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Need lens for sports photography!

 
harishmv
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Sep 21, 2011 09:40 |  #1

All,

First would thank all for helping me out with the purchase of Sigma 17-50 OS. Indeed am very happy with the purchase.

Now, i need help for getting a lens for my friend who is interested in sports photography esp. footbal, looking at range of 300mm or more. I have read good reviews about Canon 70-300 IS, are there any other lens in that range (my budget being 500$).

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Sep 21, 2011 10:00 |  #2

70-300 IS would be great as long as the Football is during the day. My opinion is 2.8 needed for night games. I have the 70-200 F4 and when a friend loaned me his 70-200 2.8 for the 2nd half one night... Night and Day difference !!


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Sep 21, 2011 10:29 |  #3

Frankly, our budget doesn't allow for very much in the way of a telephoto. Your 55-250 might serve just about as well as well as anything you'll get for that money, until you can save up some more toward the lens.


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Sep 21, 2011 10:30 |  #4

70-300 would be a good starting lens for daytime sports




  
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Sep 21, 2011 11:18 |  #5

Maybe an old version used Sigma 70-200 f/2.8? They go for right around or a little above 500 and you would get the 2.8 which is vital for sports photography, not just for nighttime photography but also for isolating your subject during the daytime.


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Sep 21, 2011 11:24 |  #6

Here ya go!
Well, you asked! :-)

OOPS! Sorry, I didn't see your budget number.

Canon 300 f/2.8.


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Sep 21, 2011 11:29 |  #7

yea 300 2.8 would be awesome. i wish i had one. but i totally enjoy shooting with the 70-200 mkII such a fantastic lens




  
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Sep 21, 2011 15:30 |  #8

I wish to have too :) 300 f 2.8..wow.. It is amazing.!!!


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Sep 21, 2011 16:59 as a reply to  @ harishmv's post |  #9

With a $500 budget, there isn't anything "great" at 300mm or above. If you could work at the 200mm range, I would recommend the EF 200L /2.8. It's a great lens for sports, fast AF, and is a great bargain as far as L lenses go. Used copies usually run in the $550 range.


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Sep 21, 2011 17:01 |  #10
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This depends on a) the sports and b) how close you are, though I would try go for a fast lens




  
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Sep 21, 2011 18:19 |  #11

I have the 70-300 f4-5.6 and it works great in daysports. I haven't tried night spots but I don't think it will work too well. But here are some shots.

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Sep 21, 2011 19:49 |  #12

Daytime football is not too demanding. Longer focal length is better, ring USM is better. Getting both tends to be expensive.

Night football is very demanding. Basically it is very hard to get high level results without hitting the pricy lenses. Something like a 70-200/2.8 is about the low end of night football and is really not long enough a lot of the time (but can do some things well). Faster than 200mm at f/2.8 is very expensive.


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Sep 21, 2011 20:46 |  #13

Sports images from a Tamron 70-300mm vibration control lens. (external link)

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The Tamron lens works well, and its price falls well within the stated budget.



  
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Sep 21, 2011 21:01 |  #14

DC Fan I have that Tamron lens myself and love it. Great shots!


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Sep 21, 2011 21:13 |  #15

Maybe look for a used Sigma 100-300 f/4. KEH has a new one for $699 and a used one for $665

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Good range and moderately fast and if you need to you can add a 1.4x TC and still get AF.


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