Lens suggestions?

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  1. Sharkbait

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    Okay, I'm starting to get into the market for lens upgrades...

    I shoot a Canon back, and my current lenses are an 18-55 and a 75-300 F4-5.6

    I'm looking first at the zoom, as I shoot a lot of hockey games, and will need to rely more heavily on that lens this fall/winter. The arena is pretty dark, so I need a fast lens. I'd love to go F2.8, but I doubt I could swing that kind of price.

    So does anyone have any suggestions for good, decently priced lenses?

    Thx!
     
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    Any reason you have to have a zoom?

    Ive seen a couple of opinouns on Sports Shooters, about
    going with a fast prime for sports. Which my understanding
    is you wanna fill the frame right? You could problaby pick up
    say a good 300 2.8 for around the same you could pick up another
    zoom that is slower.
     
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    It'd take some learning I guess, but I wouldn't be opposed to a fixed focal length... I just don't know anything about them.
     
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    The only difference is that you have to move your body when you want to recompose :p
     
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    See that might be a problem--most of the hockey games I shoot from the penalty box, so I relied on the zoom, but it seems like most of the time I was zoomed all the way out to 300mm anyway. Hmm...
     
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    I'm sure you will have some room to move, even if only 2 or 3 feet. That makes a huge difference at 300mm.
     
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    It depends on which direction you are talking about. With a telephoto, moving a few feet forward and back makes very little difference. The amount moved is a very small percentage of the working distance. With a wide angle, forward and back makes a huge difference because of the effect on the forground.
     
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    If I go with a prime, it'd be in the neighborhood of 300-400mm. My current zoom is 75-300...I just need more light. :D
     
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    Maybe up the ISO?
     
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    Doesn't that get a little crowded after a fight?
     
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    I usually shoot around 1/250 at an ISO of 400 or 800. If I go to 1600, I get too much grain--shot looks like a photo in a newspaper, especially if I have to crop any of it. :(

    The arena where I shoot is over 100 years old, and the lighting is probably around 40 or 50 yrs old. :?
     
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    It can, yeah. ;-) If it gets too crowded in there, I hop out into the stands right next to the box.
     

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