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Posted 12/12/2013 by iheart in General Photography


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Posted: 12/12/2013 3:07:49 PM
I'd like to say hi and hang around this forum more I've been reading this forum for a while and it's been really interesting to me and it seems like people here know their way around in the photography world.

The only good thing I can say about myself as a photog is that I take thousands of pictures. Me and hubby got ourselves entry level DSLRS's. A Sony Alpha 55 and 57. Now I try to shoot mostly in manual mode so I can lean how the settings interact. Prior to these DSLR'S though I was like a kid in a candy store with taking pictures in that I just want to compose and shoot and then look at it All this fiddling around with settings and lenses is fun and a challenging though and I love the results of shooting through different lenses. It is so much fun.

I'm looking for a specific lens for indoor track meets. I have 3 lenses and other than for this specific need, I wouldn't be looking for a lens right now. So if anyone has any good tips or recommendations for a lens, that would be so helpful.



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Posted: 12/12/2013 6:12:10 PM
I know nothing about indoor track or sony lenses so I can't offer exact advice.

But with three lenses it is possible you don't need a new lens. You might want to tell us what you do have so no advises you to get what you already own.

For me, I'd think about the shots I want and can't get. Then analyze why my current lenses aren't working. Are all of my lenses "wide angle" (18-55 is a wide angle lens) or are they all telephoto (80-300mm is the telephoto range)

If I decide I do have a focal length that is good but it is always dark then I know I need to get that length of focal point with a large aperture. Being indoors my guess is you are needing a lens with an aperture capbility of 2.8 or larger (smaller number)

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Canon 60d, Canon 24-70mm 2.8L, Canon 70-200mm 2.8L, 50mm 1.8, 28-80, 75-300mm and Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro


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Posted: 12/12/2013 7:25:02 PM
Sounds like a tough task. What are the three lens you have and why aren't they meeting the need. Indoor track may be very difficult on your camera no matter what lens. You can get a fast lens 2.8 or so but although it will allow you a faster shutter speed than stopped down to f9 for example your depth of field may be to shallow for your liking. Especially if you are trying to see the field of runners etc. Shooting wide open also makes it very important to nail your focus. The zone of focus is going to be extremely narrow and might be tricky to nail your moving targets. I am thinking what might be best is to up your iso as high as you can on your camera. I don't know your camera but many entry level slr's don't do well handling the high iso like 2,000+. Test your camera and some noise reduction programs and see if that gets you what you want. You may want to see about renting a lens to try it before buying. I have not heard of a lens specific for indoor track meets. You might want to ask some fellow photographers shooting the event.

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Posted: 12/12/2013 9:11:46 PM
Thanks for your replies. I have a Sony 18-250 3.5-6.3 zoom, a Tokina 11-16 2.8, ultra wide angle and a 50mm 1.7 prime lens. The focal length of the zoom lens is great for sports outdoors and I love it but indoors, I'm not happy with my photos. My son runs track and I want good photos of him. I was wondering if 70-200 2.8 lens might be good for this. Sony makes one and the auto focus is supposed to be super fast but it's $2,000.00. Tamron makes a lens with these same specs at almost 1/3rd of that price and Sigma makes one too half. The Sony lens is noted to have super fast autofocus but I'm still looking into the other two. Does anyone know about the Tamron and Sigma lenses ?


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Posted: 12/12/2013 11:47:00 PM
I have the sony 70-200 2.8 that I use for shooting indoor dog shows and I love it. It allows me to get photos I wouldn't otherwise get
I'd suggest you rent a lens for a weekend and see if it meets your needs. I rented on a year ago from lensrental.com to see if the lens really made the difference I needed and it did. This past October I got some amazing agility photos outdoors with the 2.8 lens. I hadn't really thought to use it outdoors but someone suggested I try it and the difference is pretty amazing.
You have to use the lens a lot to make it worth buying but you can rent it for specific events.

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Posted: 12/13/2013 7:51:21 AM
Thanks Diane. I am thinking about renting to try it out. Thanks also for the link. Shooting moving dogs at Indoor dog shows are a good comparison to indoor track meets so I'm so happy for your opinion. What camera body do you use it on?


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Posted: 12/13/2013 8:15:35 AM
Thanks Jackie S. I didn't consider the depth of field at 2.8, just the lighting but lots of times I'm shooting at the runners across the track where they are in a horizontal line so I think I would be able to get some of those types of shots as well as shots of just my son. I am going to a track meet tomorrow and I will play with the zoom lens that i have and see if I can get it to work. I used it last year and the shots are ok, and a lot of not good ones, but I didn't have my auto focus set up right for tracking moving objects so I'm hoping that makes a difference. Any tips for shooting this type of action would be greatly appreciated.
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