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Old Feb 19, 2010, 6:01 PM   #1
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Default Lens for baseball shots

Canon T1i owner and looking for a lens with good range to take pictures from the stands (Little League). I currently own the kit lens and 50mm 1.8. Any recommendations?
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Old Feb 19, 2010, 6:08 PM   #2
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What is your budget and what level of quality are you after?
Also - give some additional information about the layout - can you get down by the field? Every amount you can get closer helps with reducing the size of the lens you need.
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Budget level $350 and level of quality, as good as you can get for a relative amateur. Most likely I would be taking the photos from either the stands or from the players bench.
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not a whole lot of options at that price range. the 55-250 will work from the bench. It's not a ring USM focus lens so focus speed won't be great but you'd have to double your budget to afford the 70-200 f4.
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Thanks John. I am just saying $350 because that is what I think I should spend but if a lens is that much better, I can increase my budget. Is this the L series lens? Does it have IS? Is it a heavy lens? Would I have to use a tripod to prevent shake?
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Old Feb 21, 2010, 12:20 PM   #6
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For sports shooting, you'll need to use fast shutter speeds in order to avoid motion blur due to subject movement. Those same fast shutter speeds will also prevent motion blur due to camera shake, so you really won't need stabilization to shoot baseball.

And shooting action from a tripod or even a monopod is difficult. Handheld, you pan while pivoting on your body. Panning on a tripod (or monopod) means pivoting on the tripod (or monopod) instead, which takes getting used to.
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the 70-200mm F4L is not as heavy as the 2.8. And the lower price one does not have IS.

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If we're not looking at price, how is the 70-200f4L better than the 55-250 IS?
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The 55-250 IS is a very good lens. For its price, it's excellent. But the 70-200 is just plain excellent. Asside from the larger aperture, it has less vignetting, less distortion, and it focuses faster.
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and much better build quality. In short, the 70-200 f4 is a professional grade lens. The 55-250 is a good (but not great) consumer grade lens.
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