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Old Jun 2, 2006, 8:59 AM   #1
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I'm pretty new and looking for some clarification on a question.

I'm looking for a lens for shooting hockey. (mainly) The rink is pretty dark and the lighting is "orangy" (photos taken on a normal digital).

What appeture should i be looking for? Am i best with a 2.8 or somthing around f4?

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Old Jun 2, 2006, 11:41 AM   #2
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The lower the f number the larger the aperture and the more light gets through--also, the "faster" lens is. So for indoor hockey, you're better off with a lens that supports f/2.8

In general, hockey is the probably the worst event to photograph. The light is low, and action is fast. If you want to freeze the action, you may need to increase the ISO and shoot with faster shutter speed. You can then use software to clean up noise.

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Old Jun 2, 2006, 3:06 PM   #3
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The other issue with hockey is the bright white ice. It tends to trick the camera into underexposure, much like photographing a snow or beach scene. At least +1 stop of compensation will need to be dialed in.
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