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01-11-2011 05:07 PM  7 years agoPost 1
BANDANA

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Do any of my RR brethren shoot indoor sports with good success?

I have a Canon Rebel DSLR and want to be able to capture the kids' indoor sporting events with clarity.

Any suggestions on a lens that won't break the bank but do a good job?

85 f1.8?
70-200 f2.8?

Thanks for the info
Bandana

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01-11-2011 05:15 PM  7 years agoPost 2
RCHeliJim

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The 70-200 f2.8 is an awesome lens, and if you pick up a used version 1 of the lens, it shouldn't be too bad on the wallet (but still over $1000 usually for a good copy). If you pick up the latest "mark 2" version of the lens new, its over 2K. It is an awesome piece of glass though and should work great for many things, including indoor sports. My 70-200 is almost always mounted on my camera and I use it for almost everything. I haven't tried the 85 f1.8 so I cannot comment on it

PS - the 70-200 is also a fantastic lens for catching helis in flight



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01-11-2011 05:21 PM  7 years agoPost 3
z11355

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they make a 200/1.8 or 200/2 (I forget) which is just tremendous

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01-12-2011 01:03 AM  7 years agoPost 4
jphilli

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They made a 200/1.8 and then switched to a 200/2. They're both incredible lenses although the last thing I'd bring to a basketball game. If I had a pick, I'd take the 70-200 2.8 mk2 for the other side of the court and either a 24-70 2.8 or a 55 1.4 for the close things.

For what it's worth, I was able to take floor photos at Ga. Tech home games all last season. Was fun stuff and learned a lot although I could do much better nowadays.

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01-12-2011 03:56 AM  7 years agoPost 5
BANDANA

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Good information guys.

I hear lots of good on the 70-200. Any experience with an 85 f1.8? Besides the obvious fixed length.

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01-12-2011 04:01 AM  7 years agoPost 6
jphilli

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With a rebel (1.6x) and an 85mm it seems like you'd be really limited with your keepers. Maybe good for only half court shots but I could be wrong...

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01-12-2011 12:26 PM  7 years agoPost 7
Learn to Fly

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70-200 2.8 for sure!!! My next investment too.

85 is good for portraits.


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