WHICH COMBINATION OF LENSES?

Discussion in 'Sports' started by michelle_gifford, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. This post goes along with "WHICH LENS SHOULD I CHOOSE?"
    I already posted a question similar to this, but now I am adding something else into the mix. I am still looking for the most versatility in my lens selections. I am still looking at the (sigma 2.8) 24-70mm (82mm filter) $484 and the 28-70mm (67mm filter) $329 in which I still can't decide. But I have found a NORMAL Canon EF 50mm 1.8 II Autofocus lense for $99. Would I be "overlapping" if I decided to get the cheaper sigma and this 1.8 or is it a good buy to have a 1.8 in my collection?? I am basically an amateur at this, but I want the most versatility for my money to take indoor basketball. Please help me make up my mind. :)
    Thanks!
     
  2. For the most 'versatility, for an amateur, get the zoom. As I mentioned yesterday, look up some reviews on the 2 Sigmas, and/or buy the newest version of the two.
     
  3. Steve is right, you might even look at a Tamron 28-75mm 2.8 (67mm), it's a fast lens and takes crisp sports shots (check the basketball photos in my portfolio) and is good for action in low light. It also fits in the price range you are looking into.
    You can add a 1.4x or 2x converter to the lens for some length if you need it.
     
  4. Just keep in mind that adding a 1.4x or 2x will cut your light 1-2 stops and there could be compatability issues there. A 24-70mm would be a good lens for basketball in fairly well lit gyms, as long as you can get along the baseline. I typically use my 30mm f1.4 sigma on the baseline under the backboard, and canon's 85mm f1.8 on the corners. I usually don't have to go below f2.8, except in extremely poor lighting.
     
  5. I looked at some reviews of the two sigma 2.8's. They are very similar in their reviews. Some good. Some bad. I am leaning toward getting the cheaper one, simply because I really can't justify spending $155 more just for basically only 4 more mm of length. I will probably also get the 50mm 1.8 just cause it's only 100 bucks. The gym I shoot in most of the time allows me to comfortably use my rebel with my 70-200mm 2.8 @ 1/160 and 1600 iso. I get good well lit shots from this. I will upload a few to get some opinions...thanks everyone for the input:)
     
  6. I am trying to upload pics so forgive me if it doesn't work. I already tried once...
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  7. Many gyms are dark enough that f/1.8 are necessary. I usually use an 85/1.8, supplemented by a 180/2.8 in bright gyms and sometimes the 50/1.8 in the dark gyms.
     

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