I am in need of a good (and inexpensive) lens to shoot high school volleyball. Am typically shooting in poorly lit gyms and my images continue to come out very blurry (already have ISO cranked to 1600). It's an older Rebel - any recommendations?
Saying what lens you're using now and what zoom range it is might be a good start or you'd get recommendations
for what you already have and/or worse.
Sigma 70-200 2.8 OS is the absolutely cheapest 2.8 zoom for sports available at around $900 locally, I went
from 55-250 F4-F5.6 to this for my Rebel. Also, don't be affraid of ISO3200 if it's a T2i or newer, it'll look better
properly exposed at 3200 then underexposed at 1600 and then brought back in editing.
EDIT: Someone just opened a thread recently asking for same
thing, also a rebel owner, but basketball. He's doing ISO6400
with his T2i. I wouldn't recommend over 3200 but look at that
Unfortunately, the two elements of your requirement are mutually exclusive. Good lenses aren't inexpensive and inexpensive lenses aren't good (for this sort of thing). Really the only two options that come to mind are the 50 and 85mm f1.8s....I am in need of a good (and inexpensive) lens to shoot high school volleyball. Am typically shooting in poorly lit gyms and my images continue to come out very blurry (already have ISO cranked to 1600). It's an older Rebel - any recommendations?
Oh, that's probably a very old body then (which one is it?).. getting a good lens is definitely the first
recommendation that everyone will do here, but you might be able to get a nice used T2i for next to
nothing worth of cash, and that thing will do 6.400 natively.
Cheapest GREAT lens is the Canon 70-200 F/4, available with or without stabilization, the one without
is rather cheap, but at F/4 you'd probaly want a bigger upgrade. You might be able to find a non-IS
Canon 70-200 2.8 used, these have been around for 20 years now.
Also, using the highest available ISO setting usually means horrible noise. :-/
Look into a used T2i and 70-200 F/4 IMO, you'd be able to use ISO3200 and at F/4 get more light in.