I have a Canon T3 and will be shooting some indoor basketball and was wondering what the best lens would be for shooting that. Also, my budget is under $500. I would like IS, but not necessary. All ideas welcome. Thanks!
+1, this lens can be found used for right about $500 as well. This is way to go w/your budget.I'd say your best budget lens for sports (not so far away sports, like basket) is the Canon EF 70-200mm F4L USM which can be had for $600 on amazon (which is an absolute bargain!). It doesn't have IS, but then that won't help you freeze the action either, only aperture will.
Unfortunately this is correct regarding Canon's 70-200 f/4L - amazing lens with good light but in low light/indoor conditions it is not so good especially where you will be shooting at relatively fast shutter speeds to freeze action. IS is a non-issue for sports photography because ideally you will always be shooting at a shutter speed fast enough to be able to handhold the camera.f/4 is not going to cut it for indoor basketball, unless you're able to strobe the gym. And even then, you're going to be boosting the ISO way up in order to give you reasonable shutter speeds. Even f/2.8 is a stretch. IS is useless for stopping motion, which is your biggest concern.
I'd be looking at the 85 f/1.8 or 100 f/2 for indoor basketball.
And if this lens comes out at a price of at most $500, I'm seriously tempted to go CanonCanon are rumoured to have this in the works, so maybe in a year or two this could be an option?
Hmmm canon has the 70 200 length well covered with 4 well regarded lenses so few people would choose this over say a 70 200 2.8, yes its faster but far less versitile.LOL, no way any f/2 lens in pretty much any focal length will be $500. Maybe $1500.