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Initial post: Nov 28, 2012 7:03:05 PM PST
h-bond says:
I have a Canon EOS, and may have an opportunity to photograph indoor track meets for my son's school. I have two questions. First, is a wide angle zoom (28-80) or a telephoto zoom (80 - 250 or 300) preferable for photographing track. Second, would a f 2.8 zoom be fast enough? I'd appreciate any help, since I'm new to sports photography and especially to indoor sports photography.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 8:52:44 PM PST
EdM says:
For indoor track, there are choices. It really depends on which events and from what location you will be shooting. Most likely, a wide zoom will not do at all, unless for meetings or people shots after the events. You'd likely want a fast telephoto zoom or a fast medium to long-ish prime telephoto.

See these:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Canon-Lenses/Canon-Indoor-Sports-Lens.aspx

"The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens are two of the best indoor sports lenses available. They make excellent general purpose telephoto zoom lenses and can be used for outdoor sports as well."

Also, see this article [7 pages plus comments] including about your location, as well as the part on page 5 about "Track and Field":

http://photo.net/learn/sports/overview?p=5

Depending on what specific events at the track and field meet, as well as your access to the individual events, there are any number of lenses that would be useful, but perhaps mainly one of the 70-200 f2.8 zooms, and/or something from say 85 to 135 mm [200mm if you're flush as it's ~ $5k], and with a max aperture of f2.0, f1.8, or wider.

I do not recall people located close up shooting flash. If it's allowed, that's a whole different thing.

I'd also point out that for sports, you'd be much better off with a 7D, perhaps a 60D, and likely not a T3. Others are intermediate in sports abilities. You really need something that will do quick autofocus and has a better focusing system, unless you are really expert at doing it the old fashioned way, with manual pre-focus, manual exposure and pre-visualization to allow you to get the shot w/o modern sports DSLR abilities. Good luck.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 7:25:51 AM PST
h-bond says:
Hi Ed,

Thanks very much for a very thoughtful response. I'll definitely read the materials you referred to. Thanks again for being so helpful.

Sam

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 7:48:16 AM PST
What Ed said. Plus, bring extra memory cards and a spare battery. You don't want to be in the position of trying to figure out if you can delete images to get some space back on your cards during an event.

Two key things to remember for shooting indoor sports. Shutter speed. You need a high shutter speed for sports, 1/500th of a second or faster. Poor lighting makes this hard to do, and you may find yourself at or near the top ISO your camera can do. High ISO noise may not be wonderful, but it's better than out of foucs shots. The other thing to remember is just like real estate, location, location, location. Walk around, shoot test shots, figure out where the action is going to be, and what your shot will look like from different shooting positions. Where you shoot from is more important than what you shoot with.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2012 9:08:06 AM PST
h-bond says:
Thank you, Paul. I'm going to go to a couple of practices with my current equipment to figure out angles and the other things you mention. I appreciate your advice.
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