A6000 Best Lens For Sports Photography

Started Apr 15, 2014 | Discussions thread
EinsteinsGhost Forum Pro • Posts: 11,977
Re: No choice for indoor (e.g. basketball) except LA-EA adapter

The choice from f/1.8-2 basically implies you would be shooting primes. With zooms, you are limited to f/2.8 as the best case scenario. But now, if you are looking at a 70-200/2.8, consider the size ("big"), weight (60% more than the 70-200/4) and cost ($2k). My choice has been Minolta 200/2.8 G APO HS via LAEA2 which is a prime and quite small and fairly light (comparable to 70-200/4G) but that is not counting the adapter (which makes it bigger and heavier than 70-200/4... which is still small and light compared to the typical 70-200/2.8 before you add any adapter).

As for f/2.8 on APSc... not really an issue at all. Some of the most challenging indoors action photography IMO happens at rodeo arenas and 2.8 does fine. F/4 will be a stretch forcing ISO 3200-6400 for a reasonable shutter speed BUT better than 18-200 with f/6.3 would.

BTW, with Sony cameras, you can shoot at a fixed ISO (I prefer 800) and go from there. Coincidentally, i have also used a 50/1.7 alongside 200/2.8 in an NBA arena. Typical camera setting would be f/2.8, ISO 1600-2000, 1/500s-1/640s.

Under these conditions,f/2.8 works great, f/4 and APSc would be okay but f/6.3 will be pushing it.

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