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Sports: 135mm or 70-200mm f/2.8 IS

 
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Aug 01, 2007 04:38 |  #1

Leaving question as vague as possible for maximum response.

Curious here. I have the 85mm 1.8 and love the results. I see this 135mm recommended for sports, especially indoor. Just curious, at more than half the price of the 70-200 2.8 IS, is the difference in 2.0 and 2.8 enough to lose out on the zoom capabilities?

When and what conditions make one lens more advantageous than the other?




  
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Aug 01, 2007 04:40 |  #2

Depends. If f/2.8 is fast enough, then that. If not, then you need something faster. f/2 is a stop faster than f/2.8. It'll double your shutter speed or half your ISO.

f/2.8 ISO800 1/500th is the same exposure as f/2 ISO400 1/500th

f/2.8 ISO800 1/500th is the same exposure as f/2 ISO800 1/1000th


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Aug 01, 2007 07:55 |  #3

OtieM wrote in post #3648419 (external link)
Just curious, at more than half the price of the 70-200 2.8 IS, is the difference in 2.0 and 2.8 enough to lose out on the zoom capabilities?

if it gets my shutter speed from 1/100 to 1/200 and gets me the keeper shots, then definitely yes. IS is useless here.


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Aug 01, 2007 08:09 as a reply to  @ mrfourcows's post |  #4

thanks. interesting. followed advice of reading "Beyond Exposure" and some of those but it's these answers and all the follow ups that really beat things into the thick skull.




  
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Aug 01, 2007 08:09 as a reply to  @ mrfourcows's post |  #5

I have the 70-200mm non-IS and it has served extremely well in almost all instances shooting indoor sports (namely gymnastics and figure skating).
If the 135 can get you close enough, the stop extra will help though.
In most gyms (and rinks especially) I am not able to get close enough for the 135 though, so I haven't gone for it.


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Aug 01, 2007 09:40 |  #6

I was trying to decide on the same question. I ended up with the 135 and a 1.4 extender. That way I have the lower f stop when I need it, but also the reach if it is needed, although you lose an f stop with the extender. I like primes, though.


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Aug 01, 2007 09:44 |  #7

I use my 70-200 F/2.8L IS for so many things, indoor and outdoor sports included, love it


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Aug 01, 2007 10:03 |  #8

OtieM wrote in post #3648419 (external link)
Leaving question as vague as possible for maximum response.

Curious here. I have the 85mm 1.8 and love the results. I see this 135mm recommended for sports, especially indoor. Just curious, at more than half the price of the 70-200 2.8 IS, is the difference in 2.0 and 2.8 enough to lose out on the zoom capabilities?

When and what conditions make one lens more advantageous than the other?

The answer in the form of a question (Jeopardy style): Will we be on the sidelines or drinking beer in the cheap seats? ;)


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Aug 01, 2007 10:04 as a reply to  @ calicokat's post |  #9

There are several questions to ask first about shooting sports before deciding what lens to choose.

What sport: Basketball, Hockey, Volleyball, Gymnastics?

What level: Grade School, H.S., College?


Both lenses are excellent choices in their reguards. The 135 if you have real dark arenas to shoot in will allow you to be able to shoot faster and it is excellent wide open.

The 70-200 2.8 IS is one of the most widely used lenses for sports because it's a zoom and is still very fast at 2.8.

As far as your question goes about f/2 to 2.8. Yes it is worth it in alot of situations to gain extra light and speed over having zoom. But alot of the time it's going to come down to experience on using a prime over a zoom.

Ross

P.S. I will be adding a 135 f/2 to my collection very soon myself.


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Aug 01, 2007 14:21 |  #10

AngryCorgi wrote in post #3649560 (external link)
The answer in the form of a question (Jeopardy style): Will we be on the sidelines or drinking beer in the cheap seats? ;)

In Yoda style right back at cha:
Both why can't we have? Hmmm? Mutually exclusive sidelines and beer must not be Hmmmm? Much to learn I see you have, Young Corgi with Anger. Relax. Beer and 70-200mm you must..:lol:.




  
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