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Old 25th of March 2012 (Sun)   #1
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Default 300mm F2.8 for football

I recently purchased a 300mm f2.8 and was wondering what people's thoughts are on this lens for football. I can not afford the 400mm.

Also, I am going to be shooting for a local community college in the fall. Should I just focus on shooting just the offense? Are there any good guides for shooting football with a 300mm? I also have a 70-200mm lens.

I look forward to others opinions.
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Old 25th of March 2012 (Sun)   #2
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Default Re: 300mm F2.8 for football

Great lens or football! What body?
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Old 25th of March 2012 (Sun)   #3
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You'll like the versatility it offers in respect to other sports. If you are only shooting football for them then I would just rent a 400.
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I recently purchased a 300mm f2.8 and was wondering what people's thoughts are on this lens for football.
300mm lenses offer a good field of view for U.S. gridiron football, such as these:





However, a useful sideline position for football, which typically means following the play up and down the field, will mean you'll take positions where 300mm is too long for correctly-framed action. That is where a 70-200mm lens will be needed. Many photographers will carry two lenses for U.S. football, a long lens for mid-field action and a shorter lens to cover end-zone plays.

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Should I just focus on shooting just the offense?
Unless you have an assignment to cover a specific player, you'll always "shoot the offense." More specifically, you'll be looking for the best action, and since the offense dictates the action in U.S. football, the basic technique is to follow the ball. A standard location is 20 yards ahead of the offense with the action headed in your direction.

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Are there any good guides for shooting football with a 300mm?
Go to the field and keep the action in the frame. Actual game experience will show you that the ability to follow the action is more important than the exact equipment you use. The sample images in this response came from a Tamron 70-300mm vibration control lens, chosen because it has a useful range of focal lengths for U.S. football.

The best way to learn how to take action pictures of football is to actually go to games and work the sidelines. That's the only way to learn how to handle the unpredictable action, and how to stay as safe as possible from large flying bodies.
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Great lens or football! What body?
I have a Canon 7d.
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Old 25th of March 2012 (Sun)   #6
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The 300 will be ok. You'll be limited to the sides and not so much the end zone. You may want to get a 1.4tc for day games. Depending on the school, you may only be able to shoot between the 30 yard line and the end zone.
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I recently purchased a 300mm f2.8 and was wondering what people's thoughts are on this lens for football...
Never mind our thoughts you HAVE the lens!!!!!
It is a great lens! You will find it's few short comings and adjust accordingly(that it is not the 400). You will find that your shooting style may change due to it being a prime.
I paired mine with the 1.4II and the 70-200 on second body and am quite pleased.
So, I am sure you will be very happy so long as you DON"T test anything else for a while.
...You run the risk of lens envy

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Never mind our thoughts you HAVE the lens!!!!!
It is a great lens! You will find it's few short comings and adjust accordingly(that it is not the 400). You will find that your shooting style may change due to it being a prime.
I paired mine with the 1.4II and the 70-200 on second body and am quite pleased.
So, I am sure you will be very happy so long as you DON"T test anything else for a while.
...You run the risk of lens envy
LOL..to funny. I am going to be trying this lens out at a rugby match this weekend and see how I like it. I got a really good deal on the lens so I had to buy it.
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Old 27th of March 2012 (Tue)   #9
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If I'm shooting a fairly well-lit game, I like to pair it with the 1.4x TC. Really nice images at f4
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70-200 and 300 are all you need for football, unless you want a really wide shot. 300 is a great lens.
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I really cannot wait for the 200-400 to come out. Ugh.
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I really cannot wait for the 200-400 to come out. Ugh.
At an estimated $11,000?? Yikes!!
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Bye bye $1,000 - $2,000 70-200
Bye bye $300 1.4x

Bye bye $7,000 400 2.8
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Bye bye $5,000 300 2.8

Totally worth it for one lens that covers that range.

The Nikon equivalent is already a mainstay for a lot of sports shooters.
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