Lens choices for each sport?

Discussion in 'Sports Photography' started by Jeff Mims, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. Jeff Mims

    Jeff Mims

    May 25, 2005
    I'm wondering what you more experienced shooters prefer in a given sport?

    Last year I used:

    FP Softball - 70-200 f/2.8 and later a 300 f/4. (this year..a 300 f/2.8)

    Baseball - 300 f/2.8

    Track & Field - 200 f/2.8

    Little league baseball - 300 f/2.8
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  2. My lineup for games mirrors yours Kevin. I just got the 300 2.8 which is great for the bigger diamonds in HS games. The 70-200 is ideal for FP softball. For hoops I'm usually equipped with either a 85 1.8 or 135 f2.

    Thanks for starting this thread as I'm interested in what others haul out to games.
  3. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    I would prefer to use the following glass for shooting these sports:

    FP softball: 70-200mm for some infield work, but the majority of my shooting would be with a 300mm

    Baseball: 300mm and 1.4x TC while the 70-200mm is great for covering a runner in first base or a runner sliding into third base. I might remove the TC for Little League baseball action since the field of play is smaller.

    Track and Field: I didn't get a chance to shoot this sport, but I would think a 70-200mm would be the lens of choice.

    Football: 300mm with 1.4x or 1.7x TC.

  4. soccer: 70-200, 300/4, 300/2.8, 70-300 (depends on time of day and how many games i have to shoot...by game 4 i need the little 70-300)

    bb: 85 1.8, 30 1.4

    swimming: 70-200, 18-200

    baseball: 300/4, 70-200

    fb: 85 1.8 at night, 70-200 or 300/4 for day

    lacrosse: 70-200, 300/4
  5. acena


    Mar 14, 2006
    New Jersey
    Soccer, football, field hockey and lacrosse 200/2 and 400/2.8 though I have grown to like using a 300/2.8 and a 600/4 for lacrosse so I may try that combo for field hockey and soccer also. Plus a wide angle for football.

    Baseball, softball, 200/2, 300/2.8 and 400/2.8

    basketball: 28-70, 200/2, 300/2.8

    volleyball 105/2.8, 200/2

    ice hockey & swimming 200/2 and 300/2.8

    tennis, 28-70, 105, 200/2, 300/2.8 and 400/2.8

    track 400/2.8
  6. Jeff Mims

    Jeff Mims

    May 25, 2005
    Alex, I can understand your lens choices for every sport, except track.

    400 f/2.8? How far away were you shooting? I thought I was too close at times with a 200 f/2.8. I'm considering a zoom (70-200) next year, but I like the convenience of a prime.
    In my case, 300 was too long for me at the local HS meets...I did alright with a 200.
  7. Jeff Mims

    Jeff Mims

    May 25, 2005
    That's kind of the way I'm thinking..with the FP Softball season approaching.

    Not sure what I want to do with FB. I know I want to use the 300 2.8, but not sure about second/body lens. Maybe a 70-200...for endzone shots?
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