scsurfdad wrote in post #17529798
I've ben shooting club volleyball for years with my daughters teams and for me the 135 f/2 and the 70-200 f/2.8 are the only ones I have used and I've been very happy with both. I've heard the 85 f/1.8 is good as well but I've never tried it...it would be much cheaper though. The 7D will handle low light well enough to get great shots.
I was thinking about doing an 85/135L split, but went another route for a couple of reasons:
* Price: while the 85 can be purchased at a reasonable price, the 135L was too far out of my range... and the money I'd spend on that lens would pretty much get me a 3rd-party 70-200 (and then some).
* Location: last year, the gyms that hosted our events had a bit more room to walk around; this year, we were stuck with either bleachers behind the end lines, or benches just off the sidelines. A 135L would have been too short / too long in most of the venues.
* Availability: When I was looking to pick up an 85, I was able to get a good price on a 100mm f/2. From the reviews, it looks to be a good compromise lens, and I only lose 1/3 stop while gaining a bit more reach.
Also...gotta say that other benefit of shooting vs just watching at vball tournaments is that I am away from parents and don't have to listen to all the complaining/whining/**** about how their kids deserve more play time or why another player is even on a team
That's why I volunteer to score the games when needed... unfortunately, the officials frown upon camera use when you're filling out the scoresheet.