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Registered: ‎11-15-2018

Lens Suggestion

Good Morning..

I am looking for recommendations for a lens. I have the 70-200, but need something that will work when I am sitting off center of the net in basketball (there is not a lot of room from the court lines and wall) and also for weightlifting. 

I really prefer not a wide angle.. more tighter shots-full framed shots .. if that makes any sense. 

Thank you for your help



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Registered: ‎12-07-2012

Re: Lens Suggestion


You didn't mention which camera you have. However, if you were using the 70-200mil and it worked and you like how it worked, my next choice for you would be the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens. If you are willing to change lenses as you shoot I suggest the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens along with your current 70-200mm.


I have found I like the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for shooting basketball.  A friend of mine that does the KU Jayhawk games put me on to it a while back. I have been using it aloing with the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens on my 1DX.


Lastly the most important part of this is where you shoot from. It is always down to location, location and location.  Where you shoot from will dictate what gear you truly need. I am floor side.

EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV, even less and less other stuff.
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Posts: 521
Registered: ‎01-25-2018

Re: Lens Suggestion

Ernie +1 !


A good lens choice in a great location will produce better images than the perfect lens in a mediocre location. With basketball both your position with respect to the court AND the angle/height you are shooting from are critical for different shots.  If you aren't comfortable holding the camera body in portrait orientation, spend some time developing that comfort because you are going to be using that for the majority of your basketball shots.


Space is tight in most gyms so talk to the relevant AD or official to make sure where you are allowed and then scope out that area to find the best spots.  Although it doesn't happen as often as in football, plays in basketball will bleed over the lines so you have to be prepared to retreat/avoid and have an open spot to go and that is especially true if you are right behind the net. 


I shot my first indoor soccer game of the new season last night and I had forgotten what a pain it is to work in a confined area where you have very little depth between the field of play boundary and the wall; it makes it more difficult to follow the action so like basketball much of the time you either have to choose a primary location based upon the type of play and players you want to capture or choose the best compromise position for the majority of plays.


For basketball I use a 70-200 F2.8 on one body and a 24-70 F2.8 on the other (both full frame bodies).  For indoor soccer the 300 F2.8 works well with the 70-200 2.8 on the second body but in a poorly lit soccer venue (F2.8, 1/640, ISO 12,800) the focus acquisition speed between the prime and 70-200 is obvious although the 70-200 is a pretty fast focusing lens.  I will experiment with the 135 F2 later in the season to see how it does as the second body lens.


Depending upon which Canon body you are using, make sure you have the servo AF setup optimized for the type of action.  The Canon guides explaining this are excellent so read them with your camera at hand to set it up as you read.



EOS 1DX M2, 1DX, 1D M2, EOS 650 (film), many lenses, XF400 video
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Posts: 2
Registered: ‎11-15-2018

Re: Lens Suggestion

Sorry.. I have a 7D Mark II and 7D...


I think I am going to go with the 24-70... can anyone share some basketball photos using that lens?

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