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Old Mar 9, 2008, 6:01 PM   #1
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Well I did it, I shot my first gymnastics event and boy was it tiring!! 2 days, about 250-300 1 min floor routines. A mix of Canon 1D mkIII with Canon 85mm f1.8 and Canon 5D with Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 (handheld) to get the coverage of different aspects on the mat. I don't think I will need to go to they gym for a while to work out as anyone who has tried to hand hold at lens of this weight for any period of time will know. I'm trying to work out how many photos I took but I'm thinking 5-6000 (yes I did let the mkIII rip too many times in conditions that were not bright enough to really get the results I wanted..... but it was fun )

The lighting was not quite enough for freezing the high speed action and the colour temp cycle of the lighting as well as the exposure differential was terrible to say the least.

The exif is still in the photos to feel free to check out settings. I'm so tired that I have literally arrived home after my 1.30 hour drive back and pulled these out from the masses. There is no PP apart from a couple of crops as my eyes are not working well enough while struggling to keep them open so probably a little curves, white balance needed but that can wait.... I just wanted to share some that I managed to get.

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Nicely done!!!

I shot gymnastics for few years, so i can attest as to the difficulties... including how heavy the Sigma 120-300 is!!! LOL!

I also learned early on that trying to freeze the action is basically impossible, so i learned to time the jumps, etc.

again, great job!
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Tough lighting, huh (needing ISO 3200 and f/2.8 to get up to 1/250 second)?

I guess you'll need to get a 135mm f/2L and 200mm f/2L IS USM for when you need something longer than your 85. From time to time, I see a post about the Canon 200mm f/1.8L poping up on the used market, too. It just happens to be the sharpest lens ever tested, based on the MTF charts at http://old.photodo.com/nav/prodindex.html (grading at a 4.8 on their scale that only goes to 5).

That looks like a good excuse to spend some money (needing to capture gymnastics in bad lighting). :lol:

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