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Question: What primes do sport photographers use?

Discussion in 'Sports Photography' started by allstar25, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. What prime lenses do sport photographers use? I am looking into purchasing one for use with baseball and softball with the occasional indoor volleyball. Any suggestions and recommendations?

  2. I shoot with the 300 2.8 afs it find it a very versatile lens. Of course the 400 2.8 would be a great choice also
  3. wingspar


    Mar 16, 2008
    Outdoors: 300 f/2.8.

    Indoors: 50 f/1.4 and 85 f/1.4
  4. In a way it does now depend on the camera but a great start would be the 300 f2.8

    Indoors is a whole new ball game, but the 85 1.8 would be a good start as well, although the 200 f2 is great indoors.

  5. Same here, but I added a 400/2.8 since acquiring a FF D3.
  6. kiwi


    Jan 1, 2008
    Auckland, NZ
    Not a prime, but Sigma 120-300 F2.8
  7. Ditto Gary on these three except my 85 is an f/1.8. And add the 35 f/2 for basketball right under the backstop.

    I'd also have a 200 f/2 if I could afford them, and maybe a 135 f/2.

    The 300 works will with a 1.4x telextender, but if money were no object I'd add a 400 f/2.8 to the list.

    All these using the D300 and the D1H.
  8. kwf1


    Nov 15, 2007
    S. Florida
    I use the 300 2.8 afs also, it is a very fast and sharp lens. It is great for baseball and softball, especially in those poor lit fields at night. For basketball, it might be a little long. My main lens for basketball is the 70-200 2.8, but I have fee reins to move around at out high school gym. I also switch with the 24-70 2.8 for a wider view.
  9. The 300 f/2.8 is out of the question money wise. But the 300 f/4 is within my limits. Any comments on this lens?
  10. Best starter lens for outdoor sports as long as you have the light to work with. Once light starts heading south time to pack up. Indoors you'll want 2.8 or faster, many like to use the 1.4-1.8 lenses.

    If you can swing it go for the Sigma 120-300 many photogs on here use it and have been very happy with it.
  11. The 120-300 f/2.8 is a little out of the question money wise right now too. I'm purchasing the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 and am thinking about buying a TC to go with it. Then I am looking into buying a nice prime lens. I might just go for the 85 f/1.8 or something.
  12. GBRandy


    Feb 28, 2006
    Green Bay, WI
    Outdoors = 300 f2.8 +/- 1.4 TC.... 600 f4 is next on my wish list.... *sigh*

    50 f1.4
    85 f 1.8
    85 f 1.2
    135 f2.....my personal favorite.

    Oh....mine aren't Nikon ones though. Do they still count?
  13. Thanks for the input Randy
  14. I don't play much inside. Outside, I use the AF 300/2.8 IF-ED, the AF 180/2.8D and the AF 85/1.8D.
  15. I have the 300/f4 too. I like it a lot. It's my favorite lens of my very small collection of lenses. Focuses fast and is sharp. Works fine with a 1.4 TC as well.

    It was a great addition to my kit. You can get them used for $850 give or take.

    As others have said though, when the light goes down, a 2.8 would sure be nice. I'm thinking of selling the f4 to put towards a 300 2.8 AF-S.

    The 300/f4 seems to come up for sale somewhat regularly on the For Sale board. Not so the 2.8 AF-S it seems.

    I don't do anything sports-wise indoors. Although last winter I tried using my 50 1.4 at a couple HS basketball games. It focuses waaaaayyyy too slow though. :frown:

  16. I agree that a 300mm lens is optimal for most sports - especially field sports and swimming.
    An f/2.8 version is awesome but the f/4 version will do fine if light is sufficient.

    I will be shooting the yearly Interclub competition at my golf course this Sunday and I expect that the 300mm will be used most.
    I will definitely be hauling my 400/2.8 as well and I always get nice up close shots with the 200/2.0 also.

    It'll be fun again :smile:
  17. acena


    Mar 14, 2006
    New Jersey
    400/2.8 plus I use a 1.4x tele on occasion
    Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Football, Field Hockey, ice hockey

    Volleyball, Swimming, Basketball

    I also have an 85/1.2 and 35/1.4 but do not use it for basketball or volleyball. All the best primes in the world will only get you good shots inside poorly lit venues. If you want to be able to get some awesome shots indoors that will look as good on the web as a huge billboard, you are better of investing in some strobes to simulate arena lighting. If you are shooting primarily inside very well lit arenas then just get one of the new bodies and crank up the ISO.
  18. acena


    Mar 14, 2006
    New Jersey
    Oh just get the 400/2.8 first. With your 1.4x tele you almost have the same reach. Or go ahead and get the 600/4 then send it to me so I can field test it for you. I'll be real thorough. Maybe 2 years worth of testing. :cool: 

    Mine aren't Nikon either so they should count as a double.
  19. GBRandy


    Feb 28, 2006
    Green Bay, WI
    I wish I could strobe the gymnastics events....can't, so it's all about wide open primes for now :( 

    :tongue: Yes, I thought about the 400 f2.8, but the 300 with the 1.4 is a 400 f 4.....seems too close. The 600 f4 is on my list only because EAA Airventure is coming up... I have no real reason other than that to even think about dragging that lens around.
  20. acena


    Mar 14, 2006
    New Jersey
    a 400/2.8 + 1.4 tele = 560/4. That's close enough. But if you really need the 600/4 for only a single event. You may as well just rent it. A 600/4 with a 1.4 tele would be real nice for the air show.
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