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JamieMc83
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Dec 13, 2011 13:48 |  #1

I am looking for a super fast lens to use when shooting horse shows in poorly lit indoor arenas. Now I am a big fan of fixed lenses but I am aware that zooms will probably be a better choice here.

I used to shoot horse shows a few years back but am recently getting back into the market.


Oh I use a Canon Rebel T2i. And in the past I have used only Canon lenses, however I have heard good things about sigma but never used them before.


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Dec 13, 2011 13:51 |  #2

If budget is no issue, go find a lovingly used EF 200mm f/1.8 and don't look back.


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Dec 13, 2011 13:52 |  #3

If you want zooms, the pair to get are:
70-200 f/2.8L IS II
24-70 f/2.8L

I can't image that for an indoor horse show you will need more than 200mm.


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Dec 13, 2011 13:58 |  #4

Noooo LOL
I used the 28-135 IS last time I worked as the OP at Horse Shows.
Rarely ever went over 100mm. Mainly bc the 28-135 got soft after 100.


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Dec 13, 2011 13:59 |  #5

hairy_moth wrote in post #13538943 (external link)
If you want zooms, the pair to get are:
70-200 f/2.8L IS II

I can't image that for an indoor horse show you will need more than 200mm.

Will definitely look into that one!
Tho I'd love to be able to get something under 70mm but like the idea of being able to go up to 200mm if needed.


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Dec 13, 2011 14:00 |  #6

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #13538932 (external link)
If budget is no issue, go find a lovingly used EF 200mm f/1.8 and don't look back.

That would be like 320mm on a 1.6 crop.


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Dec 13, 2011 14:01 |  #7

My 55-250 IS would be fantastic but it's not fast enough for my taste.


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Dec 13, 2011 14:08 |  #8

JamieMc83 wrote in post #13538991 (external link)
That would be like 320mm on a 1.6 crop.

@ f/1.8...

You gave no indication of shooting distances involved so I went for Reach + Speed.


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Dec 13, 2011 14:13 |  #9

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #13539027 (external link)
@ f/1.8...

You gave no indication of shooting distances involved so I went for Reach + Speed.

Sorry figured most new what Horse Show Arenas look like.
And yes I did mention that I use a 1.6x crop sensor camera.


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Dec 13, 2011 14:16 |  #10

85 1.8, 50 1.4, 24-70 2.8....




  
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Dec 13, 2011 14:18 |  #11

JamieMc83 wrote in post #13539057 (external link)
Sorry figured most new what Horse Show Arenas look like.
And yes I did mention that I use a 1.6x crop sensor camera.

I know what jumping arenas look like as well as rodeos, barrel racing, dressage and cutting events.

You didn't bother to say that you're shooting from the arena floor right next to the horses so I figured you'd need some moderate reach.

Done here. Best of luck... :rolleyes:


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Dec 13, 2011 14:22 as a reply to  @ FlyingPhotog's post |  #12

Check out the link, but for indoors, f2.8 a minimum, probably would recommend faster glass (f2, f1.8), but you'll need to know how far away you are from the subjects you want to photograph to have a real idea of what lens you want, but personally I would pick a prime over a zoom, especially for indoor action shots, but friends who do a lot of indoor sports photography use the 100mm f2, 135mm f2 lenses or if they had the budget the 200mm f2

http://www.the-digital-picture.com …n-Indoor-Sports-Lens.aspx (external link)


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Dec 13, 2011 14:23 |  #13

gonzogolf wrote in post #13539081 (external link)
85 1.8, 50 1.4, 24-70 2.8....


I was looking at Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens


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Dec 13, 2011 14:26 |  #14

pete.rush wrote in post #13539119 (external link)
Check out the link, but for indoors, f2.8 a minimum, probably would recommend faster glass (f2, f1.8), but you'll need to know how far away you are from the subjects you want to photograph to have a real idea of what lens you want, but personally I would pick a prime over a zoom, especially for indoor action shots, but friends who do a lot of indoor sports photography use the 100mm f2, 135mm f2 lenses or if they had the budget the 200mm f2

http://www.the-digital-picture.com …n-Indoor-Sports-Lens.aspx (external link)

The 200mm would be good if I used FF but I use a 1.6, so it would be over 300mm on my camera.

These horses will be 7 - 8 feet away from me. And in some smaller arenas they will be as close as 4 feet away.


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Dec 13, 2011 14:27 |  #15

JamieMc83 wrote in post #13539124 (external link)
I was looking at Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens

Thats reportedly a great lens. Provided they dont have the same focusing issues that the 50's do, I would want to know how quickly they focus. The canon 1.8 is sharp and fast focusing.




  
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