04-28-2015 09:54 PM
I shoot sports action at night lacrosse for a High School which would be better the 70-200mm 2.8 is or the 70-200mm non is . I shoot between 800-100 2.8 6400 so would it be cost effective for the is or would I save money and still get sharp
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04-30-2015 09:52 AM
Thanks for posting.
If you will be hand holding the camera at all, I think you will find the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens the better choice.
04-30-2015 12:03 PM - edited 04-30-2015 12:03 PM
Lets see how can I put this? Ah, I have it, there is no better lens made, period, than the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens. If it can't do it, it can't be done.
04-30-2015 09:10 PM
02-20-2018 08:29 AM
Low light sports are a challenge and I am somewhat happy to see the end of my daughter's indoor soccer league. They play in a very poorly lit (dim and uneven via high intensity lighting reflecting off the ceiling) inflatable dome and the field is regulation high school size.
The best setup I have found after several games was using my 70-200 F2.8 with a 1.4X extender providing F4 maximum aperture. The 200mm telephoto end just isn't enough for a lot of the action even with me moving around so the 1.4X converter with its one stop loss is pretty much required. With F4 aperture and 1/500 shutter speed I have the ISO at 16,000 which is very usable with the 1DX Mark ii but I would love to be able to use a lower ISO. I shoot RAW images in full manual mode but I do have to push half a stop for some of the images because of the uneven lighting.
I may bite the bullet and pick up a 300 2.8 before next indoor season and try shooting primarily with a prime. It is so nice to shoot the outdoor games with bright lighting and much more sideline room. I often use a 400mm F5.6 outdoors which works well for covering a large part of the field but not only is it far too slow for dim indoor conditions the restricted movement in the little soccer dome means it is also too long for a lot of coverage and I think 300mm will be perfect with the ability to turn it into a 420 f4 with the 1.4X.