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Apr 26, 2015 00:05 |  #1

Got a chance to try out an 800mm f/5.6 for our spring game. This lens is mind blowing. Action is a lot harder to follow with it, but if you nail a shot, you are definitely rewarded. The bokeh is amazing. The lens is sharp wide open, and works very well with a x1.4 TC (example is shot #6 of a quarterback). I tried it with a TC on a 7DII as well (~1800mm), but focus speed degraded substantially, plus it was basically impossible to shoot with at field level. I really hope I get another opportunity to use one of these.

1. Hitting the hole

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2. Coach Butch Jones

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3. Tackle in the back field

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4. Catch

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5. Smokey X

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6. QB (+ 1.4x TC)

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7. Field goal

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Apr 28, 2015 14:03 |  #2

I imagine an 800 would be a lot of fun to shoot with. I've had pretty good results with a 400 2.8 and a 2x III for a "poor man's" 800mm, but that was on a 5dIII. Couldn't imagine it with a 7d AND with a teleconverter. As you say, game footage is a lot harder to follow, but when you nail a shot... WOW!

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Apr 28, 2015 14:04 |  #3

Go Vols!


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Apr 30, 2015 01:29 |  #4

Great images Andew!That lens is a beast.

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Apr 30, 2015 12:19 |  #5

Great pic, GO VOLS !

Thanks for sharing, this was the first Orange & White game I have missed in 6 years, the wife had me taking photos at a friends wedding reception.


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Apr 30, 2015 13:06 |  #6

Very cool! Backgrounds are so smooth.

Have to imagine there was probably some serious lens envy going down on the sidelines that day. Lol.


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Apr 30, 2015 14:18 |  #7

Thanks everyone.

Matt_Ferris wrote in post #17538630 (external link)
Very cool! Backgrounds are so smooth.

Have to imagine there was probably some serious lens envy going down on the sidelines that day. Lol.

Haha, it drew a little attention. One of my colleagues took a picture of 5 photographers huddled around me in the corner of the endzone when I was testing teleconverters with the 7DII and 1DX.


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May 04, 2015 14:49 |  #8

abruckse wrote in post #17538707 (external link)
Thanks everyone.

Haha, it drew a little attention. One of my colleagues took a picture of 5 photographers huddled around me in the corner of the endzone when I was testing teleconverters with the 7DII and 1DX.

Can we see? Hehe:p


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May 05, 2015 12:53 as a reply to  @ Aressem's post |  #9

great pix i just got my 1dx could i ask what case where you shooting in no4 or 2 etc and did you tweak them in any way Cheers


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May 10, 2015 14:36 |  #10

Great shots I am sure in low light it would tough too make quality photos




  
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May 10, 2015 15:20 |  #11

dessie wrote in post #17544607 (external link)
great pix i just got my 1dx could i ask what case where you shooting in no4 or 2 etc and did you tweak them in any way Cheers

I'm usually fine with Case 1, though I'll occasionally switch to Case 4 in lower light. Case 1 does the job for me 90% of the time. I switch between single point and 4 point expansion as well.
There's a post on sportshooter of Peter Reed Miller's 1DX settings.. it's a good start.

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Great shots I am sure in low light it would tough too make quality photos

Thanks, and yeah, even with a 1DX, f/5.6 is going to be very tough in most venues. But this lens serves a specific purpose anyway and isn't meant to be an all-around versatile sports lens.


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Aug 19, 2015 21:32 |  #12

1dx is sweet




  
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Aug 19, 2015 21:50 |  #13

nice....glad to see you have the opportunity!


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Nice work




  
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Jul 22, 2016 00:27 |  #15

I've just added the 1dxmii and the canon 400 f2.8 to my arsenal ... Can't wait for football season!




  
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