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bluesman graham Apr 6, 2008 11:34 AM

Hello All, Some shots from the game i covered this weekend!. The weather was very demanding with high sunshine one minuet and heavy rain the next, in between snow flurry's:shock:. anyway to the pics.


crunching challenge in this local derby game








attacker climbs high to get the winning goal


They breed em tough round here!, this guy dislocated his shoulder, the team matesput it back in and he carried on :?Lol

# 10

C&C most welcome. Kind regards Graham

JohnG Apr 6, 2008 8:38 PM

Nice series. 10 is by far my favorite - one of your sharpest photos yet. Plus I like the symetry of the shot.

The only shot that really doesn't belong is #6 - too far away and timing a bit off.

Well done!

bluesman graham Apr 7, 2008 2:40 PM

Thank you for your input John, I know what you mean about #6 it looked ok full screen:(, and, because the player in red is a customer for my shots (and looks at the forum)!,greed got the better of me;)!. This timeusing your's and Mark's adviceI tried not to out shoot my lenses distance capabilities (with the odd lapse ie #6:roll:)lol. This is why i got a lot more use-able full frame shots, ie#10. This was another in the same sequence which personallyI prefer even though the full ball isn't present


Kind regards Graham

Mark1616 Apr 8, 2008 6:03 PM

Graham, the best series yet, and I instantly could tell that you were shooting within the range of the lens as the sharpness is much superior to previous threads!!!

Great work :cool:

Trojansoc Apr 9, 2008 9:49 PM

I love the series, overall, Graham. The sports journalist in me loves the winning goal shot, even though photographically it may not be as sharp as some of the others in the sequence. I really like #10, also, but I think my favorites may be the challenges for the ball in #'s 3 & 4.

bluesman graham Apr 10, 2008 3:08 PM


thank you for the kind praise, I will be trying to discipline myself to keep from shooting the other side of thepitch (unless something special happens);). I feelI now need some longer& fasterglass for shooting mid field from behind the goal line. I keep looking for a 300 2.8, but like you I prefer zooms soI am tempted to gowith the sigma, but i have read a few horror stories about focus problems with some of the lenses.:( (the only luck i have is bad, so i'm sure to get a faulty one):lol:.


thanks for your comments, I must say I personally prefer tackle shots as welland have loads from this game (some not quite legal):-), but asI submit them for publishing I have to get a broad spectrum of action including any goal action! (what or whoever is involved.)!!

This was the first goal from the blues



And the obligatory celebration shot from the 2nd

Kind regards Graham.

Mark1616 Apr 12, 2008 1:06 PM

Graham trust me if you buy the Sigma 120-300 you will not be disappointed!!! I personally struggle to find a real justification for the Canon 300L as the results of my 120-300 have been fantastic. I've not seen any focus problems mentioned on FM Reviews or anything and I know mine and John's experiences are very similar. That lens works well on my 30D, 5D and 1D so can't say enough about it. I always buy glass from a local supplier who is great if there is a problem as I just walk in and get an exchange if it is less than a month old. I've only had problems with lower end Sigma glass, and from speaking to the guys at Sigma it seems that there are better checks in place for the higher end products (the 300 f2.8 being the start from what I gather).

If you get it you will not want to be putting the 70-200 on again that's for sure.

JohnG Apr 12, 2008 2:47 PM


I will say though - both Mark and I benefited from focus adjustment of the 120-300 on the mkIII.

I think, in general, the issue with Sigma is wider tolerances for focus than the canon Lcounterparts.

So let me say I was very happy with the 120-300 on my 20d but after focus adjustment on the mkIII I'm extremely happy with it.

Mark1616 Apr 12, 2008 2:51 PM

I agree with that, but would say Sigma will do lens adjustments if you send your body and lens into them. I believe they will do this for free with a new lens assuming that it needs doing. When it comes to the micro adjustment I've not needed to do it on any of my Canon lenses but I have had to do a little on all my Sigma ones...... then again, when my Canon 70-200 cost almost as much as my Sigma 120-300 I can't complain.

bluesman graham Apr 14, 2008 4:14 PM

John, Mark, thank youfor the info on the lens. This hopefully is a summer purchase, wife permitting:lol:, (have to have some use other than new kitchens/bathrooms for awork bonus!!):D. With the press work coming in now + personal sales, i feelI can justify the expense a little more. I think i may see if i can hire one for a week and get a test run on it

ps just seen a nikon MkII 300 AF IS on Ebay for a song:?decisions decisions:?. Lol Graham.

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