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Best lens for shooting High School Wrestling

Christian Scarnici , Jan 07, 2007; 10:59 a.m.

I have been assigned an assignment to shoot a high school wrestling match. I currently shooting with a Canon 350D and I was wondering what would be the best lens to use for this assingment. I appreciate all of your help.



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Dave Hoffmann , Jan 07, 2007; 11:38 a.m.

70-200 f/2.8L

W. Smith , Jan 07, 2007; 11:39 a.m.

Assuming you'll be on the immediate outside of the ring: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM and 4 wireless Canon 580EX flashguns around the ring.

Mauro Mazzero , Jan 07, 2007; 11:52 a.m.

I confirm 70/200 2.8

Christian Scarnici , Jan 07, 2007; 12:37 p.m.

Thanks everyone for your responses. If I do go with the 70-200 would that also be a good lens for other sporting events such as basketball, football, soccer, golf and baseball? Thanks again for the info I am to to sports photography


Jerry Litynski , Jan 07, 2007; 05:27 p.m.

If you are going to walk around the mat during the match, a AF 85mm f1.4 (at least on a Nikon digital body) works pretty well with ISO 3200, no flash needed. The faces and muscles at work seem to be OK without a flash (or flashes) going off.

With a Nikon D80 and a AF 85mm f1.4D Nikkor lens.

Dave Hoffmann , Jan 07, 2007; 06:55 p.m.

You shouldn't walk around the mat -- just sit matside in one position with your 70-200. Wrestling is a sport you want to be real tight, no need to have entire bodies in the shot. Even a 120-300 would be a great wrestling lens. An 85 or 24-105 is way too short.

The 70-200 is a great lens to have for many sports. It should be one of the first lenses you purchase.

Dave Brown , Jan 08, 2007; 11:12 p.m.

A fast (f/2.8 or better) 70mm-200mm is a great starting lens. But a lens with a shorter focal length can be used for wrestling depending on how close you are to the athletes. I normally shoot wrestling with a 105mm f/2.8 lens. I haven't had any problem with the shorter focal length, but my credentials give me a lot of freedom to move around and shoot from different positions.

Nikon D50 / 1600 ISO / 105mm f/2.8

Dave Brown , Jan 08, 2007; 11:23 p.m.

Christain, I think that you'll find a 70-200mm lens a little short for soccer, golf and baseball and a little long for basketball.

Of course it really depends on the location that you're shooting from.

Edward Hannigan , Jan 09, 2007; 03:21 a.m.

70-200 L - the hot ticket for wrestling, well at least I think it is :)

Murrieta Valley wrestles Chaparral

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