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10/25/2006 01:26:36 AM · #26
If you wanna make all the other sports photogs jealous and have a kickass lens to shoot, get your mitts on a Canon 200 f1.8.
10/25/2006 05:09:17 AM · #27
You already have the 50mm f/1.4 in hand... can you try it out and see how well it works for focusing speed? I have heard that it is much, much more accurate than the f/1.8. I shot a performance with the f/1.8 and lost loads of shots due to the lens missing focus. It's the only lens I've had these problems with.

I've used the 85mm f/1.8 as well and I would guess that it would perform roughly the same as the 50mm f/1.4. The 85mm is simply awesome.

It was a bit too long for most of what I was doing with my 30D though.
10/25/2006 06:52:57 AM · #28
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.

10/25/2006 12:13:47 PM · #29
For basketball in a reasonably well lit gym, a 16-35, and 70-200 combo will be great shooting from the baseline to midcourt, and if you can get a 300 you'll be completely set. That being said, your going to be shooting at 1600 so expect flat, grainy.....i mean noisy......shots....... As for the FPS, I almost never burst 8.5 fps but it not about the number of shots but rather the time between them. 3 frame burst at the height of a jump shot with the 1 D is more likely to catch the critical moment than a 5fps camera. And as far as FPS and flash is concerned, the limitation is overcome with a Digital Camera Battery in combo with the Canon Pro High Voltage Flash Cable. Just be careful not to melt your flash...........really........ :)
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