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p.1 #1 · Is a 50mm on a crop any good for basketball?


I just recently aquired a Canon Rebel XTi and the kit lens by trading some non photographic equipment I don't use. I shoot sports a lot and I already have a 7D and a 70-200 that I use with it. The XTi will only go up to ISO 1600 and that forces me to use my 50 f/1.8 because of it's larger aperture. Will I notice a big difference between shooting at 50mm vs the 70mm of the 70-200?


Feb 11, 2013 at 08:38 PM
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p.1 #2 · Is a 50mm on a crop any good for basketball?


gome1122 wrote:
Will I notice a big difference between shooting at 50mm vs the 70mm of the 70-200?


Beyond the difference in the focal length, you'll notice a huge difference in ISO performance of the XTi. After switching from 35mm SLRs to a decade of digital P&S, I switched again to DSLR several years ago, starting with the XTi (with a long series of annual upgrades to the 7D, 1D4, and 5D3).

ISO 1600 on the XTi will not compare to ISO 1600 on your 7D. I predict you'll want to stay at or below ISO 800, which renders gym shooting almost impractical, even at f/1.8. The XTi was a suitable camera at the time (circa 2006) and my youngest son still takes decent pictures with it, but since you're used to the 7D, the XTi will seem a huge step backwards.

And depth of field at f/1.8 is much thinner than you're used to at f/2.8, so nailing focus on the subject's eyes is critical. Unfortunately, the XTi's focus acquisition and AI Servo tracking is also a bit dated, significantly slower than your 7D.



Feb 11, 2013 at 09:02 PM
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p.1 #3 · Is a 50mm on a crop any good for basketball?


for gyms around here that i shoot in all the time 3200 is the best i get.i have used the 50 a lot of times.this is with a d300,d90 or d7000


Feb 11, 2013 at 09:28 PM
 

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p.1 #4 · Is a 50mm on a crop any good for basketball?


Ive used that lens before and done a good amount of cropping in post. They came out fine for web use, but I wouldnt recommend printing from some of the crops I had. I was better off going up in ISO one stop and just using 2.8 on my 70-200


Feb 11, 2013 at 10:19 PM
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p.1 #5 · Is a 50mm on a crop any good for basketball?


gome1122 wrote:
Will I notice a big difference between shooting at 50mm vs the 70mm of the 70-200?


I suspect you'll notice a huge difference. I shoot basketball with a fast 50 on a crop body and like the results over a 70-200 when positioned under the basket. I can't imagine being too successful with an XTi, but I'm sure some people can pull it off. If I had your gear, I think I'd stick with the 7D and use the fast 50 under the basket and the 70-200 when positioned further away.

Cheers!
Rick



Feb 12, 2013 at 06:57 AM
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p.1 #6 · Is a 50mm on a crop any good for basketball?


You can install a modded firmware on the XTi to get ISO 3200. I used an XTi for basketball @ISO3200 (mainly with a Sigma 70-200) for several months and the results weren't too bad at all. And I agree with 50mm being a noticeable difference, especially on a crop body.


Feb 13, 2013 at 04:30 AM





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