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300 mm f4 a good choice for field sports

 
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Nov 12, 2011 20:19 |  #1

I am looking to get a longer lens for middle/high school lacrosse and other field sports. From what I have read the 300 mm f4 might cover a lot of the photography I like to do sports, wildlife, and I do like portraits with the longer lenses. I was wondering if the 70-200 f4 IS would be a better choice as it seems to do very well. I cannot afford the 70-200 f2.8 II. I am also considering the 100-400 L but am worried it would be too slow. I would be pairing the lens with a 7D. Thanks for your advice.


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Nov 13, 2011 07:57 |  #2

As long as you are not to close to the field the 300mm f4 is perfect.



  
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Nov 13, 2011 09:10 |  #3

I actually just bought a 300mm f/4 for all sorts of sports. It is a great lens and I've been using it for football, soccer, hockey, and giving basketball a try with it today. I haven't done any night games yet, but that's really my only concern is the night games and only being able to get to f/4. It's really nice having that extra reach over the 200.

But with that said my first lens was and would be again a 70-200. The 300mm is great and all but the 70-200 is more versatile in my opinion. If you can't afford the II version with IS check out the I version with no IS. They go for around $1000 and IS isn't really necessary for sports as you are shooting with high enough shutter speeds. You would really be surprised at how well you can work the field by moving around with a 70-200.


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Nov 13, 2011 11:24 |  #4

For anything daytime, the 300 F4 is an awesome field sport lens. Very sharp photos. I'm also not sure what being close to the the field has to do with using it or not. For most college or pro games, you're relegated to the endzones or near them and so any action coming your way requires a long lens.


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Nov 13, 2011 19:25 |  #5

I use the 300f4 for sports and find it to be a great lens. I borrowed a 100-400 and found the images soft beyond 300. I even use the 300f4 for flashed football and soccer at night.


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Dec 04, 2011 23:31 |  #6

Look at the Canon 400mm F5.6 L lens


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Dec 05, 2011 01:18 |  #7

Worth checking out the Sigma 120-300 f2.8. More versatile than a straight 300mm, plus it'll work better in lower light and give you more flexibility if the action gets close.


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Dec 05, 2011 11:40 |  #8

Red Dog wrote in post #13496492 (external link)
Worth checking out the Sigma 120-300 f2.8. More versatile than a straight 300mm, plus it'll work better in lower light and give you more flexibility if the action gets close.

Looks like cost is a consideration for the OP. At 2 grand more, the Sigma may be out of his reach. That said, the 120-300 f2.8 is a really nice lens, but I think the canon 300 f4 is sharper...


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Dec 05, 2011 15:06 |  #9

The Canon 300mm f/4.0 is a really nice lens for field sports. It's tack sharp and if it's the one with IS, you'll be extremely happy with it. During the day it's gonna rock but remember it's f/4.0 so at night, if you don't have awesome stadium lighting, you're probably gonna need to jack up your ISO to something beyond ISO 1600.

I just shot a daytime NFL game, under a closed roof and under severly overcast skies. I shot between ISO 3200 and 4000 at f/4.0 with a shutter speed between 1000-1250 and got some decent images.


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Dec 06, 2011 16:46 |  #10

I've been using the 300mm f/4 for everything for canine agility training, football, baseball, soccer, lacrosse etc. I missed out on a few good deals on the 2.8 copy but I have to say this lens has performed beautifully and I have not regretted purchasing it. As it gets darker at the field and the lights come on I have to switch to the 70-200 2.8 which is ok with me as well


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Dec 06, 2011 21:18 |  #11

Thank you all for your replies. I decided to go for it. I was leaning heavily toward it anyway. I cannot wait for lacrosse season. I have had it about a week and it is fun for portraits of my kids and I got to use it on some wild swans that stopped at a local pond.


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