Whether you would call it luck or just having a good connection, I was able to score a field pass to get on the sidelines of the local university's football game this weekend. I'm pretty excited about having the chance to do something like this.
The thing is, sports photography isn't a typical genre for me. I'm mostly a landscape and event photographer (you can see some of my work at http://radiant.photography). So my equipment is geared (no pun intended) toward those areas and is not really ideal for sports. My main setup for the game will be a 5D2 with a 100-400L on a monopod. It's a day game, so I think the lens will do just fine, but I'm a little concerned about the 5D2 because of it's slower AF and frame rate.
So my question is, do you have any tips for capturing good moments at a football game with a 5D2?
With the game coming up so quickly, and it being a one-off event, telling me to rent or buy a more appropriate camera body isn't helpful. I would be not only up against the logistics of getting it here in time, but I wouldn't want to have to learn a whole new camera body the day of the game.
But how can I gain a little bit more focusing performance? The center AF point is most sensitive, but I've read a lot of sports photographers say to use all the focus points. Would that slow down focusing speed though? What about using AF expansion?
What about the slower frame rate: should I try to time the moments perfectly before hitting the shutter, or is it better to just spray and pray?