mikepj wrote in post #18164190
You might get a higher keeper rate, but that doesn't mean you get more keepers.
I'm all for trying to time the action just right, and up until recently I only had cameras with slow frame rates, so I had
to time it right. But the benefit can't be understated enough for being able to hold your finger on the shutter and get a quick second of 10 shots to choose from in order to capture the peak moment of action. The better you are at timing, the less frames you'll take, but either way there is a reason cameras targeted to sports photography capture ever-increasing frames per second.
For a 64GB card you can store…what…2000-2500 RAW photos? At 10 frames per second that card could be full in less than 5 minutes. Having enough memory cards with you can definitely make the difference between a successful day and a frustrating one.
I shoot soccer and have done some amateur American Football too. 1 x 16gb card does me for a 90 minute soccer match and I shoot much less for an American Football match. More frames does not mean more good images. I find a short burst, usually the first frame or 2 are the only ones worth keeping. Anticipate the action is the way to go. I have to admit I find American Football more about a bunch of people standing around doing nothing much, followed by short bursts of confused bodies running this way and that. But sitting low down and waiting for the action to come to you is usually the way to go. There is no way I'd want to trawl through 2000 raw images! Machine gunning just doesn't really work as a strategy.
You don't have to figure out lens/body/extender combinations prior to the game. Just thave the stuff with you, and continually change on the fly. That's what you are going be doing anyway, as the various opportunities present themselves. Just be prepared to make lens changes rapidly as you are walking or dashing about to get into position, so that the instant you get to the spot you want to take the next shots from, the proper lens is already mounted to the proper body, so that you don't miss any of the possible frames that you could shoot. Speed and flexibility are everything when shooting this stuff.
I would have to disagree here, based on my own experience. I've found any time I start 'chimping' or change a battery I miss a good shot opportunity, so there is no way I'd want to be pfaffing about swapping lenses and fumbling about with stuff like that. I have 2 bodies and 2 lenses. That is sufficient.