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Is 400mm too long for basketball?

 
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Jan 12, 2010 03:53 |  #1

Was thinking of a 400mm purchase for baseball, rugby, and football but was wondering if anyone has luck with this focal length for basketball? I use a 1d mark II so it's a 1.3x crop.


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Jan 12, 2010 03:54 |  #2

I've never tried it but I would say that it would be way to long for the majority of shots unless you're way up in the stands.




  
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Jan 12, 2010 05:39 |  #3

depending on where you're sitting, the 100mm 2.0, 135mm 2.0 and the 200mm 2.8 are far better choices.




  
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Jan 12, 2010 05:43 |  #4

If you are in the upper deck of a huge area 400 might work. Anywhere near court side and it will be way to long. I've shot basketball successfully anywhere between about 30 and 200mm on my 1.6. I once tried 300mm for cross court shots and found it to be way to long.
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Jan 12, 2010 06:05 |  #5

Too long and too slow.


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Jan 12, 2010 08:47 |  #6

Kinda the opposite of what most people want for basketballl. A lot of the famous shots you have seen were done with a 50/1 or 50/1.2. Of course, those guys get to sit right under the basket. I'd start with an 85/1.8 or 135/2 depending on where you will be and what you want your shots to be composed of.


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Jan 12, 2010 10:13 |  #7

Like others have said, a 400 is probably too long unless in the stands. Most photographers behind the hoop use a 7-2, at least.


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Jan 12, 2010 10:25 |  #8

I'm with everyone else on this one, but maybe you could clarify more of what you are trying to accomplish, what is your vision for the images? That would give everyone a better idea of what lens recommendations that we would make.


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Jan 12, 2010 10:53 |  #9

Definitely too long. And yes way too slow unless you are considering the f2.8.


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Jan 12, 2010 12:22 as a reply to  @ Zethar's post |  #10

I think if you are far enough away to take advantage of 400mm then you're too far from the action to get a good shot. That is a shot without including the heads below you. You need a good seat close to the action and either a 70-200 2.8 (IS doesn't matter) or 135/85mm prime.




  
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