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    Question Lens for League and cricket

    Hi,

    I am thinking ahead to my next purchase... hopefully in October. I want a lens that I can sue to photography my son playing cricket and rugby league. I have a Canon 5D so it is not cropped so I need true focal length. I think that I need more than a 200mm but I have never used one so I don't really know. I'd love some advice.

    Price... well the less the better. I plan on using a mono-pod but I would like IS if I can afford it.... Not sure of the exact range yet. Have to work on hubby LOL...

    Thanks in advance
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    Something to be aware of, if you decide to go to an "A" league game, they restrict access with lenses over 200mm.

    200mm will give you a reasonably good result from the sideline at a regular local match. It is once you get back from the sidelines that it becoms a bit short. The Canon 100-400 has a good rep
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    You need 400mm for cricket, ues the canon 100-400 seems good for this

    Or a 300mm with a 1.4TC
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    I use a Sigma 150-500 to take shots of my son and his teams playing AFL and Cricket. As he doesn't yet play in the big leagues the lens being over 200mm isn't a concern.

    If I was restricted to a 200mm focal length I would think seriously about stashing a Tele-converter in my pocket. I would trade off the loss of light for the magnification. Less need to crop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi View Post
    You need 400mm for cricket, ues the canon 100-400 seems good for this

    Or a 300mm with a 1.4TC
    +1

    This is what you really need, but when you research the cost....

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    ive also seen sigma shots that are OK too, at least the Sigma HSM ones

    a 70-200 with a 2x TC isnt really great quality

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    Maybe hire some lens to try before buying? Definitely need something in 300 - 400mm range as min before trying teleconvertors. If you had a 1.6 x crop camera you could get away with 200mm as min.

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    I reckon the 100-400 is the go for you ... it is quite slow though at 4.5-5.6 , so the available light will be a factor.
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