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Old 01-29-2010, 12:05 PM #1
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So i need help with football

Ok so im shooting a major womens football tournament next week. I have permission to be on the sidelines and they will use my photos for web and for their flyers.

My problem is.. i dont have any telephoto lenses at all, i never really needed them till now. Also ive never shot football but im confident that i can.

So my dilema is, what focal length is best for the field ?

I was thinking maybe a 100-400 L on my 1dmk2 as a main, then on my 350d have a 70-200 2.8.

This will be in the afternoon so the f/ on the 100-400 wont matter.

Will i even need 400mm ?
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:08 PM #2
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Are you being paid? They're relying on you and you've never shot football? ...

100 400 will work in the afternoon.
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:18 PM #3
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Nope no pay, just credit and im fine with that.. They have a photographer that does all the prints for the teams and all that but from what ive seen his work is horrible so hopefully i can take his position once they see mine.

And i wont have trouble shooting it i dont think, especially in the afternoon
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:20 PM #4
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You'll need 400mm.

I shot lacrosse with a 75-300 and it didn't seem like enough reach for most of the shots. The fields are basically the same size.
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:25 PM #5
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Hmm okay, See this is why its somewhat hard to make a choice, the 400 will be uneccesary when the players are near me so i dont think renting a 400L would be worth it. Also i dont know if ill really need the 70-200 and it for sure wont keep up on my 350d.

Unless someone has a better idea i think i just need the 100-400
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:28 PM #6
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Yeah that's what I meant, don't rent another lens. Just use your 100-400.
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:33 PM #7
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Ok thanks haha you just saved me like $60
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Ok so im shooting a major womens football tournament next week. I have permission to be on the sidelines and they will use my photos for web and for their flyers.

My problem is.. i dont have any telephoto lenses at all, i never really needed them till now. Also ive never shot football but im confident that i can.

So my dilema is, what focal length is best for the field ?

I was thinking maybe a 100-400 L on my 1dmk2 as a main, then on my 350d have a 70-200 2.8.

This will be in the afternoon so the f/ on the 100-400 wont matter.

Will i even need 400mm ?
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You'll need 400mm.

I shot lacrosse with a 75-300 and it didn't seem like enough reach for most of the shots. The fields are basically the same size.
Is this "football" you speak of soccer or really American football.

If it's soccer then 400mm will be necessary. If it's Womens American football then the 70-200 will be just fine if you have a 70-200 on one camera if you have full range of the sidelines.

Why?

Because the ball is everywhere at any given time during soccer. It could be on the opposite side of the field and then kicked to the other side and you'd be an idiot trying to run on the sidelines to get closer with a 70-200. 400 would really be needed.

For football if you have reign of the sideline/endzone then just being 15-20 yards away from the ball results in good shots with a 70-200. Also, you'll have more subject isolation with the 2.8. Though 400mm would allow you get some shots if they are on the other hash mark while on one side of the field.

Soccer - 400. no time to move about
Football - 200mm and move to the shot.
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:49 PM #9
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Ah thanks alot man, i should of specified that, its american flag football, not the most exciting **** in the world but its practice.

Now i have to think about this again haha. I think i might just rent a 300 L just for the hell of it and also the 70-200 because i want to buy one anyways
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Old 01-29-2010, 01:02 PM #10
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find a practice game aswell if you can get some shots in before the real deal
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Old 01-29-2010, 01:04 PM #11
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Well the games last a week and ill be shooting for atleast two days so ill have practice
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Old 01-29-2010, 04:41 PM #12
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I've shot a lot of college sports. Football is probably the easiest because you have a pretty limited choice of positions. Usually you can't walk along the sidelines further then from the endzone to the 30 yard line. I am nut sure how lax they will be with you on the sidelines because its womens football. But generally you will probably be in the corner of the endzone or around the 15 yard line.
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Ok so im shooting a major womens football tournament next week. I have permission to be on the sidelines and they will use my photos for web and for their flyers.

My problem is.. i dont have any telephoto lenses at all, i never really needed them till now. Also ive never shot football but im confident that i can.

So my dilema is, what focal length is best for the field ?

I was thinking maybe a 100-400 L on my 1dmk2 as a main, then on my 350d have a 70-200 2.8.

This will be in the afternoon so the f/ on the 100-400 wont matter.

Will i even need 400mm ?
You might consider the 28-300 L if they have it for rent
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Old 01-29-2010, 10:17 PM #14
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its all good, i seem to remember the last photo posted by this guy was the girl in the shower cap smoking weed
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:26 AM #16
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i giggled ^
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Old 01-31-2010, 12:54 PM #17
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Im just buying a 300 L this week **** it
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Old 01-31-2010, 07:44 PM #18
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LMAO because thats cheaper haha

But really, for sports i've survived a while on my 70-200mm f/2.8,

Depends on what your doing with the shots, if your blowing them up for sure go 300 but if their going on facebook or some other blog junk, idk... May not be worth it.
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