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I have a Sony A100 and would like to purchase a lens for taking photos of action shots. Mainly Sports. Sometimes I can be on the gym floor, other times I have to stay on the balcony or in the bleachers. I need a fast lens that can keep up with the action, so I don't get so many blurry shots. I know there are different brands of lenses that will fit this camera, any suggestions on one over another? I do consider myself to be a very serious amatuer and will spend a lot to get the perfect shot. And I'm very tired of missing them because of blurr.



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Not at all familiar with Sony lenses or their 3rd party options but indoor sports are the most difficult and demanding subjects of photography since basically you're trying to capture 1) moving subjects in 2) low light and 3) at a distance. It's tough but it's possible so you'll need a fast lens with an aperture like f1.8 but no smaller than f2.8..

If you know where you'll be most of the time perhaps a fast prime that would be long enough to cover your subject would be your best bet for build, price and sharpness. Ex., 85f1.8 or 200f2.8..

If your position varies all the time then a good quality medium zoom like a 70-200 f2.8 will be good and more expensive but it's more flexible for many other uses as well..

Regards,Hank.

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I have a Sony A100 and would like to purchase a lens for takingphotos of action shots. Mainly Sports. Sometimes I can be on the gymfloor, other times I have to stay on the balcony or in the bleachers.I need a fast lens that can keep up with the action, so I don't getso many blurry shots. I know there are different brands of lensesthat will fit this camera, any suggestions on one over another? I doconsider myself to be a very serious amatuer and will spend a lot toget the perfect shot. And I'm very tired of missing them because ofblurr. Please help..

Two possibilities, depending how far you are from the action..

1. Ideally: A 70-200 f/2.8. 200mm will be useful for when you are back in the seats, and f/2.8 is essential for freezing action in low light - even with that you might find yourself using ISO800/1600. Sony's 70-200 f/2.8 is very expensive (about 1700 UK); Sigma make one for about 600 UK but I don't know if it is available in the Sony mount. If it is, that's what I would get..

(If you can get a ringside seat close to the action... Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 which is available for Sony mounts, about 300 UK)..

2. Less versatile (but faster...) a prime. How about the Sony 135mm f/1.8 at 1000 UK!! - or possibly more realistically the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX macro which IS available for a Sony mount, at about 280 UK. I don't know about fast 50mm primes for the Sony but if there is one it might be cheap (e.g. the CaNikon 50mm f/1.8 lenses are cheap and good, and could be useful if you were fairly close)..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #2

... my comments assumed that you would be working indoors (your mentioned gym shots). For outdoor sports, assuming they don't take place at dawn or dusk, the Tamron 70-300 f/4 - f/5.6 is cheap (about 150UK) and has a good reputation; Sony's equivalent 75-300 is not much more..

Best wishes againMike..

Comment #3

I read your thread on the Sony SLR forum last month..

The most common recommendation that you got on that thread was to get a used Minolta 50mm f1.7. This may not be long enough for all that you want to do, but it seems to be an excellent starting point and is cheap..

Don't think that getting a faster lens on it's own will solve all your problems. You got a lot of very good advice on the Sony thread, so please take note of it.Chris R..

Comment #4

Thanks for all the help. I have tried the advice that I got last month and it worked great. I am now understanding how everything works together and can get good exposure on my pictures in almost any gym and I have about only about a quater of the blurry shots that I was getting before. I think now the only thing left for me to do is buy the faster lens, like what was suggested last month. It's just that I have sceen the different ones from Sigma and Sony and I it was tamron where I found one. I just wasn't sure if one brand name was better than another.

Can anyone recomend any web sites that might sell used equipment besides Ebay or Amazon?.

One lens that I am considering is the Sony Model Number: SAL-70200G 70-200mm f/2.8 G-Series Telephoto Zoom Lens it's about $2,000.00. Has anyone used this lens is it worth the money or is there one similar to it made by someone else that is better?..

Comment #5

25% blurry shots in sports photography isn't a bad hit rate..

Your blurriness could be caused by motion blur due to too low a shutter speed, and a faster lens will help with that. But it could also be caused by focussing problems for which a faster lens may not help much. In fact it might make things worse because your depth of field will be less at larger apertures..

I am sure that the Sony lens is excellent, most of them are. But $2000 is a lot to spend for somebody who is just starting out in photography. It also might not be the right lens - you might need a much longer lens or a much faster prime. It all depends on how far away you are, how much light is available and how fast the action is..

If sports photography was just as simple as buying an expensive lens, there wouldn't be any professional sports photographers..

I just think that you need to take things more gradually otherwise you might be very disappointed by the results.Chris R..

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