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12-13-2015, 09:32 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by K-Three Quote
The problem with any of the long consumer grade zoom lenses is they are slow at the far end. The 55-300 is ƒ5.8 @300mm. Inside in a poorly lit school gym, not likely to get much unless you crank the ISO way up. Then you are fighting noise (grain) in your image. You should try shooting in the gym with your 50-200 before you invest in another, if you can get the quality you are looking for with the 200 @ ƒ5.6, you will be happy with the 300 @ƒ5.8 A ƒ2.8 (constant) zoom at 200mm and crop to 300 would likely do better than the 55-300, but more $s. The 55-300 also hunts focus in low light, takes some getting used to. I regularly have to manually rack it back out to infinity before starting to aim and focus again. When it missies it comes all the way back to closest focus. Annoying and time consuming. I do like it for outside work in good light though. It's a good, compact lens that performs above it's price range.

I concur with this, though I have only minimal experience. I used my 55-300 in a gym that I thought was well lit, which it was - for a gym - and it surprised me how little light there actually was. I was photographing volleyball. I found even with the highest iso I could not get fast enough to stop the action. I did get some grainy images during the slower motion plays (such as serves). Ultimately, I stopped and realized I probably needed a faster lens. That was with a K100d Super, though a K5 and later models with better high iso would have done a bit better.

12-13-2015, 11:41 PM   #17
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Well, in terms of pure reach, you could just track down an old Pentax 80-320mm, but it's going to be a bear to wrangle anything out of it in darker conditions. But with aps-c sensors, the focal length for that lens would be roughly 120-480mm.

Alternately, you could use primes, as someone else mentioned. They'd be faster, but with the downside of being stuck with one focal length which will probably be less than optimal for the subject at hand.
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I own both the 55-300 and the *50-135 f/2.8 and have loads of experience shooting indoor hockey and some shooting basketball with the K5 which is a great low light camera. Without any hesitation, I recommend you find a fast (f/2.8) telephoto lens reaching to the range of 135 or 150 or so. Of course longer fl would be great except for the fact that a longer f/2.8 will get increasingly huge.
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