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Old Sep 2, 2006, 5:40 PM   #1
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Well, it was dark and cloudy, most of the action was too far away for my 70-200 L IS, so I had to use my 1.4 Extender, and thus was restricted to f4, but these guys seemed to enjoy themselves!

That said, I love my first L... And I felt i didn't do too bad for a novice..




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Old Sep 2, 2006, 5:41 PM   #2
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The rest of my pics are at www.briandickie.co.uk
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Old Sep 2, 2006, 5:48 PM   #3
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And oh yes, even the reserves go a bit worked up...

Any feedback is appreciated...
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Old Sep 3, 2006, 9:07 AM   #4
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Brian they're both very very good shots. The first one is a definate yellow.

The second is an excellent action shot - well done.
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Old Sep 3, 2006, 12:14 PM   #5
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Great shots. I love # 2.

If this was a martial arts bout that would be a textbook roundhouse kick
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Old Sep 3, 2006, 6:44 PM   #6
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Agreed - Nice timing. Great job capturing the moment!! :-)

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Old Sep 7, 2006, 6:55 AM   #7
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Just wondering guys, having seen a pic or two of mine above:



The kit i'm using is a Canon 350D, with a Canon 70-200L/f2.8 IS USM, and the Canon 1.4...And it was great to see positive comments about them...

Assuming you're football (soccer) fans and photographers yourselves, what you think the next upgrade step in my kit should be...

Something in the 400mm lens range, or move to a 5D body? Sadly can't afford both! :-(

Any opinions would be interest...
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Old Sep 7, 2006, 9:11 AM   #8
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Personally, if I could afford it, I would always go for the lens AND a monopod if you don't have one.
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Old Sep 7, 2006, 4:20 PM   #9
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Aw you only go around once in life, buy both ,who needs food or roof over your head,just kidding. I use the 100-400mm L. Its a ok lens for sports. This is a picture I posted earlier taken with the 100-400mm

For youth sports the canon 100-400 works fine for me.

Your second picture is outsanding

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Old Sep 7, 2006, 9:10 PM   #10
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Something in the 400mm lens range, or move to a 5D body? Sadly can't afford both! :-(

Any opinions would be interest...
Boyzer,

A 5d is not a good sports camera - it isn't meant to be. The next body upgrade for you is the 30D. After the 30d it's the 1d Mk II N ($4000). While the new 400D has some nice new features it's not a big enough increase in sports related features to justify a jump. For sports you're better off with a 30D.

In the lens category, you have 3 options for upgrade:

Sigma 100-300 4.0 ($1000) - the only non 2.8 lens you should even consider for sports field sports.

Sigma 120-300 2.8 ($2200)

Canon 300mm 2.8 ($4200)

Canon 400mm 2.8 ($6800)

While the 100-300 f4 is a very sharp lens I just don't think it's enough of an improvement over your current setup and it's no good in bad light. And yes you'll be in bad light. Last night I shot a soccer game that by the 2nd half I was at ISO 3200, f2.8 to get the 1/500 shutter speeds I wanted. I used the TC on my 120-300 until the second half and then had to remove it. if you're stuck with f4 you have no options.

I currently shoot with the Sigma 120-300 2.8 and sometimes 1.4x TC and think this is an outstanding setup. With the zoom I can get by with a single camera. Even if I could afford the Canon primes, they would require another $1000 plus for a 2nd 20d/30d body.

Take a look at the soccer galleries on my web page. They were shot with the Sigma 120-300. The 2nd half of the Revere match was shot with the 1.4x TC (boys match was at 5 pm , the girls at 7 - it was the 2nd half of the girls game where I had to use 3200. i'll have those pics uploaded tomorrow).

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