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need guidance for Soccer shoots

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Mar 18, 2013 11:12 |  #16

I would *love* to upgrade my equipment, but I feel like I get pretty good soccer photos with a Canon 60D + a 70-200 f/4 L (non is) lens. In my own case, if I had the budget, I'd upgrade first to a 70-200 f/2.8 lens, then to a 7d, then I'd add a 1.4x teleconverter and/or the sigma 120-300mm f/2.8. A 200mm lens on a crop body gets enough of the action on the field, but more reach would be AWESOME to have so that I didn't spend so much time waiting for the action to come to me. In your case, moving to a lens like mine would probably appreciably improve the colors and sharpness of your photos -- L quality lenses are really awesome, and the 70-200 f/4 can be found for under $500 used (I think it is around $675 new). You'll find yourself using it for portraits and just about everything.

You'll improve a lot if you follow the advice here and get out of sports mode. I shoot wide open (f/4... would love to be able to go to 2.8), Av or M, and watch the ISO to keep the shutter speed around 1000... might drop as low as 500 in low light conditions to avoid bumping my iso up too high. And like others mentioned, I shoot from down low -- it really does improve the look of the photos. I wouldn't worry so much about frames per second -- that just gives you more photos to comb through and toss. It's nice, but not as important as good glass. …9738486/#photo_​8519738486 (external link)

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Mar 18, 2013 13:56 |  #17

Get a used 7d and whatever better glass you can afford. The higher fps will make a difference. If you take a lot of night games, you probably need a 2.8. If mostly day games, go with a slower 300 or 400 mm lens. JMHO.

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Mar 18, 2013 16:25 |  #18

I'd pass on the 7d. It's getting pretty long in the tooth (it was introduced in 2009!) and the T1i is still a very capable camera. The 70d is right around the corner as well. A lens would be the absolute first thing that I would upgrade. And get out of sports mode!

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Mar 18, 2013 21:21 |  #19

A few words of advice:
1. If funds are limited, learn to use what you have. Better stuff will not automatically deliver better results but poor equipment will limit your ability to consistently deliver quality product.
2. A quality L lens will not go down in value the way a body does, that being said, the Rebel body will limit you when your shooting capability increases.
3. Higher frame rate using the "spray-n-pray" method typically means more wasted shots, out of a series usually only one or two are useful. My 1DmII shoots 8 FPS and a soccer ball will travel around 5 feet between frames, your reaction and timing will deliver more keepers.
4. Sit lower to the turf.
5. Realize that the stuff you see in magazines is shot by someone that probably started out just like you. They work very hard to make a living at it.

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