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What is your lens of choice for Basketball?

 
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Nov 30, 2013 19:48 as a reply to  @ post 16491210 |  #16

24-70 2.8
70-200 2.8 II




  
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Nov 30, 2013 22:26 |  #17

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I know what you mean about changing it up. I will have to try the 300 for some games. Which shots are with the 300? Did/do you use the 300 court side at all?

Why didn't you like the 24-70?

Al

About the first third of my album are the 300 from the stands, the second third the 300 from the corner of the court on the floor and the last third, after the pictures of the coach, with the 70-200. If you click on the i icon you will get info on each photo including the focal length for the shot.

For me the 24-70 was too short, most of my 70-200 shots are over 100mm, but even then I tend to zoom out so I end up at less than 70mm and having to crop. To me it is just not the right lens for basketball and I was looking forward to using it.


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Dec 01, 2013 07:38 |  #18

70-200 f/2.8 IS at ISO 6400 f/2.8 and 1/640
I tried my 85mm at f/2 and ISO 3200 but didn't like the fixed focal length in our gym.


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Dec 04, 2013 11:06 as a reply to  @ Craign's post |  #19

The gyms I shoot in are so bad, I only use a 85mm, set at f/2.0 or f/2.2, 1/640, iso,at 2500-3200..




  
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Dec 04, 2013 11:25 |  #20

70-200 f/2.8 was my standard sometimes accompanied by a 24-70 f/2.8 for wider shots


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Dec 04, 2013 11:48 |  #21

70-200 2.8 II on a Canon 1D MIV.




  
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Dec 04, 2013 14:09 |  #22

mark2009 wrote in post #16500983 (external link)
The gyms I shoot in are so bad, I only use a 85mm, set at f/2.0 or f/2.2, 1/640, iso,at 2500-3200..

That's not too bad of a gym, especially if you use the 1Dx, 5D3 or 1D4.

Thanks for the info Bob.


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Dec 04, 2013 20:32 |  #23

mark2009 wrote in post #16500983 (external link)
The gyms I shoot in are so bad, I only use a 85mm, set at f/2.0 or f/2.2, 1/640, iso,at 2500-3200..

You are lucky. One gym I have tried to get OK shots is 125, f1.8, at 6400. It is the ultimate cave-like gym.




  
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Dec 04, 2013 21:29 |  #24

I try to use two bodies, 7D with 70-200 2.8 and 1dmkii with 300 2.8. Also carry in pouch sigma 30mm
for some wide shots... At one point I was using only my 135mm & 85mm but moved to the 70-200.

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Dec 06, 2013 01:13 |  #25

I'm have a 7d. I sit bball last week for the first time with my 70-200 2.8. For a crop which would you suggest the 85 1.8 or the 135


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Dec 06, 2013 19:40 as a reply to  @ Tommy photo's post |  #26

Can I ask where everyone is shooting from? I love my 85 over my 70-200 f4 but I find I need something wider and I have been researching lenses. I am searching for something wider but fast.

I work for a high school so most gyms I am walking along the sides and can get under the goal. I donate some of the images for our yearbook (I am the sponsor) and I occasionally sell prints. (My son also plays so I am the parent with camera!)


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Dec 06, 2013 22:40 |  #27

Corner with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. Usually cheerleaders are across one end line and the pep band is on the other end. I tried my 85mm but it was a too long for many shots and I much prefer a zoom anyway. The Sigma 50-150 f/2.8 ($949) would be perfect on a crop camera in our gyms.

It took awhile before I accepted the reality of the situation that I couldn't be in a position to get every shot.


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Dec 07, 2013 01:20 |  #28

dshoots wrote in post #16507499 (external link)
Can I ask where everyone is shooting from?...



The corner of the baseline with long primes and zooms.


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Dec 07, 2013 01:33 |  #29

dshoots wrote in post #16507499 (external link)
Can I ask where everyone is shooting from?

Corner or center of the baseline.




  
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Dec 07, 2013 01:48 |  #30

I shoot from a variety of positions. To keep my photos varied and me interested.

On the floor I shoot from the corner, half way between the corner and the basket, under the basket with a 70-200 mostly at 70 or just a bit more. Sometimes I have to move based on where the refs tend to go. Many seem to have preferred spots that they return to.

I also shoot at about level with the hoop from the stands just barely in front of the hoop with the 70-200 at 200.

I shoot the 300 from higher up in the stands behind the backboard and also from the corners on the floor.

I used to do the two camera thing shooting the 300 from the opposite end of the court but generally found those photos to have a lot of backs in them.


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