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Old Aug 24, 2011, 3:17 PM   #1
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Two years ago now I picked up a Nikon D5000 with the two kit lenses. One of the first things I shot was a Middle School girls basketball game...
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I learned a little through that year and went back to the same gym for some more pictures last year...
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/sp...-girls-bb.html
I think there's an improvement. lol Now, I want to get even better. There is a store in town that rents lenses. But which one would get me the most 'bang for the buck'?
Here's the ones I'm thinking of...
Nikon AF-S DX 17-55mm f2.8D
Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f2.8G
Nikon AF-S 50mm f1.4D
Nikon AF-S DX 35mm f1.8

I plan on shooting from the baseline, probably between the 3pt arc and the key. Maybe get some shots from center court of girls bringing the ball up the court. I'm leaning toward the 24-70mm, but the 1.4 has me intrigued too.

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I'd say that you'll need something longer, especially if the girls won't be much bigger than the girls you shot in your last two attempts.
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Do you have the option of renting a Nikon 70-200 f/2.8?
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Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f2.8G ED-IF VR II

I thought that might be a little too long. Most 'action' happens right under the basket (within a foot or two of the key).
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The photos in your prior topics didn't have any EXIF data. What focal lengths did you use for them?
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Crap. Sorry. Will have to look it up when I get home. I'm guessing the 1st set was with the kit 55-200 and the 2nd set was the kit 18-55.
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... and were they crops?
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yes, all of the above were cropped. That much I remember.
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I can't find the first set.

The 2nd set was:
#1: 122mm
#2: 110mm
#3: 55mm
#4: 55mm

Looks like the the 24-70? I'm afraid the 70-200 will be too long to pick up action under the basket. Although I still haven't figured out the what the numbers exactly mean (ie: how much closer would 70mm be compared to the 55mm?). Since I had to crop already, I can use the larger lens?

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I can't find the first set.

The 2nd set was:
#1: 122mm
#2: 110mm
#3: 55mm
#4: 55mm

...I'm afraid the 70-200 will be too long to pick up action under the basket. Although I still haven't figured out the what the numbers exactly mean (ie: how much closer would 70mm be compared to the 55mm?)...
A quick-and-dirty approximation of relative magnification can be achieved by dividing one focal length by the other and multiplying by 100: 70/55*100 ~ 125% magnification, or a 25% increase in apparent size of 70 over the 55mm focal length on the same camera body. FWIW
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