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85mm f/1.2 for sports / action

 
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Mar 24, 2016 06:46 |  #1

Im thinking of renting the canon 85mm f/1.2 for an upcoming motocross race.. Main reason is I wanted to capture some shallow DoF images. Is the AF fast enough? Does anyone have any samples with this lens at racing events?

I'd be using it with a 7D II.


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Mar 25, 2016 08:13 |  #2

Slow as hell. If you shallow DOF, try a 300mm or 400mm


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Mar 25, 2016 08:46 |  #3

I can't imagine someone using the 85L for anything moving. Too slow to focus, and at F1.2 with that slow focus, too easy for moving things to be out of focus after you focused and exposed.

Use a 135L if you want shallow DOF telephoto with fast autofocus.

Or, just look at some zooms or longer super telephotos (70-200 F2.8, 300 F2.8).

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Mar 26, 2016 16:13 |  #4

It's not ideal for action, as the focus speed is slow. The lens is capable of tracking action once it is on the subject, but where it will frustrate is picking up a new target and moving over a large fraction of the range to get on focus in the first place. So if you plan to shoot racer after racer, it will not work well. If you plan to track and shoot just one racer, it may well be fine.

I've shot volleyball, basketball and softball with the lens. The more you want to jump around, the worse the lens does. The shallow DOF effect can be cool, and is a snap in a shot where the subject isn't actually moving, like the second example here.


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Mar 29, 2016 15:27 |  #5

Hi. I'm not sure an 85mm f/1.2 would be my lens of choice for motox. Not sure shallow dof would be my priority with that sort of action. I haven't done any of this for a while, but I've used my 70-200mm f/2.8 and shot mostly at the 70mm end. Shallow DOF isn't usually too hard when the rider is 'close' and the background is 'far'. DOF becomes an issue when there is lots of clutter in the background, but choose your location to avoid annoying distractions. If you try panning shots, you will need an aperture smaller rather than wider. If you are taking portraits of riders, it might be more useful. just my tuppence worth.


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Mar 30, 2016 15:40 |  #6

These guys aren't moving as fast as bikes, obviously. However, I've learned to shoot with the 85L with consistent results. AF system matters. My 5D2 didn't work as well. Good lighting and contrast helps.

These results are "good enough" for my purposes.

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Mar 30, 2016 15:48 |  #7

Use a long lens at f2.8 my 85. F1.2 is not even considered for motor sports. I do use my 50 1.2 for the garage area. The 85 1.2 would be ok there.

70 to 200 2.8 would be the lens of choice. For speed and reach.


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Apr 08, 2016 16:06 |  #8

Well there are a VERY FEW sporting events where the 85 f1.2 can excel.

Women's gymnastics beam,


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Men's gymnastics rings,


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May 15, 2016 21:25 |  #10

Have used it for soccer and motor-sports occasionally. I have found it surprisingly successful at maintaining AF, if not entirely useful.


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