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Could I get away with the 24-105mm for shooting my son's sporting events?

 
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Mar 10, 2012 13:17 |  #1

Looking for my next general purpose lens and I think I'd like the 24-105 but my son is about to start getting into sports like soccer, T-ball, etc. Would this lens be ok or would I be better off with the 70-200 f/4 IS L? Also I live next to the beach so a good beach camera is also important. Thanks.




  
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Mar 10, 2012 13:31 |  #2

Kind of depends. Is it going to be outdoors only? How old is he? How close can you get? What camera do you have (crop sensor or FF)?


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Mar 10, 2012 13:58 |  #3

armis wrote in post #14062719 (external link)
Kind of depends. Is it going to be outdoors only? How old is he? How close can you get? What camera do you have (crop sensor or FF)?

Sorry for the lack of info. It will not be outdoors only. He's about to be 4 and I'll be able to get fairly close. I have a T3i. I also have the kit lens and a 50mm 1.8. I really like the 50mm for shots around my house. I'm just looking for a more general purpose lens I could use for his games and also for shots on the beach.




  
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Mar 10, 2012 14:15 |  #4

105mm is a little limiting for sports. I would get the 70-200 if I were you.


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Mar 10, 2012 14:16 |  #5

Billginthekeys wrote in post #14062877 (external link)
105mm is a little limiting for sports. I would get the 70-200 if I were you.

Thanks for your input.




  
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Mar 10, 2012 14:17 |  #6

bu75 wrote in post #14062880 (external link)
Thanks for your input.

Maybe you could sell the kit lens and get an EF-S 15-85 IS and 70-200 F4 non-IS for about the same money as the 70-200 F4 IS. Then you would have a nice wide to standard/short telephoto, and a good telephoto for field sports. The 50 1.8 will work okay for indoor sports.


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Mar 10, 2012 14:19 |  #7

Billginthekeys wrote in post #14062884 (external link)
Maybe you could sell the kit lens and get an EF-S 15-85 IS and 70-200 F4 non-IS for about the same money as the 70-200 F4 IS. Then you would have a nice wide to standard/short telephoto, and a good telephoto for field sports. The 50 1.8 will work okay for indoor sports.

That's an idea. Thanks again.




  
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Mar 10, 2012 16:11 |  #8

The 24-105 is a wonderful lens. It is my general purpose/walkaround lens and highly recommend for anyone considering buying a lens for that purpose. I do not recommend it for sports, even youth sports where the fields are not very large.

I have found my 70-200mm lens to be fine for infield T-ball and Little League. It is too short for outfield shots. I hope to know how it works for U4 soccer next weekend when local play begins.

The previous recommendation to get an EF-S 15-85 IS and 70-200 F4 non-IS looks good to me based on focal length and reviews. I have never used either. You should not have any problem with an f/4.0 lens for daytime sports. I made sure IS was on last night when photographing the moon and that is one of the few times it has ever seemed important. The non-IS lens is smaller and cheaper.

I usually recommend shutter speeds higher than most people. This is a great thread on the importance of shutter speeds that are higher than "normally" recommended:

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/....php?​t=1158272

The players in that thread are much older than your child but the information is something to remember. The extremities move much faster than the torso. Blurred fingers and/or feet do nothing to help a photo.


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Mar 10, 2012 17:42 |  #9

for the small fields it'll probably work out...but start saving for something longer as you'll probably need some more reach when he gets older...

a cheap good daylight lens is the 55-250IS if you find yourself wanting more reach, and it's only like $180


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Mar 10, 2012 18:09 |  #10

Get the 70-200 or the 70-300L. Both would be great outdoors. F/4 will be limiting indoors.


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Mar 10, 2012 19:12 |  #11

DreDaze wrote in post #14063797 (external link)
for the small fields it'll probably work out...but start saving for something longer as you'll probably need some more reach when he gets older...

a cheap good daylight lens is the 55-250IS if you find yourself wanting more reach, and it's only like $180

I'll agree, start saving, as the kids get older the fields get longer!
In the meantime you can get good outdoor sports pics with the 55-250IS which is often on sale for $150




  
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Mar 10, 2012 19:20 |  #12

24-105 is NOT enough for sports. 70-200 f/4 (either IS or non-IS) is the minimum equipment. For outdoor sports, the 70-200 f/1.8 non-IS is better than the f/4 IS

For outdoor HS sports, I use a 70-200 f/2.8 with 1.4 TC and find it is often not enough magnification.


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Mar 10, 2012 19:36 |  #13

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24-105 is NOT enough for sports. 70-200 f/4 (either IS or non-IS) is the minimum equipment. For outdoor sports, the 70-200 f/1.8 non-IS is better than the f/4 IS

For outdoor HS sports, I use a 70-200 f/2.8 with 1.4 TC and find it is often not enough magnification.

I'm sure he means 70-200 f/2.8 non-IS, not f/1.8 ;)

I covered some little league baseball for a local friend, Alan Greth, last summer. This covered everything from T-ball to juniors. With minor league and older, I had field access and but stayed about 10 feet outside the dirt. Even for Farm, I stayed just at the edge of the outfield grass. I used my 70-200 with a 2x, but honestly a that extender killed AF speed.

The thing is that even though you can get closer to the action, the kids get smaller. So you'll need more lens to get in close.

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Like I said earlier, you're going to want a 70-200 or 70-300L. Heck, you can even consider a 100-400. Just keep in mind these will only be useful outdoors. You can add a 85 f/1.8 for indoor sports relatively inexpensively.


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Mar 10, 2012 19:38 |  #14

Try the 70-300mm IS, it is about $500 and will have longer telephoto focal lengths to get closer to the action. Baseball/soccer fields are pretty large so 105 will DEFINITELY not be enough! 200mm will still be pretty short, to be honest.


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Mar 10, 2012 19:41 |  #15

So, soccer and t-ball, so, he's about 4, 5?

Go to the 100-400 and keep it. You'll need it in the next few years, and it won't let you down now. Even in t-ball, if you're up on the hillside, and your kid is on 2nd, or playing right field...

After he starts indoor sports, you'll be buying the fast zooms..... have fun!


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