amfoto1 wrote in post #12835438
But, personally my second most used sports lens is a 300mm, instead of adding a 1.4X. I use the Canon 300/4 IS for handheld shooting and the 300/2.8 IS when I can use a tripod with a gimbal mount. Image quality is a little better than a 70-200mm with a 1.4X. Besides I usually have the 70-200mm on another camera so I can switch back and forth between them quickly. And, the 300/4 IS can be used with 1.4X with relatively little loss of IQ, if needed.
Some will tell you that you don't need I.S. to shoot sports... I beg to differ. But - hey - I only shoot around 50,000 sports shots a year, so what do I know. Yes, we managed to get sports shots before lenses had I.S. And, yes, some percentage of the time with sports you are using a higher shutter speed to stop the action anyway, and I.S. is less critical when shooting higher shutter speeds. But it opens up a lot of additional possibilities, works even at moderate to higher shutter speeds and is just "the icing on the cake" for sports shooting. Of course, it does add cost... So you have to balance off against that.
Also the Canon 100-400 IS and the Sigma 120-400 OS and 150-500 OS can be used for sports when lighting is reasonably good. A soccer field is pretty long... if you are at one end, with 400mm you could get a reasonably tight shot of the action at the other end of the field. .
Fantastic post, IMO. I'm likely to get either the 400mm f/2.8 or the 200-400mm to shoot my kids as they get old enough to play field sports. I noticed you mentioned the 300mm f/2.8, however, so I'm wondering if you feel 400mm is too long for kids sports (where you are allowed on the sidelines).
Also, given the choice, would the flexibility of the 200-400 be more useful than what's offered by the 300mm f/2.8 or the 400mm f/2.8?
MT Stringer wrote in post #12835479
You can never have enough zoom! Most likely you will be happy with the 55-250 for team shots and close ups on the sideline and for when action comes to your side of the field. I shoot with a 300mm, sometimes with a 1.4x on it so I can get in the huddle.
Another option is the Canon 100-400 zoom. It is a little heavy and bulky when zoomed out to 400mm, but it will allow you to get some good candids. You will probably need a monopod to help support it. No tripods on the sideline, please!
Here is a game
I shot with the 100-400. Kids are probably about the same size, just a different style of football!
How do you feel about the 400mm f/2.8 and the upcoming 200-400mm f/2.8? Would you give up either your 300 or your 100-400 if you had either of the lenses I listed?