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First college basketball game, lens questions...

 
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Jan 25, 2013 15:01 |  #16

Just keep in mind that when you are under the basket that the players are running at you. There is always the possibility of them falling on you and a metal chair might hurt you and them. Plus, it may be more difficult to get your equipment out of the way.

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Feb 04, 2013 01:16 as a reply to  @ post 15532416 |  #17

Depends where you are going to be on the baseline.

If you are from the edge of the key to the end of the 3 point line.
The ref will get in your shot.
They will do a rotation depending on the play. sometimes they will be on your side and other times they will be on the other.

I like being on the corner edge. That way you can get the base line drive and drives up the middle in the air.

The right side is also better. Most players are right handers and will be coming down on fast breaks on their right and laying the ball in.




  
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Feb 04, 2013 02:26 |  #18

^ Corner edge. Try to put the basket on your left side as most of the shots seem to come from the right side of the basket for whatever reason. I shoot a ton of basketball. 300 takes care of the down court stuff and 70-200 takes care of everything else.


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Feb 06, 2013 22:31 as a reply to  @ JamesDurbinMedia's post |  #19

So it was a fun night tonight, the hardest part was switching cameras for when they were up then down the court. I'd use the Mark IV/70-200 up close, then the Mark III/300 down court, switching got my arms hurting after a while, but I had a great time. Here are a few shots, hope I did ok...

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Feb 07, 2013 13:50 |  #20

Great shots!!!! Did you have a chance to use the 85L or was it too difficult?


  
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Feb 07, 2013 14:23 |  #21

zerovision wrote in post #15583634 (external link)
Great shots!!!! Did you have a chance to use the 85L or was it too difficult?

I brought it, along with the 50 1.4, but I didn't have room to keep them with me, seating was tight, and they had a media room where I could keep my backpack, so I just stuck with the 70-200 and 300, which was the combo of choice for most of the other photogs. I saw one guy with a 24-70 2.8, which would have been ideal, since it seemed I kept my 70-200 at 70 most of the night.

They had 2 more games I could go to, so I'm trying to see if I can. They gave me a plastic "All-Access" credential, so maybe if I beg they'll let me back.. lol...

EDIT: And sorry... thanks for the compliment! :)


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Mar 10, 2013 13:23 |  #22

I'd be careful of what your eyes see as well-lit. I've been in many D1 arenas that look well lit only to find that I have to stray away from my ISO3200 1/800 f2.8 settings to ISO4000 1/640 f2.8.

Definitely a 70-200 f2.8 with a IS/VR motor.

Most NCAA arenas have specifications they must meet but HS and Middle Schools don't.


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Mar 10, 2013 15:06 |  #23

kenjancef wrote in post #15581526 (external link)
the hardest part was switching cameras for when they were up then down the court. I'd use the Mark IV/70-200 up close, then the Mark III/300 down court, switching got my arms hurting after a while, but I had a great time.

Ken, I realize you shot these a month ago, but was shooting all down court for 20-30 minutes (or something like that) and then switching cameras to all close court an option to save you from switching so many times? Or would that have caused too many missed opportunities?


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Mar 10, 2013 16:21 |  #24

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Ken, I realize you shot these a month ago, but was shooting all down court for 20-30 minutes (or something like that) and then switching cameras to all close court an option to save you from switching so many times? Or would that have caused too many missed opportunities?

Good idea, but yea, would have missed a bunch of good shots. I ended up doing 2 more games, but used the 70-200 down court, and a 50 1.4 up close. I found that 70mm was still too restrictive up close, and with the 300mm down court as well. I have 2 other galleries in my SmugMug, check them out to see. I was REALLY happy with my 1D4 with the 50 1.4, and I did MFA before the shoot.

By the way, still shooting with us this year??


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Mar 10, 2013 16:38 |  #25

Those are some excellent basketball shots. I certainly wouldn't have noticed any inclinations of not being able to shoot wider if you didnt tell me...

I shot a 5k in putnam CT this afternoon, i've got a 5k in hartford next weekend and a half marathon in westport ct the weekend after. FinisherPix contacted me a week ago to shoot the Cox Providence Marathon, but that isn't until early may.


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Mar 10, 2013 17:49 |  #26

ewheeler20 wrote in post #15699276 (external link)
Those are some excellent basketball shots. I certainly wouldn't have noticed any inclinations of not being able to shoot wider if you didnt tell me...

I shot a 5k in putnam CT this afternoon, i've got a 5k in hartford next weekend and a half marathon in westport ct the weekend after. FinisherPix contacted me a week ago to shoot the Cox Providence Marathon, but that isn't until early may.

I got the offer for Putnam, but didn't want to do it. I have the New Bedford Half next Sunday.

And thanks for the compliments!!


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Mar 10, 2013 20:36 as a reply to  @ kenjancef's post |  #27

Here's a few from the last game I shot, 3/5/2013... Stuck with a 70-200 on my 1D3 and a 50 1.4 on my 1D4. I wish I still had my 24-70, would have been perfect for the close shots.

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