looking for fast zoom lens for indoor sports

Discussion in 'Canon EOS' started by jr stevens, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. Hi all ,i am looking for a fast zoom lens to shoot indoor sports, hockey primarily. I am on a tight budget so the canon 24-70mm lens is out of the question.that basically leaves the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 and sigma 24-70mm f/2.8.has anyone had any experience using either/both of these lenses and if so, how are they for indoor sports (autofocus , etc)?
     
  2. Why not the 85/1.8. Faster, sharper and faster focusing. Of course it's less versatile than a zoom, but then you can't get everything you need if your budget is limited (and you can't get an f1.8 zoom even if it isn't).
     
  3. I second the 85 1.8 suggestion, its a great lens. I used to own the Tamron 28-75 and that is a pretty good lens as well but the extra stop + 1/3 of the 85 will come in handy indoors with no flash.
     
  4. If you are shooting ice hockey you will need a longer lens than 24-70. On a crop body (7D) I can shoot the game with just a 70-200 F2.8. On a full frame body shooting from the bench I can do most of the game with the 70-200 f2.8 but occasionally need a 300mm lens. Needless to say I generally shoot with the 7D these days. In terms of speed - the faster the better. I generally end up shooting at ISO 1600 or 3200 depending on the arena as most are quite dark. Typical shots have EXIF data such as ISO 3200 1/400 and F2.8. Unless you are on the ice you will find 70mm or 85mm too short.
     
  5. I own an EF 100mm f2.0 and I have found this to be an incredible indoor sports lens. I was an L series snob until I used two lenses, this one and a 50mm f/1.4. I use the 100 on a 40D for indoor sports (including hockey and indoor soccer) and have found this little jewel to be fast focusing and very sharp. On my 5D2 it makes a wonderful portrait lens. Before you buy a zoom or any other lens, read Roger Cicala's take on this lens at Lensrentals.com, rent the lens along with an 85 f/1.8. I think you will find yourself forgetting about a zoom.
     
  6. The 85mm f/1.8 is a good suggestion. I you really want a zoom, you could get the 70-200mm f/4. The 2.8 version is nice, but out of your budget and with the brightness of the ice, you can probably get decent results with the f/4.
     
  7. suggest 3rd party zoom not great option. you're looking for the 'low cost + high performance' formula. sorry, but no free lunch.
    if it were me i'd get a 100 or 200 and save up for a high-end fast zoom later. 200 f2.8 (canon) runs about $600. the 85mm-100mm family is less. they are sharp, fast, good pop, etc.
    (less expensive 3rd party optics are okay if you're not looking for high performance)
     
  8. Nathan - the F4 zoom will be marginal in many of the arenas I shoot in. Most arenas are quite dimly lit (as the ice is quite reflective). Most arenas I shoot in are around 7 to 8 EV and you generally have about 2/3 to 1 stop of exposure compensation set due to the brightness of the ice. Thus you typically shoot at ISO 1600 or 3200, 1/250 to 1/500 and f2.8. Alan's suggestion of the 200 F2.8 is a good one - especially if you shoot full frame. On and APS-C sensor a 135mm lens may be more useful. On my 7D the bulk of shots are taken at focal lengths between 135mm and 200mm.
     
  9. 85mm f/1.8
    amazing amazing lens
     
  10. With a tight budget, I'd say you have to stick with the shorter 85mm f/1.8 or slightly longer 100mm f/2. Both still awesome lenses if only not long enough for your needs.
    If you can step up to the $750 range, I'd recommend the 200mm f/2.8 which I believe is supposed to be even sharper than the 70-200mm. The bonus with the 200mm is that you could add a teleconverter to it to make it more versatile at either 280 mm f /4 or 400 mm f /5.6.
    Finally there's the 135mm f/2 L at $1000. I've heard this lens is the thing of legends, especially at this price. You can also add a teleconverter to it and extend it as well to make it either 190 mm f /2.8 or 270 mm f /4.
    Just in case you are unaware, the canon brand teleconverters can only be added to prime lenses 135mm and above, and L zoom lenses that start at 70mm.
     

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