmers, since that will help a ton. Then, I'd take a look at the 70-200 2.8 or 2.8 IS. They are excellent lenses and you certainly won't be disappointed in either of them.


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Feb 23, 2011 22:35 |  #4

what's your budget?...people can spend a lot of your money if you don't give a limit...


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Feb 23, 2011 22:39 |  #5

^^^

what's your budget?...people can spend a lot of your money if you don't give a limit...

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I have a 60d with the 18 - 135 lens that came with the kit. I shot a swim meet the other day (from the stands) and I just couldn't get "close" enough. I'm looking to reach out a little further for some good face shots. Any ideas on lenses that would be a good step up in reach? I looked at the 1.4 extender, but it doesn't appear to be compatible with my lens. Maybe a combination of a lens and extender? I'm new to this level of photography. Budget is around $1500. How much more will a 200mm lens give me as opposed to the 135?
Thanks for the info.

Mark


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Feb 23, 2011 22:44 |  #6

^^totally missed that one...thanks...for that i'd go for a 100-400L probably...but I think it may be a good idea to rent a lens first to see if it works for you


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Feb 23, 2011 22:47 as a reply to  @ DreDaze's post |  #7

Have you tried any other angles? If possible I would try to rent a 100-400L and/or a 70-200 f2.8, and see what focal length is best for the kind of shots you want to capture. Also, is it an outside event, or indoors. You may not need the f2.8 if its outside in good lighting. . .


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Feb 23, 2011 22:48 as a reply to  @ DreDaze's post |  #8

Mark,

I shot this shot with my 70-200mm at 200mm:

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But that was shot right from the side of the pool. If you want to shoot from the stands, 300mm or more is probably what you're looking for. The 300mm f/4 prime is a very nice lens, or as said here before, the 100-400mm is a good candidate for you.

Keep in mind though that pools aren't usually very well lit (unless you meant outdoors), so the larger the aperture you can afford, the better probably.



  
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Feb 23, 2011 23:23 |  #9

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM + best 1.4 TC you can afford.

Not only will it solve your issue with shooting swimmers in the pool it will also just be a really useful lens in general. Everyone who is serious about photography should have a 70-200, and right now if you can't easily afford the new Canon IS II version then the Sigma provides the best bang for your buck.


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Feb 23, 2011 23:50 |  #10

Faster the better, pools have awful lighting. I would go for a Sigma 70-200, as its a pretty solid lens and aperture wise it will get you a lot further than 100-400

I swam for clubs and my school all through junior high and high school, and at all the meets except district and state championships, anyone was allowed on desk with their camera as long as they did not interfere with the timers or judges. They didnt even have to ask. Granted, the rules may vary where you are, but at non-championship meets you shouldnt have a problem


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Feb 23, 2011 23:54 |  #11

I guess it depends on if the pool is indoors/outdoors. A good friend of mine shot an elementary school swim meet w/a rented 70-200 2.8 IS MKI and got some really great images. The 100-400mm will definitely give you the reach but might not be fast enough depending on lighting.

I'd probably go for a 70-200mm 2.8 (pick your flavor MKI/MKII/IS/no-IS) and a Kenko 1.4X telecon for outdoor pools.


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Feb 24, 2011 09:05 |  #12

Indoor meet - you want a 70-200/2.8 and not the 100-400, too slow.


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Feb 24, 2011 09:23 |  #13

used sigma 120-300?


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Feb 24, 2011 09:56 |  #14

Well, why not the new Sigma 120-300/2.8? I think that will be a great lens (with a TC sometimes) for sports.


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Feb 24, 2011 10:37 |  #15

Force wrote in post #11902319 (external link)
How much more will a 200mm lens give me as opposed to the 135?

135mm (actually 131mm)

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200mm
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200mm + 1.4x TC
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