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Mar 26, 2014 19:27 |  #1

I'm trying to get into highschool sports photography doing action shots for people. my current set up is 7d and 70-200 2.8L IS but I need more reach. Was wondering what I should look at purchasing. I thought about a extender but didn't know if it would work and if it would focus to slow.




  
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Mar 26, 2014 21:05 |  #2

Musician224 wrote in post #16788989 (external link)
I'm trying to get into highschool sports photography doing action shots for people. my current set up is 7d and 70-200 2.8L IS but I need more reach. Was wondering what I should look at purchasing. I thought about a extender but didn't know if it would work and if it would focus to slow.

Might help if you give us your budget. Are your games night or day? Then maybe we can suggest a lens.


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Mar 26, 2014 23:07 |  #3

I shoot College Div II sports and many times use my 70-200 2.8L with and without a 1.4x extender. Works better than my 300 f4 for the infield, but I also do a lot of shooting from the dugouts.


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Mar 27, 2014 00:43 |  #4

Musician224 wrote in post #16788989 (external link)
I'm trying to get into highschool sports photography doing action shots for people. my current set up is 7d and 70-200 2.8L IS but I need more reach. Was wondering what I should look at purchasing. I thought about a extender but didn't know if it would work and if it would focus to slow.

The least expensive long lens for baseball is the Tamron 70-300mm vibration control unit (external link). Examples follow:

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Those who prefer to spend more money may wish to consider one of the industry standards for telephoto action, the Canon 400mm f/2.8 L image stabilizer lens (external link). With that unit you'll get an unquestionable top performer for a premium price.



  
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Mar 27, 2014 17:18 as a reply to  @ DC Fan's post |  #5

I guess I'm looking for best bang for money in a reasonable expense. since I'm just getting into the sports scene and trying to get my name out there. I know I'm gonna be shooting some games after school so 5:30-9:30ish depending on when the game starts also.




  
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Mar 27, 2014 22:24 |  #6

You're going to have to define 'reasonable expense'. The absolute cheapest route would probably be to try a 1.4x extender. You can find a the 1.4x ii for $200 or the newer 1.4x iii for $350-$400. That would put you to f4, though, which isn't pretty on a 7d at night. If you buy one used and don't like it, you can probably resell it and nearly break even.

For day games, the 100-400L is a mighty fine lens. Won't help you at night.

Personally, I'd be looking at a 300 2.8 variant if you are serious. That will set you back anywhere from about $1300 - $7000 depending on how you want to get there. The Sigma 120-300's probably offer the most 'bang for money'. I'd go for a new 'OS or OS Sport' version if you can swing it, but the non OS DG version certainly is more than capable. Canon 300 2.8's start around $2k for old beaters and start going up with newer models.


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Mar 28, 2014 17:20 as a reply to  @ Strouty's post |  #7

I have an extra 1.4 that i used with my 70 to 200 before i got the 300 2.8. I picked up a used gen 1 300 2.8L for 2K. I t's pretty much a must as there is always another shooter that has the 70 to 200 2.8 now a days. the 300 is so great you will never go back to the 70 to 200 unless it's on your second body




  
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Mar 30, 2014 08:29 |  #8

I would conduct market research before equipment dreaming. If your intention is to actually earn a living shooting HS action shots you are looking in the wrong area. That being said, if your 70-200 is too short you already know that to be a true moneymaking pro you will need to spend big money. If you just want to have fun it is possible to get by with any of the cheaper options you are looking at.


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Mar 31, 2014 13:14 |  #9

I started using a Kenko 1.4x teleconverter for youth soccer with my 70-200 2.8 once the kids moved up to full field play. I tried both the 1.4x and 2.x, but prefer the 1.4x. Knocks the sharpness and saturation down some, but it works for me and the team loves the pics. Really depends on your budget I guess. I couldn't justify a Canon Tele or new glass as I'm not doing this for profit. I do notice more focus misses w/ the tele, but I'm not convinced if its the tele or me yet.

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Mar 31, 2014 14:18 |  #10

Musician224 wrote in post #16788989 (external link)
I'm trying to get into highschool sports photography doing action shots for people. my current set up is 7d and 70-200 2.8L IS but I need more reach. Was wondering what I should look at purchasing. I thought about a extender but didn't know if it would work and if it would focus to slow.


I agree with the others, first try an extender, it will probably work fine for many shots.


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Apr 21, 2014 21:20 |  #11

^pretty amazing quality there.




  
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Apr 23, 2014 20:17 |  #12

I got myself a 300mm f4 and I'm pretty happen with it's performs.


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Apr 26, 2014 07:53 |  #13

A used 100-400 can run you about $1000-$1100 and is a very good lens for Baseball, but it is limited for evening or under the lights use because it is f5.6 on the narrow side.

Here is an example of a shot with the 100-400 (almost no cropping).

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I have also used a 1.4 tele on my 70-200 and it works pretty damn good. So for the cheapest route as other have said, that would be the way to go.

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Apr 26, 2014 08:15 |  #14

If your going to do high school sports you are going to need fast lenses, unless you plan to only shoot outdoor sunny day games. Many HS sports are done indoors and at night, anything less than f/2.8 just won't do the job.




  
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