Going Back to a Shorter Lens For Shooting Sport

Given some back pain I chose to work with shorter lens while shooting the local sport a .

Mainly I have been using a lens in recent times so I gave up a lot of reach. To try and get some distance back I used a 1.4x converter for one of the games.

There were some advantages to using a shorter lens, I got the ability to zoom back as opposed to working at fixed focal lengths.

The first image is from a football match using the extender,  the player was about 18 yards away, the settings used are listed below;

Set Up For Shorter Lens Shooting

  • Camera Model 
  • Shooting Date/Time 27/10/2013 12:21:37
  • Author Paul Smith
  • Copyright Notice www.HU17.net
  • Shooting Mode Manual Exposure
  • Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/2000
  • Av( Aperture Value ) 4.0
  • Lens Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x
  • Focal Length 230.0mm
Going Back to a Shorter Lens For Shooting Sport
Going Back to a Shorter Lens For Shooting Sport | Canon 70-200mm F2.8

The second image was shot with just the lens mounted to the camera. It was a lot easier to follow the action but at times you were just too far to get anything decent.

Set Up For Shorter Lens Shooting

  • Camera Model 
  • Shooting Date/Time 27/10/2013 11:45:37
  • Author Paul Smith
  • Copyright Notice www.HU17.net
  • Shooting Mode Manual Exposure
  • Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/2000
  • Av( Aperture Value ) 4.0
  • ISO Speed 800
  • Auto ISO Speed OFF
  • Lens Canon EF70-200mm f2.8L IS USM
  • Focal Length 135.0mm
Going Back to a Shorter Lens For Shooting Sport
Going Back to a Shorter Lens For Shooting Sport | Canon 70-200mm F2.8

The final game I shot was a rugby union game which is played on quite a big pitch. For this match I used a Canon EF300mm f2.8L USM.

I do find that the Canon EF300mm f2.8L USM offers about the right distance for field sport but with rugby I much prefer to use a 400mm.

Set Up For Shorter Lens Shooting

Camera Model 
Firmware Firmware Version 1.1.3
Shooting Date/Time 27/10/2013 13:53:11
Author Paul Smith
Copyright Notice www.HU17.net
Shooting Mode Manual Exposure
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/1600
Av( Aperture Value ) 5.0
ISO Speed 800
Lens Canon EF300mm F2.8L USM

Going Back to a Shorter Lens For Shooting Sport
Going Back to a Shorter Lens For Shooting Sport | Canon 70-200mm F2.8

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