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Recommendations for 70-200 2.8? (Volleyball)

 
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Apr 23, 2015 22:09 |  #16

MacGrad wrote in post #17521867 (external link)
TBlake: how do you find the tracking for your Sigma? While volleyball isn't nearly as fast as the track you're shooting, would you say it's able to handle "random" movement well? (As the kids get better, I know the play will be more consistent but, right now, perfectly placed volleys/attacks are rare.)

This is the latest track meet. AF Tracking was awesome!
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Apr 24, 2015 00:57 |  #17

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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 ;-)a

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. :-D


7D... Tamron 17-50mm... Canon 50mm f1.8... Canon 100mm f2.0... Canon 70-200mm f4

  
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Apr 24, 2015 01:01 |  #18

BlakeC wrote in post #17530144 (external link)
This is the latest track meet. AF Tracking was awesome!
https://www.facebook.c​om …87.379285572203​184&type=1 (external link)

Wow -- nice gallery!

Certainly looks like the lens was able to track oncoming subjects rather easily... makes me think that sideways motion would be a piece of cake.


7D... Tamron 17-50mm... Canon 50mm f1.8... Canon 100mm f2.0... Canon 70-200mm f4

  
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May 01, 2015 10:11 |  #19

I've been using the 85mm/f1.8 for the last year of shooting volleyball (school and travel). I love the lens. The lack of a zoom just makes me work more to get the shots I want.

Here is where I shoot from mostly:

- from the sides of the net (near the officials or scoring table) - I can get the back row playing defense/serve receive and I can get the front row blocking and hitting
- from the back line in the corners - I can get the servers
- from the sidelines opposite my team - I shoot through and above the net to get hitters and blocks

We very rarely play in facilities with seating above the court so I don't miss the zoom that much. As stated above, always good practice to make sure the officials are OK with where you are standing/sitting.

I find I don't have to crop that often with the 85mm so long as I am standing in the right places to get the shot. Another gold mine for individual action shots is during warmups - you can predict where the ball is going and get a lot of great shots of the players passing and hitting.

If you look in my Gallery you will see 4 samples - those are with the 85mm/ f1.8 on a 70D body - 1/800, Auto ISO, f2.2, continuous

If you haven't already - read this blog post: http://zivnuska.zenfol​io.com …-to-photograph-volleyball (external link) - most helpful

Hope that helps.




  
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Aug 16, 2015 13:14 |  #20

In looking this over, the majority are using a crop body with these recommendations? My oldest is moving into middle school and will be playing volleyball and basketball this year, I have little experience with this kind of indoor only really softball and soccer outdoor with some indoor soccer matches. Looking to try a few of these and see what happens.




  
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Sep 17, 2015 11:54 |  #21

I use a 85 1.8 and a 80-200 2.8. Would not use the 2.8 at my particular gym if I didn't have a FF camera, not enough light unless your gym is decently lit.


Canon 1Dx - Sigma 120-300 2.8
Canon 5DII - Canon 24-70 L 2.8
Canon 7D - Canon 40STM 2.8
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Sep 17, 2015 11:55 |  #22

Swanyriver wrote in post #17671008 (external link)
In looking this over, the majority are using a crop body with these recommendations? My oldest is moving into middle school and will be playing volleyball and basketball this year, I have little experience with this kind of indoor only really softball and soccer outdoor with some indoor soccer matches. Looking to try a few of these and see what happens.

85 is a good FL for crop, with FF, sometimes I wish I had a 135 or 100 instead. You can use a zoom, though, if your gym is lit well.


Canon 1Dx - Sigma 120-300 2.8
Canon 5DII - Canon 24-70 L 2.8
Canon 7D - Canon 40STM 2.8
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Oct 02, 2015 02:47 |  #23

i´m photographing volleyball last two years with 5d3. I was playing with 35/2-50/1,4-85/1,8-135/2,0-Tamron 70-200 VC and Canon 70-200/2,8 ii. I changed Tamron with OEM due to certian issue... https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1431405
I think that that you should not have such problems with 7d, but check first...Tamron is with this exception one very good lens and for sur IMHO best buy in this moment for people that do not earn money for living with it...Canon 70-200 is certinly a bit better, but costs 2x.

From other lenses I like results that i got with 135/2,0, but if I had to pick one lens it would definitely be 70-200...

35 or 50 mm are too restrictive for volleyball, you would have to make quite tough crops...I did not like it, as second/third lenses yes, but I would never take it as my first/only lens for volleyball




  
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Oct 29, 2015 00:00 |  #24

Rented a 135 f/2 and ac 85mm f/1.8 for some volleyball this week. Loved the 135, I'd run out and buy it if volleyball season wasn't over. I wasn't too happy with my results on the 85mm.




  
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