Low light sports is what challenges a lot of the consumer camera equipment and gives somewhat of an advantage to those who own professional sports cameras and/or lenses. The differences are mainly related to noise handling and focusing ability. In general, full frame DSLR’s will do better handling noise and image quality loss at higher ISO’s than consumer crop sensor cameras however this varies from camera to camera and relies greatly on how current the models are etc. Each generation of consumer as well as pro cameras become better at handling higher ISO numbers. Sports oriented cameras are usually more equipped and adept at tracking action than consumer cameras as well with some of the same exceptions as mentioned previously. For field sports especially, telephoto zooms with low F-stops (2.8) are ideal because of their ability to shoot wide open and still obtain sharp images as well as these lenses being faster focusing in general.
I got a chance to shoot a high school game tonight and decided to add these to the examples of the high ISO images. These are all taken at f2.8, 1/800 shutter, and 12,800 ISO with the Canon 1DX and 400mm 2.8
Photos by Zamani Feelings