Sun 14-Jul-13 03:03 AM | edited Sun 14-Jul-13 03:04 AM by PSAGuy
I shoot many, many youth and HS basketball images each weekend during the season. (Upwards of 2,000 per weekend). Far and away the most useful lens for this is the Nikon 70-200 f2.8. Even with this lens, I am shooting routinely at ISO 3200 with a Nikon D3, at a minimum to be able to even touch the 1/400-500 shutter speeds I need to freeze the action properly. In most gyms, ISO 5000 is a better choice. There are a lot of the version 1 70-200's available used out there for around $1400 or less sometimes ...and they have no fungus. Check here on the Nikonians board as there always seem to be good deals on this. There is absolutely no need to buy new. Just be careful and always inspect the lens prior to purchase.
As an alternative....and LOTS less money, if you can gain access to sit on the baseline areas, a simple 50 f1.4 Nikon will do the trick. I always use one as a neck cam....for those quick under the hoop shots.