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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 12:12 am 
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As the football (american) season is coming to an end, i will be transitioning to soccer (football outside of US/Canada) and basketball. Since soccer is played ion the same field as football, i'll still be using trusty Tamron
70-200mm f/2.8, but basketball is a little different.

Basketball is much faster moving, and requires a faster shutter speed, and on top of that the lighting isn't as good as it is indoor. Thankfully, it doesn't require as long of a focal length, and i'm thinking, Nikon 85mm f/1.8 :?: Does anybody have any other suggestions, or does anyone have experience with this lens, or shooting basketball in general?

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 12:44 am 
The 85mm is a beautiful lens,with a decent price tag.
If you can spend double that money,you can go for the 105mm F/2.0,for extra zoom & max quality.
Still,the 85mm would be perfect.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 8:36 am 
if you are shooting under the basket and D300 or other crop factor camera, then i will suggest 50mm f/1.4.

I usually shoot at f/2.2 or f/2.5 with speed 1/500 or 1/640 iso 800

I can also shoot using 17-55mm in f/2.8 with the same shutter speed, but I have to bump iso to 1200 or 1600. I don't like it too much to use 1600 because the image quality is significantly worse due to the noise.

But if you are satisfied with D300 noise handling at iso 1600, then f/2.8
will be great

It is cool to get some kind of flexibility of zoom, but i find the auto focus speed of prime lens is still superior, so I prefer 50mm f/1.4 85% of the time.

Other ideal lens is 70-200mm f/2.8 so you can get image from the mid court to the other end of court.

85mm f/1.8 is cool to capture tight action when you are under the basket or taking pics from a far (not under the basket. When you use 85mm, I recommend you to use f/2.8 or even f/4 because lower than that, the image will be quite soft (good for girls portrait but not that good for manly sports where you want detail of the contracting muscles)


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 7:59 am 
I've tried shooting basketball at state level with the 50mm 1.8 (at f2.8, ISO 800) from one of the edge corners of the court, and found I had to crop most of the photos I took by about 20-30% to bring the action 'closer'. The 85mm would be just about perfect from near the hoops for action covering 1/3 of the court area, but if the lighting is okay, the 70-200 2.8 would be a great lense to use for close or wider shots. The only downside to using f1.8 is the narrow DOF, you might only have one player in focus at a time with this.


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