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Old Aug 31, 2009, 4:14 PM   #1
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Beginner shooting Volleyball, Basketball and Football under the lights. Looking for point and shoot simplicity with better results.

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Canon Rebel T1i or XSi

Lens for the gym sports

Canon EF 50mm F1.4 USM ($370)
or
The Canon EF 50mm F1.8 II ($100)
or
Canon 85mm F1.8 Series EF USM ($400)

Are there Tamaron or Sigma equivalents that would save me money?

Lens for outdoor sports and under the lights for football

Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG Macro HSM ($799)
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Tamaron SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD ($680)

What do you think between the above options for the volleyball and basketball in the gym. Are these lens fast enough focus?
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I think the 50mm lenses will be too short. I think a 70-200 will be too short for outdoor daylight sports, and that something like a Tamron 70-300 Di LD would work ok. I think a 70-200 will be too short for sports under the lights also, but there's nothing you can do about that without spending thousands of dollars.
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Is the Canon 85 mm F1.8 bright enough and fast enough on a Rebel T1i or XSi body?

The 70-200 F2.8 is bright enough just too short for under the lights?

What do you think about a refurbished Tamron 70-300 Di LD from B&H for $100? Are refurbished usually a bad idea?
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Generally speaking, the word "refurbished" starts flashing red lights. There are two key questions:

(1) How great is the discount from the fully guaranteed product?

(2) What kind of long term guarantee is available on the "refurbished" product.

I am usually very careful when offered a refurbished product. The situation can be very changeable. Please be wary and careful.

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Is the Canon 85 mm F1.8 bright enough and fast enough on a Rebel T1i or XSi body?
Yes. See My first post of Volleyball pics......thoughts??? for more info. Canon also has a 100mm f/2.0 lens (for about the same price) that might also work.

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The 70-200 F2.8 is bright enough just too short for under the lights?
Correct. The 200mm maximum focal length will limit you to shooting action on your side of the field. That doesn't mean you won't get good shots. It just means your opportunities will be fewer.

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What do you think about a refurbished Tamron 70-300 Di LD from B&H for $100? Are refurbished usually a bad idea?
We're talking about $400-$600-$800 lenses, and you're blanching at a $170 lens? It depends on who does the refurbishing. If the manufacturer did it, ok. But if a factory trained techician at the local camera shop did it, give it a pass.

BTW, what you want to do is tough and will require a lot of practice. Good luck.
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