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Cathy M. Tenney

Best Lens for Sports Pictures

What type of lens would you recommend for taking indoor sports pictures where you are not permitted to use flash? I have a digital Canon Rebel.

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11/20/2008 8:34:44 PM


Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

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11/20/2008 9:49:23 PM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  Less versatile than the zoom, but 1+ stop faster, are the EF 200 f/2L IS USM and EF 135 f/2L USM. If you can be closer to the action, the shorter telephoto primes are very economical, like EF 100 f/2 USM or EF 85 f/1.8 USM.

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11/21/2008 5:28:55 AM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Depends on the sport and the kind of picture.

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11/21/2008 3:07:12 PM

Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  The focal length of lens you use also depends on where you're positioned to the players and how far from the action. For example, in the stands, on the sidelines, what the lighting will be, whether you can use a support like a monopod, etc. etc. 200mm may not be enough and you might need more than that - say, 350mm to 500mm. It depends. For sports, I'd recommend that you always get more lens than you think you need.

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11/24/2008 10:09:03 AM

Martin J. Preslar
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/25/2005
  I use a Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 APO EX. It does great work. Most indoor sports can be shot at 200mm, unless you are looking to get the close-up shots of the athletes' faces, in which case a longer lens would be called for. Also, don't be afraid to bump up the ISO. I used to shoot with the Canon Digital Rebel (300D) and it did fine at higher ISO levels.

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11/26/2008 6:39:09 AM

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