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Mar 23, 2009 19:29 |  #1

I am a total rookie with a 40D. What are the thoughts on a Tamron 70-210 SP LD lens for gymnastics shots?

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Mar 23, 2009 20:19 |  #2

I would rather have the 85 1.8...faster, smaller, great optically!!


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Mar 23, 2009 20:23 |  #3

Not up to date on Tamron 70-210 but hope it is 2.8 or faster, to shoot gymnastics most gyms have poor lighting and you will most likley be shooting wide open if I had a choice i would go with a 135L I shoot with a 70-200 2.8 L and want to get a 135L for next season.


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Mar 23, 2009 20:23 |  #4

slkfis wrote in post #7584041 (external link)
I am a total rookie with a 40D. What are the thoughts on a Tamron 70-210 SP LD lens for gymnastics shots?

Grandaughter awaits.

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bob

The 70-210 would be used no? Or are you talking about the new 70-200?


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Mar 23, 2009 20:45 |  #5

I suggest the 85 1.8. Indoor lighting is terrible. You may also want to investigate noise reduction programs like NeatImage or Noise Ninja when you get around to processing (shoot in RAW and that helps also).


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Mar 23, 2009 20:48 as a reply to  @ ozziepuppy's post |  #6

the 85mm 1.8 is good but a Great Lens is the 135mm f2. It's at least double the money but IMHO the images are twice as nice :lol:




  
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Mar 23, 2009 20:53 |  #7

ozziepuppy wrote in post #7584536 (external link)
I suggest the 85 1.8. Indoor lighting is terrible. You may also want to investigate noise reduction programs like NeatImage or Noise Ninja when you get around to processing (shoot in RAW and that helps also).

+1 - Great advice


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Mar 23, 2009 20:53 |  #8

I use the 200 f/2L IS =]


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Mar 23, 2009 20:56 |  #9

Doublea17 wrote in post #7584372 (external link)
Not up to date on Tamron 70-210 but hope it is 2.8 or faster, to shoot gymnastics most gyms have poor lighting and you will most likley be shooting wide open if I had a choice i would go with a 135L I shoot with a 70-200 2.8 L and want to get a 135L for next season.

You 're shooting with a 1.3x crop while the OP is shooting with a 1.6x crop. So, in this case, the 85mm is a better option, IMO.

Fwiw, I have shot all three lenses (70-200 f/2.8 IS, 85mm f/1.8 and 135L) on all three Canon Dslr formats in "crappy" gym lighting.


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Mar 23, 2009 21:01 |  #10

slkfis wrote in post #7584041 (external link)
I am a total rookie with a 40D. What are the thoughts on a Tamron 70-210 SP LD lens for gymnastics shots?

Grandaughter awaits.

thxs

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bob

not a very good choice, imo. i'd want IS and ring usm if i were using a 70-200 zoom indoors.

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Mar 23, 2009 21:04 |  #11

I use prime lenses for youth gymnastics. The lighting is generally amazingly bad, so f/2 is close to a requirement. It often needs f/2 and ISO3200 just to get to 1/400 or so.


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Mar 23, 2009 21:19 |  #12

twoshadows I do forget about the crop factor thanks for pointing that out. But would like the 135f2 for next season or be like scott and have the 200F2L


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Mar 23, 2009 22:38 |  #13

Doublea17,

Yeah, the 135L was my "go to" basketball lens on my 1DmkIIn and it really is a great lens for IQ when compared to even the well loved (and for good reason) 85mm f/1.8.


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Mar 24, 2009 09:24 as a reply to  @ twoshadows's post |  #14

slkfis,

I use the 85/1.8, 135/2 and (Canon) 70-200/2.8 for gymnastics. The 70-200 is a great lens, but most of the little gyms we go to are too dark to effectively use a 2.8 lens. The 85/1.8 is terrific for basketball, but it often doesn't have enough reach for gymnastics (unless you have access to get up close to each event). My best gymnastics lens has been the 135/2. It focuses fast, has the f/2 aperture, and has excellent image quality. It does have its drawbacks--it's not the perfect focal length--it will frequently be either too long or too short--but...I think it's the most useful of the three. That's just my 2 cents!


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Mar 24, 2009 11:44 |  #15

I've used the 85/1.8 with great success for indoor swimming and basketball, although it was a bit long around the basket with a crop body. Seems like you may want the extra reach of the 135/2 for gymnastics, though. Hey, why not get both?


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