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Telephoto lens for football

Austin Bodzas , Jan 06, 2012; 05:43 p.m.

I need a telephoto lens for my t2i to shoot night football for my school. The field is lighted bright and I will be taking video from the sidelines or pressbox. I have a budget of about 700 bucks. What's the best glass I can get for the price?


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Daniel Flather , Jan 06, 2012; 05:46 p.m.

EF 200/2.8, or 135/2 if your closer. Kill the budget with the 200/2!

Austin Bodzas , Jan 06, 2012; 05:57 p.m.

-_- at the 200/2

is there anything in the 600-700 range? I have only $900 and I need about 200 for batteries, hard drives, and some other things.

Maury Cohen , Jan 06, 2012; 06:30 p.m.

Canon 300mm f 2.8 Manual Focus...
$1359. Only twice what you want to spend.
There are Tamron and Tokina MF 300mm f/2.8 lenses on eBay in the $400-500 range, if these will fit the T2i.

Arie Vandervelden , Jan 06, 2012; 07:30 p.m.

How about Tamron 70-200/2.8 $699

Harry Joseph , Jan 06, 2012; 07:33 p.m.

You might be able to pick up a really banged up 300mm f4 non-IS. Combined with a 1.4x extender and the 1.6x cropping factor on your camera, that should give you a range og 600+.

Bob Atkins , Jan 06, 2012; 07:39 p.m.

Don't think an FD lens is going to do him much good, plus from a fixed position you really need a zoom.

Depending on how much light you have, the Tamron 70-300/4-5.6 VC might work. a bit slow, but it is stabilized and since you'll be shooting video noise from higher ISO setting won't be as bad as shooting stills (the noise tends to average out a bit with video). You should also be able to get a Canon EF 70-200/4L for that price (but not the IS version). The Tamron 70-200/2.8 is also a good choice, but again lacks stabilization.

You'll probably benefit from a tripod or monopod too.

Marcus Ian , Jan 06, 2012; 07:52 p.m.

Since you are doing video, a stabilized lens is going to make a HUGE difference. As Bob pointed out, a good monopod/tripod would benefit you also & a prime is no good for video (especially in football!).

I'd probably try for a 75-300/4-5.6 IS USM. Optically, it's quite good (if a bit on the slow side), but for video work it has 3 key features: 1) zoom, 2) USM w/ FTM focus (cosidering your AF while shooting kind of really sucks, this is an essential component), and 3) IS.

And, of course the fourth critical aspect, it fits in your budget.

Harry Joseph , Jan 06, 2012; 07:55 p.m.

John Crowe , Jan 06, 2012; 08:05 p.m.

I am going to make my first foray into video tomorrow with my 5D II. Assuming that video is similarly lowtech on all Canon bodies, you will not be using autofocus. I suspect that IS does not work with manual focus but perhaps I am wrong. I do not have an IS lens to know. I will use the Canon EF 300/4 L with/without 1.4x, but I suspect my main lens will be my Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 ED with zoom/focus in the same control. It will give me the zoom and the ability to manual focus with one hand while following the action. I will also try it with the 1.4x. These four generation old lenses are readily available for under $400, and are very sharp. I use Nikon lenses on my 5D II with cheap mechanical adapters. I will let you know how I make out.

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