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Mr. ­ Clean
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Dec 04, 2009 08:37 |  #16

70-200 2.8. Hands down every time unless I'm in a cave, then it's the 85mm 1.8. I shot b-ball last night, ISO 3200 1/400 f2.8 with my Mark III. Perfect! I even used my 5D II with the 85 and 24-70. I'll be damned if it didn't do a pretty good job!


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Dec 04, 2009 10:01 |  #17

Zivnuska wrote in post #9133036 (external link)
The answer will require knowledge of the light levels/quality in the venue in which you are shooting. The 85mm f/1.8 is an excellent lens. The 70-200 f/2.8 is my go-to lens when I have sufficient light. I own both as well as the 135 f/2.0. Because the middle and high school gyms where I shoot have poor lighting, the most important factor for me is supplemental lighting with strobes.

Both of the following shots are taken from the same gym, the exact same place on the floor, with the same photographer (me), the same daughter, the same opponent, the same camera (1D Mark III). The second shot is taken 1 year later (7th vs 8th grade) after the purchase of two Alien Bee B800s. The pics themselves are nothing special but take a look at the colors, the whites of the uniforms, the skin tones and even hair color. High ISO capability is only a partial answer to the problems involved with indoor sports photography.

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If you are fortunate and have good light, that's great. The 85 is a better choice for BB and a 1.6 FOVCF than the 135. The 70-200 will be more versatile. If the gym is dark, you will fight light cycling, depth of field, off color light, noise, and motion blur issues. Give as much consideration to your lighting needs as you do to your lens choice.

Where were your ABs pointing? It doesn't look like a bounce shot to me.


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Dec 04, 2009 10:35 |  #18

SMP_Homer wrote in post #9128504 (external link)
the 3200 1/500 wasn't impressive until I saw f/5.6 !!!

nice gym!

oaktree wrote in post #9128522 (external link)
You've got a well lighted HS gym!! Ours are dim.

Well, my "gym" was more like the Schottenstein Center (external link) on Ohio State's campus, but my school still plays basketball there. :lol:

I'm not sure how Olympic lighting can be much, if at all, better. Even though I shot at 3200, it was properly exposed, so there isn't too much noise when viewing the pictures normally. Heck, one of them was about half of the front of the Sport's page when I shot for the student paper.


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Dec 04, 2009 11:37 |  #19

Mr. Clean wrote in post #9133580 (external link)
70-200 2.8. Hands down every time unless I'm in a cave, then it's the 85mm 1.8. I shot b-ball last night, ISO 3200 1/400 f2.8 with my Mark III. Perfect! I even used my 5D II with the 85 and 24-70. I'll be damned if it didn't do a pretty good job!

Ditto for me. The 70-200 2.8 is my main lens for basketball.


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Dec 05, 2009 03:23 |  #20

swampler wrote in post #9128538 (external link)
I use the 70-200 f/2.8L for basketball. Usually at 70 from under the basket and at 200 for shots across the floor. I use a 50D.

Steve, would you mind sharing your lighting setup? You're shots are really nice!
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Dec 05, 2009 03:37 |  #21

I've always shot basketball with a regular zoom lens, which now the 17-55mm (this derives from my first time, when my 75-300mm broke and I was forced to use my 18-55mm). That way I can get shots underneath the basket. 55mm is good enough for around the three point arc. If I had two cameras the 70-200mm would definitely be on the other body to take photos at the other end.

I've seen some people use a 300mm lens on their D2s and 20Ds. How they can shoot with that tight of a view I can't imagine.


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Dec 05, 2009 03:46 |  #22

28-300 L will do it all... If you want to go less expensive, there is a 35-350L there.


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Dec 05, 2009 07:48 |  #23

for me the best single lens to bring in a game is a 70-200 2.8, you get to cover the entire lenght of the floor with this glass. i position myself along the base line, here are some of my shots
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Dec 05, 2009 09:50 |  #24

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Dec 05, 2009 10:17 |  #25

kelleystar27 wrote in post #9138885 (external link)
Steve, would you mind sharing your lighting setup? You're shots are really nice!
Thanks,
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Thanks, Kelley. I usually just shoot high ISO, though I've shot a couple of games just bouncing a flash mounted in my hot shoe slightly forward from straight up with a bounce card on the flash. I'm not sure which one of mine you saw.


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Dec 05, 2009 12:49 |  #26

I just got back from a rec center shooting some youth BB. I used the 85mm and 30D. Missed thoughts on it. Sometimes it just wasn't wide enough or long enough. Other times it was just right,:lol: !

But to keep shutter speeds up at 1.8, i'm going to have bump the ISO to 1600. So i'm going to need to bump it up to 3200 if I want to use the 50-150mm at 2.8. I think i'll try it next time, just to see how it looks. Of course , this would be a good excuse to buy the 7D .


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Dec 05, 2009 18:20 as a reply to  @ CountryBoy's post |  #27

70-200 2.8 works great. Sometimes a little too long when under the basket w/40D's 1.6 crop. Other than that, absolutely no regrets.


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Dec 05, 2009 19:13 |  #28

70-200 2.8 for me.


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Dec 05, 2009 19:41 |  #29

beacherz wrote in post #9141845 (external link)
70-200 2.8 works great. Sometimes a little too long when under the basket w/40D's 1.6 crop. Other than that, absolutely no regrets.

If one has barely enough light for 1.8, then the 2.8 is usless. There are also some places that frown on using a flash.


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Dec 05, 2009 20:26 |  #30

CountryBoy wrote in post #9142248 (external link)
If one has barely enough light for 1.8, then the 2.8 is usless. There are also some places that frown on using a flash.

True and true.

85mm f/1.8 is my main bball lens (1/500, f/2, iso1600), but I also use the 135L and 70-200 f/2.8, with the latter shot at iso3200.

all with the 85 f/1.8:

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