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Would a canon 100mm f2.8 be a lense to use to shot a basketball game sitting under the goal?

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Well it could be used but you may find the auto focus to be too slow and the aperture of f2.8 a bit dark for indoor sports. That lens is best used in the role it was intended — macro photography. Take a look at the 85mm f1.8 USM or the 100 f2 USM. They are reasonably priced and offer greater AF speed and low light ability.

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