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Girls High School Soccer

Discussion in 'Sports Photography' started by Randy, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    6:30pm game yesterday
    D200 + sigma 300/2.8 on a mono
    f2.8 - f4, depending on background
    iso 200 to 640 as it got darker, this is where I shoot football and the lighting is 40yrs old.
    This is only my 2nd time out w/ the big guy and it's still challenging to shoot in portrait mode.
    I think this is a fantastic lens, especially for what they sell used for....AF speed and accuracy are noticably (duh) faster and better than my Nikon 300/4

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  2. topher04r1

    topher04r1 Guest

    wow randy .... that sig is sure doing well !!! congrats man ... that was a killer find !!!
     
  3. GREAT SHOTS!

    They look more intense then the boys.
     
  4. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    thx Topher
    i really a see a difference over using the 300/4 or even the 70-200 and having to crop so much...
    Now the trick will be this w/e to shoot 5 games w/ the sig on a stick and the 70-200 on my neck...
    I may put the sig on a tripod
     
  5. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    thx

    the u18 boys are crazy aggresive

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  6. I love the faces of the girls in #5! :smile:
     
  7. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    they look uninvolved
     
  8. Great shots glad top hear the Sigma is working out the AF is the only knock on the 300f4 so you will see much higher rate of keepers from the Sigmas I am sure
     
  9. wembley

    wembley

    Mar 26, 2006
    Naples, Fl
    Randy;

    I remember a soccer thread of yours a month or 2 ago where there was detailed discussion on shooting style (depth of field, landscape or portrait hold, isolation etc) and I think these shots really are a testament to some of these shooting modifications. Obviously a 300 f2.8 really helps (still wishing for one here!) but I much prefer these images than maybe the ones in the thread I referenced. Next thing is to try with a 1.4tc. A Whole new ball game, but very rewarding images when you get used to it (of course you miss a lot of close action)

    Cheers and nicely done
    Wembley
     
  10. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    thx Mike
     
  11. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    thx

    I have shot both styles for several years but honestly greater dof sells more pics....i try to not post as many of those here anymore...
    Parents want to see their kids involved in action, foreground or background, so I mix up my styles.

    I'm not sure I could deal w/ any more reach for sports though, 300 is testing my patience now on missing close action and this w/e I will be back to 2 bodies again
     
  12. niknd501

    niknd501

    May 13, 2006
    Illinois
    Good faces and action Randy......Love the one with the girls on the sidelines with thier arms folded....Too funny
     
  13. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    thx Rod...i was posting to your thread at the precise moment u posted to mine
     
  14. Simba909

    Simba909

    Mar 2, 2006
    Miami, FL
    Is there any reason why more people in this forum don't shoot with the Sigma 100-300 2.8 to avoid the two body issue. I also have started using two bodies since I purchased the 300mm 2.8 and sometimes I regret not getting the 100-300 2.8.
     
  15. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    i assume u mean the 120-300 and I considered it but I also wanted a 420/4 for birding and my experience w/ TC-s on zooms has not been good....
    A 300mm for the 'shooting the ball' style I prefer is a real pain in the a$$ but IQ is worth it....I still switch to the 70-300vr by the 3rd or 4th game to take a break (I have a 2 day soccer tourn this w/e where I will shoot 3-5 games each day)
     
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