Thoughts on shooting indoor sports

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by WT21, Mar 14, 2015.

  1. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    I sold off my DSLR stuff, but I was asked to take some pictures at an indoor Basketball game for our school.

    I brought my 3 cameras:
    • RX100
    • NEX6 w/ MD100mm/2.5 lens on a turbobooster
    • GX7 w/PL25

    Random thoughts:
    The RX100 works great anywhere, anytime given it's size. With the lowish light, I used it only for wide angle (where it's f/1.7), but the focus speed, etc. was fine. Pics are fine for smaller viewing sizes.

    NEX6 w/MF 100mm turboboosted lens shot at f/4.0 (2.5 is too soft on this lens). I think the Turbobooster doesn't help -- making the pics a bit soft. Also this old MD lens I think is a little yellow (radioactive?) as color was off, but 100mm was the longest I would want to be at here. 4.0 was marginal.

    GX7 w/PL25. Got my best shots here. The 135eq of 50mm ("normal") was the right FL when under the basket in our end. AF speed was pretty much adequate for a middle school girls game. Focus point selection is not the easiest in a rush with the GX7 if you want to use the EVF. Had to switch to LCD to better use focus point select.

    I shot at three apertures on the GX7: 1.4, 2.0 and 2.8 At f/1.4, the lens is not at it's best, but it gets some nice "3D" pop. At f/2.0 the lens is both sharp, and the aperture is fast enough to get reasonable shutter speeds and stay at ISO1600. At f/2.8, I had to go to ISO3200, which limits the pictures to small size, and impacts cropping.

    What I learned for next time:

    Overall I think I would need f/2.0 and ISO1600 on m43 or 2.8 and ISO3200 on NEX sensor. A zoom would be preferable, but there are no zooms that do what I would need, which would be 25-75 f/2.0 in m43 or 35-100 f/2.8 for NEX.

    I can see why a D750 with a 70-200/2.8 would be golden here, though you'd still need a wide angle solution.

    I think I might have been better with 2 M43 bodies - one with the PL25 and the other with the Oly45/1.8, and the RX100.

    sorry no pics -- middle school kids.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2015
  2. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    I tried the same with my 12-40 2.8 Pro and thought it too short to capture action on the court. Under the basket, the Oly 45 1.8 did the best job, but was also too short for the court. At the time I only had the Oly 40-150 4-5.6 and it was just too slow.

    For next season I think the perfect lens will be the Oly 75 1.8. I think it would be just long enough for the court, and not too long for under the basket and the f1.8 really useful. So I guess that ones n my Christmas list.
  3. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    I've seen some very nice examples of people using the 75mm f1.8 to shoot indoor sports. As long as you're not right at courtside, you can probably get good coverage of most of the court. I don't have one, but if I was doing that, I'd get it. :)
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  4. b_rubenstein

    b_rubenstein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 20, 2012
    Melbourne, FL
    Minolta did not use radioactive glass; it was Pentax.
  5. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    E-M1 with 14-35 f2 (or 12-40mm f2.8) and 35-100m f2 (40-150mm f2.8).
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  6. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
  7. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    Ouch. Pricey!!
  8. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    But worth it. :thumbup:
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  9. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    Worth every cent.
  10. jeffryscott

    jeffryscott Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 2, 2010
    I use to use my E1 and 50-200 to shoot NCAA basketball as well as high school ball when I worked at the newspaper, nearly the perfect basketball lens (even with slower AF, I had more keepers than the company supplied Nikon D1). I think the E-M1 with 50-200 would be a very good combo, certainly much better than the old E1. The 12-40 and 75 would work for half court from under the basket, but much too short for the far end.