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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 19:58 |  #16

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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.

have you ever been to a 4/5 year old soccer game?

he could probably walk half way on to the field if it's not enough reach :)


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Mar 10, 2012 20:10 |  #17

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

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I use the 70-200 F4 IS with a 1.4 TC for my daughter's soccer and it works fine.


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Mar 10, 2012 20:55 |  #18
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Like others have said. I wouldn't use a f4 lens for indoor sports. 105mm is way too short.

Personally 70-200 2.8 will be my choice....yes it cost more, but think of it as a long term investment, as you are going to use it for years to come. Get the best now to capture the moment ;)


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Mar 11, 2012 00:53 |  #19

As much as I love my 24-105mm, it simply would not be enough for you.

The 70-200mm F4 IS is a great choice, brilliant IQ and speed.
If you dont think that you will find yourself in incredibly poor dusk or field lighting then the 100-400mm 4.5-5.6 IS L will be a VERY versatile lens for you.


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Mar 11, 2012 00:56 |  #20

Ok, I missed your 2nd post that this will be indoors.

70-200mm 2.8 IS hands down. :)

Like said before, its a large but great investment that will only pay for itself over time.

Also if you buy used from one of our members then you will have almost no drop in value because glass holds its value very well with the exception of scratches and chips or dust in the lens, but keep it perfect and the lens will hold its value very well.


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Mar 11, 2012 00:59 |  #21

I will suggest you to buy 70-200mm f/2.8L IS MKI/II,
this lens can provide you some assist on the stability,
it's kind of nice for outdoor/indoor activity


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Mar 11, 2012 07:53 |  #22

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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.

I missed the "It will not be outdoors only." sentence. A 70-200mm f/2.8 lens might not be fast enough in the places you intend to use it. Experiment with your 50mm f/1.8 lens to determine if it will work at f/2.8 aperture. Mine is too slow in my home, youth athletic fields at night and in the local gyms.

I use a flash in by home, the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 @ f/1.8 in the gyms and watch the games at the local fields when good sunshine is gone.

An f/2.8 lens is not really fast, just faster than most lenses. The Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS MK II is one of the best lenses made. I cannot recommend it without knowing that it would definitely work where you will need it. That is a lot to investment in a lens that might not work where you need it.

The MK II is a terrific lens and I dearly love my version one. Be sure before you buy, only you can possibly know.


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Mar 11, 2012 11:33 |  #23

If you can find a good used Sigma 120-300 2.8 EX (non-OS), get it!


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Mar 12, 2012 12:45 as a reply to  @ DeaconG's post |  #24

You got good advice for outdoor sports. Indoor sports are the real challenge I have 5 kids, so I have some experience here. Grade school basketball has lousy lighting, for example. This is ISO 3200, f/2.8 with an 85 mm prime at 1/320. I found the 85 mm to be best for basketball. It is easier to hand hold than a fast 70-200.

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Also, consider that you will not just be shooting sports, but also school plays, presentations, and so on. The lighting in your average school auditorium is even worse than the gym. I have used a Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 at ISO 3200 with OK results for school plays.

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