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Old Oct 31, 2010, 7:52 PM   #1
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My grandson, Timmy played his 1st year of football this season for the Burlington Patriots. Today was their last game of the season, so grampy grabbed his E-30 with the 50-200mm ED + EC-20, drove to the game with grammy and watched what turned out to be a great game with lots of action, scoring, and good plays on both sides. Unfortunately, his team lost a tough one 25-20. But they could hold their head high because they fought 'til the bitter end.

Naturally, I had to take photos of only the home team. Timmy played on the offensive line. I wasn't able to get any great action sequences of his tackling etc. but here's a few of some of his team mates:
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Old Oct 31, 2010, 7:59 PM   #2
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A shot of the offensive line which, played well and held the opposition from getting at the runner and QB. A tough job but these guys get little in the way of notoriety. My Grandson is the 2nd from the right obscured by the opposing player all you see is his blue shirt with the lightning logo.
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Old Oct 31, 2010, 9:20 PM   #3
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Hey Zig

Well done.. and those are looking pretty good indeed. What setup did you use.. SAF or go CA-F ? How as the hit rate from the day ?? Yu knw i'd love to have the chance to shoot something like that .. could have a blast of a time !

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Good shots Ziggy, you've caught the action well. That 3rd one is my fav. great shot of the runner cutting back against the grain. But where are #44 and 35 looking?

I'd recognize your granson anywhere, that family resemblance...
No holding there!!!!
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Great shots by an obviously proud grandpa! You can see the intensity of the players even though they are very young.
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Well done.. and those are looking pretty good indeed. What setup did you use.. SAF or go CA-F ? How as the hit rate from the day ?? Yu knw i'd love to have the chance to shoot something like that .. could have a blast of a time !

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Hi Harj,

I set the AF system to S-AF and just feathered the shutter button to maintain focus on the moving players. The 50-200mm+EC-20combo responded very well and I didn't have any focus or hunting issues at all.

I have tried C-AF in the past and frankly, have given up on it. The 50-200mm chatters like crazy and it doesn't respond at all well. As I don't have the SWD, I can''t tell you wether the new firmware update for that lens has any meaningful improvement in C-AF when used with the E-30.

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Hi Ken Steven,

Thanks for the kind comments. Yes, I'm a proud grampy and it's loads of fun to see your grandkids grow up before your eyes.

Ken,
That photo of #24 cutting back against the grain was my favorite of the day.
He actually ran for 3 TD's yesterday. A great athlete.

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Lucky you, I get to see my granbrats every year or so and I'm stunned on the change each time. I'll get to enjoy 2 of them for 3 weeks over Xmas. Ages 8 & 10. Nice thing now is that they're both on the swimming team for their school and lots of pools at the places we're staying. As well as the Sea of Cortez.
I'll get my sport photos then..
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Zig - I'm envious. My son (who is 4) had his first season of flag football this year. I was an assistant coach and believe me it required 2 coaches every game. So, I had to go the whole year without a single photo of my son's first football experience It was a lot of fun coaching, but the photographer in me was seriously bummed I don't have a single action photo (which would likely show him either running the wrong way if carrying the ball, or playing with grass instead of chasing the ball carrier if on defense - but either way a great memory of what actually happened).
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Zig - I'm envious. My son (who is 4) had his first season of flag football this year. I was an assistant coach and believe me it required 2 coaches every game. So, I had to go the whole year without a single photo of my son's first football experience It was a lot of fun coaching, but the photographer in me was seriously bummed I don't have a single action photo (which would likely show him either running the wrong way if carrying the ball, or playing with grass instead of chasing the ball carrier if on defense - but either way a great memory of what actually happened).
Shades of Charlie Brown there John.
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