2 comments on “Transy Basketball—One Year Later

  1. Great pictures! What sort of lens do you recommend on the nex7 for football season? (I’m an Amateur photographer) My son plays football and I love taking photos of him during the season :)

    • Hey, thanks Sandi! Great to hear you are wanting to get into some sports photography on your NEX-7. However, I would not recommend manual lenses for sports (especially football) if you haven’t already shot with them for a while. Before I got my NEX-7, I was used to using manual lenses on a Nikon d300 for about four months (with its tiny viewfinder and terrible focus confirmation dot). Since switching to the N7, it’s easier and faster than ever. Before you start this, you may want to get some practice in. :)

      So here’s what I recommend, if you do go the manual-focus route. For long-range sports, you want to have three things: reach, speed, and high IQ. You need the reach since players sometimes cover the field from a super long distance away. You need the speed to not only be able to shoot at lower ISOs, but also to have shallower depth-of-field and the capability to shoot at night (even with stadium lighting, expect to be shooting at ISO 3200 at f/2.8). Finally, you need a lens with high IQ at the larger apertures—if images wide-open are blurry and soft, then it negates the point of having the speed. For covering about 1/3 the field, the Nikon 180mm f/2.8 AI-s ED is fantastic even wide-open. I’ve used the lens for multiple sporting events and it doesn’t disappoint. For longer range, covering about 2/3 the field, the Nikon 300mm f/2.8 AI-s ED is also great, but you may want to stop down to f/4 for better results (f/2.8 is still usable, by all means). For a little wider view, you may want to give the Nikon 135mm f/2 AI-s a look. I’ve been meaning to get one lately, but haven’t been able to hunt down the deal I’m looking for. Keep in mind that these recommendations are assuming you have access to shoot on the sidelines. From the stands, you’ll have to crop more.

      If you want to go the autofocus route (which is substantially more expensive), take a look at using the LAEA2 adapter with any fast alpha-mount lens, such as the standard 70-200 f/2.8 (Sony, Sigma, and Tamron all have a version).

      Hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions. :)

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