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Hi I'm looking for a good quality sports lens. the main use would be for gymnastics photography which means I need high shutter speed and a low f-stop like around f1 or so.  I'm also looking for quick auto focus and good quality pictures. And my price range would be around $100-150. Please reply if you have any suggestions thanks in advance :)

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Check the local pawn shops and any camera stores that deal in used equipment.  The larger the city, the more likely you will find something suitable.  Take the end caps off and look through from the front with a strong light at the back to see if there is any dirt or mold in the lens.  Try some test shots with your body, use different apertures to make sure the motor that stops down the lens is working properly.

The only new lens I am aware of in your price range is the 50 mm f/1.8.

Good luck.

Yea I'm probably going to get that one. I was just wondering of any other options i had that i couldn't find. Is the 50mm f/1.8 a set zoom or a manual zoom?

50 mm f/1.8 is a zoom with your feet zoom...    It is a prime lens, not a zoom lens.

alright thanks guys ill continue my search. I'm pretty disappointed that the 50mm is not adjustable zoom but whatever ill find one some time.

Remember, the bigger the aperture (f/2.8, 1.8, 1.4, 1.2) that faster lens is and a lot more money. A 50mm 1.8 is your cheapest option at around $100 but that'll only give you a focal length equivalent to what a human eye sees. There's also a 85mm 1.8 but of course that's a bit more expensive. Example, I have 3 Nikon zoom lenses that has a focal length of 14-200mm all together and all at f/2.8. Each of those zoom lenses cost and estimate of $1800-2200 each. There's also prime lenses like the Nikon 85mm 1.4 that costs about $1800 and the Nikon 85mm 1.8 for about $500.

Judging from your profile you could get a good shot with your 70-300mm with decent lighting. I'm not sure about Canon cameras but if yours a model from the past 2-4 years or newer, you could shoot at ISO 1600 with pretty good quality. I'm sure you could make due with your currently gear but I'm not sure on the quality of light that you're shooting in. I shot bands years ago shooting film with a 70-300mm f/3.5-5.6 with decent results at ISO 1600.

yea the lighting isnt the best in gymnastics gyms where i do these shots maybe some time soon ill post some pics of what ive done but just dont have enough time right now. but i have been doing the ISO at 1600 and the f/4.5-6.5 and got some really nice shots. im just looking for a better lens at an affordable price for me. 

what do you think about attachments being put on the 70-300 to make it have a better zoom??


A 1.4X or 2X teleconverter?  A 1.4X teleconverter eats one stop of light, a 2X teleconverter eats 2 stops.  Without a top of the line body and lens, adding a teleconverter will cause auto-focus to slow down a lot or fail completely depending upon the specific body and lens combination.  Probably not a good idea when photographing sports.

I still think haunting the pawn shops and used camera stores until you find a lens you like at a price you can afford is your best option.

Thanks @CameraClicker i think i found a lens or 2 that work for what i want but thanks a lot for the info cause i did not know the auto focus didn't work with those


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