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Old 15th of March 2006 (Wed)   #1
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Default How far will 400mm reach?

I'm looking to rent the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
to use at the Opening Day for MLB. My seats are the front row of the second deck in right field. Approximately 350 ft from home plate. Will this lens zoom enough so that I can fill the frame with the batter?

Does anyone have any shots with this lens at a similar distance?
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In sort, No...
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What does that mean? No, I can't take a picture of a man 350 ft away and fill the frame?
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What does that mean? No, I can't take a picture of a man 350 ft away and fill the frame?
Nope. You arent gonna have his feet at the bottom of the frame, and his head at the top, if thats what you're thinking. But who knows, maybe you will.

Heres a thread I started curious about a similar thing.
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/...reach+of+200mm
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Default Re: How far will 400mm reach?

Field of view with a 400mm lens on a 1.6 crop camera (Digital Rebel,XT or 20D) from 350 feet away would be 19.7 x 13.1 feet.

Field of view from a full-frame camera (5D) would be 31.5 x 21 feet.

You can do these calculations with my DOF calculator, which you can download here.
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Default Re: How far will 400mm reach?

if you have a 1.4x, you should be able to reach.
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Field of view with a 400mm lens on a 1.6 crop camera (Digital Rebel,XT or 20D) from 350 feet away would be 19.7 x 13.1 feet.

Field of view from a full-frame camera (5D) would be 31.5 x 21 feet.

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Thanks. That should still be close enough to get some good shots. I might even try adding the 1.4x converter to get the extra reach I need.
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Default Re: How far will 400mm reach?

1.4x TC...Yowzers...what's that, f/8 at a baseball game? Kinda slow shutter speeds for that, I'd say.
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1.4x TC...Yowzers...what's that, f/8 at a baseball game? Kinda slow shutter speeds for that, I'd say.
Not to mention your angle/distance is not going to yeild very flattering photographs.

Perhaps you should just go and enjoy the game, maybe bring your cmaera and a wide angle to capture your friends/family and the atmosphere that you are a part of rather then trying to get "sports" photographs.

There is a reason the pros shoot from where they do.
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^^^ true
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Default Re: How far will 400mm reach?

Here's a picture at 400mm from left field. Not really that close...
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Not to mention your angle/distance is not going to yeild very flattering photographs.

Perhaps you should just go and enjoy the game, maybe bring your cmaera and a wide angle to capture your friends/family and the atmosphere that you are a part of rather then trying to get "sports" photographs.

There is a reason the pros shoot from where they do.
The game is in the middle of the day. So even at f/8 I should be able to shoot at higher shutter speeds shouldn't I?

As far as just enjoying the game, that's what I plan on doing. I'm not trying to get pictures to submit to a magazine or even a website. Just pictures from my seat that are memories of Opening Day. That could be a zoomed in shot of the players as they circle the field for the Parade of Players, it could also be a wide angle shot of the stadium full of players (I guess you now know I'm not talking about the Royals).

So, if you have an opinion on whether or not this lens will do what I want, I appreciate your response.
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What lens would you use to get a better shot from that distance?
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Here's a picture at 400mm from left field. Not really that close...
Thank you very much for posting that picture. If 400mm will get me this close, then I will get pictures worth taking for me.
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Most MLB games won't allow you in with that lens w/o a press pass. Good luck.
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