|No, I find it is just about right. I stay about 3-4 ft (from memory, it was last season I used it last) away from the baseline or sideline. Lets you stay out of the way of the refs and players too, and the view is good. I use AF on one focus point and burst mode shooting, and it works well. Certainly cheaper than an L lens. :-) I've also got the 50mm f1.4 (and 2 L's for outside), but I think the 85mm f1.8 is my favorite for cruddy indoor light sports so far. I've got a sigma 70-200mm f2.8, and it just didn't work well for the inside gyms...maybe the canon version would do better. Or if the gyms I shot in had better lights... Don't know about that one...
Originally posted by MattO:
Do you find that under the net in basketball that 85mm especially on a 1.6 crop cam would be too long? I admit that when I shot VBALL with the 70-200 my average range was right in the 85mm range, so that may work well for there, as long as the AF is fast on it. I wonder about BBall though. Since most of the shooting would be when the ball is in the half end of the court I would be shooting in. THis lens is definately in the range of price that I could still work on getting the second body still.