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Jul 15, 2014 01:30 |  #1

Im going to be shooting a friends daughter perform during halftime of this upcoming high school football season. I don't think I will be able to get on the field so I will get as close as physically possible. Any recommended lenses? I will more than likely have to borrow or rent. I don't think I have anything for this type of event. It will be at night.


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Jul 15, 2014 02:56 |  #2

Anything f/2.8 or wider in aperture. Sports photography is one of the few kinds of photography where your equipment makes a difference. See if you can rent a 70-200mm f/2.8 or similar lens. The professionals on the sidelines during college or NFL games are usually using 400mm f/2.8s or similar lenses, but I think that would be overkill for you at the moment.

You may also want to practice shooting with AI Servo on your camera before hand to get a feel of how it works.

(This should be in Discuss Sports Photography, btw)




  
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Jul 15, 2014 15:13 |  #3

broncofanxl wrote in post #17032658 (external link)
Im going to be shooting a friends daughter perform during halftime of this upcoming high school football season. I don't think I will be able to get on the field so I will get as close as physically possible. Any recommended lenses? I will more than likely have to borrow or rent. I don't think I have anything for this type of event. It will be at night.

How much do you want to spend?

The industry standard for night and low light sports action is the Canon 400mm f/2.8 stabilized lens (external link). It's a great unit for those who have US $12,000 to spare.

One step down in price is the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 optically stabilized lens (external link) at US $3,600.

Then you encounter more dilemmas. Several 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses are available for US $1,500-2,500, but those don't have the tight framing needed at the distances you'd encounter. There are also good 70-300mm lenses in the US $400-600 range but they don't have the f/2.8 aperture useful for night images.

You may need to accept a slower, more affordable lens and find if the use of a very high ISO in the 6400-12800 range will give you the results you want. No solution you would face would not require compromises or major expenses.




  
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Jul 17, 2014 21:16 |  #4

^I second the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8. I have one and I've used it at my job (professional indoor football) and also at some concerts, MLB, and NFL games.

I think it's very, very underrated. The AF isn't quite as quick as a Canon L lens, but it works very well for me at indoor football, which is very fast paced. It's sharp and very versatile. You can buy a USB dock for it that allows you to customize your AF settings on your computer.

It gives you a similar focal length on a full frame body that a 70-200 would give you on a 1.6 crop body. Not to mention, at $3600, it's about $7k less than you'd expect from a Canon or Nikon lens. If you're using a 1.6 crop body, the Canon 135mm f/2L (around $1k) might be a decent choice. It'll give you solid reach on a crop body and the f/2 aperture is awesome to have in low light.


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Jul 19, 2014 02:09 |  #5

lensrentals.com or borrowlenses.com

both are great, I mainly use lensrentals because I've only rented a couple of times.


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Jul 20, 2014 12:36 |  #6

You need f/2.8. Depending on how well off the high school is, be aware that you might get some strange light quality. I went to homecoming at my school a few years ago and they have 3-phase lights that will change color constantly. Make sure you're shooting RAW so you can correct the good ones.

I'd suggest just walking down to the field without asking. If someone says something, explain what your'e doing and if they tell you to get back to the fence then at least you tried. If possible, don't shoot handheld. Bring a monopod or get a little sandbag to put on the fence.

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Jul 20, 2014 16:07 |  #7

xyzzy-in-NC wrote in post #17043913 (external link)
I'd suggest just walking down to the field without asking. If someone says something, explain what your'e doing and if they tell you to get back to the fence then at least you tried. If possible, don't shoot handheld. Bring a monopod or get a little sandbag to put on the fence.

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I would not recommend this. If you really want to get on the field then email the AD and the head football coach or cheer coach or marching band conductor (depends on what she does for halftime) and offer to take pictures for them. Explain who you are and show a portfolio or just a link to your work. If it is for band then you should be able to get on the field easily for halftime with the other band parents who are volunteering.


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Jul 22, 2014 11:41 |  #8

disneydork06 wrote in post #17044309 (external link)
I would not recommend this. If you really want to get on the field then email the AD and the head football coach or cheer coach or marching band conductor (depends on what she does for halftime) and offer to take pictures for them. Explain who you are and show a portfolio or just a link to your work. If it is for band then you should be able to get on the field easily for halftime with the other band parents who are volunteering.

I agree well said




  
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Aug 06, 2014 00:54 |  #9

I just got approval from the athletic director to be on the field!!!!!! So what lens should I use? Would be best?


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Aug 06, 2014 08:58 |  #10

broncofanxl wrote in post #17079241 (external link)
I just got approval from the athletic director to be on the field!!!!!! So what lens should I use? Would be best?

the best lens would be a large aperture longer telephoto which you apparently don't have :cry::cry:

your 55-250IS and the 85 1.8 would work depending how close you can get to the people (marching band?)


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Aug 06, 2014 11:28 as a reply to  @ watt100's post |  #11

If you're shooting halftime stuff, I'd recommend the 70-200/2.8. Halftime performances are usually staged relatively frontfield...if you're camped out on the home sideline, this lens will be a good all-purpose choice for you. It won't be as tight as a 300mm, but it does give you the option to shoot wider and include a few more kids in the shot. I shoot marching bands with a 300/2.8 and a 70-200/2.8, but if I could only use one lens, it would be the 70-200.


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Aug 13, 2014 15:10 |  #12

Sigma 120-300 f/2.8.

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Aug 14, 2014 14:05 |  #13

broncofanxl wrote in post #17079241 (external link)
I just got approval from the athletic director to be on the field!!!!!! So what lens should I use? Would be best?

What exactly are you taking photos of? I would try the 85mm that you have and see how it works. I'm assuming you are getting access for more than one game?


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Aug 14, 2014 16:07 |  #14

70-200 should work for half time stuff from sidelines as suggested by others. I shoot Professional Football and I can't recall the last time I had to grab my 300 for half-time stuff. Almost always find my 24-70 or 70-200 in my hands.


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