Best entry level lenses to start to shoot sports

Discussion in 'Sports' started by fflvandals, Feb 22, 2006.

  1. fflvandals

    fflvandals Guest

    I am a new dslr owner and have started to take pics for my kids sporting events. I recently bought a d50 (i know the 2.5fps is not lightning) and for kids sports ( tball, hockey etc) it seems to do the job. I wanted to get some advice on a lense (zoom) that might be adequate for both outdoor and indoor shots. Thanks
  2. augusta

    augusta New Member

    Jan 11, 2008
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    The good with D50, is that it will be able to Syncro
    Flash at very fast Shutter Speed 1/500th; to one day
    You'll need to lightening the scene, including not
    dedicated Flashes and Studio Flashers.
    D70 (3 fps) and D1 also can do flash at 1/500th.

    Out of Nikon, instead Canon 1D only can syncro-flash
    at 1/500th, but by 8 ftg./sec.
    Any Camera does also can syncro-flash at 1/500th
    or even higher Shutter Speeds, though by employing
    own dedicated Flash units only, as FP capable units.
    As You can see, then 2.5 fps also is a good ability.
    A few models only reach 1.5 fps, but not flash at 1/500.

    I think it a very good choice for sport shooting !

  3. augusta

    augusta New Member

    Jan 11, 2008
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    I attempted on editing my previous message, but was unable.
    What I would have wanted to make clearer about fps,
    is that Canon 1D has to pay in pixel its higher 8 fps
    capability, by getting 4 Mpx only; also keeping X-Sync
    at 1/500th, though.

    Looking at the other side instead on Cameras slower
    than 2.5 fps, some Fuji (S1) and Kodak (DCS 760)
    models (fitting Nikon Lenses), do run 6 Mpx like Nikon D50 and D70, yet they turn to 1.5 fps only;
    and without any saving on price, no longer.

    So, D50 and D70 really offer the best combo of Mpixels,
    fps, X-Sync and Price, in my opinion for sport shooting,
    at today.

    Now, to get a Zoom Lens ".. that might be adequate for
    both outdoor and indoor shots ", You should take into
    Your considaration that inside a gym, hardly You'll
    find more than EV9 as Ambient Light coming from the
    existing Lighting plant/windows.
    Most likely, EV7 only, too.

    EV9 means f/2.8 at t=1/250th, with ISO-400 ;
    EV7 means f/2.8 at t=1/250th, with ISO-1600;

    Also taking into consideration that You may find
    motion blurr on anything sport pic, shot under 1/250th
    well, any Zoom-Lens able to keep f/2.8 along any
    Focal-Length, is welcome in sport shooting, then.

    Motion blurring, less affects working through Wide-Angle
    Lenses, but in sport We have usually to plane around,
    Normal to Tele, Focal-Lengths.


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