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Old Sep 12, 2005, 11:58 AM   #1
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I shoot with a 20D, and would like to take action shots of my daughter's volleyball matches.My 17-85 IS is not fast enough, and my 50 1.8 is not long enough. Money is a consideration. Looking for suggestions for a moderate tele or zoom, f/2.8, IS would be nice. Thanks.
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Old Sep 12, 2005, 12:54 PM   #2
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How much money is the top you're looking to spend?

The Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 is good, but no IS and it's about $750. I don't think Canon makes anything that fast over 100 mm for under $1000.
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Old Sep 12, 2005, 12:57 PM   #3
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200mm f2.8, 135mm f2
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Old Sep 12, 2005, 12:58 PM   #4
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I use my 20D with the 85mm F1.8 and get great results shooting my daughters basketball games. At less than $350, it's a great lens for the price! It's fast enough for even the most poorly lit gyms! Good Luck
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Old Sep 12, 2005, 2:27 PM   #5
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200mm f2.8, 135mm f2
Indeed, I forgot about the primes.
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Old Sep 12, 2005, 6:25 PM   #6
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G35Guy wrote:
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How much money is the top you're looking to spend?

The Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 is good, but no IS and it's about $750. I don't think Canon makes anything that fast over 100 mm for under $1000.

Correct me if I'm wrong, isn't IS only useful for higher f-stops anyway? Indoor sports are usually fast action...in which case you'llmore need a fast lens than an IS lens.
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Old Sep 14, 2005, 3:57 PM   #7
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I am now considering the Canon 100 2.8 macro, to hopefully kill 2 birds (macro & indoor sports) with one stone.

Any opinions?
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I am now considering the Canon 100 2.8 macro, to hopefully kill 2 birds (macro & indoor sports) with one stone.

Any opinions?
Yes - Very slow AF like all macros, they are designed for precise focus up close (and not for action)
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Old Sep 14, 2005, 5:30 PM   #9
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I think your best bet is the Sigma 70-200 EX DG as G35Guy has already suggested.

Related discussions here: http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=65
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Old Sep 14, 2005, 7:35 PM   #10
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I use my 85mmand my 50mm f/1.8for my daughters gymnastics and theyworks very well. But I have time to change lenses between events too. I have also used about every lens in my bag at one time or another, depending on the size of the venue and the lighting. She has a Volleyball game saturday, so I'll try to find out what lens works bestfor me there. I also use a mono pod at timeswhich helps me steady the camera and still gives me the freedomto move around.
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