I'm just looking over lens in hopes of saving for one to take pictures of my kids playing sports (mainly hockey and soccer), I keep seeing the suggestion of getting a 70-200mm f/2.8. They seem to range from $500 - $700 is it worth paying the extra $200 to get the Canon one or is a Tamron other brand just as good? Suggestions?
* Amanda *
I would *love* to have a 70-200mm f/2.8 for judo and soccer! Personally, I'm biased when it comes to lenses and have stuck to only Nikon (Nikkor) lenses. Because of that, I am *still* saving for such a lens for myself. I know plenty of folks have been happy w/ their tamron lenses, but I keep being told to be careful that you get a "good copy." I suppose that is the case with any lens from any company though.
I dont think I"m much help except to say that, I think a lens with that range and speed would be a good one for sports.
FYI ... I use my 50mm f/1.4 for judo since I can get so close to the mat (being an instructor and all). I use an 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 (ug) for soccer. It has served its purpose, I guess, but I sure would love to be able to open up more!
I would love one!
Sadie- mommy to Ruthie & Randy
Lighting in the hockey rinks and sports dome (where Nat plays soccer) can be awful, I was reading that f/2.8 really helps with that. Right now the only things I have are a portrait lens 50mm f/1.8 and the lens that came with it 18-55mm. Both are horrible for sports!
* Amanda *
isn't soccer played outside? I'd think you wouldn't 'need' that wide of an ap. for soccer but it would make for good depth of field shots i guess. It just seems to me you wouldn't use the lower spectrum of the ap. in that situation.
As for the tamron vs canon...i shoot nikon myself and have pretty much decided to stay brand loyal. With something like soccer, where people are moving fast you want a lens that is reliably QUICK. If you are talking about spending over $500 anyways, i'd just save the extra $200 and get the brand name personally. One major difference i hear about a lot with off brand lenses is the speed and accuracy of focus.
We have a dome they do soccer indoors, I tried to do shots with my 18-55 mm, I had the ISO so high to stop the blurring that the pictures are a grainy mess.
* Amanda *
I have a friend who also shoots sports (him a lot more than me, actually) and he took a few at a soccer game Carlos and I were playing in last spring. This is my DH.
He shot this at 300mm at f/3.2, ss=1/1000, ISO 1000 (he has a Canon EOS-1d Mark II and a 300 f/2.2 prime lens)
now here's one I took at one of Logan's games. My range isn't as long (since I can only go to 200mm) and my aperture can't close up any more than f/5.6
Notice the difference in the background elements and how the better bokeh helps to make the subjects pop.
I am hoping to get my hands on such a lens before too much longer. I could use it for judo too! especially when we go to tournaments.
Be sure and share whatever you decide!