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What lens for basketball?

 
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Feb 26, 2020 21:42 |  #16

darthrazz wrote in post #19016769 (external link)
Can you use a 85mm 1.8 for basketball as well , if you can get close to the baseline?

The 85mm 1.8 is perfect length from the point at which baseline meets sideline shooting half-court action on your side of the floor. So fast to focus and razor-sharp output.

I'd strap on the 70-200L but it was heavier, less maneuverable and it was usually on the short end anyway. Might as well have that lightweight tidy little 85mm on all the time. It just works so well.


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Feb 27, 2020 14:44 as a reply to  @ post 19016436 |  #17

True, I always forget about the 17-55 because I don't shoot crop often.


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Feb 27, 2020 16:21 |  #18

I had a 17-50mm f/2.8 OS Sigma lens that worked well for basketball on a 7D2 I was using at the time.

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Mar 02, 2020 12:06 |  #19

I have had pretty good luck with the 85 1.8 for shooting granddaughters basketball




  
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Mar 03, 2020 13:54 as a reply to  @ post 19016436 |  #20

I agree with the 17-55 f2.8 on a crop body if you are right on the baseline. Many times I will shoot from one corner of the baseline or the other and in that case I can get away with a 70-200 f2.8 but it is too tight if directly on the baseline.




  
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Mar 03, 2020 15:11 |  #21

I just tried the 85mm 1.8 this past weekend and I did get some nice shots.


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Apr 19, 2020 17:39 as a reply to  @ darthrazz's post |  #22

I like the 85 but prefer the 100 f/2 focal length for my style. Wish it was f/1.8 but that third of a stop isn't going to be a make or break typically. That said, I have also loved shooting the 135 f/2 but you will miss some really close up stuff (or have to alter your style a touch which can be a useful exercise anyway). For kicks, I shot some of last season with the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8. LOVE that lens but it is a beast to handhold through a whole game. All on a Canon 1DMKIV. Below are a few shots with both the 100 and Sigma...

100 f/2

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120-300

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this shows one of the drawbacks of the longer FL lens...you get a bit too tight and miss the framing

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Apr 24, 2020 20:47 |  #23

namasste wrote in post #19049540 (external link)
I like the 85 but prefer the 100 f/2 focal length for my style. Wish it was f/1.8 but that third of a stop isn't going to be a make or break typically. That said, I have also loved shooting the 135 f/2 but you will miss some really close up stuff (or have to alter your style a touch which can be a useful exercise anyway). For kicks, I shot some of last season with the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8. LOVE that lens but it is a beast to handhold through a whole game. All on a Canon 1DMKIV. Below are a few shots with both the 100 and Sigma...

100 f/2
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Apr 27, 2020 13:23 as a reply to  @ McNeese72's post |  #24

I didn't think of that until you mentioned it..but now!


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Apr 28, 2020 22:37 |  #25

The indoor sports photographer typically faces one of the biggest challenges in the photography world.

Basketball, volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, wrestling, dance, equestrian ... The lighting at these events, at best, is usually dim. And spectrum-starved. The photographer is often confined to one location while the participants move around – a lot. And they usually don't move slowly.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens is my Choice of Lens for such type of events.


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