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Old Jun 29, 2005, 4:47 PM   #1
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HI

I have just got my new 20d which i am extremely pleased with, and now my next step is another lens. I am wanting to take photos mainly of race horses as they are galloping/racing, and also rally cars. What would the ideal type of lens be for this sort of thing (within a realistic budget)? Also i was playing around taking horse photos with my 18-55 lens and noticed that everything was out of focus F5.0, 150sec. Is this just due to a lack of practice with autofocus, or is it easier to use manual focus on fast moving objects by focussing on the area they will be running through before the subject gets there? Any help would be much appreciated, cheers
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Old Jun 29, 2005, 5:54 PM   #2
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How far are away from the action? What are the lighting conditions? What is a reasonable budget? I shoot Polo matches with my Canon 70-200L/F4 and have been quite pleased with the results. I also shoot in very bright sunlight so I can use 1/2000 speed which freezes the action of the horse and rider.
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Old Jun 29, 2005, 6:02 PM   #3
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a good 70-200 should suit you well. besides the aforementioned 70-200L f4.0, also may want to check out Sigma's 70-200 EX 2.8.. the price isn't much higher and its a stop faster..
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maybe this will help. it all labeled

http://www.pbase.com/crusader/the_horse
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Old Jun 29, 2005, 10:11 PM   #5
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I would shoot galloping horses at at least 1/500th of a second or even 1/1000th of a second shutter speed.

Try the sports mode on your 20D, or use the TV setting and set the shutter speed to 1/1000th of a second.

You might have to bump up the ISO to 800 in order to get a decent exposure, depending on the amount of light available.

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Old Jun 30, 2005, 8:22 AM   #6
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I've just been on "evil"bay and the sigma 70-200 EX 2.8 is around £400 whereas the 70-200 2.8 Canon lens is over double that!

I got the Canon 70-200 2.8 IS L Lens off "evil"bay for around £1000 from HK.

Hope this helps,
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Old Jun 30, 2005, 9:41 AM   #7
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KiwiCraig- I shoot horses. I use either the Canon 28/135IS or the 70/200f2.8 depending on the situation.
20D in Av mode, ISO 200/400 outside and generally f5,0 or 5.6 with the 70/200.
You need at least 1/800 to freeze action of rider and horse.

Some of my stuff at www.pbase.com/jpferguson

Look at CMHA -

Good luck.
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Old Jun 30, 2005, 5:31 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone, all this advice i guess i've got no excuse for poor photos now huh? ha ha
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