A&P Need a telephoto lens for baseball

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  1. videoholic

    videoholic New Member

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    My little boy is starting t-ball and I desperately need a lens for my Digital Rebel. The lens that came with it blows for anything like sports.

    Do I really have to spend a freaking mint for a 300mm? What are the cheap lenses you see on Ebay? They are going for like 200 bucks to get up to 300 mm. Think they start at 80mm or soemthing.

    I love taking stills, but I just can't afford a grand for the canon lens.

    Any suggestions?
     
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    Canon
    70-200 F/4
    75-300 F/4-5.6 IS

    Sigma 70-200 F/2.8


    I'd stay away form the 28-300's and the 100-400 (except the Canon IS) and stay away from Pheonix and quantaray etc. You pay for good optics, which is the bottom line. Thankfully they hold their value very well, and you have to decide what your photos are worth.

    The Canon 200mm F/2.8L is a sleepr lens that doesn't get talked about very much, but very good quality and can work with a 1.4x entender, but you're feet are your zoom
     
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    videoholic New Member

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    Well I am a video guy so I know all about the feet (Your eyes can't zoom, so why should your camera?), but it's hard with sports. You can't exactly stand in front of the pitcher ;)

    Thanks for the advice. I'll check them out.
     
  4. JordanClarkson

    JordanClarkson OT Supporter

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    The 70-200 f/4 from canon is cheap right now on ebay since everyone bought it for the rebates. about $500 but still unaffordable for me.
     
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    JordanClarkson OT Supporter

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    I'm also looking for the same thing and am deciding between

    Sigma 55-200mm f/4-5.6 DC - $125
    Tamron AF75-300 f/4-5.6 - $130
    Sigma 28-300 f/3.5-6.3 macro $200

    They're all pretty sharp for the price but are best at around 100mm less than max. they're a bit slow but you gotta pay at least 2-3x more for something better
     
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    I don't think you can mount lenses on baseballs.
     
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    How can you tell what the optical zoom is these lenses?
     
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    hash browns lolcathlon champion OT Supporter

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    Zoom has nothing to do with how tight a field of view you have.. it is a ratio between the widest and longest focal lengths a lens has.

    So a 70-200mm lens is technically < 3x zoom, but 200mm is a pretty good reach.

    A 24-75mm lens is also around 3x zoom, but the 70-200mm has a much longer reach.
     

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