I plan on getting a 70-200 f/2.8 USM IS II lens for my 7D and I want to use it for capturing American football games in the fall. I think this lens can handle the games and the 70-200 lens has looked great on 7D videos on Youtube. I wonder though if I should invest in another lens too. Im still getting the 70-200 but I might want to take pics of the whole stadium and the surroundings. The high school stadiums in Texas can be wide open and there are some wonderful sunsets that can be even more spectacular when there is a partly cloudy sky. Palm trees in the Valley. Mountais in El Paso. Endless sky in The Plains of West Texas and lush trees in East Texas as well as the urban landscape of Dallas area games. Would it be wise to get a smaller lens--like a 24-70 or a set prime lens? Also, I hear these lenses are also great for video on a 7D.
Also, the 70-200 f/4 lens is signifigantly cheaper. I could be able to swing that lens in a month. Would it be wise to get it and use it for daytime settings and baseball games? Like I said, I'd still get the 2.8 but the 70-200 f/4 looks to be a good set of glass.
One more question. Anyone got any takes on the 28-300mm L f3.5-5.6 lens? I havent seen too many reviews or vids on it. Is this lens real good for sports?
Thanks for your feedback. Still learning the 7D but so far so good.
Your decision to get the 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II is perfect, do not sway from it, even if the f/4 version is tempting (unless budget is an issue).
For "wide open" areas and to "take pics of the whole stadium and the surroundings" get Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS and/or EF-S 10-22mm lens
I have used 28-300 L only once for about 20 minutes (that too over 3 years ago when I considered it for my 7D), if I remember correctly it was quite heavy lens, slow aperture (not good for low light) & not wide enough on a crop sensor DSLR like the 7D.
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