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What's the best Canon indoor lens for Gymnastics?
Daniel Danrich, Photographer
Temple City | CA | USA | Posted: 7:39 AM on 12.30.04
->> What have you used for indoor sports specially gymnastics?
Thanks
Dan
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Henry Hsu, Student/Intern, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 8:02 AM on 12.30.04
->> What I use is the nikon one: 200 f/2. I believe you guys have a 200 f/1.8.
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Andy White, Photographer
Neenah | WI | USA | Posted: 9:06 AM on 12.30.04
->> I have use a 70-200 2.8L, it depends on how close you can get, if you can get close enough the 85mm 1.2L would be great.
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Gregg Riess, Photographer
Overland Park | KS | USA | Posted: 11:08 AM on 12.30.04
->> It certainly depends on how close you can get, and the available light.

I photographed a rock-n-roll gymnastics tour recently and enjoyed great access. The light was provided by the house spot lights from above.

I used my Canon 28-70L f2.8

My images are on-line at:
http://www.greggriess.com/gymnastics
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Randy Janoski, Photographer
Chapel Hill | TN | USA | Posted: 11:47 AM on 12.30.04
->> I normally use an 85 1.2, 135 2.0, 70-200 2.8 and a 300 2.8 for gymnastic competitions.
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Pablo Galvez, Photographer
Calgary | AB | CANADA | Posted: 11:52 AM on 12.30.04
->> Ask SS Member Grace Chiu - she shoots a ton of gymnastics and I believe her bread & butter lens is a 200 f1.8.

http://www.sportsshooter.com/members.html?id=1271
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Daniel Danrich, Photographer
Temple City | CA | USA | Posted: 1:00 PM on 12.30.04
->> The Canon 200 1.8 is the one I want, what a lens!
Thanks for the feedback people!
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Christopher Trim, Photographer
Elk Grove | CA | USA | Posted: 1:28 PM on 12.30.04
->> I use the following for gymnastics: 200mm 1.8, 85 1.8, 50 MKI 1.8 and 28-70L 2.8. At most events I'm on the floor, so I stick with 85 1.8. If I'm in the stands because of lack of space on the floor, I use the 200mm 1.8. The 200mm 1.8 is selling for $3000 to $5000 based on some of the other boards (FM, Rob G, etc).

Chris
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 1:43 PM on 12.30.04
->> The 200 1.8 was my primary lens during the World Championships last year and the U.S. Olympic Team Trials this year.

Speed and portability were the key reasons. It was a little loose on some apparatus, but being able to shoot at a much lower ASA than 1600 + was a definite advantage in terms of cropping and quality.

Many first-time gymnastics shooter discovered a little too late that 1/500 shutter speed was not going to cut it when covering world-class gymnastics ... like when they started doing their edits after a rotation or two!

Being able to shoot at 1/800 of a second was a real advantage (and even that didn't stop everything).

Another thing to consider is that lower classification gymnastics is probably held in venues with much lower light, so the lens speed would be even more crucial.

Bert.


NOTE: Canon's 200 1.8 was discontinued a while back. Nikon makes a nice 200 f/2.
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Art Theocles, Photographer, Photo Editor
Easton | PA | USA | Posted: 1:56 AM on 07.16.05
->> Hands down ... the "Holy Grail" lens ... Canon 200mm f/1.8! Speed, amazing color and contrast, bokeh to die for! Once I get done with a move, I'll post some shots later this month from this lens.

Art
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Paul Montague, Photographer
Swisher | IA | USA | Posted: 12:05 PM on 07.16.05
->> 3900 bucks on ebay...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7531229663&category=4687...
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Paul W Gillespie, Photographer
Annapolis | MD | USA | Posted: 12:36 PM on 07.16.05
->> Makes you wonder why Canon would stop making it?
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Randy Chow, Photographer
Long Beach | CA | United States | Posted: 12:56 PM on 07.16.05
->> I use the 200/1.8, 135/2.0, 85/1.8 and 1.4x extender. 70-200/2.8 comes in handy too.
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Vern Verna, Photographer
Greenville | SC | United States | Posted: 11:48 PM on 07.16.05
->> paul nobody bought the lens when canon made it. when they discontinued it, it gained its "cult status" it is a great sharp lens and fast but it is not is and was designed in like 87. i think the primary thinking by canon was that it didnt sell enough to warrant research and development in making an is version so it was discontinued. by the way canon also doesnt service the lens now so good luck getting it fixed (by the way i have heard that from several sources but i have not talked to canon myself so i am assuming that is correct). it went from a very affordable lens to a very expensive one in the 6 months or so after canon discontinued it. it has started to come down now due to supply and demand, age and the fact that canon wont fix it. i have found that the 400 version i (long reputed as the least sharp of the long canon lens) shows it sharpness problems with the mark ii file size and i would surmise it shows even more on the s mark ii. that being said i think with the intro of the mark iii whenever it comes would show even more sharpness inadecuqaties in the original 300mm, 400, 500 f4.5, 600 and the 200. the 200 being supposedly the sharpest of the original eos lens should show it last of these but i think it will start to show nonetheless and the reason canon discontinued it. hopefully though the 1600 asa on the mark iii will look like the 400asa on the mark ii so the need for an f2 lens will not be needed.

just my 2 cents worth (ok about a nickel worth with the longwindedness of it)
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Tom Theobald, Photographer
San Diego | CA | USA | Posted: 3:16 AM on 07.18.05
->> Sometimes 400/2.8...for higher line up in stands. Plus when multiple apparatus are going at same time, then you can turret.
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Nelson Antoine, Photographer
São Paulo | SP | Brazil | Posted: 6:00 PM on 07.18.05
->> if you dont have the superb 1.8 lenses, like me, go with your 70-200m 2.8 and 300mm 2.8 (or maybe a 400 like Tom said) if you want to shot from the stands! the people from gymbox.net a gymnastics-photography website use the 300mm 2.8 in the most of the time: http://www.gymbox.net
and of course a fast body (1D or 20D) will be more helpful for you too.
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Ben Shyman, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 3:48 PM on 07.19.05
->> 200 1.8
...or 135 2.0 if you can get close enough for certain events.
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Daniel Danrich, Photographer
Temple City | CA | USA | Posted: 10:58 PM on 07.26.05
->> The Canon 200 1.8 of course
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