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Beginner with Canon Rebel XTi lens???????
I recently bought a Canon Rebel XTi and I need help choosing a lens. I would like a lens that I can take shots of my sons playing sports.Hope that I can find one priced reasonable. Is there one that I can take pics. of like at Football games and Basketball games where I don't have use the flash? Any help would be greatly appreciated...

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Photography still involves a lot of science. Taking pictures erequires light, for two reasons. Light determines aperture, and you need a wide aperture in low light. And light determines shutter speed, which leads to sharpness of moving athletes..

You need a lens with wide apertures to allow lots of light in, permitting a fast enough shutter speed to stop action. Unfortunately, low light lenses are expensive..

The cheapest / best indoor school sports lens allowing moms and dads to take decent pictures when the can stand pretty close to the action area is the Canon 50mm f1.8 lens. Under a hundred bucks in the USofA. More elsewhere, but still a bargain..

BAK..

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Ha thanks what lens would you recommens for Football as I can't get real close to take the pics?..

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Howdy,.

Sounds like a lot of fun! I think the questions that you'll have to answer will be for football, will these games by day games or at night? However, if you just want to pick up one lens, you may be constrained by the basketball game since that will be indoors and those can be low light or have pretty good lighting, it varies. Also, what age group? Is it more like pee wee where you'll be close to the action or more high school/college where you'll be far away in a bleacher?.

For football during the day, that would probably be easy since you don't necessarily need a fast lens. You just need the right amount of reach. If the football is night time, you'll need a fast lens. There's lenses out there, just depends on how much you want to spend. Note though that IS won't help you for sports..

A great low light lens that is cheap is the Canon 50mm f/1.8. My only concern with that would be I doubt it would be long enough to really get in on your child. Someone with more experience can chime in, but the Canon 80mm and 100mm look like great deals and are fast lenses as well. I've read the quality is awesome on these lenses, but the question would be again would this be enough reach. Each lens is in the $325-400 range I think. I'd think a lens like the Canon ef 70-200mm f/4L would be agreat lens for daytime football but may not be fast enough for indoors and definitely not for night time football..

So what is the budget and how far do you expect to be from the action? Also, night time or daytime football? And how is the basketball gym? Is it really bright or on the dim side?.

Just trying to learn.

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I need a lens for Football games at night..

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A 70-200 f/2.8. The IS version would be best, but not really essential as the kind of shutter speeds required to stop action will also negate camera shake (mostly). You will have to use high ISO's. The pro's do just that, though pro stadiums have far brighter lights..

As tempting as the 85mm f/1.2 might be, that's too short for football. You'd end up severely cropping the image until it was worse than the ISO3200 you'll end up using with a f/2.8 lens...

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And, as a bonus, when you show up with lens like that, people will assume you're a pro and you can shoot from the sidelines...

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I should really finish my thoughts before posting..

You could also use flash. A high-powered one is still far cheaper than a pro lens. You will NEED to shoot from the sidelines for flash to be effective. A Canon 580EX has a range of 135 feet at full zoom, ISO 1600, and f/5.6...

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BN63 wrote:.

I recently bought a Canon Rebel XTi and I need help choosing a lens.I would like a lens that I can take shots of my sons playingsports.Hope that I can find one priced reasonable. Is there one thatI can take pics. of like at Football games and Basketball games whereI don't have use the flash? Any help would be greatly appreciated..

Well, for basketball, I would recommend the Canon 85 f1.8 for basketball. It is about $340. The AF on the 50 f1.8 is not as good and you need to stop down a bit for really good sharpness, but if you are looking to save money, that is also an option for under $100. Remember, you will need to shoot at 1/500 or so to freeze the motion for sports. The lighting inside HS gyms will be around 7 EV (if you are lucky); that equates to 1/500 at f2 and ISO 1600..

For night football, well, you need to spend a lot of money. You will need at least f2.8 if you want to be able to stop motion. That means that you will need the a 70-200 f2.8 lens. The Canon one is about $1100-$1200. You can save a little by getting Sigma 70-200 EX f2.8 for about $900...

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Thanks for the help. Is there a big differience in the canon and the sigma lense? Will I be able to find a canon lense used cheaper than 1000 to 1200 dollars?..

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BN63 wrote:.

Thanks for the help. Is there a big differience in the canon and thesigma lense? Will I be able to find a canon lense used cheaper than1000 to 1200 dollars?.

Well, you can get the 70-200 f2.8L lens new from B&H for $1140. You'll have a hard time finding a used one for under $1000. Most people who get this lens generally don't want to get rid of it. I didn't see any used ones from KEH or B&H, and looking on e-bay, most of the people wanted over $1100 for one. I'm not sure how easy it will be to get one much cheaper than $1000..

As for the Sigma 70-200 EX, it is supposed to be about almost as sharp, but with with a warmer image (according to reviews). I haven't used the Sigma, so I can't say for sure. I've only use the IS version of the Canon 70-200 f2.8L for a little bit, and it was very good. I've been told that both the IS and non-IS versions are similar in optics, so the non-IS version should be very good too...

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Thanks I guess that I will start saving and try to get the canon lense. I'll start looking on e-bay...

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Here is the zoom lens I use with my Canon XTi..

Tamron - Lens ~ AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] Macro ~ for Canon Digital SLR Cameras.

I included my personal file for the 400D and the Tamron so you have access to all the documentation and customer service links..

Http://personafile.com/...l-Rebel-Xti-10.1-Megapixel-18-55mm-013803066104.htm.

Http://personafile.com/Tamron-Lens-A14E-725211147213.htm.

A Few Of My Favorite:http://personafile.com/kcair/public..

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