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Old Jan 13, 2010, 11:38 AM   #11
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50mm 1.8 lens will be good if you're positioned along the baseline.
John, I know we've chatted about my plans for getting this lens soon. Do you have any shots you can post from a similar perspective using this lens? I've seen some portraits with it, but am curious what shots will look like in an indoor sports environment from that distance.

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Old Jan 13, 2010, 12:03 PM   #12
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John, I know we've chatted about my plans for getting this lens soon. Do you have any shots you can post from a similar perspective using this lens? I've seen some portraits with it, but am curious what shots will look like in an indoor sports environment from that distance.
This will test John's archive system or ability to search Steve's LOL. Good luck John
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Mark - I don't even have a prayer. I don't think I ever posted a basketball photo taken with 50mm 1.8. I jumped into the 85mm 1.8 for basketball. So unfortunately I don't have any 50mm 1.8 basketball photos to share.

Realize though the 50mm 1.8 isn't great at it - it doesn't have a USM motor so it's slow to focus. But it can be used in a pinch. If basketball were a big part of what someone wanted to do then the 50mm 1.8 is NOT a good choice - too slow - not long enough. But it's better than any other option below $400. The 50mm 1.4 is faster to focus but still short. That's what makes the 85mm 1.8 the lens of choice - sweet spot of price, aperture, focal length and focus speed (since it has ring USM). And, it's incredibly sharp.
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Old Jan 13, 2010, 12:19 PM   #14
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Oh and Mark, while I don't have a 50mm 1.8 photo I did find this one taken with original rebel 300d and sigma 70-200 2.8:
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I was actually able to find a couple. Given the perspective, I'd have to say they were definately shot from the sideline and baseline. Not terrible, but I could see where having the USM would be a lot of help.

http://www.kevinlillard.com/racing/20091203c0140.jpg

http://www.kevinlillard.com/online/2...28b-0968_f.jpg

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These are a good example of the limitations of shooting with a 50mm. The first is far beyond what is possible for a good photo, the 2nd is about right on for range so keep things to 12-15' and you are fine.
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Thanks everyone for the information. I am going to order the 500 1.8 tomorrow from B&H...I think it will fit my needs and keep the price under my wifes radar
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That sounds great.

Please let us know how it works out (and please share some photos from it so others will learn from your experience with that combination).
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John, I know we've chatted about my plans for getting this lens soon. Do you have any shots you can post from a similar perspective using this lens? I've seen some portraits with it, but am curious what shots will look like in an indoor sports environment from that distance.
My shots are not going to look as good as anything John can share but I did post a couple of shots taken with Canon XSi (max ISO 1600) and 50mm 1.4 and some with a 85mm 1.8 in a thread back in February 2009.

The first two shots were with the 50mm 1.4 but it should illustrate the typr framing you could get with the 50mm 1.8. I only use the 50 now if I am right under the basket on the baseline. Otherwise I would recommend the 85mm (of course I realize it is more expensive but I feel you can get more shots with it).

Here is the thread which includes more good advice from John.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/sp...afternoon.html

Hope it helps a little,
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Thanks for the pictures, they look great, do you remember what settings you used on your camera. I am pumped to get my lens and start. It is my sons senior year in bball, and want to get some good shots.
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