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Sep 06, 2007 20:54 |  #1

i am wanting another lens to shoot basketball and volleyball with.
in your opinions is the 50mm or 85 mm better ?


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Sep 06, 2007 20:56 |  #2

you would probably want the 85mm. i see a lot of people using that lens for indoor games. better for the low light, and focal length.




  
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Sep 06, 2007 21:45 |  #3

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Sep 06, 2007 21:46 |  #4

Go with the 85mm f/1.8. Extremely sharp and fast focusing. Also doubles as a great protrait lens.


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Sep 06, 2007 21:48 |  #5

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Sep 06, 2007 22:02 |  #6

I love my 85 1.8, but if you are close to the action....it can get too long. For basketball, under the hoop shots are too close. All the more reason to spend more money on more primes!!!


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Sep 06, 2007 22:05 |  #7

Volleyball can be a problem with the 85 too if you want to catch the ball in action.




  
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Sep 06, 2007 22:13 |  #8

what prime lens are you thinking of the 24-70 f2.8 ?


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Sep 06, 2007 22:14 |  #9
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I use the 50 when I shoot under the basket, the 85 when I'm on the baseline where the 3-point line intersects, and the 100 from the sidelines. The 85 is probably the best overall lens for gym sports in terms of low light performance and fast autofocusing capabilities.



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Sep 06, 2007 22:16 |  #10

I agree with Liza, the 50 is handy!!


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Sep 06, 2007 22:37 |  #11

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Sep 06, 2007 23:12 |  #12

Oh, almost forgot to mention – I've even used my macro and 70-200F4L IS during volleyball games (not for action of course). By far my biggest problem is actually not sharp pictures – thats actually pretty easy once you get down the technique – its color. Gyms are usually lit by metal halides and they change color radically as they age. After a year they will shift quite dramatically to the orange/redder side. As they blow new ones are put in and those are usually 5500k or 6500k. So, in poorer districts you'll have a difference in light all over the gym. One I just shot in yesterday actually had different K's almost ever 10 feet! PP has corrected temps ranging from 2800K to 4600K... what a pain :(




  
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Sep 07, 2007 11:51 as a reply to  @ MaxxuM's post |  #13

I use a 27-55EF-S and 70-200 both 2.8. Good compliment, although easier if you have two bodies so you can switch quickly depending on the situation.

I will say though that i struggle getting high enough shutter speeds with indoor sports. I wonder if the $400 is worth an extra stop by going with the 85 1.8...or just save up some more pennies and get the 85 1.2.

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Sep 07, 2007 11:57 as a reply to  @ coleygm's post |  #14

Additionaly, i'm curious what yall all think about using a flash for indoor events. I couldn't believe that most would be an issue, but volleyball is pretty close quarters, so have been unsure about this one.

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Sep 07, 2007 12:04 |  #15

coleygm wrote in post #3881816 (external link)
Additionaly, i'm curious what yall all think about using a flash for indoor events. I couldn't believe that most would be an issue, but volleyball is pretty close quarters, so have been unsure about this one.

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Not allowed or at the very least frowned upon in younger sports if you are near the game – but you would probably be OK in the bleachers. I never use them, but I’ve heard of people using them from the stands via pocket wizards (2-3 spread about the gym). Just imaging you taking a shot, flash binds a kid and they miss a ball… It would be lynching time :)




  
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