Micro 4/3 Debating the Olympus 75mm VS Sigma 56mm

OK, so how about for indoor sports (basketball/volleyball)? It does not come up very often at all, but historically, I've had trouble capturing the action with f/2.8 zooms. My go-to thus far has been the 45/1.8 but often that just hasn't been enough reach.

TBH I only recently learned of the existence of the 56mm... The 75/1.8 has been on my list, but I've wondered if that's too much reach? Maybe 56mm is the Goldilocks lens?
 
OK, so how about for indoor sports (basketball/volleyball)? It does not come up very often at all, but historically, I've had trouble capturing the action with f/2.8 zooms. My go-to thus far has been the 45/1.8 but often that just hasn't been enough reach.

TBH I only recently learned of the existence of the 56mm... The 75/1.8 has been on my list, but I've wondered if that's too much reach? Maybe 56mm is the Goldilocks lens?
I guess it depends on the sport, the available space, the access you may have and your speed/reaction time. When the action gets close to you 56mm may be a struggle as it gets into headshots only (maybe a 2nd body with a 25mm or 17mm may work for you).
Though I am saying this as a thoughtful guess as I have never shot sports or indoors.

My experience, thus far, with my 56mm f 1.4 is that the AF speed is reasonable (but definitely can't match the Olympus Pro lenses) somewhere in between the Oly 45mm f 1.8 and Oly 12-40mm/40-150mm f 2.8 PRO.
But what I have noticed is, unfortunately, a lack of accuracy with AF-C. Where the AF systems confirms that it's focused but when I checked in post it was slightly back focused. I don't know if it's just my copy of the lens or not. It hasn't bothered me to much because it's not a main lens for me. It's my fun lens. That's why I got the fun colourful sticker on it.
 
I guess it depends on the sport, the available space, the access you may have and your speed/reaction time. When the action gets close to you 56mm may be a struggle as it gets into headshots only (maybe a 2nd body with a 25mm or 17mm may work for you).
Though I am saying this as a thoughtful guess as I have never shot sports or indoors.

My experience, thus far, with my 56mm f 1.4 is that the AF speed is reasonable (but definitely can't match the Olympus Pro lenses) somewhere in between the Oly 45mm f 1.8 and Oly 12-40mm/40-150mm f 2.8 PRO.
But what I have noticed is, unfortunately, a lack of accuracy with AF-C. Where the AF systems confirms that it's focused but when I checked in post it was slightly back focused. I don't know if it's just my copy of the lens or not. It hasn't bothered me to much because it's not a main lens for me. It's my fun lens. That's why I got the fun colourful sticker on it.
Thanks, that's a good run-down. It sounds like the AF speed would be OK-ish then. The challenge I had when I was shooting was limited mobility. So shooting a far end of a court from somewhere in the middle-ish. Not extremely far, but not uber-close either.

I saw some indoor sports pictures taken with a f/1.8 zoom. That's pretty amazing. I can only imagine how much those things weigh though... :)
 
Thanks, that's a good run-down. It sounds like the AF speed would be OK-ish then. The challenge I had when I was shooting was limited mobility. So shooting a far end of a court from somewhere in the middle-ish. Not extremely far, but not uber-close either.

I saw some indoor sports pictures taken with a f/1.8 zoom. That's pretty amazing. I can only imagine how much those things weigh though... :)
Dion,

I just saw this thread...

I have used both the Oly 75 and the Sigma 56 for indoor sports (wrestling & gymnastics). The focus speed in AF-C with the Oly is a bit better (M1X, OM-1), but both track accurately. This past season I moved to a Canon R7 using adapted Sigma f1.8 zooms (18-35, 50-100) and it is the new best combo for me at this time. And yes, it is very chunky-heavy glass!

Regards,

Edd
 
Dion,

I just saw this thread...

I have used both the Oly 75 and the Sigma 56 for indoor sports (wrestling & gymnastics). The focus speed in AF-C with the Oly is a bit better (M1X, OM-1), but both track accurately. This past season I moved to a Canon R7 using adapted Sigma f1.8 zooms (18-35, 50-100) and it is the new best combo for me at this time. And yes, it is very chunky-heavy glass!

Regards,

Edd
I would imagine the Tamron 35-150mm f 2-2.8 would be an amazing lens for indoor sports, one zoom lens to cover from reasonably close to reasonably far away. While f 2.8 might not sound exciting on the long end for 35mm FF it shouldn't be an issue on modern sensors like Nikon Z and Sony aX cameras.
For smaller sizes, there's the Panasonic Leica combo zoom 10-25mm f 1.7 and 25-50mm f 1.7 though they are 2 lenses instead of one and not the cheapest options available they are still unique.
 
Dion,

I just saw this thread...

I have used both the Oly 75 and the Sigma 56 for indoor sports (wrestling & gymnastics). The focus speed in AF-C with the Oly is a bit better (M1X, OM-1), but both track accurately. This past season I moved to a Canon R7 using adapted Sigma f1.8 zooms (18-35, 50-100) and it is the new best combo for me at this time. And yes, it is very chunky-heavy glass!

Regards,

Edd
Oh no worries - I always appreciate feedback on things I enjoy. I'm moving back to Washington State in a few weeks, so no purchases for me at the moment, but the 75mm in particular has been on my list for a while. I really would like a prime with a bit more reach. The R7 doesn't look like a bad deal. My wife has a 70D, and I've thought about getting her something a bit more modern, and it seems like the R7 is meant for a similar audience. How was the transition?

I would imagine the Tamron 35-150mm f 2-2.8 would be an amazing lens for indoor sports, one zoom lens to cover from reasonably close to reasonably far away. While f 2.8 might not sound exciting on the long end for 35mm FF it shouldn't be an issue on modern sensors like Nikon Z and Sony aX cameras.
For smaller sizes, there's the Panasonic Leica combo zoom 10-25mm f 1.7 and 25-50mm f 1.7 though they are 2 lenses instead of one and not the cheapest options available they are still unique.
Well, I can see where you would go with that - I am mostly on the smaller end of things (M43), and f/1.7 is quite impressive in a zoom! Certainly would give more options. That is a decent chunk of change though! :)
 
Dion,

I shot gymnastics and wrestling with MFT (OM-1, M1X) and FF (1DX MkII, 5D MkIV) in the past. The transition to the R7 was pretty easy for me, handling wise, but I had to re-tool my post-processing. I added PL6 and ON1 to my software suite, and use them when needed to take care of the digital noise issues created by the piss-poor lighting of so many public (and a few private) school gyms. Attached are a few samples...:). What really shines is the subject tracking/eye tracking for me; look at the vault photos...they are launching to the vaulting table (AKA... The Horse) at nearly 18 MPH after hitting the springboard!

Regards,

Edd

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Dion,

I shot gymnastics and wrestling with MFT (OM-1, M1X) and FF (1DX MkII, 5D MkIV) in the past. The transition to the R7 was pretty easy for me, handling wise, but I had to re-tool my post-processing. I added PL6 and ON1 to my software suite, and use them when needed to take care of the digital noise issues created by the piss-poor lighting of so many public (and a few private) school gyms. Attached are a few samples...:). What really shines is the subject tracking/eye tracking for me; look at the vault photos...they are launching to the vaulting table (AKA... The Horse) at nearly 18 MPH after hitting the springboard!

Regards,

Edd

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I think those shots are as good as it gets!

The lighting is why I have mostly gone with primes. My go to is the 12-40mm f/2.8 for most things, but I found indoors that hit fairly high ISOs pretty quick.

Looks like you were pretty close to the action! Nice!
 
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