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May 11, 2015 19:11 |  #1

I'm shooting my first AA Minor League baseball game tonight... can probably figure it out but thought I'd ask for any advice from folks with some experience. The local team has invited me to shoot from the area behind the dugout that they save for photographers so I'll be about as close as you can get. Just wondering what combos you'd suggest. The game starts at 7 so I'll have one hour of daylight before the lights take over for the last 2/3 of the game. Here's my gear... what combos would you take?

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16-35 L f/2.8 II, alternate to fisheye?
24-70 L f/2.8, doubt this would be of much use

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May 11, 2015 19:43 |  #2

Everything I've read and seen says you'll need the 100-400mm to get anything in the outfield, as well as if you're shooting across the diamond.

Obviously, you'll want the 70-200mm permanently attached to one of the bodies as well.

You can probably leave the other 3 lenses at home, as they'll get very limited use (especially when the game starts).


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May 11, 2015 20:10 as a reply to  @ MacGrad's post |  #3

Yeah, that'll work well during the daylight part... that 400 is gonna require some high ISO in the lights, I bet. Maybe not, the lighting will be better than any I've shot in probably, but I'm still worried about it. It will not work on the 7D at high ISO, well it will, but I bet it'd be noisy. Then if I put it on the 5D and the 200 on the 7D, that's basically the same setup. lol. 7D with 200 would be at 360mm and 5D at 400. :)


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May 11, 2015 21:21 |  #4

CHillyDoggy wrote in post #17552653 (external link)
Yeah, that'll work well during the daylight part... that 400 is gonna require some high ISO in the lights, I bet. Maybe not, the lighting will be better than any I've shot in probably, but I'm still worried about it. It will not work on the 7D at high ISO, well it will, but I bet it'd be noisy. Then if I put it on the 5D and the 200 on the 7D, that's basically the same setup. lol. 7D with 200 would be at 360mm and 5D at 400. :)

When it gets dark, you'll probably need to have the 70-200 for its speed on the 7D for the reach. Be prepared to do a lot of noise reduction in post processing. Too bad it is not the 7DII. I have both the 7D and 7DII and the noise on the 7DII cleans up a lot better than the 7D.

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May 12, 2015 05:03 |  #5

CHillyDoggy wrote in post #17552588 (external link)
I'm shooting my first AA Minor League baseball game tonight... can probably figure it out but thought I'd ask for any advice from folks with some experience. The local team has invited me to shoot from the area behind the dugout that they save for photographers so I'll be about as close as you can get. Just wondering what combos you'd suggest. The game starts at 7 so I'll have one hour of daylight before the lights take over for the last 2/3 of the game. Here's my gear... what combos would you take?

Bodies:
5D MIII
7D

Lenses:
70-200 L f/2.8 II
100-400 L f/4.5-5.6
8-15 L f/4 Fisheye... might go to the back and shoot some full stadium shots
16-35 L f/2.8 II, alternate to fisheye?
24-70 L f/2.8, doubt this would be of much use

and of course, my monopod.

A preferred night action lens is the Canon 400mm f/2.8 unit (external link). It's a good performer for those who can afford the price.




  
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May 12, 2015 13:09 as a reply to  @ DC Fan's post |  #6

Would love to have one... but not there yet. ;)


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May 12, 2015 13:11 as a reply to  @ McNeese72's post |  #7

Yeah, I might get the 7D2 before long. I actually just picked up the 7D to get me out there further for surf shooting & also for the faster fps. Great camera for the $450 I got it for. :) I agree with your assessment. Thanks!


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May 12, 2015 22:41 |  #8

Nothing like experience, lol. I learned a ton. I learned that the lighting isn't as good as I imagined it would be, ha ha. I pretty much had to go with the 7D & 70-200 combo all night, and even then after it got dark... I'm not sure I got anything I'll want to keep. Had to push it up to 4000 & 5000 ISO to get a shutter speed of even 1/800 or 1/1000. Luckily I did have an hour and a half of the sun helping for the first half of the game. :)

Here's my first composite shot of a pitcher sequence...

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May 12, 2015 22:58 |  #9

^^^Very cool image. Nicely done.


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May 14, 2015 08:29 |  #10

Thanks M_Six! :)


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May 16, 2015 19:36 |  #11

Nice composite! :)


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May 16, 2015 20:09 |  #12

Thanks, here's my favorite of the other team's pitcher.

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May 17, 2015 19:05 |  #13

Yes, this second one is spot on I like it even better!


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May 18, 2015 07:38 |  #14

Thanks, I think I like him sorta fading out where he started the pitch better than all 100% visible.


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May 20, 2015 13:44 |  #15

CHillyDoggy wrote in post #17559223 (external link)
Thanks, here's my favorite of the other team's pitcher.

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OK - how did you do this? I would love to do some of this for volleyball and softball - is this all in how you shot it or post-processing?




  
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