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Old Jun 22, 2010, 9:19 PM   #11
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Hi. I just read through this thread. I too am on the market for a camera that will let me photograph indoor sports (basketball and swimming, mostly). I'm pretty certain I'm going to buy the Canon T1i body, but I'm still unclear as to which telephoto lens you would recommend to go with that. It seems that the Canon 75-300 EF-S is too slow and doesn't provide large enough aperture settings. Is there another "sports" lens that you would recommend for the Canon T1i that won't break the bank?
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Old Jun 22, 2010, 11:14 PM   #13
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Indoor you will need something with 2.8, something link the canon or sigma 70-200mm 2.8 and depending on the range you need, you may get away with the sigma 50-150mm 2.8. Or you may use a prime lens like the ef 85 1.8 or ef 100 f2 for basketball. But knowing the ranges you are shooting from will help narrow down what is the better range for your indoor needs.
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A zoom lens, like the Sigma 50-150/2.8 HSM or the 70-200/2.8 HSM that shoturtle mentioned, will give you more flexibility, and the T1i can capture good images at higher ISO settings, so that combination should work well. If you can get close, the 50-150 would be good, but if you have to shoot from the stands, you will probably do better with the 70-200.
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Old Jun 23, 2010, 7:56 AM   #15
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50-150 is too short for swimming. You need to be looking at 70-200 2.8. The sigma is the least expensive option. Now, this also assumes you're shooting from the deck and not the stands. If you're in the stands for swimming, you're going to be spending a lot of $$ for poor results. Distances can be too great (depending on the lane) and the angle is bad except for backstroke. 70-200 2.8 works just fine for basketball. BUT you need to realize you'll be shooting at ISO 3200 with a 2.8 lens for basketball and 1600-3200 for swimming.
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Thanks so much guys. This is very helpful. I'll look into one of the Sigma lenses.
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some samples of the 75-300 mm canon shot with a t2i (indoor use it is inaffective as it has been stated)
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Old Jun 25, 2010, 6:55 AM   #18
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nice shots jmp2204.

I have one other question. I know that the Canon T1i body does not have image stabilization (IS). Canon lenses do have IS. Does the Sigma 70-200mm lens have IS, or would I always have to use a tripod if shooting indoor sports at f/2.8?
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Old Jun 25, 2010, 7:14 AM   #19
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nice shots jmp2204.

I have one other question. I know that the Canon T1i body does not have image stabilization (IS). Canon lenses do have IS. Does the Sigma 70-200mm lens have IS, or would I always have to use a tripod if shooting indoor sports at f/2.8?
The Sigma lens has two versions - one with OS (Sigma's version of IS)and one without. At 200mm there's no need for IS for sports - it's wasted money. You need to be at shutter speeds 1/400 or greater. Additionally you would not use a tripod anywhere for sports - outdoors you could use a monopod, but indoors for a sport like basketball or volleyball a monopod is more restrictive than the benefit it provides. It restricts your ability to pivot which is essencial for these indoor sports. So you'll have to get used to hand-holding the 70-200.
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Do you know the pricing on the OS and the non-OS versions?
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