So I went to Nationals this past weekend. I just got a new Canon 135 f2 L lens for my skating photography. (Wanted something black, smallish and fast)
I had ample light for my shots, and found the focal length to be fine for my seats when the skaters were on my end of the arena. I was row 15 on an end and I also used the Canon 1.4 converter. Oh and I have a 20D.
My main problem (other than my knack of timing and getting mostly skater's backs!) is focusing. About half of my shots from Sat night are out of focus. (that was row 15). Yesterday for the men's final, I was in row 8 and probably 90% are OOF. I tried both Al focus and Al servo. I think yesterday when I was having the huge failure rate, I was probably using Al servo, but I may have only had the center focus point active. Does that make a difference? Maybe I don't understand Al servo completely.
So how do I focus on a small subject like that on a huge white sheet of ice? I know it's got to be me and not my equipment. This is proof that it's not the equipment that makes the god photos, it's knowledge and technique!
So help...what was I doing wrong??
Who's really upset because people using cheap P/S's probably got better shots than me and my new 1K lens!!