Originally Posted by wgpskaterpunk
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 ?
Originally Posted by Thor06
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.
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.