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Dec 07, 2013 21:14 |  #1

So far I own the following:

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Tamron 70-200 f2.8 VC
Tamron 70-300 f4-5.6 VC
Canon 85mm f1.8

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What would you suggest to compliment my lens bag for sports/action photography. Most pictures would be shot from a distance hence the zoom's, but for some of the indoor work, it would be fairly close. Indoor lighting isn't the best at the facilities I'll be at so I know I'll have to go with something with a low f stop to keep the body from shooting at high ISO's.

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Dec 07, 2013 21:18 |  #2
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Tamron/Canon 70-200 2.8 depending on your budget?

Edit - so you own the Tamron....what's wrong with that?


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Dec 07, 2013 21:22 |  #3

As misleading as this thread is, I think he's just stating, "this is what I own. Which should I use for sports?"

Use the 70-200 2.8 for outdoor sports and the 85 1.8 for indoors.


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Dec 07, 2013 21:35 |  #4

Aressem wrote in post #16509886 (external link)
As misleading as this thread is, I think he's just stating, "this is what I own. Which should I use for sports?"

Use the 70-200 2.8 for outdoor sports and the 85 1.8 for indoors.

Sorry, I guess I wasn't clear enough. I was wondering what other lens to add to my box. I own the two tamron's and the canon currently.


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Dec 07, 2013 21:46 |  #5

I found when I used a 7D, that the 17-55/28 paired nicely with the 70-200/2.8 for sports.


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Dec 07, 2013 21:50 |  #6

abhphotography wrote in post #16509909 (external link)
Sorry, I guess I wasn't clear enough. I was wondering what other lens to add to my box. I own the two tamron's and the canon currently.

You need to provide us with more information. You mentioned indoor sports and "fairly close". How close exactly? Perhaps you can give us more information on exactly what you plan on shooting. If you were shooting MMA fights from ringside, I'd recommend the sigma 18-35mm f/1.8.


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Dec 07, 2013 21:52 |  #7

Aressem wrote in post #16509929 (external link)
You need to provide us with more information. You mentioned indoor sports and "fairly close". How close exactly? Perhaps you can give us more information on exactly what you plan on shooting. If you were shooting MMA fights from ringside, I'd recommend the sigma 18-35mm f/1.8.

It's hard to say an exact measurement, but I'd say less than 15-20ft for "close". The subject matter would be paintball


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Dec 07, 2013 22:14 |  #8

abhphotography wrote in post #16509936 (external link)
It's hard to say an exact measurement, but I'd say less than 15-20ft for "close". The subject matter would be paintball

What's your budget?


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Dec 07, 2013 22:19 |  #9

Aressem wrote in post #16509969 (external link)
What's your budget?

I don't have one.


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Dec 07, 2013 22:28 |  #10

abhphotography wrote in post #16509983 (external link)
I don't have one.

24-70 perhaps? I know it's primarily a FF lens, and not super wide on crop, but by the sounds of it, you won't need anything in the UWA range. This might do the trick.


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Dec 08, 2013 00:54 as a reply to  @ Aressem's post |  #11

Id suggest the 18-35mm f1.8 or one of the 17-5X f2.8 options




  
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Dec 08, 2013 08:59 |  #12
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I would find the 17-55 too short unless you can get ON the court. I used the 28-75 in such situations, and it was OK, but faster focus would have helped. I think one of the 24-70 2.8 lenses would be ideal. They are rather expensive. I've use 70-200 2.8 (Σ, OS) with good effect on football and soccer, when I can get on the field. If you are outdoors in the stands, in good light, you'll want every bit of 400mm. If you are in the stands in lousy light, leave the camera, enjoy the game.




  
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Dec 08, 2013 10:25 |  #13

I actually use my 28mm f/1.8 for indoor sports a fair bit, but it really depends on what you are trying to capture.

Step back and ask yourself what kind of shots are you not able to get with your current setup that you want to do. After you sort that out you can start deciding what lenses will fit the bill.

Pick tools to fit a job, don't pick tools and then go looking for a job they can do.


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Dec 08, 2013 11:24 |  #14

Most frequently used zooms (on 7D/crop sensor) for sports/action shooting...

70-200/2.8... and 24-70/2.8 a distant second place (someone shooting more indoors might find more frequent need for it). I use Canon, which are fast and accurate focusing, too. I don't know if 3rd party lenses can match them.

Need larger than f2.8 aperture? Go with primes instead of zooms. 28/1.8, 50/1.4, 85/1.8, 100/2 and 135/2 are all useful for sports, thanks to fast and accurate USM focus. I have wider lenses in my camera bag, but they rarely see much use when shooting sports.

A really large aperture isn't always the answer, though. There's a practical limite beyond which you start to run into problems where the largest apertures are a bit soft, or render too shallow depth of field, demand very high precision focusing (and focus slower to achieve that). Not to mention that extremely large aperture lenses are pricey, and can be big and heavy.

Learn to use higher ISOs. With 7D you should easily be able to use ISO 1600. 3200 and 6400 are usable too, though some extra post-processing is likely to be needed. Look for Teamspeed's posts here on POTN about high ISO shooting with 7D. It boils down to three things: 1. Avoid underexposure like the plaque... it is better to slightly overexpose and have to pull back an image, than to have to increase exposure in post-processing. And, 2. Get and learn to use a noise reduction software. It's extra work, but makes higher ISOs usable. Finally, 3. Shoot RAWs, which are far more adjustable in post-processing than JPEGs.


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Dec 08, 2013 12:04 |  #15

amfoto1 wrote in post #16510917 (external link)
Most frequently used zooms (on 7D/crop sensor) for sports/action shooting...

70-200/2.8... and 24-70/2.8 a distant second place (someone shooting more indoors might find more frequent need for it). I use Canon, which are fast and accurate focusing, too. I don't know if 3rd party lenses can match them.

Need larger than f2.8 aperture? Go with primes instead of zooms. 28/1.8, 50/1.4, 85/1.8, 100/2 and 135/2 are all useful for sports, thanks to fast and accurate USM focus. I have wider lenses in my camera bag, but they rarely see much use when shooting sports.

A really large aperture isn't always the answer, though. There's a practical limite beyond which you start to run into problems where the largest apertures are a bit soft, or render too shallow depth of field, demand very high precision focusing (and focus slower to achieve that). Not to mention that extremely large aperture lenses are pricey, and can be big and heavy.

Learn to use higher ISOs. With 7D you should easily be able to use ISO 1600. 3200 and 6400 are usable too, though some extra post-processing is likely to be needed. Look for Teamspeed's posts here on POTN about high ISO shooting with 7D. It boils down to three things: 1. Avoid underexposure like the plaque... it is better to slightly overexpose and have to pull back an image, than to have to increase exposure in post-processing. And, 2. Get and learn to use a noise reduction software. It's extra work, but makes higher ISOs usable. Finally, 3. Shoot RAWs, which are far more adjustable in post-processing than JPEGs.


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