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100-400mm or 70-200mm for sports?

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Jan 27, 2021 11:06 |  #1

For use in yearbook class we have a Canon Rebil T7i, I am needing to spend some money on a new lens for sporting events. Any suggestions on what to get for this little camera? Not sure if these are so different that it would make a difference in the gym vs on a football field. I'm basically a beginner with photography. Help is appreciated here!

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Jan 27, 2021 11:32 |  #2

Shooting sports in a gym is a very different than than out on a field outside. F5.6 is very, very slow for indoor in a gym, especially with a less sensitive sensor and limited tech behind ISO. So the 100-400 won't be good in the gym because it's just too slow (F5.6) and it will require maxed out ISO and you may still just end up with slow shutter speed which doesn't freeze action. The image will fall apart at max ISO unless that gym is very, very well lit for someone that's not already very well versed in processing noise. A 70-200 at F2.8 in a gym can work, but it will likely also be at max ISO or near it, but at least you'll have those extra 2 stops of light for your shutter speed to stop motion, which at least helps a lot to not have a noisy blurry photo and instead just a noisy photo. Much easier to process that.

But, a 100-400 will be super useful outside for sports on the fields where you'll want reach.

I would argue for a 100-400 outdoor and instead of the 70-200 F2.8, maybe look at a 50mm or 85mm at F1.8 for indoor in the gym on that body.

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Feb 26, 2021 02:39 as a reply to  @ MalVeauX's post |  #3

Spot on.

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Feb 26, 2021 11:14 as a reply to  @ LSUsportsfreak's post |  #4

Only disagreement is the focus on the 85mm is notoriously slow, especially with my F1.2 - But you are indeed spot on

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Mar 09, 2021 10:23 |  #5

I have used the EF 85mm f1.8 several times for basketball on a crop body and it works quite well. AF is plenty fast enough for high school, IMO. It can be a bit long right on the baseline but if you are off to the side a bit, it works well.

This is a shot with the 85mm f1.8

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