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Nov 25, 2021 15:49:04   #
Sinewsworn Loc: Port Orchard, WA
 
Wags wrote:
Basketball for grade/middle/high school is getting started. I have grandkids at all levels and truly enjoy shooting their games. It’s a great way for me to stay connected with them. Some of the games are in old very poorly lit gyms. I shoot with the Nikon D500 and have used the following lenses: TAMRON 18-400: Overall, I like this lens, but I really don’t like what I get in low light situations. Tamron 70-200: Works well in low light, but very difficult to get close up shots. Tamron 24-70: also good in low light, but I’m limited with the longer shots that then require a lot of cropping. I’d be very interested in hearing some lens suggestions for shooting indoors. Thanks in advance. Budget? $1,000-ish.
Basketball for grade/middle/high school is getting... (show quote)


Nikkor 70-200 2.8 FL. I set the ISO limit on my D500 at 5000.

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Nov 25, 2021 16:27:37   #
topcat Loc: Alameda, CA
 
Try Topaz DeNoise with your high ISO photos. It will help a lot. And it is cheaper than a 2.8 lens.

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Nov 25, 2021 16:48:04   #
fstoprookie Loc: Central Valley of California
 
topcat wrote:
Try Topaz DeNoise with your high ISO photos. It will help a lot. And it is cheaper than a 2.8 lens.


I have to agree with you. I purchased TOPAZ AI DeNoise a couple of months ago during football season to see if it was all it claimed to be. High School Football fields are about as bad (and maybe worse) than HS Basketball courts. SURPRISE - It does everything they said it would. So the bottom line is get it - It won't be a waste of money and your pictures will look lots better with less noise. I am a big fan now of DeNoise by TOPAZ

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Nov 25, 2021 20:25:33   #
TriX Loc: Raleigh, NC
 
imagemeister wrote:
I shoot 7 FPS and do pretty good BUT, I see what people get with 20FPS - It is NO CONTEST ! So, do I think that 7 FPS is "adequate" - for serious saleable work - On a LUCKY day - maybe (10-15% of the time) Otherwise NO - and this has nothing to do with how dark or light it is !

An f2 lens also gives you 2X the shutter speed and better AF - and that is also what a faster lens buys you.
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No question about the faster lens, but either read my DOF comment a page or two back or load DOFMaster if you don’t already have it and plug a 135 or 200 mm lens, f2 and a distance of 20 -30 feet and you’ll understand why even if you have an f2, when shooting sports, you may very well be at f2.8 to get just a bit more than a DOF of 6-7” - fine for portraiture, but not adequate to get a whole human body or two in focus.

I think from reading this last post that we’re beating a dead horse, so I’m done, but again I suggest you test your theories about equipment on an actual HS basketball, Volleyball or wrestling floor instead of extrapolating shooting BIF techniques, which is after all, what this thread was actually about. Since I’ve already done this over a hundred times at least, I already know the answer.

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Nov 26, 2021 08:17:41   #
imagemeister Loc: Stuart, Florida
 
TriX wrote:
No question about the faster lens, but either read my DOF comment a page or two back or load DOFMaster if you don’t already have it and plug a 135 or 200 mm lens, f2 and a distance of 20 -30 feet and you’ll understand why even if you have an f2, when shooting sports, you may very well be at f2.8 to get just a bit more than a DOF of 6-7” - fine for portraiture, but not adequate to get a whole human body or two in focus.

I think from reading this last post that we’re beating a dead horse, so I’m done, but again I suggest you test your theories about equipment on an actual HS basketball, Volleyball or wrestling floor instead of extrapolating shooting BIF techniques, which is after all, what this thread was actually about. Since I’ve already done this over a hundred times at least, I already know the answer.
No question about the faster lens, but either read... (show quote)


Apparently, you have not listened/read anything I have printed/said - good luck with your shooting.

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Nov 26, 2021 10:23:01   #
TriX Loc: Raleigh, NC
 
imagemeister wrote:
Apparently, you have not listened/read anything I have printed/said - good luck with your shooting.


I have read everything you said - we just do not agree. And good luck to your shooting as well.

Cheers

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Nov 26, 2021 10:46:55   #
Picture Taker Loc: Michigan Thumb
 
Your lens choice depends on the place you shoot from.. On the edge, way batch, center or at one end. The f stop should be fast in all cases for indoor sports.

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Nov 26, 2021 11:27:30   #
Picture Taker Loc: Michigan Thumb
 
Don't shoot indoor but shoot fast to stop motion.



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Nov 26, 2021 13:44:30   #
joecichjr Loc: Chicago S. Suburbs, Illinois, USA
 
Picture Taker wrote:
Don't shoot indoor but shoot fast to stop motion.


Wow ⭐⭐🤗⭐⭐

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Nov 26, 2021 13:51:55   #
Picture Taker Loc: Michigan Thumb
 
I have been told to shoot in bursts but I can't think pictures that way so I stay tuned and try to get the shot. I get my share. Thanks fo liking it.

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Nov 28, 2021 18:48:00   #
flyboy61 Loc: The Great American Desert
 
I shot (Before Covid) Gymnastics with crop sensor cameras... Nikon D50, D90 and the 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 and 70-300 AF S f/4.5-5.6. I had Auto ISO set, and most times, it was at 2500+. Satisfactory results. Little noise, and once I found the White Balance setting for Sodium Vapor lights, (hidden in the D7100 factory manual) the slight color balance problem was defeated. Now waiting till they allow spectators at Gymnastic meets again, to see what my D 7100 will with my new Tamron 70-210 f/4 will do.

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