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Old 31-07-2008, 10:55   #1 (permalink)
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Gatcombe Horse Trials - Which lenses to take ?

Off to Gatcombe Horse Trials this Saturday. Having never photographed Horse trials before I've no idea how close you can get to the action & therefore which lenses to take ?

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The 24-105 is out of action due to faults, so I'm left with :-

- 70-200mm F4 L
- 100-400mm L IS
- 10-20mm
- 50mm f/1.4
- 85mm f/1.8

Although the primes would be fun for people shots, maybe overkill. Any chances to use Wide Angle lens at such events ? Would a Monopod be of any use ?

Any other advice on shooting horse trials recommended
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Re: Gatcombe Horse Trials - Which lenses to take ?

i do not have the privilage of having so many lenses to choose from if i was going i would take the lot no help there then sorry
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Re: Gatcombe Horse Trials - Which lenses to take ?

I'm taking the 10-20mm, the 70-300 and the 18-55. If that's any help! I last went to Gatcombe about 6 years ago and, then, it was certainly not as big an event as Badminton where you can't get near the fences. But I suggest at least the 70-200 and probably the 100-400,
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Re: Gatcombe Horse Trials - Which lenses to take ?

Good outing for the 70-300 VR then Angela. Mine performed really well at a football match, so you should get some cracking shots with that lens
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Re: Gatcombe Horse Trials - Which lenses to take ?

I have not been to this sort of event but hope to soon.

From what I remember on the TV there are a lot of togs there with monopods so I think that would be a good idea. You could always leave it in the car (am sure you have space ) if you do not use it.
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Re: Gatcombe Horse Trials - Which lenses to take ?

You going with both bodies Dave?

At the Chatsworth Horse Trials I was using a 300mm 2.8 & 70-200 2.8......monopod on the 300 only.

So out of your kit assuming 2 bodies, 70-200 & 100-400. I would also put the 85mm in the bag.
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Yep 2 bodies ..... thanks for tip
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Re: Gatcombe Horse Trials - Which lenses to take ?

I'm definitely taking the 70-300 IS, undecided on others at the moment. Was thinking 28-105 or the 10-20, toyed with taking the 50mm but have discounted that one so far!

I'll probably settle for the 70-300 & 28-105mm but me and decisions?
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Re: Gatcombe Horse Trials - Which lenses to take ?

At Bramham I used 70-200 and 100-400 both hand-held.
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Re: Gatcombe Horse Trials - Which lenses to take ?

The 70-200mm would be first choice closely followed by the 100-400mm. I'd leave the rest at home as you probably won't get the chance to use them due to the fact that all the fences will have judges and won't let you get too close.

When I did badminton a few months ago I hired a 120-300mm and didn't really need it, the 70-200mm was more than enough in most situations.
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The 70-200mm would be first choice closely followed by the 100-400mm. I'd leave the rest at home as you probably won't get the chance to use them due to the fact that all the fences will have judges and won't let you get too close.

When I did badminton a few months ago I hired a 120-300mm and didn't really need it, the 70-200mm was more than enough in most situations.
Was the 70-200 on the D3 or D300 ?
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Re: Gatcombe Horse Trials - Which lenses to take ?

I used monopod'd 300mm f/4 IS most of the time, 70-300mm IS some of the time and a couple of shots with the 10-20mm (which were a bit of a waste of time, entirely my fault - despite being able to get close to a lot of the jumps)

So, I'd take 70-200mm F4 L and 100-400mm L IS - and remainder if you've room!
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