A&P I rented a 135mm F2L this weekend to shoot some volleyball (and some other stuff)

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  1. CornUponCob

    CornUponCob New Member

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    Wow, I now see what people are talking about in regards to L color and ring USM focusing speed. This lens straight up performs. Most of these pictures are F2 (which is a little shallow, but I needed all the light I could get. I was using a flash as well)


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    Things I would have done differently

    1. For outdoor portraits I should have been using 2.8 probably. The lens is so damn sharp at F2 though I just wanted to use it at F2.

    2. I should have bought an express battery charger for my flash. Friday evening I killed 8 AA batteries and I only had 4 recharged by Saturday's game.

    3. Try to get the ball in more shots and quit cutting off their hands... just gotta practice this. 30D made it a little hard to focus in order to not cut off their hands. I tried many different combos of pre-focusing, AI servo, and.... well those are really my only two options. When it comes down to it, to get those shots with greater consistanty I'd want either a 5D or a 1 series body.
     
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  3. DeeRock

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    Were you using an external flash? I was shooting some Vball last night for my school, but with the little flash on my D50, I really have to jack up the ISO and really limits how far I can shoot. Although, I'm sure shooting at f/2 really helps to get more light in.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    Volleyball is tough to shoot but you got some nice shots in there.
     
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    CornUponCob New Member

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    I had a 580 EX using a bounce flash for the most part. ISO 800, 1/400th (so I was using high speed synch, something that camera flashes do not support (I think)).

    I just spent two hours walking around my neighborhood and vacinity taking pictures with this lens before I have to return it. I'm in love.
     
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    Weird, your ISO 800 looks a lot less grainy than mine does. Maybe cuz you had better light?
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    Nikon's iso performance 800 and higher isn't as good as Canon's, which is one reason why Canon has a good grasp on the sports market (high iso is required for faster shutter speeds under poor lighting).
     
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    N-Word-Jim Cure for boredom

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    nice shots, i think the 135L is the best lens in my bag. It amazes me every time I use it.
     
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    She looks like the chick in Clerks II
     
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    I'm no pro, but i think grain is also hard to make out when it's shrunken like that. If it was the original file, I'm sure there'd be some noise. Unless it was post processed with Noise Ninja or something.
     
  11. JaimeZX

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    Nice bokeh! :kdubb:

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    (That was supposed to be a quote, like the kid is saying it.)
    Seriously... that's some nice low-light performance there. You have a 20D though, right? So that's like a 216mm lens on the 1.6 body; kinda long for indoors; I guess except for at sporting events. :o



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    Airpoppoff Vodka > Racing F1

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    God I love volleyball ass
     
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    Airpoppoff Vodka > Racing F1

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    ur such a ninja
     
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    I plan on renting the 85 1.8 sometime in the future to see how I like it, however I do disagree with it being a better lens for volleyball.

    I found the 135 on the 30D to be just the right focal length. The reason I say this is because the night before I shot Vball with a 100-300 f4 and I was using focal lengths mostly between 120 and 160. Most shots at 300mm were blurry (lens was too slow, fastest shutter speed I could use was about 1/320)

    I found the 135 to be perfect for this application. The focusing was extremely fast and it was sharp at F2 (even though the DOF at F2 was a little too shallow, I still needed the light). The 85 1.8 from what I have heard does not get extremely sharp until 2.5 or 2.8 (although some people say theirs is razor sharp at F2, they may be right), and I don't think it has ring USM, but instead micro USM.

    There were of course a few instances where 135 was too long, but there were far far many more instance where 135 was right.

    For the shots taken indoors, those were actually done with the on camera flash. After the Vball game my 580ex batteries were dead, and my spares were still recharging. They had virtually all the lights off in the house. 135 is too long for indoors, but I just wanted to play with the lens anyway. Yesterday I took a 2.5 hour walk around my neighborhood and vacinity from about 5 30 to 7 30 just taking pictures until it got too dark to take anymore. I'll be PPing them and posting them sometime later. It was that 2.5 hour walk that made me realise just how good the colors on this lens are.
     
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    When the images are well exposed, there is very little noticable noise at ISO 800. For images where the flash did not fire, or images of the crowd (who are not under direct light from above) you can see noise in those images.
     
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    Yea even ISO1600 shots look fine when resized to that size.
     
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    ah what a great lens
     
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