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    Best lens for action ski shots?

    What kind of lens do you guys prefer to take ski pics? Are you guys shooting in the 18 to 55mm range or going telephoto?

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    What type of shot are you trying to get?
    Where?

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    I'm not sure there's one single "best" lens. Like grskier said above, it depends on the photographer. I think you've got a lot of guys who prefer to use a longer zoom like the 70-200mm f/4 (or 2.8), and then you've got tons of options for a wider-angle perspective.

    Of course, it also depends on which camera you're using, as there are different choices for different brands. Personally, I shoot Canon and my go-to lenses are either the 15-85mm or 18-135mm plus the 70-200 f/4L. If you're shooting full-frame, I'd go with the 24-105 f/4L to replace either of the first two I previously listed.

    And... if you want a light setup, I'd look into mirrorless options from Sony, Canon or Fuji. I have the Canon M50 and the 18-150mm EF-M lens and it's awesome for mountain biking action shots (haven't used it for skiing yet). Or for Sony, one of the A6000 series cameras along with their 18-135mm lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smmokan View Post
    Or for Sony, one of the A6000 series cameras along with their 18-135mm lens.
    Iím not a good Photographer but I use this....



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    I am also not a good photographer, but I also use an a6000 and if I had the money I'd buy the 18-200mm lens for it.
    I mostly backcountry ski and find that safe travel practices regularly dictate that I'm not close to the action, so I appreciate having a long telephoto.
    (I currently alternate between the 16-50mm and 55-210mm kit lenses)
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    Pretty much everything smmokan said.

    Also make sure whatever lenses you pick up have fast and accurate AF. A lot of that is in-camera, but some lenses just focus better than others. It sucks to miss that perfect moment because of a slow focusing lens.

    Another thing to think about is lens flare. I shoot Nikon, and I love my 24-120 most of the time, but the lens flare is so bad on it I have stopped taking it out on really sunny days when I can't take my time to mitigate it. Some lenses give you nice, small, fairly pleasing flare and others give you totally shitty distracting flare. I've found skiing and water sports are the worst for that sort of thing.

    Edit: and another vote for an 18-200 on a crop sensor. When I was shooting my D90 that's the only lens I ever had on my camera.

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    Really like the a6000 and 18-200. But for most days the 16-50 kit lens is really good and then I can fit the camera in the waist belt pocket of my backpack. You sacrifice some performance but I find I use the camera much more when its easily accessible and carry it with me more often if it isn't going to weight me down. Because I suck enough already and dont need a camera making me slower.

    The Sony 35mm 1.8 prime is great for low light forest shots and you can get some really quality shots in a lightweight package with a compact prime lens and a mirrorless setup.

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    Thanks for your guys's input. I've been shooting for a while and have wanted to start doing some more action stuff. I have the Nikon d5300 (crop) with a 18-55 and a 70-300 af-p which I love.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ridinshockgun View Post
    The Sony 35mm 1.8 prime is great for low light forest shots and you can get some really quality shots in a lightweight package with a compact prime lens and a mirrorless setup.
    Been meaning to start a prime lens thread. I'll do that now.

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