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Oct 19, 2006 07:12 as a reply to  @ post 2140333 |  #16

Your probably going to have to step a little outside of your budget zone to get a good sports lens. Some the of few lens that are sports oriented and are budget conscious are the 85 1.8 and 100 f2.0. Can you use them for football. Absolutely and they're great. The problem is for many sports they won't get you that "in your face" up close traditional sports look. If the action is in your area and you are close they will. Depends on how you plan to shoot a football game, where you are, do you move, and what you are going to do with the photos. Both of those lenses are outstanding, but for most football shooters they are too short.

Going up a little, the Canon 135L f2.0 is an outstanding anykind sports lens. One of the best anywhere. The only question you have to answer is: does it have enough reach for me. Many to most sports shooters will say it's too short to capture action away from you. Personally, I shoot all kids of sports with it. Yes, I wish I had more reach at times, but with this lens I settle for what I can get. You have to make that call.

The 200 f2.8 is very good. Nice reach, great lens, good price. I love this lens, use it often, but for me, it takes a back seat behind the 135L 2.0.

I've only given you thoughts on lens I own and use. Anyone of them is an excellent indoor/outdoor sports lens. I'd stick with a 2.8 or lower for sports (indoor and night time anyways).

The other lens that have been mentioned are excellent also. It's just that I don't have personal experience with them.

Over time, experience will tell you what lens is best for you. Have a great football season (I just finished one, playoff loss over the weekend).




  
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Oct 19, 2006 07:39 |  #17

Here's my take on it. If you can only buy one lens, then probably the 70-200 f/2.8 is the most versatile choice for shooting various sports. While it lacks the reach to "cover" the game, it will get you some shots when the action comes to the sideline that you are nearest too. If it didn't, then why would the long lens shooters go to the trouble to bring one with them and carry it on their shoulder? Its the least expensive option for field sports, and if you also bring a TC1.4, then you can get a little more reach for day games (don't even bother with this at night or dusk).

The next option up in cost is the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8... and it works well with a TC1.4 also (for day games).

Continuing up would be the 300 f/2.8 and then finally the best field sports lens... the 400 f/2.8. While these are both pretty expensive ($4000 and $6500 respectively) new, there are older ones for sale from time to time that are far less expensive (but still pricey). They are built like tanks, and even when they look pretty bad cosmetically they generally will still perform well. You may want to think about a used one. Another thing to consider though, is that these lenses usually drag along a lot of other expensive purchases.... bigger monopod, Arca Swiss plates and mounts, bigger tripod and gimbal head (if you are going to ever use it on a tripod... not for sports), long lens case, etc. This stuff can add up to quite a bit of money... well over $1000 for a 400 f/2.8. I didn't think about that stuff when I got the 400.

So, give some serious thought to your budget. If you can only swing the low end, then get the 70-200 f/2.8, as its one of the most versatile lenses... and you will come away with some shots... albeit limited to a small portion of the field.


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Oct 19, 2006 11:55 |  #18

Well, i may be able to splerge and get a nicer lens. But should i invest in like a 300 and only have one body which i would have to switch out the 300 and a 70-200 when the action gets closer (dont know if it would be to slow or not). Or should i wait untill I have 2 bodys that i would be able to keep both lenses on. But say that i only have one body would you still suggest me using a 300 or longer lens? Or should i get the 70-200 for now and when i am able to, buy both a new body and a supertelephoro lens?

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Oct 19, 2006 13:09 |  #19

What else do you shoot? I shoot all of my kids sports and love my Sigma 120-300 (for outdoors - football & baseball). Need more reach 1.4 TCON. Find I'm past 100mm most of the time making my 70-200 short for outdoor sports but plan to use it Indoor (basketball). Buy something versatile (obvious), especially for that kind of money.


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Oct 19, 2006 13:24 |  #20

I will probally be shooting some volleyball and basketball as well. Probally a little bit of soccer thrown in there are well. But mostly it will be all sports that i am getting into.


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Oct 19, 2006 14:12 |  #21

Unfortunatly the lenses that are best for football are big money. I am lucky enough to live where I can rent a 400 2.8L ($100.00 for the week-end) You should rent if you can. It will help you to decide on the right lenses. Most pros use the 400 & 70-200 on 2 MKII bodies.


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Oct 19, 2006 14:41 as a reply to  @ post 2140333 |  #22

The progression goes something like this. First high school football, then basketball season starts. school concerts, indoor school performances, talent shows, fashion shows, maybe volleyball, and so on.

Unless you have an unlimited budget, also think about what you might be shooting after football.

You run into the same situation most of us encounter all the time; money.




  
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Oct 19, 2006 15:26 |  #23

I think i am probally going to rent lenses for a little while untill i get the feel of which lenes i will use most. Where i live we have a place where it does not cost more then $45 to rent any lens you want for the weekend (I am renting a 70-200 2.8L USM for only $22.50 for the weekend, and they have a 400mm 2.8 for $45 etc...) so i think i am just going to mess arround with it for a little while and figure out what i really need


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Oct 20, 2006 00:31 |  #24

for football I mainly use the 400 2.8 on night games and sometimes I use the 500 f4 for day games or in stadiums with good lighting like 3com in San Francisco, NO Superdome, etc...




  
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Oct 15, 2015 09:44 as a reply to  @ bigjon0107's post |  #25

I noticed you were from college station. I do all my shopping there but can not find a camera shop there for rentals. Am I just missing it? Any info would be appreciated! Thanks sandi




  
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Oct 16, 2015 22:23 |  #26

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Oct 21, 2015 18:25 |  #27

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Oct 22, 2015 17:24 |  #28

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