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Oct 19, 2011 08:42 |  #1

I freelance for my school paper at Ohio State and have been really focusing on the sports assignments. So I'm looking at switching out my lens lineup here a bit. I'm really across the board as far as the sport; hockey, football, basketball, soccer, etc. And a mix of inside outside. I don't use my 24-70 /2.8 hardly at all so I'm thinking that's going to go so I can get something with a little more reach. Right now I'm thinking about the 300 /4 IS/non IS or the 35-350 /4-5.6 or the 100-400 /4-5.6. As much as I'd like it I can't drop that much cash on the 300 or 400 /2.8. Then I'm looking at upgrading my Sigma 70-200/2.8 to a Canon 70-200 /2.8 I. So I guess anyone have any input here on some of those lenses for sports in general?


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Oct 19, 2011 09:20 |  #2

Just my experience. My lens collection consists of:

Canon 100-400 f/4-5.6
Canon 24-70 f/2.8
Sigma 120-300 OS f/2.8
Sigma 70-200 OS f/2.8
Canon 400 f/2.8 II Non-IS

For basketball I'll have the 24-70 on the 7D and the 70-200 on the 1DMkIII.
Football and Soccer I'll have the 400 on the Mk, and the 70-200 on the 7D
Volleyball I'll have the 70-200 on the Mk and the 120-300 on the 7D
I have not shot baseball since I got the 400, last spring I used the 100-400 on one body and the 70-200 on the other.

I typically strobe all my gym sports...and my aperture is usually at f/4-5 or so, so any of these lens would work. The 24-70 is a tad short for basketball, but it's sharp IQ allows for heavy crop with out much loss of quality.

At the end of the day, it comes down to what sports you want to cover. The 100-400 has great tons and IQ...but of course it's limited to day time sports. Out of the three telephotos you listed, I would suggest the 300 and add a 1.4 TC.


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Oct 19, 2011 19:42 |  #3

You won't like any of those choices for indoor sports. Too slow, and for the most part you won't need the length. I'd definitely get the 100-400 for football and soccer, but look at an 85 1.8, a 100 2.0 (almost no such thing as a used one. I've tried!), or a 135 2.0 for basketball, hockey, or volleyball.


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Oct 19, 2011 20:51 |  #4

@dwarrenr: I Don't have the pull to use the strobes, they get rented by the AP, Getty or local news. I'm kinda leaning towards the 300 like you were thinking. f/4 isn't the greatest for indoors, but the lighting where I shoot is good enough to make it work I think. Then that should do really well with the outdoor sports.

@toad: The 70-200 /2.8 is my workhorse lens for indoor sports right now and it does great, I'm just thinking of moving that to a Canon version. So that really has the <200 range covered. I know of a few people that use the 70-200 with a 1.4x indoors and it works for them. I'm lucky to have good lighting I guess. So I like the idea of the 100-400 for complete outdoors work, but I feel like I could sneak the 300 in for the indoors.


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