BEST LENS for indoor volleyball or BILLIARDS

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  1. CATinHAWAII macrumors member

    CATinHAWAII

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    im going to the 9ball open championships in October...

    http://billiardhq.com/events/event.php?event_id=48

    and i have reserved seats in the 2nd row... estimating
    25 to 30 feet away,,, and in these events, there are usually
    bright lights that shine down on the participants...

    i have a 30D, with 10-22 lens, 18-55, and 75-300 ,,,

    i know i could shoot with these lenses, but i was thinking of
    24-70, but really didnt want to spend quite that much, 24-105 is
    just a bit cheaper, but ...

    i was also considering either a 85 1.8 or 100 2.0 (around 350-400, )

    the other use that i would have would be for indoor volleyball, and as
    is just high school, i could get front row, or back farther and higher up...

    and in that case, faster focusing and bigger aperture would be an asset...

    ok, ready for comments and suggestions...

    ok, thanks.... Cat
     
  2. PeteB macrumors 6502a

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    Being in the second row kind of cuts our options down a bit. The 85 f/1.8 would be a good bet for courtside, but will be kind of short for that distance.

    The 100 might suit you better, as would a 70-200 f/4 (depending on if you can get one for your price).
     
  3. Grimace macrumors 68040

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    You have most focal lengths covered (from 10-300mm). Which lens do you want to replace?

    It's hard to judge without knowing your price range. The BEST lens would be the 200mm f/2L IS. $6000.
     
  4. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

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    The 200mm F2.8 L lens might be a good option at about $600.
     
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    wow, if only you hadn't mis typed.......
     
  6. jbernie macrumors 6502a

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    I would first suggest you check & double check that you will be allowed to take photos. Have watched many games on tv and I don't recall seeing any people with cameras.

    Given how annoyed golfers are when it comes to random clicks from cameras I could see billiards/pool/snooker players getting the same way.

    I checked the link you provided and didn't see anything obvious about restrictions.
     
  7. CATinHAWAII thread starter macrumors member

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    yeah, i didnt put my price range in there, but 6000 aint it!
    i was thinking of specific for these two appications, the Billiards
    and the Volleyball, i guess Billiards isnt too demanding an appication, i could
    use the 75-300, just that its not a great lens...
    and the Volleyball would need to be fast and small f/stop, so ...

    sounds like a good idea, and within my budget, which could stretch to 1000 or so...

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  8. CATinHAWAII thread starter macrumors member

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    ya know.. i didnt even think of that, the last tournament i shot just using
    a point and shoot... grainy with no flash, but nobody complained,

    i think i should be emailing the tournament coordinator to check , thanks
    for the info....
     
  9. ButtUglyJeff macrumors 6502a

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    Tamron just came out with a nice 70-200mm f/2.8 for about $699. I like it alot. You could also get the Tamron Tele-Converters 1.4x and 2.0x for a little over $100 each. And voila, a quick grand spent.

    It's so easy to spend a photographers hard earned money.............

    p.s. - you could then sell the 75-300, because once you use this, I doubt that one will see any action.
     
  10. termina3 macrumors 65816

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    One thing to consider, for Billiards, is that there are plenty of opportunities to get shots where there's little to no subject movement. Lining up for a shot, etc can be done at 1/100 or 1/125 if the camera is steady.

    Volleyball, on the other hand, is very very tough because of poor gym lighting. And you don't have close to as many shots where there's no subject movement.
     
  11. jbernie macrumors 6502a

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    No problem, on the tv replays, I don't even recall seeing media types shooting, they might be there but just didn't pay enough attention.
     
  12. Lovesong macrumors 65816

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    And how did he do that?
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/129190-USA/Canon_2529A004_Telephoto_EF_200mm_f_2_8L.html


    I would actually agree that if you're looking for a monumental leap in quality over the consumer zooms you currently have, there is little that will beat a prime. The 200 f/2.8 is among the cheapest L primes, and among the better ones (not as good as the 135 or 85, better than the 50 or 24).
     
  13. CATinHAWAII thread starter macrumors member

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    getting there...

    im going over in my mind, that maybe the 135 or 200 is the way to go...

    great clarity, fast and low light capable, dont want the biggest baddest out there, just better than ive got...
    still waiting for the event coordinator to get back to me , on
    whether "pro style" cameras are allowed, and under what restrictions....

    anybody had any similar experience? i know concerts in Hawaii generally
    do not let ANY cameras in, or some are not with removable lenses....
     

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