Indoor Basketball 70 - 200 2.8 lens right?
I am new to digital photography. I got a Canon 40D for Christmas. My son plays middle school basketball and I was told I needed a fast lens 2.8. I loved my old 70 -300 35 mm lens and decided to purchase the 70 - 200 2.8 lens for my new DSLR. I find I am on top of the boys when shooting in the gym. However, when I was at a Pistons game the other night the photographers had 70 -200 and beyond.

Please give me advise as to what lens I should use..

Thanks so much!..

Comments (6)

Well, it depends how far you are from the action. If you are 'on top' of the action, just use the short end of your lens range - or just move back a bit if you can..

Don't forget that 200mm on your camera will give the same field of view as a 300 mm lens on a 35mm camera because of the smaller sensor, which is a pretty powerful telephoto. The constant f/2.8 aperture is ideal and as good as it gets for tele zooms..

I'd stick with your lens, which sounds ideal for low light sports photography, and maybe supplement it with a 50mm f/1.8 prime (cheap!) for when you are on top of the action..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #1

THanks for the quick reply. I understand that the aperature is correct at 2.8 for indoor shooting. My biggest concern is being on top of the kids with the minumum 70 mm. Keep in mind this is Middle School Basketball and the courts are smaller than the pros..

I am looking at trading for either the.

Canon 24- 70 2.8 EX DG.

Sigma 18- 50 2.8 EX DC MACRO HSM (DC Lens).

Im not quite shue what a DC lens is..

Any help would be appreciated...

Comment #2

For all the basketball that I shoot (jr. high, high school and college) I generally use a 17-55 2.8. Sometimes I'll use my 28-105 if I can get far enough back when I'm under the basket. I'll use a 70-200 if I'm shooting the action at the other end of the court..

Scott W. McClure.


'You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and doesn't waste either.'... The Late Galen Rowell..

Comment #3

In addition to the 70-200IS if you're quite near you may find an 85mm f/1.8 useful for additional speed, as wider than f/2 would be preferable for indoor sports. Will also be good for portraits..



Comment #4

Consider a Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8..

I can only find a reliable review on a Nikon body:.


Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.


Comment #5

I don't know what lens to tell you you need for middle school bball, but I can tell you that if I had a 70-200 f/2.8 in my possession you'd play hell getting me to give it back. I might add another lens, but don't see letting that one go unless there's something wrong with it. Someday your son will be playing soccer or football or baseball and you won't be able to get quite so close and you'll appreciate the 200/2.8. My $.02.

CP8800, D80, 18-135, 70-300VR, SB-600WSSA #83Everything that goes around comes around...

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